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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Great Britajn: Müller Wiseman Dairies pasteurised Double Cream recalled

Müller Wiseman Dairies has recalled its Müller Wiseman Dairies pasteurized Double Cream 300 ml because low levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in a limited number of pots. Listeria monocytogenes can cause food poisoning, especially in vulnerable groups and expectant mothers.
Risk
Listeria monocytogenes in Müller Wiseman Dairies pasteurised Double Cream 300ml
Product details
Product: Müller Wiseman Dairies pasteurised Double Cream
Brand: Müller Wiseman Dairies
Pack size: 300 ml
'Use by' date: 2 September 2015
Action taken by the company
Müller Wiseman Dairies has recalled the product and displayed point-of-sale recall notices in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have bought the product. The product has been distributed in Scotland and the North of England to convenience retailers and directly to consumers via doorstep delivery. A copy of the notice can be found via the link below.
No other Müller Wiseman Dairies products are known to be affected.
If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead contact Müller Wiseman Dairies Customer Care:
Email: care@muller-wiseman.co.uk
Tel: 01355 270 629 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Müller Wiseman Dairies Customer Care 159 Glasgow Road
East Kilbride Glasgow G74 4PA

Great Britain: Sainsbury's recalls SO Organic British Double Cream

Sainsbury's recalls SO Organic British Double Cream because low levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in a limited number of pots. Listeria monocytogenes can cause food poisoning, especially in vulnerable groups and expectant mothers.
Risk
Presence of Listeria monocytogenes in SO Organic British Double Cream 300ml
Product details
Product: Sainsbury's SO Organic British Double Cream 300ml
'Use by' date: 2 September 2015
Batch code: 01716184
Action taken by the company
Sainsbury's has recalled the product and displayed point-of-sale recall notices in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have bought the product.No other Sainsbury's products are known to be affected.
If you have bought this product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to your nearest Sainsbury's store for a full refund.

Aldi recalls McCallums Scottish Double Cream due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Aldi recalls McCallums Scottish Double Cream because low levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in a limited number of pots. Listeria monocytogenes can cause food poisoning, especially in vulnerable groups and expectant mothers.
Risk
Presence of Listeria monocytogenes in McCallums Scottish Double Cream 300ml
Product details
Product: McCallums Scottish Double Cream 300ml
'Use by' date: 2 September 2015
Product code: 43090
Action taken by the company
Aldi has recalled the product and displayed point-of-sale recall notices in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have bought the product. A copy of the notice can be found via the link below.
No other Aldi products are known to be affected.
Our advice to consumers
If you have bought this product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to your nearest Aldi store for a full refund.

Great Britain: Iceland Double Cream because Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Iceland recalls Double Cream because low levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in the product
Iceland recalls Double Cream because low levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in a limited number of pots. Listeria monocytogenes can cause food poisoning, especially in vulnerable groups and expectant mothers.
Risk
Presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Double Cream 284ml (10oz)
Product details
Product: Iceland Double Cream 284ml (10oz)
’Use by’ date: 2 September 2015
Action taken by the company
Iceland has recalled the product and displayed point-of-sale recall notices in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have bought the product. A copy of the notice can be found via the link below.
No other Iceland products are known to be affected.
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Our advice to consumers
If you have bought this product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to your nearest Iceland store for a full refund or contact Iceland Customer Care Line on 01244 842 842.

Health Research: Nasal spray device for mental illness ♦ Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding ♦ Blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early

Scientists reveal cellular clockwork underlying inflammation Researchers have uncovered key cellular functions that help regulate inflammation -- a discovery that could have important implications for the treatment of allergies, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. The discovery explains how two particular proteins, Tollip and Tom1, work together to contribute to the turnover of cell-surface receptor proteins that trigger inflammation.
Nasal spray device for mental illness Researchers have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose. This method was found to deliver medicine to the brain with few side effects.
Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion.  The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana
DNA 'clews' used to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells Researchers have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model.
Important steps toward developing a blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States and has a 5-year survival rate of only 6 percent, which is the lowest rate of all types of cancer.  This low survival rate is partially attributed to the difficulty in detecting pancreatic cancer at an early stage.

Cancer Research: A new virus in liver cancer ♦ Tumour suppressor genes curb growth in neighboring cells ♦ Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering 'virus alert'

A new virus in liver cancer More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers have just identified the role of a new virus, hitherto unsuspected, in the occurrence of a rare type of liver cancer.
New strategy improves detection of genetic mutations in hereditary colorectal cancer Enhanced accuracy and reduced turnaround time of testing can provide vital information for patients suspected of having lynch syndrome and their family members, according to a new report.
New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic Tumors are notoriously difficult to study in their natural habitat -- body tissues -- but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior. Researchers have now developed a new technique to create a cell habitat of hydrogels which can realistically and quickly recreate microenvironments found across biology.
Tumor suppressor genes curb growth in neighboring cells Researchers have unraveled a role for tumor suppressor genes in restricting the growth of neighboring cell populations. The study might have implications for understanding the early events of tumorigenesis and the selection of the tumour-initiating cells.
Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering 'virus alert' Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers have found a way to trigger a type of immune system 'virus alert' that may one day boost cancer patients' response to immunotherapy drugs. An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells' ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system.

Women's Health: Heart medications prolong survival in women with ovarian cancer ♦ Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy

Heart medications that target stress may help prolong survival in women with ovarian cancer A new analysis of patient records indicates that certain drugs taken to improve heart health may also have anti-cancer properties.
New embryo image processing technology could assist in IVF implantation success rates Biologists and engineers have developed a new non-invasive image processing technique to visualize embryo formation. Researchers were able to see, for the first time, the movement of all of the cells in living mammalian embryos as they develop under the microscope. This breakthrough has important implications for IVF treatments and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. In the future, this approach could help with embryo selection to improve IVF success rates.
The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after) Dramatic research has shown that during pregnancy, cells of the fetus often migrate through the placenta, taking up residence in many areas of the mother's body, where their influence may benefit or undermine maternal health.
Women with hypertension in pregnancy and their siblings face increased risk of heart disease High blood pressure during pregnancy is a risk factor for future hypertension and cardiovascular disease, but it’s not clear if this increased risk is because these women are more likely to have a family history of heart disease or if elevated blood pressure during pregnancy causes long-term metabolic and vascular abnormalities.

Prenatal Research: Lack of folic acid enrichment in Europe causes mortality among fetuses ♦ Better maternal diet linked to lower risk of heart abnormalities in babies at birth

Some radiation okay for expectant mother and fetus During pregnancy, approximately 5 to 8 percent of women sustain traumatic injuries, including fractures and muscle tears. To help evaluate and manage these injuries, orthopaedic surgeons often recommend radiographs and other imaging studies. Most diagnostic studies are generally safe, and the radiation doses from these studies are well below thresholds considered risky.
Parents' preconception exposure to environmental stressors can disrupt early development Even before a child is conceived, the parents' exposure to environmental stressors can alter the way genes are expressed and ultimately harm the child's health when those genes are passed down to the next generation.
Better maternal diet linked to lower risk of heart abnormalities in babies at birth A relatively healthy diet before pregnancy is linked to a lower rate of certain heart abnormalities in babies at birth
Lack of folic acid enrichment in Europe causes mortality among fetuses A new international study shows that 5,000 fetuses in Europe annually are affected by spina bifida and other severe defects on the central nervous system. Seventy percent of these pregnancies are terminated, while increased mortality and serious diseases affect the children who are born. At least half of the cases can be avoided by adding folic acid to staple foods as is already being done in 70 non-European countries

Children's Health: Interrupting sitting with walking breaks improves children's blood sugar ♦ Four-day school week can improve academic performance,

Association between transient newborn hypoglycemia, 4th grade achievement A study matching newborn glucose concentration screening results with fourth-grade achievement test scores suggests that early transient newborn hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) was associated with lower test scores at age 10.
Four-day school week can improve academic performance, Shortening the school week to four days has a positive impact on elementary school students' academic performance in mathematics.
Interrupting sitting with walking breaks improves children's blood sugar Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting.
To get girls more interested in computer science, make classrooms less 'geeky' A new study found that three times as many female high school students were interested in enrolling in a computer science class if the classroom was designed to be less 'geeky' and more inviting.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Health Research: How language shapes our ability to process information ♦ Advance toward more effective, long-lasting flu vaccine ♦ Antibiotic use linked to type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Bilingualism and the brain: How language shapes our ability to process information In an increasingly globalised world, there are many practical benefits to speaking two languages rather than one. Even in the US, which is largely monolingual, more than 20 percent of the population is now thought to speak a second language
Major advance toward more effective, long-lasting flu vaccine Medical researchers have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes -- work that could one day eliminate the need for repeated seasonal flu shots.
Flu vaccinations make sense for elderly, study suggests Amid debate about whether flu vaccination really helps the elderly, a new study provides fresh evidence that it does. Researchers found vaccines well matched to the year's flu strain significantly reduce deaths and hospitalizations compared to when the match is poor, suggesting that vaccination indeed makes a difference. They project that well-matched vaccines saves thousands of lives every flu season.
Blood vessel cells help tumors evade the immune system A new study is the first to suggest that cells in the tumor blood vessels contribute to a local environment that protects the cancer cells from tumor-killing immune cells. The results can contribute to the development of better immune-based cancer therapies.
Antibiotic use linked to type 2 diabetes diagnosis People who developed type 2 diabetes tended to take more antibiotics in the years leading up to the diagnosis than people who did not have the condition.

Health News: Intractable pain may find relief in tiny gold rods ♦ Millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco ♦ US hospitals flout CDC recommendations that prevent infections



Intractable pain may find relief in tiny gold rods Scientists have developed a technique that could lead to therapies for pain relief in people with intractable pain, potentially including cancer-related pain. The team coated gold nanorods with a special type of protein that transports fat within the body known as a lipoprotein. This allowed the nanorods to bind efficiently to nerve cell membranes bearing a pain receptor. Gold nanorods are tiny rods that are 1-100 nanometers wide and long. In comparison, a human hair is 100,000 nanometers wide.
Something to chew on: Millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers have concluded. The study estimates that in 2010 alone smokeless tobacco resulted in more than 62,000 deaths due to cancers of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus and accounted for more than 200,00 deaths from heart disease.
US hospitals flout CDC recommendations that prevent infections There is significant variability regarding how clinicians manage catheters placed in the arteries of patients in intensive care units, research shows. Some practices may increase risk of infection associated with these catheters. Fewer than half of those surveyed complied with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infection prevention guidelines for arterial catheter insertions.
Influenza vaccines provide moderate protection throughout the entire flu season Individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to 6 months post-vaccination, the duration of most flu seasons.

Cancer Research: New blood test for colon cancer ♦ Electrical control of cancer cell growth ♦ Reprogramming of cancer cells possible

New blood test for colon cancer improves colonoscopy screening results Thanks in part to screening technologies like colonoscopy; colon cancer is often detected in its earliest stages. Researchers have now found a way to screen blood samples for molecular traces that indicate the presence of precancerous polyps in the colon, a key warning sign for colon cancer.
Scientists discover electrical control of cancer cell growth The molecular switches regulating human cell growth do a great job of replacing cells that die during the course of a lifetime. But when they misfire, life-threatening cancers can occur. Research has now revealed a new electrical mechanism that can control these switches.
Discovery of new code makes reprogramming of cancer cells possible Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy
Viral infection in colon cancer stem cells mimicked; druggable target identified Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells – the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse – have discovered a mechanism to mimic a virus and potentially trigger an immune response to fight the cancer like an infection.
The DNA damage response goes viral: A way in for new cancer treatments  Researchers show how DNA repair proteins sound the alarm to threats, pointing to a novel cancer therapy.

Cardiovascular Research: New test for heart disease is noninvasive ♦ Supercomputers listen to the heart ♦ E-health vital in battle against heart disease say cardiology leader

Supercomputers listen to the heart New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies. The studies focused on how heart valve tissue responds to realistic blood flow. The new models can help doctors make more durable repair and replacement of heart valves
Tests used to measure internal bleeding for patients taking two popular drugs may not be reliable While internal bleeding may be uncommon as a result of taking blood thinners such as Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) and Eliquis® (apixaban), the normal coagulation tests physicians use to check for the side effect of bleeding may not be reliable.
Spouses of stroke survivors face lingering health issues Caregiver spouses of stroke survivors are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues that may continue for years after stroke. Spouses of stroke survivors reported lower scores in several mental and physical areas -- more health issues affecting their lives, less vitality, and reduced social function -- not only during the first years after stroke but also in the long-term.
New test for heart disease is noninvasive A new, noninvasive technology employs CT scans to detect coronary artery disease. The system calculates how much blood is flowing through diseased coronary arteries that have narrowed due to a buildup of plaque. The patient does not need an invasive angiogram that involves threading a catheter to the heart.
E-health vital in battle against heart disease say cardiology leaders E-health is vital to winning the battle against heart disease, cardiology leaders said. The novel paper outlines how the ESC will exploit e-health in education and research, while tackling issues of quality control and data security.

New Zealand: Chocolate Bavarian Cheese Cake recalled

Recalled food products: Everyday Entertainer Brand Chocolate Bavarian Cheesecake (450g)
The product has been sold in Countdown supermarkets throughout New Zealand.
The New Zealand Dessert Company is initiating a recall of a batch of the Everyday Entertainer Brand Chocolate Bavarian Cheesecake (450g) (Best Before: 03/01/2017) as the product may contain Bacillus cereus.
The affected product should not be consumed. There have been no consumer reports of illness, however any person concerned about their health should seek medical advice.
Consumers should return the products to their retailer for a full refund or phone 07 542 2966 between 9 am and 5 pm with any queries.
This recall does not affect any other Everyday Entertainer brand products.
The New Zealand Dessert Company 38 Enterprise Drive, Papamoa Beach, Tauranga   07 542 2966

Sara Lee®, Kroger®, Bimbo®, Nature’s Harvest®, Great Value and L’Oven Fresh® bread recalled due to glass fragments

Bimbo Bakeries USA has initiated a voluntary regional recall of certain bread products under the Sara Lee®, Kroger®, Bimbo®, Nature’s Harvest®, Great Value and L’Oven Fresh® brands due to the possible presence of fragments of glass caused by a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries.
Recalled products are the fresh bread products listed below with Best By Date, UPC Code and Bakery Code 1658 that were bought in the states listed below. The Best By Date can be found on the lower front/top third of the bag, the Bakery Code is to the left of the Best By Date. The UPC Code can be found in the bottom right corner on the back/bottom of the bag.
The company announced the recall after receiving 3 consumer reports of small pieces of glass found on the outside of the bread. There are no reports of injury.
All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. No other products are affected.
Consumers who have purchased the product can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-984-0989 at any time 24 hours a day.
RECALLED PRODUCT
Product Name/Description
Best By Date
UPC Code
Bakery Code
States
Kroger 100% Whole Wheat Round Top Bread 16 oz
SEP 01
1111000132
1658
VA
L’Oven Fresh Fit & Active Multigrain Bread 20 oz
AUG 31
4149821093
1658
GA, NC, SC, VA
Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20 oz
SEP 01
7294560134
1658
GA, NC, SC, VA
Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread 20 oz
SEP 01
7294560136
1658
GA, NC, SC, VA
Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread 16 oz
SEP 01
7294561103
1658
FL, GA, NC, SC, VA
Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread Twinpack 2 lbs 8oz
SEP 01
7294561159
1658
NC, SC, VA
Sara Lee Delightful Healthy Multi-Grain Bread Twinpack 2 lbs 8 oz
AUG 29
7294561169
1658
AL, FL, GA, NC, SC
Sara Lee Delightful Healthy Multi-Grain Bread 20 oz
SEP 01
7294571588
1658
FL, GA, SC
Sara Lee Delightful 100% Whole Wheat made with Real Honey Bread 20oz
AUG 29
7294571589
1658
FL, GA, SC
Bimbo 100% Whole Wheat Bread 16oz
SEP 01
7432309230
1658
AL, FL, GA, NC, OH, SC, TN
Nature's Harvest Stoneground 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20oz
SEP 01
7870080162
1658
AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA, WV
Nature's Harvest Stoneground 100% Whole Wheat Bread twinpack 2 lbs 8oz
SEP 01
7870080168
1658
FL, GA, NC, VA
Great Value 100% Whole Wheat Roundtop Bread 16oz
SEP 01
7874207448
1658
NC, VA
Great Value 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20oz
SEP 01
7874236690
1658
NC, SC, VA