Health News

Experts: ACA changes to hurt consumers in 2018

Oct. 17, 2017—Consumers will be hurt by the Trump administration’s moves to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA), experts tell us. The only questions are by how much and whether that will change in the years ahead.

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Related Department Briefs

Urgent call for quality

A visit to an urgent-care center sometimes might be quicker and easier than if you make an appointment with your doctor.

New ALS medication

A new medication that‘s used to treat people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) re-energized the ALS research community.

Weight-loss surgery & alcohol abuse

The results of a study that was published May 2017 in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases show that patients should get a more thorough evaluation after they undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight-loss surgery, even years later, to help to prevent them from developing alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

Framing the discussion about epileptic seizures

Patients who have generalized tonic-clonic seizures—also called convulsions—and their caregivers now can have some peace of mind in regard to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

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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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