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General Mills Issues Flour Recall Due to Salmonella Concerns

General Mills Issues Flour Recall Due to Salmonella ConcernsMONDAY, May 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) – General Mills has recalled four varieties of its Gold Medal flour because of concerns over potential contamination with salmonella.The recalled flour has “better if used by” dates of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recalled products are both bleached and unbleached all-purpose flour in 2-, 5- and 10-pound bags. Other types of Gold Medal flour are not affected by the recall. Those who find recalled flour in their pantries should throw it out, the company said. The recall was issued after a sampling of the 5-pound size flour detected the potential presence of the bacteria.The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommend that consumers don’t eat raw...

Child Drowning Tragedies Can Be Prevented

30 April 2023
Child Drowning Tragedies Can Be PreventedSUNDAY, April 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Drowning isn’t always accompanied by the stereotypical flailing and cries for help.It can happen wherever there’s water, including streams, lakes, water parks, bathtubs and even toilets.It’s also often preventable, according to an expert from Penn State Health, who offered tips for parents as water recreation season begins.“A child can drown in less than 2 inches of water,” said Jen Lau, manager of the Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa.About two-thirds of drownings among infants happen in a bathtub, Lau noted. They should always be supervised and within arm’s reach while bathing.“We’ve seen cases where the briefest distractions have led to tragedy,” Lau...

How Junk Food Ads Play on Your Emotions

27 April 2023
How Junk Food Ads Play on Your EmotionsTHURSDAY, April 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Those TV ads for juicy burgers may trigger your emotions, making you believe you’ll be happier if you run out and get one for yourself.Unfortunately, a similar ad for salad does not appear to have the same emotional impact, according to new research from the University of Michigan."Many people think that eating highly processed foods like cheeseburgers and french fries will make them happier, and these beliefs are especially strong in people struggling to control their intake of highly processed foods," said study author Jenna Cummings, a former University of Michigan research fellow. "Regulating fast-food advertisements and changing beliefs about how highly processed foods affect emotions could help people eat more nutritious foods," she...

The Data Is In: Cranberry Juice Does Help Prevent UTIs

26 April 2023
The Data Is In: Cranberry Juice Does Help Prevent UTIsWEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women have heard for decades that cranberry products help prevent urinary tract infections. A new study appears to confirm that longstanding advice.About 60% of women over age 18 will suffer one or more urinary tract infections in their lifetime. About 30% will have recurrent UTIs, averaging two to three episodes a year, according to background notes with the study. A review of 50 randomized controlled trials found that taking cranberry supplements or drinking the juice reduced the risk of having repeat symptoms for a UTI by more than 25%.In children, cranberry products reduced these infections by more than 50%.People who were susceptible to a repeat infection after medical treatment such as antibiotics or probiotics saw a 53%...

USDA Cracks Down on Salmonella in Breaded Stuffed Raw Chicken Products

26 April 2023
USDA Cracks Down on Salmonella in Breaded Stuffed Raw Chicken ProductsWEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to get tougher on Salmonella bacteria found in breaded, stuffed raw chicken products, the agency announced Tuesday. About 1.35 million people are infected with Salmonella bacteria each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a quarter of the nation’s Salmonella infections are caused by eating poultry.“USDA is taking science-based, decisive action to drive down Salmonella illnesses linked to poultry products,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a USDA news release. “Today’s proposal represents the first step in a broader effort to control Salmonella contamination in all poultry products, as well as a continued commitment to...

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