August 29, 2011

Due to Listeria Concerns

1 Vita Foods Packaged Smoked Salmon Recall

Chicago-based Vita Food Products is recalling more than 8000 4 oz. packages of its Vita Classics Premium Sliced Smoked Atlanta Nova Salmon due to listeria concerns. The salmon was sold at Publix stores in FL, GA, SC, TN and AL; Safeway stores in CA, AL, OR, WA, ID, CO, MD, VA, PA and Washington, D.C.; Meijer stores in IL, MI, IN, OH and KY; Vons stores in CA; Genaurdi’s stores in PA and NJ; Winn Dixie Stores in FL; and the Edgewater Produce store in Chicago, IL. The sell-by date and code on the packages are Dec. 15, 2011 and 01961B. According to a CNN report, the fish could contain Listeria Monocytogenes "which can cause fatal infections to people with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly." No illnesses have been reported. For more information, call 1-800-989-8482.

More at Allheadlinenews.com | Hat tip to newyork.grubstreet.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Listeria, Smoked Salmon Recall, Vita Food Products Salmon Recall

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Quality of Sleep Matters

2 Lack of Deep Sleep May Raise Blood Pressure

A lack of deep sleep can contribute to the development of high blood pressure, find researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the study reveals that participants who spent the least amount of time in deep sleep were 80 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure, compared with people who enjoyed longer and less interrupted sleep. Deep sleep is also known as "slow wave sleep," or non-rapid eye movement sleep. For three years, researchers utilized at-home sleep tests to keep track of sleep patterns of nearly 800 men over the age of 65. CNN reports that the findings show for the first time that poor quality sleep puts people at significantly increased risk of developing hypertension.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Risks High Blood Pressure, Causes Elevated Blood Pressure, Dangers Lack of Sleep, Benefits Deep Sleep, Journal Hypertension, Poor Quality Sleep

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We've Got an App for That

3 Motivation to Exercise in on Your IPhone

Research shows that if you reward yourself for good behavior, you are more likely to stick to the habit. A new, free iPhone application called Nexercise provides prizes and discounted merchandise for users who track their physical activity and earn points, hopefully leading to the adoption of long-term exercise habits. Co-founder Benjamin Young says that points are accumulated not based on how many miles you run or how many pounds you lift, but on the length and frequency of workouts. Prizes start with small items such as $5 gift cards, but can build up to more valuable offers as the user reaches the higher levels. The app was trialed at the University of Maryland and still has a few kinks, but most are being addressed to improve the functionality of the program.

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

Previously: 5 Minutes of Outdoor Exercise Improves Mental Health, Light to Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Early Death

Tags: Exercise, Fitness, Healthy Habits, IPhone Application, Healthy Behaviors

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Test Results Not Double-Checked

4 Five Patients Receive HIV-Infected Organs

A staffer at National Taiwan University Hospital incorrectly heard the word "non-reactive" over the phone when confirming an organ donor’s HIV status. The result-five individuals are now taking anti-AIDS medications. The person on the other end of the phone actually said the standard HIV test was "reactive." The results were not rechecked which is standard procedure during the process of harvesting organs for transplantation. The 37 year old male donor’s liver, lungs and kidneys were transplanted into four people at NTUH and the heart at another facility after he fell into a coma on the same day after "falling from a high spot" according to his mother. Experts believe the patients’ odds of infection are good and there is a real concern that the transplant team is at risk as well.

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

Previously: Patient in NY Contracts HIV from Donor Kidney

Tags: HIV, Organ Transplants, HIV Infections Due to Organ Transplantation, HIV Tests for Organ Donors, National Taiwan University Hospital, Medical Errors

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