Public Health News Roundup: December 27
The Chicago Sun Times is reporting this morning that a second set of tests done on Enfamil Premium Newborn infant formula by its manufacturer Mead Johnson found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a ten-day-old Missouri baby.
Hospital tests show that the baby died of a rare infection caused by a bacteria called Cronobacter sakazakii. The source of the bacteria hasn't been determined, but it can be found in powdered formula, and the baby had been given the Enfamil product. Retailers have taken a batch of the formula off their shelves and the Food and Drug Administration and the Missouri Department of Health are investigating the baby’s death. Get more food safety updates.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to help translate scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics and devices. NIH Director Francis Collins says the new center will significantly speed up the availability of tested discoveries, making them available to patients. Read more research news.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced a new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders. SAMHSA and partners in the behavioral health field and beyond worked on the definition over the course of a year. SAMHSA took on the quest for the working definition as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative.
SAMHSA now defines recovery as: "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." Read more mental health updates.