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Ronstadt now uses poles to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when traveling, the AARP story said

LOS ANGELES Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine, 동두천출장안마 in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and «can’t sing a note.»

Ronstadt says she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. When her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation.

She said she was «completely shocked» when she finally saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. «I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.

«No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,» Ronstadt told AARP music writer Alanna Nash. «No matter how hard you try.»

Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s with pop hits like «You’re No Good» and «When Will I Be Loved.» But she also segued into country, pop standards and mariachi music, among other genres.

In addition, the singer was known for her romances with California Gov. Jerry Brown and filmmaker George Lucas.

Ronstadt now uses poles to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when traveling, the AARP story said.

Her autobiography will be released next month, but makes no mention of Parkinson’s or the loss of her voice, according to AARP.

The singer’s New York-based managers did not immediately respond to requests from The Associated Press for comment.


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story failed to report that the PR firm that conducted the survey was working on behalf of the chlorine industry

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story failed to report that the PR firm that conducted the survey was working on behalf of the chlorine industry. It did not meet our editorial standards and we regret the error.

With summer right around the corner, Americans are ready to kick off a season of sunshine and swimming. But before you jump into the water, beware: a new survey exposes some bad habits that contribute to dirty swimming pools.

The online survey found that more than half of U.S. adults say they have at some point gotten into a pool as a substitute for showering or to rinse off after exercise or yardwork.

The survey was conducted by Sachs Media Group, a PR firm working on behalf of the Water Quality & Health Council, a group of advisors to the chlorine industry trade association. On its website, Sachs Media Group says it aims to «Improve chlorine’s brand nationwide to pre-empt legislators and regulators from developing policy that promotes chlorine alternatives.»

«When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs,» Dr. Chris Wiant, 장성출장안마 chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, said in a statement. «Rinsing off for just one minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.»

The report is based on an online survey of 3,100 American adults. It also found 40% admit to peeing in the pool as an adult. Experts warn that urine reacts with chlorine, reducing the amount of the chemical available to kill germs.

«The bottom line is: Don’t pee in the pool,» said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming program. «Swimming is a great way to be physically active and not peeing in the pool is a key healthy swimming step.»

The survey revealed even more nasty findings. Almost a quarter of those surveyed said they’d go in a swimming pool within one hour of having diarrhea and 48% said they never shower before swimming.

The CDC advises all swimmers stay out of the pool if they have diarrhea, as this can contaminate the pool with feces and germs, which can make others sick. Everyone should also rinse off before entering a swimming pool.

When it comes to making sure the water is safe to swim in, the CDC recommends taking matters into your own hands. Pool-goers can use a test strip — available at most pool-supply stores, or free on the Water Quality and Health Council’s Healthy Pools campaign website — to determine if the pH and free chlorine or bromine concentration are correct. The CDC recommends the following levels:


Health officials in New York said a sample of white onions taken from a Taco Bell restaurant tested positive for E

Over the weekend, Taco Bell officials said they determined that scallions were the likely source of the bacteria. But follow-up federal testing of those samples were negative for E. coli.

«In that context, we have not ruled out any food items,» said Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Health officials in New York said a sample of white onions taken from a Taco Bell restaurant tested positive for E. coli. However, that strain of bacteria hasn’t been linked to any cases of illness in the United States anytime in the previous 30 days. The positive sample initially was mistakenly identified as being green onion, Acheson said.

«The bigger possibility is that these white onions were contaminated somewhere else, the supplier or the grower. We don’t know that,» Acheson said. «It does not match any strain of any illnesses in the past 30 days.»

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 64 E. coli cases in five states, most in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania plus two in Delaware and one in South Carolina. The South Carolina patient had eaten at a Pennsylvania Taco Bell.

A New York City resident fell ill after eating at Taco Bell and health officials confirmed that E. coli was the culprit. The victim, identified only as a Staten Island 수원출장안마 resident, has since made a full recovery. This was the first time the strain was found in the city.

Meanwhile, nearly three dozen people have fallen ill with symptoms consistent with E. coli infection after eating at a Taco John’s restaurant in Cedar Falls, Iowa. And authorities were investigating a case in which several people became ill after eating at a Taco John’s in Albert Lea, Minn.

Kirk Smith, with the Minnesota Department of Health, said tests were being conducted to determine whether the illnesses were related to illnesses in Iowa.

Three Minnesotans with the symptoms are ages 17, 35 and 57, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported on its Web site Monday. The oldest person has developed a kidney complication and is hospitalized, the newspaper said.

Paul Fisherkeller, president of the Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Taco John’s, said in a statement, «We hope for the speedy recovery of anyone who has fallen ill and are cooperating fully with health departments in both states, while also conducting our own investigation.»

There is no indication the outbreaks at the two taco chains are linked, but the CDC has not ruled out a connection, said Dr. Christopher Braden, a medical epidemiologist with the agency. Iowa officials suspect a sick restaurant worker could have spread the illness. The two restaurant chains are not related.

It could take until midweek to determine if the Taco Bell outbreak is over, Braden said. However, there have been no reports of anyone falling ill after Dec. 2, he added.

Taco Bell continued to exclude scallions from its ingredient list despite the FDA’s finding. «We won’t be considering any changes to our decision until the FDA and CDC conclude their investigation,» Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch said.

Taco Bell President Greg Creed said that independent testing on ingredients served in the chain’s restaurants did not indicate the presence of E. coli bacteria.

«As nearly half the entire U.S. adult population eats at a Taco Bell at least once a month, it’s easy to understand how we might be considered associated with this illness,» Creed said in a statement issued from Irvine, Calif., where the subsidiary of Yum Brands Inc. is located.

«Based on this testing and all that we know today, I can reassure you that all Taco Bell food is safe and strict standards are being upheld at all of our restaurants,» he said.

E. coli is a common and ordinarily harmless bacteria, but certain strains can cause abdominal cramps, fever, bloody diarrhea, kidney failure, blindness, paralysis, even death.

It is found in the feces of humans and livestock. E. coli infections are associated with undercooked meat. The bacteria also can be found on sprouts and leafy vegetables. The germs can be spread by people if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after using the restroom.

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