Health Buzz: Mass. Compounding Pharmacies in Hot Water

How one woman gamed the online dating system; 5 red foods to eat for your heart


32 Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacies Cited for Violations

Several Massachusetts compounding pharmacies received bad news this week. State health officials ordered the unannounced inspections of 40 of these facilities, and wound up demanding that 11 of them partially or completely halt operations, and citing 21 more for minor violations, reports Reuters. "While these results are troubling, this process has led to significant corrective measures and increased compliance among sterile compounders in Massachusetts," Lauren Smith, Massachusetts Department of Public of Health interim commissioner, told Reuters. Eight of the 11 pharmacies have submitted corrective plans, health officials said, and after implementing them, those facilities will need to pass re-inspection.

The crackdown on compounding pharmacies comes after the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak last fall, which was linked to contaminated steroid injections distributed by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

How One Woman Gamed The Online Dating System

Amy Webb turned to online dating as a last resort—because she was 30 and newly single and so over playing the field. She cast a wide net, abandoning her picky tendencies in fear of overlooking the perfect man.

That's how she landed in a fancy Philadelphia restaurant with Jim, a foodie who liked to talk about cooking. He also liked ordering; in this case, an expensive bottle of wine, three appetizers, lamb chops, and Chilean sea bass. That same enthusiasm didn't extend to the $200 bill. Jim didn't even offer to split it, and the meal ended up costing Webb a chunk of her next month's rent.

"We were walking out, and I just wanted to get back to my car so I didn't have to deal with this guy anymore," says Webb, author of the new book Data, A Love Story. "He asked me if I smoked, and all of a sudden he pulled out this huge blunt and lit it up right there, in front of everybody. I really thought I had been roped into some kind of practical joke. But it wasn't a joke, it was real life." [Read more: How One Woman Gamed The Online Dating System]

5 Red Foods to Eat for Your Heart

It's time again for the ultimate red month—February, known as American Heart Month, National Cherry Month, and for Valentine's Day. It's the perfect time to celebrate eating red for good health by making smart choices, writes U.S. News blogger Mitzi Dulan.

Here are my top five red foods that will give you high-quality protein, powerful antioxidants, and phytonutrients:

1. Tomatoes: Lycopene is the phytonutrient that gives tomatoes their red coloring. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. Research shows that women with the highest intake of tomato-based foods have greater protection against heart disease. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium and vitamin C, which adds to their heart-healthy appeal.

Ways to Eat: Research has shown that cooking tomatoes boosts their heart-healthy qualities by increasing lycopene content. Have them in spaghetti sauce, chili, or soups.

2. Tart cherries: Tart cherries' bright red color comes from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants researchers have attributed to the fruit's unique health properties, from anti-inflammatory and heart-health benefits, to reduced post-exercise muscle and joint pain.

Ways To Eat: Use frozen tart cherries in smoothies and dried tart cherries in salads or mixed with pistachios to make your own trail mix. [Read more: 5 Red Foods to Eat for Your Heart]

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