Anti-meat Group Says Hot Dogs Cause Cancer
The Cancer Project, a vegan advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit against Kraft Foods, Sara Lee, Nathan's Famous, and other hot dog manufacturers. The group claims hot dogs increase the risk of cancer, and it wants hot dogs to carry warning labels, the Associated Press reports. An American Institute for Cancer Research report that was cited in the suit found that regular consumption of processed meat can increase the risk of colorectal and other forms of cancer, according to the AP. (An industry group disputes that conclusion.)
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Recession Tip for Wives: Lay off Your Laid-Off Husbands
Male breadwinners have lost their jobs at a greater clip than women during this recession; they held roughly 74 percent of the approximately 6 million jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And more than a few therapists say they're seeing an uptick in relationship problems as a result, U.S. News's Lindsay Lyon reports. The shift in family dynamics—and the laid-off man's behavior—may significantly change the way wives feel about their situations: more burdened, more responsible, and less admiring of their other halves, whom many women still expect (even if only subconsciously) to be the primary wage earner, Lyon writes. After losing their jobs, men may become withdrawn, despondent, and irritable. Women often misinterpret these signs of depression as anger towards them, says one expert. Lyon offers 5 ways to behave when your marriage is strained by unemployment.
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Dealing With the Swine Flu Threat During Pregnancy
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the 2009-10 seasonal flu vaccine, but it doesn't include protection against the H1N1 strain that is responsible for swine flu. An H1N1 vaccine is still being tested for safety and efficacy. U.S. News's Deborah Kotz discusses whether pregnant women should line up for the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available in the fall. On the one hand, healthy pregnant women who get infected with the flu are at increased risk of serious illness and hospitalization, Kotz writes. Because of this greater risk, pregnant women are advised to get annual flu vaccinations. On the other hand, pregnant women also are advised to be very cautious when taking any medications—especially the newest ones—because of unknown health risks to the developing fetus.
There's also the question of thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative that was banished from other childhood vaccines several years ago but is still used in most flu vaccines. It's best for pregnant women to minimize any exposure to mercury, says one expert. The new H1N1 vaccine will come in a variety of formulations, including some that won't contain thimerosal, according to a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also advises pregnant women who have been exposed to someone infected with H1N1 to be treated with the antiviral drug Tamiflu.
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— Megan Johnson
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