August 20, 2014

Hospitalizations Too

1 U.S. Deaths from Heart Disease Are Down

Hospitalizations for heart disease as well as the risk of dying within a year of being hospitalized with heart disease are down dramatically over the past decade, says a study of about 34 million Medicare patients. In fact, the number of Medicare patients hospitalized with heart attacks fell 35% from 1999 to 2011 while the number hospitalized for heart failure fell 31%. The risk of dying within a year of being hospitalized with heart failure and stroke fell 13% and was down 23% for those who suffered heart attacks. Lead author Harlan Krumholz, Yale-New Haven Hospital Center, said that while doctors can’t pinpoint any one breakthrough, the improvements can be attributed to better care, early identification and treatment of heart disease, lower smoking rates and cholesterol-lowering statins.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Saturated Fats Don't Cause Heart Disease

Tags: Heart Disease, Medicare, Statins, Stroke, Deaths from Heart Disease, Harlan Krumholz, Yale-New Haven Hospital Center, Heart Disease-Related Deaths

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MaraNatha, Arrrowhead Affected

2 Big Recall for Almond Butter, Peanut Butter

nSpired Natural Foods has voluntarily recalled certain nut butters marketed under the names Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butter, MaraNatha Almond Butter and MaraNatha Peanut Butter. Recalled for potential Salmonella contamination, the nut butters are packaged in glass and plastic jars with best by date ranges through July 2015. Some Kroger, Trader Joe's, Safeway and Whole Foods nut butters are also affected. The FDA has a full list of affected product UPC codes, descriptions and best by date ranges. The potential risk for Salmonella contamination was discovered by the FDA after routine testing. Four illnesses may be associated with the recalled products. Consumers should dispose of products and containers. Call the company at 1-800-937-7008 for a replacement or refund, or questions.

More at FDA | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Peanut Butter Recall for Smucker's Chunky

Tags: NSpired Natural Foods Peanut Butter Recall, Nut Butters Recall, MaraNatha Almond Butters Recall, Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters Recall, Salmonella Contamination

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A McCafe Keurig Pod, Anyone?

3 McDonald's to Sell Coffee in Supermarkets

Apparently McDonald's is coffee king and they want everyone to know it. The fast-food chain announced Tuesday that they are collaborating with Kraft to deliver McCafé brand packaged coffee to supermarkets in early 2015. The coffee varieties will include premium roast, French vanilla and hazelnut. Plus, some flavors will be available for sale in single-serve pods, or K-Cups, for use with Keurig brewing systems. CNN reports that McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said that McDonald's sells more coffee than anyone else in the U.S. Speaking of coffee wars, Kraft was the former distributor of Starbucks coffee in supermarkets. Starbucks put an end to the relationship in 2010.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Debuts Cupcakes to Dubious Germans

Tags: McDonald's McCafe Brand, McCafe Supermarkets, McCafe Keurig Pods, Coffee Wars, New K Cups

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Beware the Noodle

4 Instant Noodles Linked to Heart Risk

Instant noodles may be cheap and easy to prepare, but your heart may not really appreciate them. New research from South Korea found that women who consumed instant noodles twice weekly were 68 more likely to experience metabolic syndrome, which may increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes with symptoms like abdominal obesity and increased cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The finding was independent of other factors. Published in The Journal of Nutrition, the study failed to find the same effect in men. More instant noodles are consumed in South Korea that anywhere else in the world.

More at New York Times | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Thee Witch" Three-Peats in Japanese Eating Contest

Tags: Instant Noodles, Cheap Food Unhealthy, Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors, Surprising Heart Risks, Instant Noodles South Korea

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