FDA Issues a Recall After Reports of Bacterial Bloodstream Infections
Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a nationwide voluntary recall of sterile products from a Texas compounding pharmacy. The announcement came after the FDA received reports of 15 Texas patients who developed bacterial bloodstream infections. These infections are believed to be linked to the patients' calcium gluconate injections from Specialty Compounding, LLC in Cedar Park, Texas – about 20 miles north of Austin. The FDA is urging that health care providers and patients who have received the sterile products from this compounding pharmacy after May 9, 2013, "immediately discontinue use, quarantine the products and return the products to Specialty Compounding."
If this recall seems all too familiar, you're likely remembering the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that began last fall. Those infections were linked to steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center.
What's Wrong With '50 Shades of Grey'
There's nothing "grey" about it. "50 Shades of Grey," E.L. James' racy best-seller that's now in movie production, portrays a relationship steeped in intimate partner violence, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Women's Health.
"The book is a glaring glamorization of violence against women," says Amy Bonomi, chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. Bonomi explains that Christian Grey, the copper-headed business tycoon for whom James' book is named, controls his young conquest, Anastasia Steele, through stalking, intimidation, isolation and humiliation. In response, Steele "begins to manage her behavior to keep peace in the relationship, which is something we see in abused women," Bonomi says. "Over time, she loses her identity" and "becomes disempowered and entrapped."
The trilogy is known for its depiction of BDSM – a sexual practice that stands for bondage and discipline; dominance and submission; and sadism and masochism. Despite the power differential inherent in BDSM, practitioners take the rules of consent and negotiated boundaries seriously, according to those familiar with the practice. Yet Bonomi points out that "all those things are violated in the book." [Read more: What's Wrong With '50 Shades of Grey']
How to Conquer Nighttime Food Struggles
Over the course of the past decade, working in a practice exclusively devoted to weight management, I've met a great many folks who struggle with their dietary decisions, writes U.S. News blogger Yoni Freedhoff. More often than not, they label themselves as stress eaters, emotional eaters and boredom eaters. And while the foods they tend to struggle with may vary, there's one factor that ties many of them together – their struggles occur primarily at night.
For many of them, their mornings are incredibly light in calories, with some skipping breakfast altogether. Lunches are well-controlled too and often described to me as terrifically healthy. But from the drive home from work onwards, that's when they battle their various dietary demons.
But here's the thing. Stress, emotions and boredom aren't solely relegated to late afternoons, evenings and nighttimes, and when questioned, the folks who tend to only struggle later in the day will readily admit that they have their share of stress, depression, anxiety, frustration and tedium in mornings and early afternoons too. Why is it then that their triggers only seem to fire blanks in the earlier hours? [Read more: How to Conquer Nighttime Food Struggles]