Health News

Medication first to aim at cancer biomarker

May 24, 2017—Food and Drug Administration approved the first medication that’s designed to treat cancer patients whose cancer has a specific genetic feature, or biomarker, rather than being based on the location where a tumor was found.

Second ALS treatment approved

May 8, 2017—Food and Drug Administration approved the first new medication for the treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 22 years.

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Related Department Briefs

Marilu Henner: Her most important role

Members of the staff of Consumers Digest never hesitate to caution consumers that they shouldn’t decide on a purchase or medical treatment when they’re compromised emotionally.

Omnifocal glasses’ unanswered questions

Those who have vision problems that can’t be corrected by a single eyeglass prescription have to rely on bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses, so they don’t have to juggle multiple pairs of eyeglasses.

Flu vaccines & skin infections

Flu season is not too far off, and the results of new research into flu vaccines apply to people who have boils and cellulitis on their skin that are caused by staphylococcus aureus in conjunction with atopic dermatitis: Your response to a flu vaccine that’s injected into the skin (intradermal) might be reduced compared with your response if you didn’t have that skin condition.

Learning from Julia Child

Does the unwavering allegiance to fresh vegetables by chefs on food shows lead you to believe that frozen vegetables are the devil’s doing?

Effect of Dad’s Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels in would-be fathers can affect the genetic material that they pass along to their children, according to preliminary research that was described in a Time.com article.

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Health Recalls

Listeria possible in certain Amrita Health Foods protein bars

Aug. 2, 2017—Amrita Health Foods recalled certain flavors of protein bars, because they might be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system.

Possible undeclared peanuts, tree nuts in certain Clif Bar products

July 6, 2017—Clif Bar & Company recalled Clif Builder’s Bar Chocolate Mint, Clif Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip and Clif Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint products, because they might contain almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans or walnuts that aren’t listed on the label. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to peanuts or tree nuts might have a serious or life-threatening reaction when they eat the product.

Listeria possible in certain House of Thaller hummus with pine-nut topping

June 20, 2017—House of Thaller recalled 10-ounce Fresh Foods Market, Lantana and Marketside hummus with pine-nut topping, because it might be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system.

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