Thursday, May 29, 2008

JSM Meat Issues Recall, Possible E. Coli Contamination

Chicago (ChattahBox) - A Chicago-based company, JSM Meat Holdings Co., issued a voluntary meat recall due to a possible E. coli contamination. The actual amount of meat that was recalled is not yet known.

E. coli usually linked with symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, dehydration, as well as kidney failure. It is a potentially fatal disease.

JSM Meat Holdings Co. distributed the meat to 11 different states including Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

The beef recalled consist of 30-pound, 60-pound, and 47-gallon barrels of “MORREALE MEAT” products and all carry the number EST. 6872 where the USDA inspection mark is located.
Overall 15 different labels are included in the recall such as Boneless Chucks, Bonless Clods, Flat Rounds, and Knuckle.

As of this point, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated that there have been no illnesses linked to the recalled beef.
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Mom’s Stress During Pregnancy Increases Allergy, Asthma Risk

New York (ChattahBox) - A new study has shown that pregnant mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress put their babies at an increased risk of developing asthma, and allergies.
Researchers from the Harvard Medical studies women who went through high levels of stress during pregnancy. They looked at a total of nearly 350 infants.

What they found was that the mothers who had experienced the greatest level of stress had more of the chemical known as lgE in their umbilical blood when they gave birth compared to women who did not go through as much stress.

lgE is linked directly to the risk of asthma and various types of allergies The increased risk was seen regardless of the exposure to various levels of dust mites, which also trigger allergies.

Things such as race, medical history, etc. also were found to have no effect on the overall risk.
Stress was found to make women more at risk of allergies due to their immune system weakening. This stress, according to the study, can be passed to the infant.

The findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society’s 2008 International Conference in Toronto.

Relay For Life Brings People Together To Fight Cancer

Philadelphia (ChattahBox) - The Relay for Life campaign kicked off in several states over the weekend, bringing people together for the common cause of raising money towards cancer research.

The Relay for Life was held over the weekend in states such as Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Each each of the events held drew dozens upon dozens of teams taking part in the 24-hour walk. Event event managed to garner around $100,000 which will go towards the fight against cancer.

Things are only going to pick up further from here was well with more events planned for June across the U.S.

The money earned from the Relay for Life go straight to the American Cancer Society.

AHA Rates Heart Healthy Cities For Women In U.S.

Boston (ChattahBox) - The American Heart Association released a study on Monday, revealing the best and worst heart healthy cities in the U.S. for women.

Sperling’s Best Places carried out the study for the American Heart Association.

This goes along with the AHA’s Go Red for Women, raising awareness of heart disease.
Cities were rated based on their cardiac mortality rates, as well as exercise, blood pressure, etc.

The American Heart Association recommends a better diet for women who want to help fight heart disease. Exercise is also something which can help a great deal and lead to a healthier heart.

Top 10 Best Heart Healthy Cities For Women
1. Minneapolis
2. Washington D.C.
3. San Francisco
4. Denver
5. Boston
6. Seattle
7. Portland
8. San Diego
9. Los Angeles
10. Phoenix
Top 10 Worst Heart Healthy Cities For Women
1. Nashville2. St. Louis3. Detroit4. Pittsburgh5. Dallas6. Columbus7. Cincinnati8. Las Vegas9. Cleveland10. Indianapolis

Erectile Dysfunction Found To Warn Of Heart Attack, Stroke

New York (ChattahBox) - A new study has revealed that erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes acts as a warning sign for heart disease and major heart problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.

Nearly 2,500 men took part in the Chinese study, with 25% of them having erectile dysfunction, and none having any sign of heart problems as of yet.

Men who have diabetes and suffer from erectile dysfunction are twice as likely to have heart problems compared to men diabetes who do not have erectile dysfunction.

Over the next four years of the study, 123 of the men suffered from a cardiac event such as a heart attack, heart bypass, clogged arteries, etc. Their risk was much higher and more prevalent in men with diabetes who had erectile dysfunction.

The leader of the study, Dr. Peter Chun-Yip Tong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong stated people need to view erectile dysfunction as a warning for men with diabetes.

The study has been published in the Jorunal of the American College of Cardiology.

Google Health Releases, Patient Records Go Online

Washington (ChattahBox) -Google has announced the launch of the highly-anticipated Google Health, allowing patient medical records to be available over the Internet all of the time.

It appears that the test-period is just about done with as the public beta for Google Health has launched. Google has been testing this service out with the Cleveland Clinic and thousands of patients.

Google Health has launched its public beta, and gives patients full control over their medical records over the Internet. There are many great features to Google Health, such as getting a medical profile based on your history, as well as the ability to find information on whatever condition you may be suffering from.

Once you have all of your information you need, Google Health then allows you to easily look up doctors in the area if you want to do research on your own.

It is a tool that gives patients full control over their medical records.

Church In Minnesota Bans Autistic Boy From Mass

St. Paul (ChattahBox) - A 13-year old autistic boy, Adam Race, has been banned from going to Mass at the Church of St. Joseph in Minnesota.

Last Sunday morning, the mother of the boy tried to take her son to church, but she was met in the driveway by the sheriff, told that she would be arrested if she took him there.

The Church of St. Joseph, located in Bertha, Minnesota, filed a restraining order against the autistic boy.

The 13-year old has a severe case of autism, and has to be home-schooled due to his condition.
Father Dan Walz from the church deemed him as a danger to those who were there, stating he nearly knocks people over, makes noise, etc.

The mother stated that this is false and that they sit in the of the church, remaining quiet.
Things may be settled at a May 19th hearing.