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FDA shuts down cheese factory linked to deadly listeria outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shut down production at a Delaware cheese factory linked to a deadly listeria outbreak after an inspection revealed numerous unsanitary conditions that the agency said created a “reasonable probability” that cheese produced there could cause “serious adverse health consequences or death to humans.” Roos Foods Inc., recalled 16 varieties of Hispanic-style cheeses last month after reports of one death in California and seven illnesses in Maryland from listeria infections. Those sickened included mothers and newborn babies. The recall involved all of Roos Foods’ Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita brands, which ... Read More

Exposure to thirdhand smoke an ‘under-appreciated health risk’

The ill effects of cigarettes have been shown to affect not only smokers but also those exposed to the smoke second hand. New research shows that thirdhand smoke – the invisible remnants of tobacco smoke that clings to surfaces and dust particles – could also be putting several billion people at an “under-appreciated health risk.” Even the most courteous of smokers can be leaving behind tobacco residue that can be dangerous, say researchers from the University of California-Riverside. They reference previous studies that show children living with adults who smoke are absent from school 40 percent more days than children ... Read More

California plaintiffs allegedly injured by ExxonMobil contamination win appeal

Dozens of personal injury claims filed by former residents of a Los Angeles County public housing complex against ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial, a California appeals court ruled Sept. 24, reversing a decision of a trial court that found the cases had expired on statute of limitations. Fifty-eight occupants of the Ujima Village Apartments complex who sued ExxonMobil in 2010 after discovering contamination of the land and groundwater at the housing site posed serious health risks argued that those risks weren’t disclosed in 2007, the year county authorities held community meetings to announce future housing options in the event the ... Read More

High blood pressure linked to SSRI use during pregnancy

Studies have revealed how dangerous antidepressants can be to fetuses exposed to the medication in utero, but there has been little research into how the drugs affect the mother’s health. A new study, published in The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, shows that antidepressant use during pregnancy may also put the mother’s health at risk. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are the most prescribed class of antidepressants in the country and include the brand names Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexparo and Prozac. Recent studies have shown using the drugs while pregnant increases a woman’s chance of delivering a baby with ... Read More

Mizuno baseball, softball gloves recalled due to mold

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mizuno USA Inc., of Norcross, Ga., announced a voluntary recall of about 131,000 Mizuno Supreme Series and Ballpark Pro baseball and softball gloves. Some gloves were found to contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems or in individuals who have impaired immune systems. ... Read More

FDA warns of severe liver damage with heart medication

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors and their patients taking Multaq (dronedarone) to treat abnormal heart rhythms that the medication may put users at risk of liver injury. Since the drug was approved by the agency in July 2009, the FDA has received several reports of liver damage with Multaq tablets, including two cases in which patients had to have their livers removed. In both cases, patients were women around the age of 70. One had been on the drug for 4.5 months and the other for 6. Dronedarone was approved by the FDA to treat abnormal ... Read More

San Francisco law would expose cell phone radiation levels

San Francisco, California is poised to become the first city in the United States to order cell phone companies and manufacturers to disclose how much radiation their phones emit. Cell phone use has been linked to cancer and brain tumors by many medical researchers. Other researchers, however, say the studies are inconclusive or reject them outright. The city’s board of supervisors voted 10 to 1 earlier this week in favor of the new law, which would require cell phone vendors to publish the radiation emission levels of all wireless devices in their stores. Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign ... Read More