September 23, 2010

Company Got Too Big Too Fast

1 Egg Producer Apologizes for Salmonella Outbreak

Saying his business grew too quickly, Austin J. DeCoster, the Iowa egg producer at the center of the recent salmonella outbreak, apologized before a Congressional panel. His company, Wright County Egg, has been linked to thousands of cases of salmonella poisoning, the most recent of which resulted in a nationwide recall of more than 500 million eggs. A follow-up FDA inspection found a host of infractions but despite this, Wright County Egg had received “superior” ratings from a private inspection company. Orland Bethel, president of Hillandale Farms,another company found to be responsible for the recent outbreak is a long-time associate of DeCosters. He declined to testify. In the meantime, legislation to prevent food contamination is tied up in the Senate.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: National Wide Egg Recall Expanded

Tags: Egg Recall, Food and Drug Administration, Hillandale Farms, Salmonella, Salmonella Outbreak, Wright County Egg, Austin J. DeCoster, Orland Bethel

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Highly Underreported

2 Gum Disease Is Major US Public Health Concern

The prevalence of gum disease may have been underestimated by as much as 50 percent says research published in the CDC’s Journal of Dental Research and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). Gum disease has been associated with diseases including diabetes, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. "Given what we know about the relationship between gum disease and other diseases, taking care of your oral health isn't just about a pretty smile. It has bigger implications for overall health, and is therefore a more significant public health problem,” says Dr. Samuel Low, president of the AAP. He adds that everyone should not only brush and floss daily but should get a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Treat Gum Disease for Healthier Pregnancy

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Gum Disease, Periodontal Disease, Public Health Concern, Journal of Dental Research, American Academy of Periodontology, Dr. Samuel Low

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Say No to Text and Drive

3 Distracted Driving Kills Thousands

Drivers distracted by texting or talking on a cell phone have killed an estimated 16,000 people between 2001 and 2007, say researchers from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, suggests that a growing number of these distracted drivers are under 30 years old. Deaths attributable to cell phone distraction have increased along with texting rates. According to MSNBC, one million texts were sent each month in 2001, compared with 110 million in 2008! Researchers estimate that for every one million new cell phone users, there may be a 19 percent rise in deaths from distracted driving.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Journal of Public Health, Deaths Attributable to Cell Phone Distraction, Cell Phone While Driving, Texting While Driving, Don't Text and Drive, Dangers of Texting and Driving, Distracted Driving, University of North Texas Health Science Center

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Childhood Food Trauma

4 Therapy Can Cure Lifelong Food Aversion

Do you absolutely hate a certain food but are unsure why? Orit Morse of the New Realities Eating Disorders Recovery Center in Ontario thinks you may need therapy to uncover a “childhood food trauma” that caused a negative experience leading to eventual food aversion. Much of what we think about food is established between infancy and age 6. A bad encounter can be “relived” even as much as 20 years later. Coaching can help someone overcome a food trauma, but often it takes repetition to completely recover. To prevent food aversions from developing in the first place, says Morse, parents should avoid forcing children to eat and making meals a power struggle. Continually insisting a child will like a food will absolutely never work, she adds.

More at The Globe and Mail | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The More Diet Food You Eat, the Less You Like It

Tags: Children's Nutrition, Eating Disorders, Food Aversion

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Not for Human Consumption

5 Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress to Become Jerky

Already known for her outlandish outfits, Lady Gaga showed up at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a dress made of meat. Although vegetarians were outraged, she claims the dress was not worn as a slam against those that shun meat, but rather to make a statement that she “wasn’t a piece of meat.” The dress, made out of 50 pounds of a fatty meat known as ‘matambre’ in the designer’s home country of Argentina, will be preserved into a sort of beef jerky. It will not be for sale for human consumption, but rather be “archived for posterity”, says creator Franc Fernandez. Other stars have poked fun at Lady G’s meaty dress. Ellen DeGeneres gave the singer a veggie bikini to wear and actress Kate Walsh wore a sushi and sashimi dress on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

More at NBC Philadelphia | Hat tip to Monsters and Critics | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Garland Texas Boasts Beef Jerky Outlet

Tags: Beef Jerky, Vegetarian, Lady Gaga

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1 in 5 at Risk on the Pill

6 The Pill Puts Women with Heart Defects at Risk

Birth control pills are contraindicated in women with congenital heart defects, but 1 in 5 are on it because they were not educated on the risks. A study in Germany of 536 women with heart defects found that 48 percent were not told about the risks of blood clots and hypertension associated with pills containing estrogen and progesterone. Many had “absolute” contraindications such as severe heart failure, defects that impair the circulation of oxygen throughout the body, a history of blood clots and pulmonary hypertension. Managing adults with congenital heart disease is very new and gynecologists may not be aware of the issues that arise in these cases. Other forms of birth control such as condoms and diaphragms eliminate these risks but have higher failure rates.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Some Birth Control Pills to Get New Warning Labels

Tags: Birth Control, Birth Control Pill, The Pill, Contraceptives, Side Effects of Birth Control, Congenital Heart Defects in Women, Heart Defects and Birth Control, Birth Control Pill Contraindications

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Role of Glial Cells Demonstrated

7 Enzyme May Cause Death of Neurons in Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center identified an enzyme, neutral sphingomyelinase (N-SMase) that kills neurons and results in the memory loss and progression of Alzheimer’s. Astroglia and microglia cells normally function to support neurons, but beta-amyloid plaques that accumulate in the brain activate them, which activates N-SMase. The plaques also activate N-SMase. The inhibition of N-SMase in human brain cells in a mouse model and in cell culture prevented activated glial cells and beta-amyloid plaques from killing neurons. The goal of researchers is to develop drugs that will inhibit this enzyme and halt memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. The complete study is available in the September 22 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Enzyme Decreases Toxic Protein in Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Neurons, Rush University Medical Center, Neutral Sphingomyelinase, N-SMase, Astroglia, Microglia, Glial Cells, Beta-Amyloid Plaques

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