Health Buzz: Deli Meat Tests Positive for Bacteria

8 foods to help you lose weight; how health reform will change your doctor's office.

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Massive Deli Meat Recall

Nearly 400,000 pounds of potentially-contaminated ham, roast beef, and other deli meats have been recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide by a Buffalo, N.Y.-based company, and were used in packaged grab-and-go sandwiches. A retail sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause the potentially fatal infection listeriosis. Among the symptoms: high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the USDA, and is particularly dangerous to those with a weakened immune system. No reported illnesses have been associated with the recall. Expiration dates on the products, which were produced in June and July, range from August 20 to September 10.

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  • Use These 8 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

    Sure, we all know the basic nutrition rules when it comes to safeguarding our health and losing weight. In the words of best-selling nutrition writer Michael Pollan, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Sounds simple, but if you're interested in maximizing the amount of nutrients you get, you may want to be a little choosy when selecting among various options in each food group. Some fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products stand out as nutritional superstars, according to the latest research. And they're also easy on the calorie count to help you shed pounds, fitness blogger Ryan Sullivan writes for U.S. News. Consider incorporating these foods into your daily meal plan:

    1. Watermelon. It's not only delicious, but packs a wallop of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. It also contains lycopene, a plant chemical found in studies to lower your risk of cancer, heart disease and age-related vision loss due to macular degeneration. Just as gratifying: One cup of cubed watermelon contains less than 50 calories, not too damaging for your waistline.

    2. Avocado. This extremely versatile fruit can be used in salads, sandwiches, and guacamole. Filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocado is a healthful alternative to mayonnaise and can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. Just watch your portions. One-quarter of a medium-sized avocado contains 65 calories, so you don't want to overdo it. [Read more: Use These 8 Foods to Help You Lose Weight.]

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    • Health Reform: 4 Changes to Expect at Your Doctor's Office

      A paper published in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine, written by White House healthcare officials, attempts to explain how the Affordable Care Act is likely to transform the practice of medicine. It outlines what changes doctors will need to make in order to provide better care for their patients, family physician Kenny Lin writes for U.S. News.

      First, the authors highlight a number of problems that exist: rates of readmissions, medication errors, and infections are much too high at nationwide hospitals, And American patients fail to take full advantage of preventive services like counseling for smoking cessation and screening for cancer. "Physicians will need to embrace rather than resist change," the study authors write, in order for the new legislation to successfully reverse these problems and reduce healthcare costs in the long term. That means doctors need to move away from a system where they're paid for ordering more tests and performing more procedures and toward one that reimburses them for coordinating care among a number of specialists and preventive health professionals like nutritionists and nurse practitioners. The goal is to keep you healthier and out of the hospital. [Read more: Health Reform: 4 Changes to Expect at Your Doctor's Office.]

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