- Beef Recall Expanded to Kroger Stores in 20 States
- Work-Based Weight Loss Programs Effective
- Sleep Problems Increase During Menopause
- Danes Grapple With Their Own Salmonella Outbreak
- Mediterranean Diet Reduces Cancer Risk: Study
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:
Beef Recall Expanded to Kroger Stores in 20 States
The voluntary recall of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli has been expanded to Kroger grocery chain stores in more than 20 states, the Cincinnati-based company said Wednesday.
The Kroger Co. also told consumers to check ground beef in their refrigerators and freezers to determine whether it's included in the recall, the Associated Press reported.
The initial June 25 recall involved Kroger stores in Michigan and in central and northern Ohio. The expanded recall includes ground beef sold at Fred Meyer, QFC, Ralphs, Smith's, Baker's, King Soopers, City Markets, Hilander, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's with overlapping sell-by dates from mid-May through mid-July.
Click here to view recall information on Kroger's Web site.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the supplier of the beef that may be contaminated with E. coli as Nebraska Beef Ltd., which itself recalled about 532,000 pounds of ground beef produced over the past two months.
The Nebraska Beef meat has been linked to 38 reports of E coli-related illness in Ohio and Michigan, the AP said.
Infection with E. coli O157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration, and in severe cases, kidney failure. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible.
Work-Based Weight Loss Programs Effective
Work-based weight loss programs are modestly effective for people who participate in them, say University of Cincinnati researchers who reviewed 11 studies published since 1994.
Most the programs, which lasted from two to 18 months, included education and counseling on how to improve diet and increase physical activity. Of the studies included in the review, 46 percent looked at low-intensity programs, 18 percent at moderate-intensity programs, and 36 percent at high-intensity programs, United Press International reported.
Employees in high-intensity programs lost an average of between 2.2 pounds and nearly 14 pounds, compared with a loss of 1.5 pounds to a gain of 1.1 pounds among workers who didn't take part in a weight loss program.
Programs that included face-to-face contact between instructors and participants more than once a month appeared to be more effective than other programs, UPI reported.
The study was published in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
Sleep Problems Increase During Menopause
Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep increases as women go through menopause, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
The study of more than 3,000 women, ages 42 to 52, also found that waking up earlier than planned increases through late perimenopause (before menopause) but decreases in post-menopause, United Press International reported.
The researchers also compared different racial and ethnic groups and found that Caucasian women were more likely than others to report trouble staying asleep, and Hispanic women were less likely than others to wake several times during the night.
The findings are published in the July issue of the journal Sleep.
Danes Grapple With Their Own Salmonella Outbreak
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration works to figure out the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds in the country, Danish health officials are struggling with their own outbreak that may involve thousands of people, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.