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Sunday, March 23, 2014

3/23/14 Health News • Delaware didn’t inspect Cheese Plant that caused Listeria Infections ♦ Vitamin D Helps Breast Cancer Survival ♦ Coffee Fuels Drive for Drugs for Parkinson’s to Dementia

Delaware didn’t inspect Cheese Plant that caused Listeria Infections
The Delaware News Journal reported the reason not to inspect cheese producers like Roos Foods before it was shut down for Listeria was Delaware never sought expanded food safety inspection powers.
State rules kept blinders on local inspectors who made quarterly sanitation and compliance checks in a separate section where sour cream was produced in the same plant building that sent cheese to 10 eastern states, Texas and California. Continue Reading

Vitamin D Enhances Breast Cancer Survival
Women with high levels of vitamin D in their blood when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are almost twice as likely to survive as those with low levels of vitamin D, according to a meta-analysis published in the March issue of Anticancer Research. The meta-analysis looked at 5 studies of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) that reported hazard ratios for mortality from breast cancer by quintiles of the vitamin. Combined, the studies involved 4443 patients with breast cancer. Continue Reading
Coffee Fuels Drive for Drugs for Parkinson’s to Dementia

For clues to treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, scientists are looking at their morning cup of joe. What they’ve found is that caffeine, the world’s most widely used drug, does more than wake people up. It’s been linked to improvements in memory and appears to protect against the destruction of brain cells. One study found that people who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a 40 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. Emboldened by these findings, some companies have been designing drugs to replicate those benefits.Continue Reading.

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