Health Alert 8-2-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

August 2, 2012 - Check your refrigerator because there's a massive ground beef recall underway. Cargill is recalling almost 30 thousand pounds of meat over possible Salmonella contamination. The US Department of Agriculture says 33 people in seven states have fallen ill so far. The recall includes 14 pound chub packages of ground beef. The meat was produced on May 25th. It was shipped to centers in Connecticut, Maine and New York for distribution. Salmonella can lead to severe illness and even death. Children and the elderly are at most risk from the bacteria.
Also, you may want to shut off the TV and computer when you go to bed. New research suggests not unplugging at night could affect your mental health. An Ohio State University study found that female hamsters with chronic exposure to dim light at night showed signs of depression, including: reduced activity, less interest in treats and changes in the brain similar to those of depressed people. The hamsters' symptoms went away once they returned to a schedule with eight full hours of total darkness a day. The study was published on-line in Nature's Molecular Psychiatry.

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