Today’s Headlines: Pork, Parkinson’s, and Potentially Toxic Chemicals in Your Couch

Meat Analysis Finds Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Pork: Consumer Reports issued a new analysis of pork samples and found that they contained “bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses and may be resistant to antibiotic treatment.” The bacteria is known to cause enterocolitis, “which infects about 100,000 Americans each year.” They also found antibiotic resistant salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. (US News & World Report)

Depression Plays Larger Role in Parkinsons than Previously Thought: Researchers from the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project discovered that the debilitating mood disorder is “the most important determinant of the health status of people with Parkinson’s disease.” They also add that “it is difficult to diagnose because [the] movement disorder masks the symptoms.” (Health Day)

More Than Half of US Couches Contain Potentially Toxic Chemicals: Toxic flame retardants may pose a risk to humans “as the chemicals migrate from furniture foam into house dust.” Researchers from Duke University tested 102 couches; 41% had foam with “chlorinated tris, a probable human [cancer-causing] carcinogen” that has already been banned from baby pajamas. They also found that 17% contained “the chemical pentaBDE, now globally banned.” (USA Today)