Health Buzz: Whole Foods and Food Suppliers and Other Health News

Running and your life span, ED treatments you can live without, and children too sexy too soon.

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Whole Foods Steps Up Oversight of Food Suppliers

Whole Foods Market's recent voluntary recall of fresh ground beef sold between June 2 and August 6 in certain states has led the retailer to tighten oversight of its food suppliers, the New York Times reports. The effort is meant to ensure, after E. coli contamination of Coleman Natural Beef sickened people in two states, that substandard food items don't make it into stores. Whole Foods said it failed to notice that Coleman Natural was using an Omaha slaughterhouse that had been cited multiple times and had battled with the Agriculture Department, according to the Times. Illnesses linked to the recall have been reported in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, but the recall also extends to the following locations: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Canada.

U.S. News offers advice on how to keep your family's food supply safe, information about food poisoning, and general food -safety tips.

Might Running Lengthen Your Life?

Older runners live longer and have fewer disabilities than those who don't run, according to a study published yesterday in Archives of Internal Medicine. During a 21-year period, 284 runners and 156 healthy nonrunners in California filled out annual questionnaires. All participants were age 50 or older at the start of the study and in their 70s and 80s by the end of the study. The runners clocked in an average of four hours per week at the beginning of the study and 76 minutes per week by the end of the study. After 19 years, 15 percent of runners had died, compared with 34 percent of nonrunners. Running also delayed the onset of disability by an average of 16 years, the researchers said. The findings may also apply to a variety of aerobic exercise, such as walking.

Last week, U.S. News's Katherine Hobson explained how music helped her run a little faster in a marathon last summer. Previously, she discussed at what point exercise can become too much of a good thing.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatments You Can Do Without

Federal agents are investigating dietary supplements sold to enhance erection function but that may in fact pose health risks. Two weeks ago, U.S. marshals seized from a Florida warehouse some $74,000 worth of Xiadafil VIP tablets, which the Food and Drug Administration says were being marketed illegally. These pills contain an undeclared ingredient similar to the active ingredient found in Viagra, a popular erectile dysfunction medication. Another company, with FDA prodding, recently recalled its Viapro 375-mg capsules. July also brought a voluntary recall of Rize 2 The Occasion and Rose 4 Her brand supplements. And, earlier this spring, the FDA warned consumers not to use the supplements Blue Steel and Hero.

Adam Voiland lists 27 erectile dysfunction treatments you can do without. In May, Voiland reported that erectile dysfunction is often a sign of heart disease and diabetes.

Too Sexy, Too Soon: Combating the Sexualization of Childhood

A new book called So Sexy So Soon lists real-life examples of the sexualization of childhood, Nancy Shute reports. A 6-year-old asks at dinner, for example, "What's a blow job?" And 4-year-old girls mimic Britney Spears's pelvis-grinding gyrations, while 8-year-old girls plot how to manipulate their parents to buy them "sexy" midriff-baring tops. Shute talks with the So Sexy, So Soon coauthor Diane Levin about what parents can do for their kids about the sexualization of childhood. She also offers six ways to prepare your child for an oversexed world.

—January W. Payne