April 22, 2011

Nine States Involved

1 Cucumbers Recalled for Salmonella

Thousands of cucumbers possibly contaminated with salmonella have been recalled in nine states, reports MSNBC. The cucumbers from North Carolina's L&M Companies Inc. were distributed on April 7 to nine states, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. The recall was issued after federal inspectors discovered salmonella last week at a Florida business. Some of the affected cucumbers may be marked Nature's Delight with a lot number of PL-RID-002990.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Salmonella, Salmonella Outbreak, Cucumber Recall, L&M Companies Inc, Nature's Delight

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Thought It Was Slingshot Wound

2 Chinese Man Had Bullet in Brain for 23 Years

A farmer from central China went to a hospital last month complaining of persistent and worsening convulsions lasting for two decades. CT scans revealed the presence of a bullet that penetrated the skull through the left ear and stopped near the temple. Doctors say that if the bullet had moved just slightly further, Wang Tianqing would not have survived. The patient recalled that back in 1988, he thought he had been hit by a slingshot. He was admitted to a hospital, but doctors did not find anything wrong, prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and sent him home. Neurosurgeon Wang Zhiming successfully removed the bullet, and the convulsions have stopped.

More at Fox News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Man with Bullet in Head for Five Years

Tags: Bullet in Head, China, Gunshot Wound, Convulsions, Neurosurgery

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None Found So Far

3 Japan Checking Radiation Levels in Car Exports

Japanese automakers are checking the level of radiation present in cars to be exported to ease the concerns of consumers. None has been detected so far, reports Hirokazu Furukawa of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. Cars made by Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are among those being inspected. About 10 cars out of every 5,000 will be spot checked for radiation. The automakers will inspect inside the automobiles and on the tires before they are shipped. According to operators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, radiation levels 10 million times higher than usual were detected in water leaking from a reactor after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami damage in northern Japan.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Radiation Detected in Milk and Spinach After Japan Earthquake, Japan Tap Water Unsafe for Infants

Tags: Japan, Japan Earthquake, Japan Nuclear Disaster, Radiation

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Happiness Increases Suicide?

4 The Happier the State, the Higher the Suicide Rate

A study has found an interesting link between happiness and suicide rates: the countries and states in the U.S. that rank highest in happiness have the top suicide rates. Researchers collected data on 1.3 million Americans and one million Americans’ decisions on suicide. These results have been seen in countries such as Denmark but this study also saw them in Canada, the U.S., Iceland and Switzerland. Because suicide is reported differently between cultures only the two large cohorts from the U.S. were analyzed to maintain a somewhat homogenous population. The direct correlation between happiness and suicide rates was very strong and researchers believe that unhappy people living among very happy people end up feeling worse, increasing their risk of suicide.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Middle Age Brings Happiness and Contentment

Tags: Happiness, Suicide, Happiness and Suicide, Suicide Rates in U.S.

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You Are What Your Mom Ate

5 Mom's Diet Affects Baby’s DNA and Obesity Risk

A study examining nutrition in pregnant woman found that low amounts of carbohydrates changes some of fetus’ DNA most likely because the fetus is trying to gauge the environment it will be in after birth. How external factors such as diet affect DNA and ultimately gene expression is called epigenetics. Researchers demonstrated that certain markers in the umbilical samples of pregnant women with low carbohydrate diets were also found in their children and strongly associated with childhood obesity at 6 and 9 years old. The RXRA gene, which makes the vitamin A receptor was modified which is important because vitamin A affects how the body's cells handle fat. Based on these results, researchers want healthcare providers to provide more nutritional education for pregnant women.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Low Omega 3 in Pregnancy May Lead to Depression

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Healthy Pregnancy, Pregnancy Nutrition, Vitamin A, Low Carbohydrate Diet During Pregnancy, Pregnancy Nutrition and Childhood Obesity, Childhood Obesity Factors, Epigenetics, RXRA Gene

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