June 5, 2011

22 Dead, 2200 Sickened

1 Sprouts Cause of Europe's E. Coli Outbreak?

Vegetable sprouts grown in Germany appear to be the cause of the European E.coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2200. Early tests point to bean and other sprout varieties grown at an organic farm in northern Germany. The farm was shut down Sunday and all of its produce, including the 18 different sprout mixtures, has been recalled. Test results confirming or denying the farm as the source will be available Monday. The farmers did not use manure but, said Lower Saxony Agriculture Minister Gert Lindemann, it’s possible that water used to grow the sprouts created an ideal environment for bacteria or that he sprout seeds themselves were contaminated. The current E. coli outbreak is the deadliest in modern history; US risks remain low, say experts.

More at MSNBC.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: What You Need to Know About E. Coli

Tags: E. Coli Outbreak, E.coli, E. Coli Outbreak in Europe, Gert Lindemann, Sprouts, Contaminated Sprouts, Sprouts Source of E. Coli

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2 Flaxseed Isn't Helpful Against Hot Flashes

Flaxseed is useless against hot flashes experienced by postmenopausal women and breast cancer patients, suggest researchers from Mayo Clinic's Breast Diagnostic Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group. While Mayo Clinic's preliminary data from a 2007 pilot study revealed that ground flaxseed may help with hot flashes, the new study found no such benefit. The randomized, placebo-controlled study found no statistically significant difference in mean hot flash scores for women who took crushed flaxseed and those who took a placebo. Nearly 200 women were involved with the study, which was conducted between October and December 2009. The study results were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Flaxseed - a Natural Way to Lower Men’s Cholestero

Tags: Flaxseed Health Benefits, Flaxseed for Hot Flashes, Curing Hot Flashes, Coping with Menopause, Coping with Breast Cancer Treatment, Flaxseed Studies, Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic, North Central Cancer Treatment Group, American Society of Clinical Oncology

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Recurrence Down, Survival Up

3 Larger Study Supports Using Gleevec for GIST

Another study looking at the use of the chronic myeloid leukemia drug Gleevec (imatinib) supports its use in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) post-operatively. A study of 400 individuals with the disease, including one in five who had a tumor rupture in the abdominal cavity, found that 65.6 percent on the three-year regimen did not have a recurrence compared to 48 percent on the drug for only a year and had a five-year survival rate of 92 percent. Researchers are very pleased with the results because recurrence after surgery with this type of soft-tissue sarcoma that originates in the stomach or intestines is common. Gleevec interacts with the vast majority of abnormal proteins in the tumors and the known side effects were similar in this cohort.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Long Term Use of Gleevec Recommended for GI Cancer

Tags: GIST, Gleevec, Imatinib, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor, Gleevec Prolongs Survival in GIST Patients, Recurrence with GIST

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