(CBS/AP) An Oklahoma infant has been sickened by a rare Cronobacter sakazakii infection that's sometimes linked to tainted infant formula. Health officials say the baby from Tulsa County - the third child to be infected by the bacteria this month - has fully recovered.
An Illinois child also rebounded after being sickened by the bacteria. A Missouri infant who was 10 days old died.Continue »
(CBS/AP) COLUMBIA, Missouri - Wal-Mart and health officials awaited results from tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a newborn baby who consumed it apparently died from a rare infection.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powdered infant formula after a Missouri newborn died from what doctors suspect is a rare bacterial infection.
The voluntary recall affects more than 3,000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide. The government has yet to order its own recall of the formula with lot number of ZP1K7G. The formula's manufacturer, Mead Johnson Nutrition, said its records show the lot tested negative for the suspected bacterium before shipping.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Childhood obesity rates are falling in New York City, according to a new government study. The CDC's study of public schoolchildren in kindergarten through eighth grade found obesity rates fell from 21.9 to 20.7 percent overall between the 2006-2007 and 2010-2011 school years.
The 1.2 percentage drop was the biggest recorded decline in childhood obesity in a large U.S. city, the CDC said. That means there are about 6,500 fewer obese children in the public schools, according to city officials.
On this week's edition of HealthPop:
- Soccer players beware: A new study shows "heading" soccer balls too many times can cause brain damage. How many is too many?
- Is chewing gum before a test the secret to success in school?
- A shocking new report says drinking alcohol can lead to bad decisions. Which one might up disease risk?
(CBS) It's official. A new study ties drinking alcohol to unsafe sex.
It's no secret that boozing and bad decisions go hand-in-hand, but scientists had yet to determine a cause-and-effect relationship when it comes to drinking and unsafe sex - until now.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Two food recalls are underway amid concerns the foods carry potentially deadly, disease-causing bacteria.
The FDA said Friday that Pacific Cilantro of Salinas, Calif., is voluntarily recalling more than 6,000 cartons of cilantro that were shipped to California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, South Carolina and Missouri. An FDA test found salmonella in a sample of the herbs, also known as coriander. The cilantro was grown by Salt River Farming in the Phoenix-area.Continue »
(CBS)The deadly Listeria outbreak from cantaloupes is finally over, the CDC announced Thursday. Health officials presented their "final update" of the nearly five-month long outbreak that sickened 146 people across 28 states.
The final death toll was 30 the CDC said, and one woman who was pregnant when she got sick had a miscarriage.Continue »
(CBS) Ever sneak a bite of the raw cookie dough log living in your refrigerator? You might be seriously risking your health, according to a new study.
"Raw cookie dough is not ready to eat, it is ready to bake," study author Dr. Karen Neil, epidemic intelligence service officer for the CDC, told WebMD.Continue »
(CBS) Sugary cereals may be a convenient way to get kids to eat breakfast, but just how much sugar lurks in your child's cereal bowl?
Try more than Twinkies and chocolate chip cookies, according to a new report from the consumer watchdog, Environmental Working Group (EWG).Continue »
(CBS) Is there a cure for cancer? Not yet, but an eye-opening new study suggests that it can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes. These changes may ward off cancers for every 4 out of 10 people.
"Many people believe cancer is down to fate or 'in the genes' and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it," study author Professor Max Parkin, a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist based at Queen Mary, University of London, said in a written statement. "Looking at all the evidence, it's clear that around 40 percent of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change."Continue »
(CBS) Love instant noodles? Soup slurpers may be in danger, according to a new report.
A segment on NPR's "Planet Money," which aired Monday, said instant noodle soups can cause serious burns because of the cups' designs.
The cups are tall, lightweight, and have an unstable base, according to NPR, making them more likely to tip over.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Everybody's talking apple juice these days, now that a new study found high levels of arsenic in some popular juice brands.
But health experts are warning juice drinkers that apple juice can pose a different set of dangerous problems - because its loaded in calories.Continue »
(CBS/AP) The FDA announced its mulling tighter restrictions for arsenic in apple juice, following a Consumer Reports study that found high levels of the contaminant in grocery store-purchased juice.
Studies show that apple juice generally contains low arsenic levels, and the government says it is safe to drink. But consumer advocates say the FDA is allowing too much of the chemical into kid's juices.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Foes of fast food are hailing San Francisco's new ban on free toy giveaways in kid's meals. The ban, which kicks off today, was health officials' attempt to buck burgeoning childhood obesity rates.
As the ban took effect, fast food giant McDonald's kicked off its plan to charge 10 cents for Happy Meal toys, thus complying with the new law. McDonald's says the extra dime will be donated to its Ronald McDonald House charity to accommodate families of sick children at the new University of California, San Francisco hospital now under construction.
Nutrition experts weren't exactly thrilled with that announcement.Continue »