January 30, 2011

Four Brands Affected

1 Cilantro Recall over Salmonella Fears

Four brands of fresh cilantro that may be contaminated with salmonella have been recalled by Sabor Farms in Salinas, California. The brands affected include Ocean Mist, Nature's Reward, Tanimura & Antle and Queen Victoria. The recalled products were sold in California and several other states between January 14 and January 28, reports MSNBC. While no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, the contamination was uncovered during a routine surveillance sample conducted at the Salinas facility. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include vomiting, fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Freebirds World Burrito Cilantro

Tags: Cilantro Recall, Ocean Mist, Nature's Reward, Tanimura and Antle, Queen Victoria, Salmonella in Cilantro, Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

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When Snails Can Kill

2 Snail Causes Traffic Light Failure, Death

A slug or snail left a trail across a circuit board, resulting in a traffic light failure and fatality in the UK. Katie Dagley, 19, was driving home from work when the accident occurred on a bridge. The light had malfunctioned 20 minutes earlier, reports The Telegraph. Katie's mother says that her daughter had "dreamt of traveling the world and becoming a chef." The driver of the other car involved in the accident, James Cope, 18, said that he never had time to brake. He was also driving home from work when the accident happened last year.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sea Snail Saliva Treats Pain

Tags: Snail Trail, Slug Trail, Freak Accidents, Weird Traffic Accidents, Reasons for Traffic Light Malfunction, Warwickshire Coroner Sean McGovern, Katie Dagley

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Losing Hard on Heart

3 Super Bowl Loss Can Increase Cardiac Deaths

When the home team loses the Super Bowl, there's an associated increase in death rates in men and women and older individuals, claim researchers in Los Angeles. The research, reported in Clinical Cardiology, reveals that the Super Bowl loss of 1980 in Los Angeles increased total and cardiac deaths in both men and women. The loss also triggered increased deaths in older patients compared to younger ones. Following the loss, there was a 15 percent increase in all circulatory deaths in men associated with the Super Bowl loss, and a 27 percent increase in women. "Physicians and patients should be aware that stressful games might elicit an emotional response that could trigger a cardiac event," says Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD. He suggests meds or stress reduction programs for some fans.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: OK to Donate Kidneys from Cardiac Victims

Tags: Trigger a Cardiac Event, Emotional Response, Super Bowl Loss Cause Heart Attacks, Clinical Cardiology, Cardiac Death Triggers, Super Bowl Loss Associated with Cardiac Death

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Mutation Eliminates Aversion

4 New Insight into Gene Linked to Nicotine Addiction

Researchers who studied CHRNA5, a gene previously linked to nicotine addiction, found that mice who have the normal form do not want anymore when given a large dose while mice who had a part of the gene knocked out could not get enough of the chemical found in cigarettes. Several changes in a the part of the gene known as the alpha5 unit impairs its function and it is believed that 30 to 35 percent of people in the United States have one of these forms. Nicotine releases the reward chemical dopamine, reduces anxiety and helps with attention and patches used to help people quit can become addictive. This study suggests that there needs to be a new approach to help people kick the habit, likely combining drugs that reduce cravings and increase aversion to large amounts of nicotine.

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

Previously: Experts Urge Reduction of Nicotine in Cigarettes

Tags: Smoking Cessation, CHRNA5, Nicotine Aversion, Nicotine Craving, Quit Smoking

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