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Nature Valley Recalls Products Over Listeria Concerns

The Nature Valley recall affects only the following four flavors: Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar -Honey, Peanut & Almond with Pumpkin Seeds, Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar-Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate, Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar - Roasted Peanut & Honey, and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt.

General Mills has issued a voluntary national recall of four flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars due to the possible presence of listeria. This recall is part of a larger recall of sunflower kernels from supplier SunOpta. At this time, there are no confirmed illnesses related to this supplier recall. This recall only ... Read More »

Essure Birth Control Device Linked to Serious Side Effects, Deaths


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the permanent birth control device Essure after thousands of reports of adverse events including the death of four women and five fetuses. U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro spoke out against Essure, saying she was “deeply disturbed by reports from women about severe adverse health effects they have suffered …” and called for Essure ... Read More »

Hawaii: First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

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On Friday, Hawaii’s governor signed a bill to raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, making them the first state to to raise the smoking age. This law goes into effect Jan. 1 2016 and in addition will also ban the sale, purchase, or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21. Along with the age raise, the ... Read More »

Should We Be More Concerned About The Bird Flu?


The bird flu has infected poultry in 21 states, killing 45 million chickens, doubling the price of eggs, and devastating the poultry industry. This outbreak is the worst outbreak of its kind in U.S. history. This illness hasn’t infected human, and hasn’t placed worry for the safety of the Americans. Though most viruses do not jump from species to species, past outbreak ... Read More »

FDA Plans To Save Lives By Eliminating Trans Fats From Human Food


Trans fat levels are clearly stated on the nutrition labels of the food we eat. But why is it there? Trans fat is considered to be the worst type of fat you can eat, and consuming in high levels can be concerning. Trans fat has been associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, by contributing to the buildup ... Read More »

New Cholesterol Lowering Treatment May Replace Statins

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Statin drugs, such as Lipitor, are some of the most common forms of treatment to lower high cholesterol in patients. These drugs may lower cholesterol by 50 percent. However, statin drugs have their own set of side effects that can be hard to deal with. Not only can statins cause muscle spasms and pain, they have also been associated with an increased ... Read More »

FDA Proposes Plan To Reduce Antibiotic Resistant Illnesses

  Foodborne illness is an issue the FDA takes seriously, especially those that are antibiotic resistant. While the level of food borne illnesses has remained the same, the level of antibiotic resistant ones have increased. Any antibiotic resistant illness is something of concern for the FDA, leading to a $264 million Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. An estimated 2,049,442 antibiotic illnesses have ... Read More »

Spain: First Diphtheria Case Reported Since 1986 In Unvaccinated Child

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A 6 year-old boy was admitted to the ICU in a Barcelona, Spain hospital after falling ill with  diphtheria. The boy was not vaccinated and the first diphtheria illness reported in Spain since 1986. Diphtheria is a highly contagious and dangerous respiratory disease. The illness is caused by a toxin that is produced by certain strains of the bacteria, Corynebacterium diphtheriae. ... Read More »

Rare Strain Of Antibiotic Resistant Tuberculosis Found In Woman


A Maryland based woman has been found to have a rare and potentially deadly drug resistant strain of tuberculosis. She visited Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee in the April, and the Illinois health officials are working on identifying those who may have been exposed to her. She flew into the Chicago O’Hare International Airport from India in April, and sought out treatment for ... Read More »

Sunshine, Tans, And Melanoma


More than 9,000 Americans die every year from melanoma. Between the years 1982 and 2011, melanoma rates had nearly doubled. Without preventative measures in place, melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, will see cases increase over the next 15 years. Skin cancer can be caused by too much exposure to the sun, as well as indoor tanning beds. ... Read More »