July 9, 2012

Possible Compromise: Refills

1 Soda Industry Says Bloomberg Opposes Freedom

In response to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to limit the size of sugary sodas sold in public venues to 16 ounces, the American Beverage Association is mounting a PR and lobbying campaign that characterizes the issue as a matter of "our freedom of choice," an argument it is making in radio ads and on Twitter and Facebook pages. The industry also has canvassers circulating petitions around the city in opposition to the proposed size limit, which it calls a "soda ban." The "freedom" campaign, which is designed to divert attention from the linkage between sugary beverages and widespread obesity, is being advised by consultants whose "Harry and Louise" TV ads torpedoed the Clinton Administration health reform plan in the 1990s. A 16-ounce soda contains 150-250 calories.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: NYC Mayor Seeks Ban on Supersized Soda

Tags: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Soda Ban, New York City Soda Limit, American Beverage Association, 16-Ounce Soda Limit, NYC Soda Limit, Sodas and Obesity, Soda Industry, Freedom of Choice

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The Dirt on a Nasty Parasite

2 Women with Parasite May Attempt Suicide

Women infected by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii may be more likely to attempt suicide or harm themselves, say researchers. The research showed women infected with the parasite were about 50 percent more likely to harm themselves, and 80 percent more likely to attempt suicide. However, only 18 women in the study committed suicide, a number too small to determine whether the parasite puts women at risk for suicide. The study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine was published in Archives of General Psychiatry. The infection caused by the parasite is called toxoplasmosis, and may be contracted from consuming unwashed vegetables or undercooked meat. Toxoplasmosis may also be caused by handling cat litter of infected cats, but the parasite is typically only passed by feral cats.

More at Psych Central | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mountain Dew Can Dissolve a Mouse

Tags: Parasites, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts, Suicide Rates, Toxoplasma Gondii, Toxoplasmosis

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Bad Frozen Food

3 Buona Vita Meatballs Recalled for Listeria

Meatballs and other frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products have been recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, announced the USDA. The recalled items were made by Buona Vita, Inc., located in Bridgeton, N.J. The USDA says that 324,770 pounds of products are affected. A few of the recalled items include Mama Isabella meatballs, Silver Lake Brand Cooked Dinner Loaf Made with Chicken and Beef and Argenta Pride Cooked Dinner Loaf Made with Chicken and Beef. The recalled products were distributed nationwide. Visit the USDA for a complete list of recalled items, product labels and a distribution list.

More at USDA | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dole Bagged Salad Recalled for Listeria

Tags: Listeria Monocytogenes, Meatball Recall, Buona Vita, Cupino Meatballs, Listeria Recalls, Mama Isabella Meatball Recall

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Can Fido Prevent Ear Infections?

4 Dogs May Boost Immune System in Babies

Kids who start out life living in a home with dogs or cats are better able to ward off some illnesses, suggest researchers in Finland. The study, to be published in Pediatrics, involved nearly 400 children who were followed from before birth to age 1. Researchers found that babies who had more interaction with furry pets had fewer minor respiratory issues and ear infections, and needed less medication when they did become ill. While cats provided some protection, babies living around dogs had better protection against certain childhood infections, particularly if they lived in a household where the dog went outside frequently. Researchers aren't sure why dogs provide protection, but they think that perhaps the secret lies in greater exposure to microbes in dirt brought indoors by dogs.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana Suppresses Immune System

Tags: Immune System, What Gives Kids Strong Immunity, Why Kids Need Dogs, Why Dogs Good People, Eija Bergroth

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Protect One, Protect Many

5 Study Shows HPV Vaccine Protects Unvaccinated

A study involving two groups of young sexually active women 13 to 16 years old who were recruited at different times found that the HPV vaccine protected both vaccinated and unvaccinated girls against HPV-16 and HPV-18. Between 2006 and 2007, 368 unvaccinated women were screened for these strains and three years later, 409 girls, over 50 percent who had been vaccinated, were screened. The strains of HPV the vaccine targets decreased the prevalence from 31.7 to 13.4 percent. A 69 and 49 percent decrease was seen in the vaccinated women and unvaccinated girls, respectively. Despite the study’s limited demographics, the results demonstrate that women between 11 and 26 should get the HPV vaccine and the concept of herd immunity, where those who are vaccinated protect those who are not.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: HPV Vaccine for Boys Highly Recommended, ACIP Recommends Routine HPV Vaccine

Tags: Gardasil, HPV, HPV Vaccine, Ceravix, Herd Immunity

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