Diet and Fitness

Dippin’ Stix Apple Snack and Armour Actic Pack Lunch Kit Recall announced for possible Listeria Contamination

Packages of the Recalled Products - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - Certain Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza Lunch kits are being recalled because they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall for Reichel Foods, Inc. There have been no reports of illness.

The products were distributed at convenience stores and retailers nationwide. Only the products with the use by dates and case codes listed below are involved in the recall.

The Dippin’ Stix Apples & Caramel with Peanuts are packaged in 2.75 ounce single serve trays. The case code dates involved in the recall are 9/01/12, 09/02/12, and 09/03/12. The use by dates on each package will have USE BY 01SEP2012, USE BY 02SEP2012, and USE BY 03SEP2012 printed on it.

Strawberry Extract protects Skin Cell from damaging UVA Rays

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Italy and Spain found that strawberry extract protected skin cell cultures when exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVA) rays. The strawberry extract has potential to be used as a topical sunscreen cream. The results of the study of strawberry extract and protection from UVA rays was published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.

Maurizio Battino, researcher at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy and lead author said to SINC that their study verifies that strawberry extract protects against UVA rays from damaging skin cells.

Blocking a Protein prevented Weight Gain in a Mice Study

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that blocking an enzyme called fatty acid synthase (FAS) in mice aided them against gaining weight even when eating a high-fat diet. The mice that were not having the FAS blocked were given the same high-fat diet and became obese. The research may help develop new treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism.

The blocked FAS enzyme made the mice become more sensitive to insulin. The researchers engineered the mice so that they would not make FAS in their fat cells.

Sam’s Choice Frozen Bacon Cheeseburger Patty recall announced for Possible Foreign Material

Sam's Choice Fireside Gourmet Black Angus Beef Patties Bacon and Aged Cheddar recall announced - FSIS

(Best Syndication News) - Foreign material such as gaskets pieces might be found in some 37,600 pounds of frozen bacon cheeseburger patties. This has prompted Kenosha Beef International, Ltd. to announce a recall through the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). The patties were distributed under the Sam’s Choice brand name.

Consumers complained to the company that foreign material was found in the food. No injury or illness was reported in association with this recall.

The company distributed the patties to Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Chronic Heart Failure patients reduced Depression with Aerobic Exercise

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that chronic heart failure patients who took part in an aerobic exercise routine showed a slight reduction in depression symptoms over a 12-month period compared to those who were given typical care. The study results were published in the August 1, 2012 issue of JAMA.

Heart failure affects around 5 million people in the United States. Every year, around half-a-million new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed. Depression is often found in as many as 40 percent of the heart failure patients. The worst clinical outcomes of heart failure are associated with those who have depression.

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