July 25, 2013

Growing Outbreak

1 Rare Parasite Sickens 250 People

More than 250 have become ill and at least eight have been hospitalized from cyclospora, a parasite that may have tainted produce, say health officials. The growing outbreak has been reported in the midwest with 188 cases in IA, 65 in TX, 68 in NE and 4 in WI. Other cases have appeared in IL and KS. No food item has been identified but tainted produce shipped across state lines could be the source. Symptoms of cyclospora infection include persistent diarrhea, fatigue, stomach cramps, muscle aches and fever. The infection is treatable with antibiotics. Since there’s no known natural source of cyclospora in the US, experts believe that imported produce could be the source of the outbreak. Besides judicious cleaning habits, refrigeration slows down the parasite’s ability to infect people.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: House Approves Food Safety Bill

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Fever, Parasite, Tainted Food, Cyclospora, Infected Produce

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Coloring Additive

2 Dannon Urged to Use Berries Over Bugs

Yogurt giant, Dannon, is being urged by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to stop using carmine, a dye extracted from cochineal beetles, to color some of their fruit-flavored yogurt. The nonprofit organization says Dannon should replace bugs with berries. Carmine is used in Strawberry, Cherry, Boysenberry, and Raspberry varieties of Dannon's "Fruit on the Bottom" line as well as the Strawberry flavor of Dannon's Oikos brand. It’s also in two flavors of Dannon's Light and Fit Greek and six Activia yogurts. Besides being possibly offensive, carmine may cause allergic reactions. The FDA now requires carmine to be listed on food labels. Previously it could be listed as “artificial coloring.” CSPI wants carmine to be listed as “insect-derived,” making it easier to avoid.

More at Www.prnewswire.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Replace Movie Popcorn with Yogurs

Tags: Center for Science in the Public Interest, Cochineal Insect Extract, Food Additives, Yogurt, Dannon, Food Coloring, Carmine, Cochineal Beetles, Activia, Oikos

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Blame Hormones?

3 Women’s Cancer Risk Increases with Height

Height increases a woman’s cancer risk, says a new analysis of 20,928 postmenopausal women published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The findings may shed light on factors that influence height and that may play a role in cancer and should not alarm women of stature, say researchers. It’s unknown why height, which may be influenced by factors besides genetics, including nutrition, is associated with cancer risk. The data, collected from the Women’s Health Initiative, indicates that for every 4-inch change in height, there was a 13% higher risk of developing cancer. “Height itself is not a risk factor, but it really appears to be a marker for one or more exposures that influence cancer risk,” says Geoffrey C. Kabat, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University.

More at Www.well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Various Hormones Elevate Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cancer Risk, Height and Cancer Risk, Elevated Height in Women, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Geoffrey C. Kabat, Yeshiva University

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