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Trevor Judge Waltrip, a Boy Born Without Brain Dies at 12-years Old

The Louisiana boy that was born without a brain died Monday at the age of 12. Trevor Judge Waltrip was born on Christmas Eve 2001, with just a brain stem and hydranencephaly. It’s a rare condition in which the brain’s cerebral hemispheres are absent, replaced by sacs filled with cerebro-spinal fluid. The brain stem allowed Trevor to breathe, respond to some stimulus, and maintain a heartbeat. There’s... 

Chicken Caesar Salad Kits Sold at Sam’s Club Recalled Due to Listeria Concern

APPA Fine Foods from Corona, California is recalling around 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products sold at Sam’s Club due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The salad kits were shipped nationwide and sold at Sam’s Clubs’ in-store cafes according to the USDA. The following salad kits recalled were in 11oz. clear plastic containers... 

Study Shows New Treatment for Cellulite is Promising

Companies have been trying to come up with a new treatment for cellulite and recently, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals announced their efforts have been positive. Cellulite is a localized metabolic disorder of tissue under the skin that has been reported in 85 to 98 percent of post-pubertal females. The condition involves the loss of skin elasticity due to the shrinking of collagen cords that attach skin... 

Peanut Butter and Almond Butter Recalled Due to Salmonella Concern

nSpired Natural Foods issued a voluntary peanut butter and almond butter recall Tuesday because their products may be contaminated with salmonella and may pose a health risk. The company said that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters. Also... 

Drinking Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Tinnitus

In the past, it was believed that people with tinnitus should give up caffeinated beverages in fear that it made the symptoms increase. New research shows otherwise. According to new research from Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, drinking coffee may prevent tinnitus, or chronic ringing of the ears. The study was published in the August edition of the American Journal of Medicine, and tracked... 

Could Having Your Neck Adjusted by a Chiropractor Increase Your Chances of a Stroke?

Having your neck adjusted by a chiropractor could be associated with an increased risk of stroke, according to a statement released by the American Heart Association. Although, researchers cautioned that it’s not completely certain that neck manipulation causes strokes, they do want to inform people of the risks. Neck manipulation has been associated with a risk of cervical artery dissection,... 

FDA Warns Tattoo Ink May Not be Safe

Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in their in-home tattoo kits after testing and confirming bacterial contamination in unopened bottles. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe. According to Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics... 

Could a Birth Control Side Effect be Breast Cancer?

A recent preliminary research analysis found a link between breast cancer and those who take oral contraceptives. Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, the research suggests. “There are numerous oral contraceptive formulations,” explained lead researcher Elisabeth Beaber, a staff... 

California Considers Mandate for Bilingual Prescription Drug Labels

The California Board of Pharmacy is in the discussion of requiring all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. Approximately 44 percent of California residents speak a language other than English. The proposed requlation is similar to a law passed last year in New York that makes labeling easier for non-native English speakers to take their medications properly. The... 

Blood Test During Pregnancy Could Reduce Neural Tube Defects

Neural tube defects are the most common birth defects that affect 300,000 births globally, each year. It is one of the most common severely disabling birth defects. One of the ways to reduce this from happening is getting enough folate (a form of vitamin B). Or another method is folic acid, which is synthetically produced and is used in fortified foods and supplements. Taking synthetically-produced... 
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