August 2, 2012

"Dirty Dozen" vs. "Clean 15"

1 USDA: Produce Items Vary in Pesticide Traces

The Environmental Working Group has issued lists of the most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables based on USDA tests for pesticide residue, and urges consumers to buy organically grown versions of the "Dirty Dozen" produce items: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries and potatoes. By contrast, consumers are advised to load up on the “Clean 15,” items with the lowest pesticide levels: onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms. The EWG does note that a diet rich in produce, even with pesticide traces, is healthier than a diet lacking those food items.

More at Ewg.org | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Environmental Working Group, Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables, USDA Pesticide Tests, Safest Fruits and Veggies, Contaminated Produce Items

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Possible Microbial Contamination

2 Dukal Recalls Chinese-Made Antiseptic Wipes

US-based Dukal Corp, Ronkonkoma, NY, has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of selected lots of Chinese-made swabs and antiseptic wipes saying the benzalkonium chloride swabs and wipes may contain Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that could cause serious illness in people with chronic lung infections, including those with cystic fibrosis. The products are branded with the names Zee antiseptic swabs and Dukal BZK swabs. To date, no illnesses have been associated with the products but the company advises that consumers discontinue their use immediately. The swabs were manufactured by Jianerkang Medical Dressing Co. For questions, call the DUKAL customer support team at 1-800-243-0741, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern time).

More at Http://www.cff.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Automated Drug Dispensers Contaminated

Tags: Dukal Corp, Benzalkonium Chloride Swabs, Burkholderia Cepacia, Zee Antiseptic Swabs, Dukal BZK Swabs, Jianerkang Medical Dressing Co.

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Female Cyclists Report

3 Low Bike Handles May Impair Genital Sensation

Bike handles placed lower than the bike seat may impair genital sensation in women, finds a small-scale Yale U study of 48 competitive female cyclists. Riders with bikes with low handle bars experienced impaired vaginal sensation as measured by vibratory thresholds. (Riders received steadily increased stimulation and indicated when they first felt sensation.) Low handlebars force riders to lean forward, increasing pressure on the pelvic region and decreasing sensation, say researchers, which could result in permanently impaired sensation and sexual dysfunction. “There are a myriad of factors affecting women’s sexual function,” says Irwin Goldstein, The Journal of Sexual Medicine. One way is to raise handlebars so the rider sits upright, thereby applying pressure to the sits bones.

More at Www.psychcentral.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Spike Up Your Sex Life Naturally

Tags: Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Performance, Yale University, Bike Riding, Bike Safety, Genital Sensation, Genital Sensation and Bike Riding, Female Cyclists, The Journal of Sexual Medicine

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Ready, Set, Suckle

4 Global Attempt to Up Breastfeeding Awareness

Women worldwide will try to break a breastfeeding record on 8/3-4 to raise awareness of the importance of breast milk to growing infants. 590 locations in 23 countries will be the sites of The Big Latch On which will occur at 10:30 am, local time. Last year, 5687 mothers participated in 412 locations in 5 countries. According to the World Health Org., breastfeeding, when optimal, can prevent about 1 million children from dying. It’s also been shown to reduce the incidence of breast and ovarian cancers in women. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from common illnesses, including diarrhea, one of the main causes of infant mortality. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for infants up to 6 months, yet less than 40% of infants worldwide are exclusively breastfed.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: More Breastfeeding Would Save Lives

Tags: Breastfeeding, Infant Mortality, The Big Latch On

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