Sunday, November 21, 2010

Olay sweepstakes: Meet Carrie Underwood prizes include Oil of Olay products

Sunday, November 21, 2010 0
Olay sweepstakes: Meet Carrie Underwood prizes include Oil of Olay products

Carrie Underwood 24X36 Poster New!! #08Olay is hosting an official sweepstakes where the grand prize is a chance to meet Carrie Underwood at one of her concerts. Five lucky winners will get 2 VIP concert tickets to see Carrie Underwood play at Yakima, Washington and a pre-show meet and greet with Carrie. Travel and hotel accommodations are included in the grand prize as well as a deluxe Olay facial cleansing prize pack.

There will be 10 2nd prize winners and they will receive Olay gear and an Olay prize pack. An additional 60 winners will receive an Olay Facial Cleansing Product: Olay Daily Facials, Dual Action Cleanser + Pore Scrub or Deep Purifying Mud Cleanser. The last day to enter the Olay Sweepstakes is November 22, 2010; the winner will be announced on November 23, 2010.

You may sign up for the sweepstakes here: Carrie Underwood Olay Sweepstakes http://www.facebook.com/olay#!/olay

GNC Vitamins: Men's Mega Men Multivitamin, Timed Release Caplets

GNC Vitamins: Men's Mega Men Multivitamin, Timed Release Caplets

GNC MEGA MEN Multivitamins 90 Caplets (EXP:04/2012) NEW FormulaWhen it comes to vitamins no other brand may be as widely recognized as GNC. GNC vitamins are a popular choice for men and women of all ages. Here's a quick look at GNC's Men's Mega Men Multivitamin, timed release caplets.

This formulated blend consists of plenty of vitamins and minerals combined with a number of herbal extracts that have been formulated for a man's varying needs. Two capsules of the timed release vitamins deliver 5,000 IU of Vitamin A, 300 IU Vitamin C, 1600 IU Vitamin D, 30 IU Vitamin E, 80 mcg Vitamin K, 50 mg Thiamin (Vitamin B1), 50 mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 50 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3), 50 mg Vitamin B6, 400 mcg Folate, Folic Acid and Folacin, 50 mcg Vitamin B12, 300 mcg Biotin, 50 mg Pantothenic Acid, 200 mg Calcium, 150 mcg Iodine, 100 mg Magnesium, 25 mg Zinc, 200 mcg Selenium, 2 mg Copper, 2 mg Manganese, 120 mcg Chromium, and 75 mcg Molybdenum. In addition to the vitamins and minerals, these GNC vitamins also contain the following herbs.

100 mg Proprietary Amino Acid blend (L-taurine, L-methionine, L-glutamine, L-carnitine). Antioxidant fruit and vegetable blend 105 mg (the following are included in the fruit and vegetable blend: orange peel powder, pumpkin seed meal, saw palmetto berry, acai fruit powder, cranberry fruit powder, blueberry pumace powder, pomegranate fruit powder, broccoli powder, spinach leaves powder,elderberry fruit powder, and tomato powder).

The following are also included: 25 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid, 40 mg Green Tea Leaf Extract, 10 mg Choline, 10 mg Inositol, 4 mg silica, 2 mg boron, 950 mcg Lutemax 2020 Lutein, 950 mcg Lycopene, 190 mcg Zeaxanthin, 50 mcg Astaxanthin, and 10 mcg Vanadium.

As you can see, these vitamins are jam packed with nutrients that men may lack in their diet. We spoke with several men who have used the vitamins and they reported that they found them easy to swallow, gentle on the stomach, and provided increased energy. Another user who wished to remain anonymous said he believed his libido was increased after taking the vitamins.

Directions are simple; take two capsules daily with food and store in cool, dry place.

Have you taken Men's Mega Men Multivitamin, Timed Release Caplet? If so, please leave your reviews below.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Darvon and Darvocet latest news: FDA pulls drug from market

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Darvon and Darvocet latest news: FDA pulls drug from market


The FDA announced that the pharmaceutical company Xanodyne has aggreed to pull the drugs Darvon and Darvocet from the market. Darvon and Darvocet are brand names for the drug propoxyphene. The FDA requested the drug be pulled after new data showed an increase in fatal heart ryhtm abnormalities in users.

You may read the full statement by the FDA below.

Xanodyne agrees to withdraw propoxyphene from the U.S. market 
 
Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. which makes Darvon and Darvocet, the brand version of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene, has agreed to withdraw the medication from the U.S. market at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has also informed the generic manufacturers of propoxyphene-containing products of Xanodyne’s decision and requested that they voluntarily remove their products as well.

The FDA sought market withdrawal of propoxyphene after receiving new clinical data showing that the drug puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. As a result of these data, combined with other information, including new epidemiological data, the agency concluded that the risks of the medication outweigh the benefits. 

“The FDA is pleased by Xanodyne’s decision to voluntarily remove its products from the U.S. market,” said John Jenkins, M.D., director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “These new heart data significantly alter propoxyphene’s risk-benefit profile. The drug’s effectiveness in reducing pain is no longer enough to outweigh the drug’s serious potential heart risks.”
The FDA is advising health care professionals to stop prescribing propoxyphene to their patients, and patients who are currently taking the drug should contact their health care professional as soon as possible to discuss switching to another pain management therapy.

Propoxyphene is an opioid used to treat mild to moderate pain. First approved by the FDA in 1957, propoxophene is sold by prescription under various names both alone (e.g., Darvon) or in combination with acetaminophen (e.g., Darvocet).

Since 1978, the FDA has received two requests to remove propoxyphene from the market. Until now, the FDA had concluded that the benefits of propoxyphene for pain relief at recommended doses outweighed the safety risks of the drug.

In January 2009, the FDA held an advisory committee meeting to address the efficacy and safety of propoxyphene. After considering the data submitted with the original drug applications for propoxyphene, as well as subsequent medical literature and postmarketing safety databases, the committee voted 14 to 12 against the continued marketing of propoxyphene products. In making this recommendation, the committee noted that additional information about the drug’s cardiac effects would be relevant in weighing its risks and benefits.
In June 2009, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) recommended that the marketing authorizations for propoxyphene be withdrawn across the European Union. A phased withdrawal of propoxyphene is underway.

In July 2009, the FDA decided to permit continued marketing, but required that a new boxed warning be added to the drug label alerting patients and health care professionals to the risk of a fatal overdose. In addition, the agency required Xanodyne to conduct a new safety study assessing unanswered questions about the effects of propoxyphene on the heart.

The agency now has reviewed the data from that study, which show that, even when taken at recommended doses, propoxyphene causes significant changes to the electrical activity of the heart. These changes, which can be seen on an electrocardiogram (ECG), can increase the risk for serious abnormal heart rhythms that have been linked to serious adverse effects, including sudden death. The available data also indicate that the risk of adverse events for any particular patient (even patients who have taken the drug for many years) is subject to change based on small changes in the health status of the patient, such as dehydration, a change in medications, or decreased kidney function.

“With the new study results, for the first time we now have data showing that the standard therapeutic dose of propoxyphene can be harmful to the heart,” said Gerald Dal Pan, M.D., M.H.S., director of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, CDER. “However, long-time users of the drug need to know that these changes to the heart’s electrical activity are not cumulative. Once patients stop taking propoxyphene, the risk will go away.”

Xanodyne is based in Newport, Ky.

Vigor-25 latest news: FDA warns consumers stop using Vigor-25

Vigor-25 latest news: FDA warns consumers stop using Vigor-25

The FDA warned consumers to stop using the male sexual stimulant Vigor-25 after it was determined the product contains an undisclosed hidden ingredient. Though Vigor-25 is marketed as a herbal formula to help enhance male sexual performance, Vigor-25 contains the drug sildenafil. Sildenafil is also found in Viagra.

According to the FDA, “Sildenafil may interact with prescription drugs known as nitrates, including nitroglycerin, and can dangerously lower blood pressure. The FDA is investigating the reported death of a 26-year old man, possibly associated with the use of Vigor-25. 

Vigor-25, distributed by Piston Corp., is sold on Internet sites and possibly in some retail outlets.

“This product is dangerous to consumers because it claims to contain only natural ingredients when it actually contains a prescription drug ingredient,” said Deborah M. Autor, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Tainted products place consumers at risk of injury and death, especially those consumers with underlying health conditions.”

The FDA has found many products marketed as dietary supplements for sexual enhancement during the past several years that can be harmful because they contain active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs or variations of these ingredients. Sexual enhancement products promising rapid effects (e.g., claim to work in minutes to hours) or long-lasting effects (e.g., claim to last 24-72 hours) are likely to contain a contaminant.

The FDA advises consumers who have experienced any negative side effects from sexual enhancement products to stop using such products and consult a health care professional and to safely discard the product. The FDA urges health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or side effects from use of Vigor-25 to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax:
·         Complete and submit the report online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
·         Download form or call 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form or submit by fax to 800-FDA-0178

Consumers also are urged to report suspected criminal activity regarding sexual enhancement products, including Vigor-25, to the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) by calling 800-551-3989 or by reporting it on the OCI website at www.fda.gov/OCI.

Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus sings “Hallelujah” in Macy's (1000 Random Acts of Culture video)



Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus sings “Hallelujah” in Macy's (1000 Random Acts of Culture video)

This may be one of the most amazing videos you'll ever witness. The Opera Company of Philadelphia has joined the Knight Foundation on a mission of “1,000 Random Acts of Culture” and what happened at a Macy's store is simply incredible.

Messiah (George Frederick Handel) London Philharmonic OrchestraApproximately 650 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia were intermingling amongst holiday shoppers. You could hear the organ play then lo and behold, the choir broke into song.  Suddenly, at 12:00 noon, what appeared to be holiday shoppers opened their mouths and began singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

What was so amazing, more than the heavenly voices that turned Macy's into a holy cathedral, was the response. People literally stopped shopping, stood motionless, and were emotionally moved and touched by the presentation.

When the performance was over people clapped thunderous applause of praise.

You may find out more regarding Random Acts of Culture at their website here: http://www.knightarts.org/random-acts-of-culture You may see the video below.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hair care tips: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

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Hair care tips: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask - 6 ozYou may have heard of a beauty mask for your face, but how about for your hair? Neutrogena has created a concentrated product that is used weekly specifically for over-processed, color treated or extremely dry hair: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask.

The hair mask is made with Meadowfoam Seed oil, Olive Fruit oil and sweet almond oil to nourish dry thirsty hair. Olive oil will help the product penetrate through hair layers to reach the driest areas while Meadowfoam seed moisturizes the middle layers of the hair. Sweet Almond oil coats the surface ensuring that your hair is not only moisturized, but is thoroughly nourished on the inside. The result is silky soft hair that is stronger and protected.

To apply Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask just apply a small amount after washing your hair and while hair is still wet. Work the product through hair to the ends and leave in for 3-5 minutes. You may leave it in longer if preferred. Rinse thoroughly than style as you typically would.

You should use Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask at least once per week for best results.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Buying gold bullion, gold bars, and gold coins in unsteady economic times

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Buying gold bullion, gold bars, and gold coins in unsteady economic times

The United States has felt the impact of a struggling economy for years and though many political promises have been made, things aren’t looking much better. As the weakening dollar continues to lose value, more people are buying gold bullion, gold bars and gold coins than ever before. Often seen as a hedge and protection during unsteady economic times, there may never be a better time to invest in gold than now.

The United States Gold Bureau provides a wealth of information for your investing needs and can answer any questions you may have about buying gold. They are listed with the Better Business Bureau and have years of experience in the business. You may find more information on the United States Gold Bureau in the link above.

Burt’s Bees: Bug Bite Relief

Burt’s Bees: Bug Bite Relief

Burt's Bees Bug Bite Relief 0.25 oz stickIf you’ve ever looked for something to stop the itching in bug bites quickly and efficiently, yet wanted to ensure that the product you used was made of natural ingredients then the search is over. Burt’s Bees Bug Bite Relief is 100% natural and uses a blend of herbal essential oils to quickly calm and soothe bug bites.

The medicinal herbs used in Burt’s Bees Bug Bite Relief include a mixture of 0.4% camphor and 0.2% menthol prepared in an herbal base of beeswax, rice bran wax, grapeseed oil, orange oil, tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, stem clove oil, lavender Bulgarian oil, shea butter and tocopherol. Tocopherol is an organic compound rich with Vitamin E. In addition to the medicinal properties of menthol and camphor, lavender oil, tea tree oil and stem clove oil are widely used to treat irritated skin, including insect bites.

Burt’s Bees: Doctor Burt’s Res-Q Ointment

Burt’s Bees: Doctor Burt’s Res-Q Ointment

When it comes to natural beauty, one Company has made a name for itself: Burt’s Bees. Doctor Burt’s Res-Q Ointment is made with natural ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, beeswax, cocoa butter wheat germ oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lavender Oil, Comfrey Leaf, and root extracts. You can place Doctor Burt’s Res-Q Ointment on cuts, burns, stings, or other minor abrasions for quick healing.

Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment, .6-Ounces (Pack of 3)Sweet Almond oil moisturizes skin while lavender oil is widely used for its healing properties, particularly with burns. Lavender oil also contains natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties and is often used in the treatment of skin ailments ranging from psoriasis to acne.

Due to the natural ingredients, it is often used on children when they encounter various scrapes or insect bites.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Buying gold remains popular during unsteady U.S. economy

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Buying gold remains popular during unsteady U.S. economy

The gold market remains a popular investing choice during the unsteady U.S. economy. With so many factors contributing to investing decisions, many financial experts agree that one of the best investments you can make is to buy gold. Gold remains a steady commodity and even with minor fluctuations will diversify any portfolio.

US Gold Bureau is listed with the Better Business Bureau and is your one-stop resource for gold, silver and platinum bullion, coins, pars and ingots. If you have considered buying gold, silver or platinum to diversify your portfolio than you may find there is no better time to diversify your portfolio and invest in gold than now.

You may read more about gold as an investment at the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Natural Beauty recipes: Oatmeal and almond facial scrub

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Natural Beauty recipes: Oatmeal and almond facial scrub

One of the best natural beauty recipes perfect for sensitive and aging skin is an oatmeal, almond facial scrub. Oatmeal heals and soothes while almond is full of rich fats and protein, ensuring that skin is revitalized and nourished.
When choosing oatmeal for your homemade oatmeal and almond facial scrub select from slow cooking or old fashioned oatmeal as these are more effective than the quick cooking oats. Use fresh almonds that have been grounded finely. You may use a food processor to blend the two ingredients. Though the recipe may sound simple, it is extremely effective.

Oatmeal and Almond facial scrub:

Blend ¼ cup ground oats with ¼ cup finely grounded almonds. Once the ingredients are mixed, blend with a little bit of water until you have a spreadable consistency. Apply to the face and massage in backwards circles. Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Almond: the natural ingredient for beauty recipes

Almond: the natural ingredient for beauty recipes

Nature's Alchemy Sweet Almond Oil, 100% Pure, 16 fl oz (473 ml)When it comes to natural beauty one ingredient often found in many homemade beauty recipes as well as commercially prepared beauty products is Almond. You may find almond in facial scrubs and masks as well as sweet almond oil in preparations for skin and body moisturizers and creams as well as in hair conditioners. Whether using almond meal or sweet almond oil, oil is known for having a rich fatty content which is similar to the natural sebum produced by skin, making it a perfect moisturizer.

A popular choice for skin is almond butter. Though almond meal and sweet almond oil are popular choices, users are cautioned of using bitter almond oil as its safety is disputed.

Sweet almond oil is rich in minerals, protein and fatty acids. It is recommended for all skin types but is specifically beneficial for those with sensitive or aging skin. If making your own beauty recipes with almond oil, keep it refrigerated and buy only as much as needed as Almond oil has a short shelf life.

Carrier Oil Sweet Almond 4 OuncesSweet Almond Oil 16 OuncesOil Organic Sweet Almond 4 Ounces 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

US Mint announces Abraham Lincoln coin to enter circulation

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US Mint announces Abraham Lincoln coin to enter circulation

This may be the best time to start a gold coin collection or choose silver, gold, platinum or precious metals for their investment purposes. The US Mint announced that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential $1 coin will go into circulation on November 18, 2010.

There are different sets which you can select from to start a coin collection. You may browse various coin collections in the link above. According to the U.S. Mint, a special ceremony will be held on November 19, 2010 at President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington, D.C. to honor the release of the coin.

Study says Mediterranean Diet linked to slow weight gain in later years

weight gain, Study says Mediterranean Diet linked to slow weight gain in later years

The Mediterranean Diet is gaining popularity and a new study conducted by Juan-Jose Beunza of the University of Navarra shows that the eating plan may help slow weight gain in later years. Juan-Jose Beunza shared the results of his study with Reuters news: Adherence to the Mediterranean diet, long-term weight change, and incident overweight or obesity Source


The Mediterranean Diet isn’t so much one basic eating plan or diet but rather an entire way of eating patterned after those who live in the Mediterranean region. The diet includes plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables, olive oil, red wine in moderation, whole grains and healthy fats in moderation. The diet is noticeably less in red meat and dairy products when compared to dietary practices in the United States.

The study attempted to show whether or not the high fat content and complex carbohydrates present in the Mediterranean Diet would contribute to weight gain. According to the report by Reuters, those who followed the Mediterranean Diet strictly were 10 percent less likely to become overweight or obese. The study, however, followed the dietary patterns of university graduates. It is unclear whether the same results would be attained by the general community.

Study shows link between childhood leukemia and x-rays

Study shows link between childhood leukemia and x-rays

A study conducted by Dr. Anne Meadows of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows a link between childhood leukemia and x-rays. According to the study, children who receive three or more x-rays are at a higher risk that they may develop a form of leukemia. Though the researchers detected the link, they did not feel it was necessary to seek an end to childhood x-rays. They do advise, however, that childhood x-rays be given only when absolutely necessary. The study was co-authored by Dr. Patricia Buffler who is a professor of epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Patricia Buffler said, “Eliminating or reducing any unnecessary exposure [to radiation] is important.” She also said that the study’s findings posed a ‘very serious alert.’

It is believed that x-rays cause cells to mutate, thereby leading to cancer.
You may read more about this story from Medline Plus here.

Buying silver and gold bullion coins as investments

Buying silver and gold bullion coins as investments

There are several forms of silver, gold and precious metals that you may select from when making your investment. Bars, bullion, and coins are the preferred forms of gold buying. Gold bars are available in different sizes, coins are graded according to their fine weight, and bullion coins make dealing with gold and silver a more attainable task.

When purchasing silver, gold or other precious metals you must ask if you prefer to purchase the metal for your enjoyment or for its investment purposes. Those who seek to purchase silver and gold for their pleasure may find that selecting jewelry is the best way to enjoy this treasure.

Those who intend on securing their financial future through gold should consider bullion. Bullion coins are easily sold and their value is guaranteed. You may learn more about silver and gold bullion at US Gold Bureau in the link above.

Latest recall news: California recalls chicken pasta salad for Salmonella symptoms

Latest recall news: California recalls chicken pasta salad for Salmonella symptoms

A California company, APPA Fine Foods, voluntarily recalled 7, 325 pounds of chicken pasta salad food products for possible Salmonella contamination. Currently, the 12 oz. packages of "Spicy THAI STYLE PASTA SALAD is under the recall. According to an announcement by the FDA, “The chicken pasta products were produced on Oct. 25, 27, and 29, 2010. The packages bear the establishment number "P-21030" within the USDA Mark of Inspection as well as a "USE BY" date of Oct. 31 or Nov. 1-6, 2010.

FSIS learned of the problem from the company as a result of an ongoing investigation into a cilantro recall issued by an FDA-inspected establishment. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products.

The ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products were distributed to distribution centers that sell to a single retail chain in California. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS' website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/http://www.fsis.usda.gov/


Consumer with questions about the recall may contact the company's Insurance Coordinator, Denise McGrath, at (951) 278-2772 ext. 8113. Media with questions about the recall may contact the company's President, Thom Rindt, at (951) 278-2772.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Latest recall news: California recalls chicken pasta salad for Salmonella symptoms

Latest recall news: California recalls chicken pasta salad for Salmonella symptoms

A California company, APPA Fine Foods, voluntarily recalled 7, 325 pounds of chicken pasta salad food products for possible Salmonella contamination. Currently, the 12 oz. packages of "Spicy THAI STYLE PASTA SALAD is under the recall. According to an announcement by the FDA, “The chicken pasta products were produced on Oct. 25, 27, and 29, 2010. The packages bear the establishment number "P-21030" within the USDA Mark of Inspection as well as a "USE BY" date of Oct. 31 or Nov. 1-6, 2010.

FSIS learned of the problem from the company as a result of an ongoing investigation into a cilantro recall issued by an FDA-inspected establishment. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products.

The ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products were distributed to distribution centers that sell to a single retail chain in California. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS' website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/http://www.fsis.usda.gov/


Consumer with questions about the recall may contact the company's Insurance Coordinator, Denise McGrath, at (951) 278-2772 ext. 8113. Media with questions about the recall may contact the company's President, Thom Rindt, at (951) 278-2772.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New study links red meat to cancer

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New study links red meat to cancer

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology show a link between red meat consumption and cancers of the stomach and esophagus.

Researchers with the U.S. National Cancer Institute were lead by Dr. Amanda Cross in the study that followed the eating habits of approximately 500,000 American citizens for approximately 10 years. The test subjects were older Americans and though the total number of cancers detected was small, there were a large percentage of cancers detected in those who ate red meat.

Of those who participated in the study, 20 percent of the group which ate the most red meat was at a 79% increase to develop cancer of the esophagus (esophageal squamous cell carcinoma). Cancers of the stomach were detected in the study participants who ate the most red meat which had been cooked at high temperatures forming Heterocyclic Amine (HCA). The stomach cancer (gastric cardia) forms near the esophagus.

You may read the full report here: Meat Consumption and Risk of Esophageal and Gastric Cancer in a Large Prospective Study

New study links red meat to cancer

New study links red meat to cancer

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology show a link between red meat consumption and cancers of the stomach and esophagus.

Researchers with the U.S. National Cancer Institute were lead by Dr. Amanda Cross in the study that followed the eating habits of approximately 500,000 American citizens for approximately 10 years. The test subjects were older Americans and though the total number of cancers detected was small, there were a large percentage of cancers detected in those who ate red meat.

Of those who participated in the study, 20 percent of the group which ate the most red meat was at a 79% increase to develop cancer of the esophagus (esophageal squamous cell carcinoma). Cancers of the stomach were detected in the study participants who ate the most red meat which had been cooked at high temperatures forming Heterocyclic Amine (HCA). The stomach cancer (gastric cardia) forms near the esophagus.

You may read the full report here: Meat Consumption and Risk of Esophageal and Gastric Cancer in a Large Prospective Study

Health care jobs on the rise as economy struggles

Health care jobs on the rise as economy struggles

The economy may be on a downward spiral but there is one area where jobs are growing: health care. As the demand for health care increases, so has the need for workers in the health care industry. Registered nurses average $66,000 per year and there is a growing demand for IT professionals including medical assistants and medical coders. Health care jobs extend outside of the doctor’s office and hospital setting as well. There is a growing demand for home health and personal aides as well.

Health care jobs on the rise as economy struggles

Health care jobs on the rise as economy struggles

The economy may be on a downward spiral but there is one area where jobs are growing: health care. As the demand for health care increases, so has the need for workers in the health care industry. Registered nurses average $66,000 per year and there is a growing demand for IT professionals including medical assistants and medical coders. Health care jobs extend outside of the doctor’s office and hospital setting as well. There is a growing demand for home health and personal aides as well.

Best time to buy gold and silver is now

Best time to buy gold and silver is now

The best time to buy gold and silver is now as the value of the dollar continues to plummet and the economy continues on its downward spiral. Gold is one of the oldest methods of currency and continues to hold its value as the value of the dollar declines. For this reason, many investors are choosing to diversify their portfolios and have chosen to buy gold coins and silver.

Those who are new to investing in gold silver and other precious metals can find plenty of information from the site: United States Gold Bureau. The staff at the United States Gold Bureau not only assists you with investing in gold and silver but provide resources and tools to understand the investment process altogether.

Best time to buy gold and silver is now

Best time to buy gold and silver is now

The best time to buy gold and silver is now as the value of the dollar continues to plummet and the economy continues on its downward spiral. Gold is one of the oldest methods of currency and continues to hold its value as the value of the dollar declines. For this reason, many investors are choosing to diversify their portfolios and have chosen to buy gold coins and silver.

Those who are new to investing in gold silver and other precious metals can find plenty of information from the site: United States Gold Bureau. The staff at the United States Gold Bureau not only assists you with investing in gold and silver but provide resources and tools to understand the investment process altogether.

President Obama more ‘agreeable’ as Republicans prepare to control House (video)

President Obama’s agenda made a significant loss during the midterm elections as Republicans reclaimed control of the House. With the certainty of grid lock in the near future, President Obama announced that he will be more ‘agreeable’ and admitted to backing out on one of his campaign promises.

President Obama said, “Part of my promise to the American people when I was elected was to maintain the kind of tone that says we can disagree without being disagreeable, and I think over the course of two years, there have been times when I slipped on that commitment.”

President Obama has made no qualms about stating his opinions on the GOP. Will the President live up to his pledge to work with Republicans. Even so, at this point, will it matter or will the GOP block his agenda regardless of his presentation?

President Obama more ‘agreeable’ as Republicans prepare to control House (video)

President Obama’s agenda made a significant loss during the midterm elections as Republicans reclaimed control of the House. With the certainty of grid lock in the near future, President Obama announced that he will be more ‘agreeable’ and admitted to backing out on one of his campaign promises.

President Obama said, “Part of my promise to the American people when I was elected was to maintain the kind of tone that says we can disagree without being disagreeable, and I think over the course of two years, there have been times when I slipped on that commitment.”

President Obama has made no qualms about stating his opinions on the GOP. Will the President live up to his pledge to work with Republicans. Even so, at this point, will it matter or will the GOP block his agenda regardless of his presentation?

Conan O’Brien update: Conan O’Brien’s new show airs tonight (video)

It’s the day people have waited months for: The debut of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show. Team CoCo is on the move and tonight, after a nine-month hiatus from television after the failed “Tonight Show” on NBC, Conan O’Brien returns. Tom Hanks and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) are some of Conan’s first guests and judging by the amount of promotion given the show by Conan, it will be a big hit.

You can visit Team Coco here: Team CoCo the show kicks off tonight at 11:00 p.m., ET/ 10:00 p.m. Central.

Conan O’Brien update: Conan O’Brien’s new show airs tonight (video)

It’s the day people have waited months for: The debut of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show. Team CoCo is on the move and tonight, after a nine-month hiatus from television after the failed “Tonight Show” on NBC, Conan O’Brien returns. Tom Hanks and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) are some of Conan’s first guests and judging by the amount of promotion given the show by Conan, it will be a big hit.

You can visit Team Coco here: Team CoCo the show kicks off tonight at 11:00 p.m., ET/ 10:00 p.m. Central.

The time to invest in gold coins is now

As the economy continues to fail, the time to invest in gold coins is now. Every financial portfolio should be diversified, regardless of whether the economy is struggling or not. However, with the current financial climate the time for investing in gold coins is here.

Gold and silver have been the basis for worldwide currency for thousands of years and that hasn’t changed. Early civilizations knew the value of gold and kingdoms were built upon it. Though the current system of cash money is in place, gold has not lost its value nor has it lost its popularity. In fact, cash money was designed to be used as a representative for gold and silver and to make it practical to spend money in our day-to-day lives.

You may find out more about investing in gold, silver and precious metals at the United States Gold Bureau.

The time to invest in gold coins is now

As the economy continues to fail, the time to invest in gold coins is now. Every financial portfolio should be diversified, regardless of whether the economy is struggling or not. However, with the current financial climate the time for investing in gold coins is here.

Gold and silver have been the basis for worldwide currency for thousands of years and that hasn’t changed. Early civilizations knew the value of gold and kingdoms were built upon it. Though the current system of cash money is in place, gold has not lost its value nor has it lost its popularity. In fact, cash money was designed to be used as a representative for gold and silver and to make it practical to spend money in our day-to-day lives.

You may find out more about investing in gold, silver and precious metals at the United States Gold Bureau.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

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Psoriasis latest news: Those predisposed to Psoriasis may want to stay away from beer, study shows

Psoriasis latest news: Those predisposed to Psoriasis may want to stay away from beer, study shows

Those predisposed to Psoriasis may want to stay away from beer according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University.  Psoriasis is a skin condition, the result of an autoimmune condition that causes red patches on the skin with characteristic silvery scales, dry cracked skin that is painful, itchy or bleeds, fingernails with thickening, pits or ridges, and painfully stiff and swollen joints.  According to the study, beer has been linked to an increase in developing Psoriasis. 

The study followed 82,869 women for approximately 15 years and included women who had not been diagnosed with Psoriasis.  Researchers tracked the amount of alcohol the women consumed and concluded that women who drank as little as 2.3 drinks per week had an increase risk of 80% for developing Psoriasis.  The study showed that those who drank five beers per week and more were at an even greater risk of developing Psoriasis.

Dr. Abrar A. Qureshi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, wrote in the December issue of  Archives of Dermatology, "We can say that if a woman would like to consume alcohol and if she has a family history of psoriasis or known psoriasis in the past or some other reason she might be predisposed to psoriasis, the alcohol of choice probably should not be nonlight beer.”

The study showed that the risks were not connected to light beer or wine.

In the book The Treatment of Drinking Problems:  A Guide for the Helping Professions by Marshall, Samantha, E. Jane Marshall, Christopher Cook, Keith Humphreys, David M. Ball, Griffith Edwards the link between alcohol and Psoriasis was documented.  The book, written in 2005, also says there is a possible link between alcohol and Rosacea as well as acne.

“Heavy drinkers and individuals misusing alcohol are prone to a variety of skin disorders including psoriasis, discoid eczema and superficial cutaneous fungal infections such as tinea pedis and pityriasis versicolor.  Rosacea and acne may be exacerbated by alcohol.”

“Psoriasis is an alcohol-related skin condition that deserves special note,” the authors continue to state.  “The daily alcohol consumption of men with psoriasis is higher than in men with other skin diseases and heavy drinking appears to be related to the severity of the disease.  In heavy drinkers, psoriasis mainly affects the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.  Alcohol-induced psoriasis responds poorly to treatment unless the patient stops drinking.”

More research is needed to determine why the risk is associated with beer and not other forms of alcohol.

Source: Medline News

Psoriasis latest news: Those predisposed to Psoriasis may want to stay away from beer, study shows

Psoriasis latest news: Those predisposed to Psoriasis may want to stay away from beer, study shows

Those predisposed to Psoriasis may want to stay away from beer according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University.  Psoriasis is a skin condition, the result of an autoimmune condition that causes red patches on the skin with characteristic silvery scales, dry cracked skin that is painful, itchy or bleeds, fingernails with thickening, pits or ridges, and painfully stiff and swollen joints.  According to the study, beer has been linked to an increase in developing Psoriasis. 

The study followed 82,869 women for approximately 15 years and included women who had not been diagnosed with Psoriasis.  Researchers tracked the amount of alcohol the women consumed and concluded that women who drank as little as 2.3 drinks per week had an increase risk of 80% for developing Psoriasis.  The study showed that those who drank five beers per week and more were at an even greater risk of developing Psoriasis.

Dr. Abrar A. Qureshi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, wrote in the December issue of  Archives of Dermatology, "We can say that if a woman would like to consume alcohol and if she has a family history of psoriasis or known psoriasis in the past or some other reason she might be predisposed to psoriasis, the alcohol of choice probably should not be nonlight beer.”

The study showed that the risks were not connected to light beer or wine.

In the book The Treatment of Drinking Problems:  A Guide for the Helping Professions by Marshall, Samantha, E. Jane Marshall, Christopher Cook, Keith Humphreys, David M. Ball, Griffith Edwards the link between alcohol and Psoriasis was documented.  The book, written in 2005, also says there is a possible link between alcohol and Rosacea as well as acne.

“Heavy drinkers and individuals misusing alcohol are prone to a variety of skin disorders including psoriasis, discoid eczema and superficial cutaneous fungal infections such as tinea pedis and pityriasis versicolor.  Rosacea and acne may be exacerbated by alcohol.”

“Psoriasis is an alcohol-related skin condition that deserves special note,” the authors continue to state.  “The daily alcohol consumption of men with psoriasis is higher than in men with other skin diseases and heavy drinking appears to be related to the severity of the disease.  In heavy drinkers, psoriasis mainly affects the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.  Alcohol-induced psoriasis responds poorly to treatment unless the patient stops drinking.”

More research is needed to determine why the risk is associated with beer and not other forms of alcohol.

Source: Medline News

FDA recalls and safety alerts: Apple cider, Tuna fish, cantaloupe Fentanyl Transdermal, Duro Extend

FDA recalls and safety alerts: Apple cider, Tuna fish, cantaloupe Fentanyl Transdermal, Duro Extend

The FDA has announced the following recalls and safety alerts including Baugher’s Apple Cider, Alaris PC Units, Triton Infusion Pump, Fentanyl Transdermal, Tuna fish, Duro Extend capsules for Men, Tuv Taam Salads Nova Lox Salad, Heparin, Methotrexate, Vitek, Mega Pops lollipops, Hyland’s Teething Tablets, Nestle Raisinettes Fun Size bags, Tomi Dried Seafood Products and Cantaloupe in Michigan.

Baugher Enterprise announced the recall of Baugher’s Apple Cider on November 5, 2010 due to a possible contamination of Escherichia Coli (E. Coli 0157:H7).  E Coli is a bacterial infection that can cause serious harm to the elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems.  You may find more information regarding the Baugher’s Apple Cider recall from the FDA link below.

Beaver Street Fisheries announced the voluntary recall of tuna fish due to a possible contamination of histamine.   The Tuna fish was distributed in loins to wholesale companies and distributors in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. There is information regarding the tuna fish recall and the other FDA recalls below.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Outdoor Product-Related Recalls

FDA recalls and safety alerts: Apple cider, Tuna fish, cantaloupe Fentanyl Transdermal, Duro Extend

FDA recalls and safety alerts: Apple cider, Tuna fish, cantaloupe Fentanyl Transdermal, Duro Extend

The FDA has announced the following recalls and safety alerts including Baugher’s Apple Cider, Alaris PC Units, Triton Infusion Pump, Fentanyl Transdermal, Tuna fish, Duro Extend capsules for Men, Tuv Taam Salads Nova Lox Salad, Heparin, Methotrexate, Vitek, Mega Pops lollipops, Hyland’s Teething Tablets, Nestle Raisinettes Fun Size bags, Tomi Dried Seafood Products and Cantaloupe in Michigan.

Baugher Enterprise announced the recall of Baugher’s Apple Cider on November 5, 2010 due to a possible contamination of Escherichia Coli (E. Coli 0157:H7).  E Coli is a bacterial infection that can cause serious harm to the elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems.  You may find more information regarding the Baugher’s Apple Cider recall from the FDA link below.

Beaver Street Fisheries announced the voluntary recall of tuna fish due to a possible contamination of histamine.   The Tuna fish was distributed in loins to wholesale companies and distributors in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. There is information regarding the tuna fish recall and the other FDA recalls below.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Outdoor Product-Related Recalls

Outdoor product recalls: John Deere lawn mowers, tractors, gas smokers latest recalls

Outdoor product recalls: John Deere lawn mowers, tractors, gas smokers latest recalls

Here are the latest outdoor product recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  John Deere has recalled lawn mowers that have the foot lift option and foot lift options kits due to the possibility of an injury hazard.  Briggs and Stratton have recalled riding lawn mowers sold exclusively at Sears for a problem with the side discharge chute.  Black and Decker has recalled cordless electric lawn mowers due to the fact that the lawn mower’s blade and motor may turn on after the safety key is removed, posing a serious laceration hazard.

Gas smokers have been recalled by Char Broil due to the fact that when on low temperature there isn’t enough gas flow which makes the flame extinguish, however, gas is still flowing in the smoker.  The buildup of propane gas can cause an explosion when consumers open the smoker’s door.

As John Deere is recalling lawn mowers, Husqvarna Professional has recalled riding lawn tractors due to a fire hazard.

You may see the full list of outdoor product recalls below.


US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Outdoor Product-Related Recalls

Outdoor product recalls: John Deere lawn mowers, tractors, gas smokers latest recalls

Outdoor product recalls: John Deere lawn mowers, tractors, gas smokers latest recalls

Here are the latest outdoor product recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  John Deere has recalled lawn mowers that have the foot lift option and foot lift options kits due to the possibility of an injury hazard.  Briggs and Stratton have recalled riding lawn mowers sold exclusively at Sears for a problem with the side discharge chute.  Black and Decker has recalled cordless electric lawn mowers due to the fact that the lawn mower’s blade and motor may turn on after the safety key is removed, posing a serious laceration hazard.

Gas smokers have been recalled by Char Broil due to the fact that when on low temperature there isn’t enough gas flow which makes the flame extinguish, however, gas is still flowing in the smoker.  The buildup of propane gas can cause an explosion when consumers open the smoker’s door.

As John Deere is recalling lawn mowers, Husqvarna Professional has recalled riding lawn tractors due to a fire hazard.

You may see the full list of outdoor product recalls below.


US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Outdoor Product-Related Recalls

Household products recalls: Freezers, dishwashers, cordless drills, roman shades latest recalls

Household products recalls: Freezers, dishwashers, cordless drills, roman shades latest recalls

Here are the latest household products which have been recalled by the USCPSC. These recalls include products that are used in households and include items that are fire hazards, respiratory hazards, burn hazards, strangulation hazards and more. You may view each recall from the USCPSC by clicking on the links below.

Haiser America has recalled chest freezers due to a fire hazard and GE has recalled dishwashers due to water condensation that may short circuit the electric panel creating a fire hazard. A fabric protector by Claire-Sprayway has been recalled due to dangerous fumes and Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON have recalled the electric smoothtop cooktops and slide in rangers due to fire hazards. According to Frigidaire, liquid may collect under the control knobs forcing the surface to heat up by itself, or create higher temperatures than intended.

Bathroom doors sold exclusively at Lowe’s and Home Depot stores nationwide have been recalled due to the possibility of the glass in the doors breaking and cutting and injuring people. There is a very dangerous situation involving the recall of Spa Factory Aromatherapy Kits by JAKKS Pacific. The spa factory kits contain carbon dioxide which may pressurize causing the cans to explode. There is a possibility of citric acid burning people’s eyes should the kit explode as well.

Ryobi has recalled cordless drills due to the possibility that the switch may overheat and pose a fire hazard.
Benches sold at Ross stores, called the “Iron Lovers Bench” have been recalled due to the potential of the bench falling over injuring consumers.

Roman Shades have been in the news for the past several years as posing a serious choking hazard. Green Mountain Vista Inc. announced their recall of Roman Shades due to a strangulation hazard.
You may find more information on these recalls in the links below.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Household Product-Related Recalls

Household products recalls: Freezers, dishwashers, cordless drills, roman shades latest recalls

Household products recalls: Freezers, dishwashers, cordless drills, roman shades latest recalls

Here are the latest household products which have been recalled by the USCPSC. These recalls include products that are used in households and include items that are fire hazards, respiratory hazards, burn hazards, strangulation hazards and more. You may view each recall from the USCPSC by clicking on the links below.

Haiser America has recalled chest freezers due to a fire hazard and GE has recalled dishwashers due to water condensation that may short circuit the electric panel creating a fire hazard. A fabric protector by Claire-Sprayway has been recalled due to dangerous fumes and Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON have recalled the electric smoothtop cooktops and slide in rangers due to fire hazards. According to Frigidaire, liquid may collect under the control knobs forcing the surface to heat up by itself, or create higher temperatures than intended.

Bathroom doors sold exclusively at Lowe’s and Home Depot stores nationwide have been recalled due to the possibility of the glass in the doors breaking and cutting and injuring people. There is a very dangerous situation involving the recall of Spa Factory Aromatherapy Kits by JAKKS Pacific. The spa factory kits contain carbon dioxide which may pressurize causing the cans to explode. There is a possibility of citric acid burning people’s eyes should the kit explode as well.

Ryobi has recalled cordless drills due to the possibility that the switch may overheat and pose a fire hazard.
Benches sold at Ross stores, called the “Iron Lovers Bench” have been recalled due to the potential of the bench falling over injuring consumers.

Roman Shades have been in the news for the past several years as posing a serious choking hazard. Green Mountain Vista Inc. announced their recall of Roman Shades due to a strangulation hazard.
You may find more information on these recalls in the links below.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Household Product-Related Recalls

Latest child recalls: Infant car seats, clothes, cribs, strollers and toys

Latest child recalls: Infant car seats, clothes, cribs, strollers and toys

Here are the latest child recalls issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).  You may click on each link below to access the child recalls and receive current information pertaining to the recall, refunds or getting an exchange or repair kit. 

The latest recalls include infant car seats recalled by Britax, Girls’ ruffled vests recalled by the Children’s place and infant’s overalls recalled by Lollytogs, , Halloween lanterns and projector flashlights recalled by the Dollar Tree, Infant shoes which have been recalled by Meijer, cribs sold exclusively a Kmart which have been recalled by Victory Land Group as well as Ethan Allen cribs, Longwood Forest cribs and “Alexander Designs” cribs sold exclusively at JCPenny, Graco Quattro and MetroLite strollers, bathtub toys recalled by Munchkin, aromatherapy kits recalled by JAKKS Pacific, and Roman Shades recalled by Green Mountain Vista Inc.

There has been vast concern over the safety of drop down cribs and as you can see by the recent recall list, popular crib models from nationwide retailers are continually recalled.  There has been a national education campaign launched by the US CPSC and Child Safety Partners regarding the safety of cribs.  You may see a video regarding crib safety below.




US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Child-Related Product Recalls

Latest child recalls: Infant car seats, clothes, cribs, strollers and toys

Latest child recalls: Infant car seats, clothes, cribs, strollers and toys

Here are the latest child recalls issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).  You may click on each link below to access the child recalls and receive current information pertaining to the recall, refunds or getting an exchange or repair kit. 

The latest recalls include infant car seats recalled by Britax, Girls’ ruffled vests recalled by the Children’s place and infant’s overalls recalled by Lollytogs, , Halloween lanterns and projector flashlights recalled by the Dollar Tree, Infant shoes which have been recalled by Meijer, cribs sold exclusively a Kmart which have been recalled by Victory Land Group as well as Ethan Allen cribs, Longwood Forest cribs and “Alexander Designs” cribs sold exclusively at JCPenny, Graco Quattro and MetroLite strollers, bathtub toys recalled by Munchkin, aromatherapy kits recalled by JAKKS Pacific, and Roman Shades recalled by Green Mountain Vista Inc.

There has been vast concern over the safety of drop down cribs and as you can see by the recent recall list, popular crib models from nationwide retailers are continually recalled.  There has been a national education campaign launched by the US CPSC and Child Safety Partners regarding the safety of cribs.  You may see a video regarding crib safety below.




US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recent Child-Related Product Recalls

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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