Recall announced for Gourmet Black Licorice sold at Costco and Smart & Final Stores

Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - A recall has been announced for lot number A3057 of the Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice that were sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores in California, Arizona, and Utah because they exceeded the safe lead level standards for these states. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the recall.

The director of the CDPH and state health officer, Dr. Ron Chapman, said that the lead levels of the recalled licorice tested as high as 0.18 parts per million of lead. A serving of licorice could add up to 7.2 micrograms of lead. Children under the age of six should not have anything over 6.0 micrograms of lead each day from all sources of food.

Parkinson’s Disease – Caffeine might help to Control Movement

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that caffeine might help a person with Parkinson’s disease better control their movement. The research was carried out at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) and was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Webster Foundation. The results were published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Ronald Postuma, lead author of the study, a researcher in neurosciences at the RI MUHC, and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, explained that this is one of the first studies to investigate caffeine and its potential help motoring functions with Parkinson’s disease patients. Other research has found a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease among coffee drinkers.

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.

Tai Chi Exercise increased Brain Size in Elderly

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that Chinese elderly people were able to increase brain volume and improve their memory and thinking skills when they did Tai Chi three times per week over an eight month period. Researchers from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai, China reported their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer ’s disease.

The study was inspired from previous research that showed increased brain volume after people participated in aerobic exercise programs. These researchers conducted an 8-month randomized controlled trial that assigned one group to practice Tai Chi and the other had no change. During the same trial, the researchers found that the group that was part of lively discussions three times per week, also showed increased brain volume and mild cognitive improvements.

West Nile Virus - First Confirmed Case in California for 2012

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first confirmed case of West Nile virus infection for the 2012 season. The infected person is a 70-year old woman from Kern County. She was hospitalized, but is on the way to recovery. So far in 2012, there has been West Nile virus identified in 15 California counties.

Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of CDPH, said that the first case of West Nile virus infection of the season is a reminder for people to be careful and protect themselves and others against mosquito bites. He adds that the West Nile virus activity is at its peak in the summer months.

West Nile virus is usually transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. Humans and animals could become infected if bitten by the infected mosquito. The CDPH say that the risk for suffering a serious illness from the West Nile virus is low for most people.

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