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Tuesday
Dec292009

Midwest E. Coli Scare Also Effecting Restaurants Nationwide

Image courtesy of www.ecoliblog.com.

As a precaution, National Steak and Poultry is recalling approximately 248,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. This form of the bacteria is among the more dangerous ones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bloody diarrhea and stomach pains are the most common signs of this form of the bacteria, according to the CDC, but adds that people shouldn’t except it to be accompanied by a big fever, if any at all.

The greatest concern is for children under five years old and the elderly. In especially vulnerable people, this form of the bacteria can cause damage to red blood cells and kidneys. This only happens to about one-in-50 people, says the CDC, but without hospitalization, they can die.

This recent outbreak came to light through an investigation by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Friday
Nov202009

New Research Shows Anti-Inflammatory/ Immune System Protective Benefit of Eating Fish

We’ve known for a longtime that omega-3 fatty acids in fish have numerous health benefits. The Mayo Clinic has found evidence from multiple studies that recommend the intake of dietary fish or fish oil supplements to:

    Foods and supplements rich in omega-3. By Medindia.com.

  • Slightly lower blood pressure.
  • Reduce the likelihood heart attacks.
  • Reduce the likelihood of dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Reduce the likelihood of strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease.
  • Lower triglycerides (the chemical form in which most fat exists in food as well as in the body).
  • Reduce inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks the joints), and Crohn’s Disease (an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract).

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Wednesday
Sep162009

A Few More Reasons to Love Caffeine

Courtesy of healthhype.com

Most of us can’t start the day without at least one cup of caffeinated coffee. The obvious reason is that it wakes us up and makes us more alert. The International Food Information Council calls caffeine in low doses “a mild stimulant to the central nervous system.”

The council suggests that “moderate caffeine consumption for the general healthy population is about 300 mg per day, or about three eight-ounce cups of coffee.” So! Are their any benefits to consuming caffeinated drinks besides making us more alert? The answer is a huge ‘yes,’ according to a report by WebMD, which finds that beyond improving mental alertness, in moderate amounts, caffeine can alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as asthma and low blood pressure.

It appears that caffeine can improve the airway functions ‘somewhat’ in people with asthma for up to four hours. Caffeine has also been shown to elevate low blood pressure in older people, which can help alleviate problems such as dizziness when standing up.

WebMD also found that caffeine can contribute as an inhibitor to the development of certain medical conditions, such as:

  • Gallstones
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Parkinson’s Disease

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Monday
Jul272009

Undiagnosed Celiac Disease Contributing to Premature Deaths, Says Mayo Clinic Study

 

Celiac Disease- more commonly known as the gluten allergy making people unable to eat grains such as wheat, rye, and barley- is becoming an increasingly lethal problem in America, according to Dr. Joseph Murray, the Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist who led a study published this month in Gastroenterology.

“It now affects about one in every 100 people. Part of the problem is that Celiac Disease symptoms are variable and can be mistaken for other diseases that are more common, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

“Some studies have suggested that for every person who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, there are 30 who have it, but are not diagnosed. Also, given the nearly quadrupled mortality risk for silent Celiac Disease that we have shown in our study, getting more patients and health professionals to consider the possibility of the disease is important,” said Murray.

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Thursday
Jul162009

Parents and Schools: Joining Together to Make Food Allergy Management Work

Making sure students with food allergies are safe in schools is always a community effort joining everyone together- parents, the allergic children, schoolmates, medical providers, school faculty, and public officials who make policy.

The greatest advocates though for allergic children must always be their parents. This was a key theme of the third and final session of the School Nutrition Foundation’s webinar series dealing with food allergies.

Parents are the ones who must both inform everyone else about their children’s medical issues as well as become educated about what benefits their children are entitled to have.

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