August 23, 2013

21% Pose a Serious Threat

1 FDA Product Recalls Now Top 100 Per Week

According to the latest weekly Enforcement Report issued by the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA is currently recalling over 100 food items, drugs, and medical devices each week. Of the 1,333 total products recalled in the past sixty days, 282, or 21 percent, were designated as Class I recalls, the most serious classification, reserved for items that pose the possibility of life-threatening illness or death. And while only one out of every five products recalled in that period was a food or beverage, food and beverage items represented 56 percent of the Class I recalls. Two-thirds of all recalls are designated Class II, meaning a risk of lesser or temporary health problems. Also noteworthy, more recalls are ordered by product manufacturers themselves than by the FDA.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

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Tags: Food and Drug Administration, FDA Recalls, Food and Drug Recalls, Dangerous Products, Rising Number of Products Recalled

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“Coded” for 45 Minutes

2 Man Declared Dead, Comes Back to Life

Anthony Yahle, 37, was declared dead after doctors exhausted all efforts to revive him, but came to life when his 17 year old son, upon hearing of the death of his father, yelled, “Dad, you’re not going to die today.” What happened next is a miracle, said Dr. Raja Nazir, Yahle’s cardiologist at Kettering Medical Center, Ohio. Yahle’s heart monitor showed signs of life and slowly the team was able to revive him. He was transferred to Ohio State University Hospital and went home days later with a defibrillator in his chest. Yahle is home resting and is planning to return to work this week. He has no memory of his near-death experience. "He doesn't have one broken rib," said his wife, Melissa, a nurse. "He's not sore. These are things that just clinically don't happen."

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

Previously: Man Comes Back to Life at His Funeral

Tags: Ohio State University, Anthony Yahle, Dr. Raja Nazir, Kettering Medical Center, Dead Man Comes Back to Life

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Strike a Copper Balance

3 Copper Suspected as Alzheimer's Trigger

Copper could act a trigger for Alzheimer's disease, say researchers. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center believe that copper may prevent toxic proteins from exiting the brain. If the proteins accumulate, brain plaque is formed. In the study, mice were exposed to low levels of copper in drinking water for three months. The mice exhibited a buildup of amyloid beta, a toxic protein in the brain. Amyloid beta is a component of amyloid plaques, which have been connected to Alzheimer's disease. Copper is essential for the body, but scientists say that it's important to strike a balance in consumption. Copper is in nuts, some fruits and vegetables, red meat, and drinking water from copper pipes.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Melatonin May Protect Against Alzheimers

Tags: Causes of Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease Triggers, Health Dangers Copper, University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Neurosurger, Amyloid Beta

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1.86 Doesn't Cut It

4 Oreo Double Stuf Scandal Revealed

Oreo Double Stuf cookies don't actually contain a double helping of creme! According to students in a math class in an upstate New York high school, Double Stuf is really just 1.86 stuff. What can you expect from a cookie whose name is missing an "f?" The consumer math students weighed the cookies and used mathematical equations to find the real truth about that creme filling. The students also found that Mega Stuf Oreos are only 2.68 times larger than the regular Oreo cookies. However, the Oreo folks aren't buying this math. They say that Double Stuf does actually contain double the creme filling compared to regular Oreo cookies.

More at A Recursive Process | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Oreo Double Stuf, Math Class Projects, Calculating Creme Center Oreo, Mega Stuf Oreo

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