May 16, 2011

Talk About Hot Potatoes

1 Chives Recalled for Listeria Scare

Chives produced by Goodness Gardens, a NY based company, have been recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria which can trigger listeriosis, an infection that can cause muscle aches, diarrhea and fever. Listeriosis is particularly dangerous to pregnant women who are 20 times more likely to contract the disease which can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth or infections. Listeriosis is also dangerous to cancer patients, diabetics, those with kidney disease and AIDS patients. The chives were primarily sold in NY, NJ, MD, PA, MA, CT, AL, IL and VA. Chives, which were sold in 0.25 ounces (UPC 0 21985 20005 6); 2/3 ounces (UPC 0 21985 10004 2) and in 1-pound bags as well as 1/2 ounce twist-tie bunches should be returned to the retailer for a refund.

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

Previously: The Development of a Faster Food Safety Test

Tags: Diarrhea, Listeria, Miscarriage, Premature Birth, Chives Recalled, Listeriosis, Muscle Aches, Fever

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Kids 5 to 9 Suffer More Bites

2 It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a public service campaign that seeks to reduce the number of people bitten by dogs, which stands at 4.5 million each year. Cesar's Way, the website of Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, reports that among kids, those ages 5 to 9 suffer the most dog bites. Cesar's Way also offers some tips on keeping kids safe around dogs. Before introducing a dog into a household with a child, make sure that children don't exhibit fear or apprehension of dogs, feelings that may trigger aggression in dogs. Inform children that many dogs don't enjoy being kissed or hugged around the neck. Teach kids to recognize when a dog displays body language indicating it doesn't want to interact: raising a tail, still posturing, or lip smacking.

More at Cesar's Way | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Middle Age Brain Smarter

Tags: National Dog Bite Prevention Week, Cesar Millan, Preventing Dog Bites, Children Bitten by Dogs, Dog Bite Dangers, Cesar's Way, Dog Whisperer, Lip Smacking

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Massachusetts Initiates Ban

3 Lazy Cakes Brownies Not Safe for Children

Brownies laced with herbal relaxation ingredients are the target of a ban initiated by two Massachusetts communities because they believe they are not safe for children. Lazy Cakes contain a blend of herbs such as melatonin, Valerian Root Extract, Rose Hips Extract, and Passion Flower. The brownies are promoted to “bring on the ultimate state of relaxation.” Unfortunately, the cake’s packaging appears to be targeted to children, which Fall River Mayor William Flanagan says is the problem. Each brownie contains about 8 milligrams of melatonin, which exceeds the recommended dose. New Bedford City Councilor Bruce Duarte says that he has read of a case of a two-year-old hospitalized after eating the brownies. The cakes can be purchased at Walgreen’s and convenience stores such as 7-11.

More at CBS News Boston | Hat tip to Fox News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Melatonin May Help with Weight Control, Exposure to Light May Affect Sleep Quality

Tags: Children, Insomnia, Melatonin, Sleep, Valerian Root, Brownies, Lazy Cakes

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Possible Risk, Not Actual Risk

4 Diabetes Drug Linked to Bladder Cancer

There is mounting evidence that the diabetes drug Actos may increase the risk of bladder cancer. A five year study analyzing 500,000 bad reactions linked to diabetes drugs in a database maintained by the FDA found that over 20 percent of the 138 people who developed bladder cancer were using Actos. These results and previous research linking Actos to bladder cancer suggest that further investigation is needed. A safety review by the FDA has shown the longer a person takes it and those that have the highest cumulative dose are at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. The mechanism of action by which Actos works to treat diabetes possibly promotes the development of cancer. The FDA says patients using Actos should follow their doctors’ recommendations at this time.

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

Previously: Avandia Blamed for 100s of Heart Attacks, Drug for Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Heart Problems

Tags: Actos, Bladder Cancer, Diabetes, FDA, Bladder Cancer Risk Factors

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