Health Buzz: More Salmonella Cases and Other Health News

A weight-loss breakfast, avoiding a surprise heart attack, and excessive servings of booze

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Tainted Tomato Cases Now Up to 383 in 30 States

The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that the number of cases of illness linked to salmonella-tainted tomatoes now stands at 383 in 30 states plus the District of Columbia. Officials said they can't determine if the cases have reached a peak yet. Patients' ages range from under 1 to 88 years old. The outbreak was first discovered in April, and the most recent known onset of illness was June 5.

Health Buzz reported that the salmonella alert was expanded from a few states to nationwide earlier this month. And Nancy Shute recently outlined how to foil salmonella. Last year, she wrote how smart shopping and common sense in the kitchen can help keep families safe.

Eating a Big Breakfast May Lead to Weight Loss

Regularly eating a big breakfast packed with carbohydrates and protein may help you lose weight, according to new research, which suggests that doing so may reduce food cravings later in the day. Having a larger breakfast helped volunteers lose more weight than did eating a modest breakfast and sticking to a low-carb eating plan, WebMD reports. The findings are being presented this week at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Francisco.

U.S. News's Katherine Hobson lists five ways to find the perfect breakfast cereal. She also recently explored the science of breakfast.

How to Avoid a Surprise Heart Attack

The facts are scary: Despite the progress made against heart disease in the past several decades, almost half the people who die suddenly from a heart attack or other cardiac problem have no prior symptoms, Katherine Hobson reports. Even knowing someone's risk factors for heart disease, it's often tough to pinpoint who will actually go on to get the disease. And once blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked and a heart attack happens, it's not exactly clear why some people experience sudden cardiac arrest, which killed Meet the Press host Tim Russert last week, and others don't.

U.S. News provides six tips for avoiding a surprise heart attack. Previously, Sarah Baldauf noted signs of a heart attack that many people don't know. Deborah Kotz blogged about how women having heart attacks are often slow to get help , and Adam Voiland noted that a not-so-subtle clue, erectile dysfunction, might be a sign of heart disease or diabetes.

Bar Drinks Pack More Punch Than Many People Realize

That drink you order at your local bar may contain more booze than you thought, a new study reports. Researchers went to 80 Northern California restaurants and bars last year and found that glasses of wine and spirits are often 50 percent larger than the "standard" size used in guidelines. That means people who follow recommendations to avoid having more than one drink an hour may still be consuming alcohol too quickly, the researchers reported. Typical glasses of wine and mixed drinks were 42 percent to 43 percent larger than recommended, and the average draft beer was 22 percent larger. The study, which is expected to be published in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, didn't look at bottled beers.

U.S. News's Lindsay Chura recently reported on a pill that aims to cure alcoholism.

—January W. Payne