Review Category : Health

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sushi Sickens 62, CDC Reports

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — It’s the revenge of the tuna roll.

A widespread salmonella outbreak partially linked to sushi reportedly infected 62 people in 11 states, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak was linked to a catch of frozen yellowfin tuna that had been processed in Indonesia and sold by the Osamu Corporation, according to the CDC. Some of the fish was sold to the AFC Corporation for use in grocery store sushi.

“Most ill people in the outbreak reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week before becoming sick,” the CDC said in a statement.

The Osamu Corporation voluntarily recalled the frozen yellowfin tuna meat processed from that plant and sold to AFC, according to the FDA. The FDA also says that AFC “has removed the product from the marketplace and is destroying any remaining product it has”. This was because “the Minnesota Department of Health Investigators found samples … from one retail location in Minnesota to be contaminated with Salmonella”. Both the Osamu Corporation and the AFC Corporation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical School, said that the outbreak underscores the need for “excellent surveillance … [so that] when something like this happens we can minimize the impact.”

He added that the vigilance is more imperative as food arrives from places where the Food and Drug Administration has no presence.

“Again, it emphasizes that it is a small village out there,” Schaffner told ABC News. “Not only do people travel around the world, but foodstuffs travel around the world. … The FDA can’t be at every fishing port in Indonesia and around the world.”

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that can appear 12 to 72 hours after exposure, according to the CDC. The CDC advises pregnant women, senior citizens and anyone immunocompromised to avoid eating raw fish.

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Tears Flow When Kids Serenade Their Teacher Fighting Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sometimes students drive their teachers to tears for all the wrong reasons.

But in this case, these kids gave Adriana Lopez all the right reasons to cry.

The PS22 chorus from the largest public elementary school in Staten Island, New York — made up of 65 fifth-graders — serenaded Lopez, who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

They chose the Martina McBride song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

“The Martina McBride song has become an anthem for breast cancer awareness, so the song selection made perfect sense,” said Gregg Breinberg, director of the PS22 chorus. “Lisa [Kochman, who filmed the video] and I felt the kids were up to the emotional and physical challenge of bringing that song to life for her as a gesture of support for Adriana’s extreme dedication to her students.”

“Even on days when she was sick and fatigued, she would bring herself to work and give her everything to her students,” said Breinberg. “She is a beautiful and inspiring person and no one deserves such a tribute more than she.”

Lopez could not be reached for comment by ABC News.

The video, posted to YouTube on Tuesday, has been viewed over 1 million times.

“The kids were very emotional while practicing the song, lots of tears, they’re very sensitive, very soulful little people,” Breinberg said. “Don’t let their ages fool you. And they kept it together when she came in for the performance and showered her with hugs and flowers after it was over. It was a moment no one in the room will ever forget.”

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Brooklyn Decker Reveals Personal Connection to Mission of Special Olympics

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Decker, the actress and supermodel, is now a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, and it’s all because of one woman: her aunt, Tara Moore.

“She was born without her corpus callosum, which connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain,” Decker said.

Because of that, Tara, now 40, is “very much like a 9-year-old,” Decker said in an interview with Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, adding: “that is, the most fun, free-spirited, wonderful 9-year-old you could ever know.”

As an ambassador for the Special Olympics World Games starting Saturday in Los Angeles, being an advocate for the improvement of the lives of the intellectually disabled is a mission that’s dear to Decker’s heart.

She says she’s seen the Special Olympics make a change in the life of her aunt, who has participated in the Special Olympics, in sports including tennis and basketball.

Oftentimes, people with intellectual disabilities don’t have their own community of friends or hobbies they can do on their own, she said.

“Special Olympics provides that for [Tara] and athletes like her,” she said.

Even though Tara was 13 years old when Decker was born, mentally and emotionally they both remained on the same page for several years. They were more like siblings than aunt and niece.

“I remember we’d steal dolls from each other very young, you know,” said Decker, 28. “I think it started changing when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I started realizing, ‘Oh, I’m growing out of certain things.’ And, ‘Oh, I’m coloring differently than Tara is.’ I was aware that something was different about Tara, something was special about her.”

Her aunt has taught her a great deal, Decker said, noting that being around someone with a disability teaches awareness that someone might otherwise not have.

“I think people want to be tolerant and accepting and understanding, but until they’re exposed to it, they don’t know how to be,” Decker said. “And so Tara taught me that at a very young age.”

Decker and Tara also learned the effects of hurtful words.

Tessa Decker, Brooklyn’s mother, talked about a hearing a conversation between Tara and their mother.

“I remember Tara asking my mom, ‘Mom, am I ‘tarded’? That’s what she used to call it. And my mom said, ‘No Tara, you’re smart. And it was like, ‘Whoa. She’s hearing it from somewhere.’ And that gets at the heart,” she said.

Tara enjoys a full and active life, and is especially close to Brooklyn Decker’s husband, pro tennis player Andy Roddick.

“I think she worships my husband and loves him more than me,” Decker said, laughing. “I think she would choose Andy over me any day of the week.”

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Your Body: Are You Experiencing Premature Menopause?

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Menopause is bittersweet, but it can sometimes seem like a little bit of a rite of passage — just not when it comes too soon.

If you’ve noticed common menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, irregular periods and dryness, and you’re under or around age 40, talk to your doctor about possible treatments. There are both hormonal and non-hormonal options.

And if you were hoping to be a mom, talk with your physician or a fertility specialist about alternative methods, such as egg donation or adoption.

Don’t let menopause stop you in your tracks, even if you didn’t expect it. With the right steps, you can still be in control.

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Birth Order May Have Less to Do With Personality than You Think

iStock/Thinkstock(CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) — We’ve all probably heard it before — the oldest child is bossy, the middle child has issues, and the youngest child in the family is spoiled, right? But if you really think you and your siblings are the way you are because of your birth order, you’re probably wrong.

A new study on the correlation between sibling birth order, personality and intelligence shows while differences may occur among siblings, the actual real-world impact may be insignificant.

This study, conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and said to be the largest one of its kind to date, challenges common notions that the firstborn is the most intelligent and responsible, the middle child is the peacekeeper, and the youngest is the most rebellious. While researchers did find differences in siblings that followed the typical trend, such as the firstborn having a higher IQ and distinct personality traits, those differences were very minor.

“This is a very small difference that would not be visible in any way with the ‘naked eye,’ and it’s unlikely to be meaningful for any real-world outcomes,” wrote Dr. Rodica Damian, a co-author of the study and psychology professor at the University of Houston, in an email to The Huffington Post.

Researchers believe this particular study produced such different results from conventional wisdom because the sample was much larger and didn’t rely on often biased parental testimonies. The differences parents see in their kids are believed to come more from how the parents raise each child — and the way they raise each kid is usually in keeping with how mom and dad feel their kids will behave due to their birth order. In other words, the kids behave that way because mom and dad raise their kids to be that way because they believe the kids are that way. Got it?

Also, says Damian, “Personality changes over time, especially with age, so parents should be mindful of their kids’ life stages and realize that whatever differences they see are likely due to age.”

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Birth Order May Have Less to Do With Personality than You Think

iStock/Thinkstock(CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) — We’ve all probably heard it before — the oldest child is bossy, the middle child has issues, and the youngest child in the family is spoiled, right? But if you really think you and your siblings are the way you are because of your birth order, you’re probably wrong.

A new study on the correlation between sibling birth order, personality and intelligence shows while differences may occur among siblings, the actual real-world impact may be insignificant.

This study, conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and said to be the largest one of its kind to date, challenges common notions that the firstborn is the most intelligent and responsible, the middle child is the peacekeeper, and the youngest is the most rebellious. While researchers did find differences in siblings that followed the typical trend, such as the firstborn having a higher IQ and distinct personality traits, those differences were very minor.

“This is a very small difference that would not be visible in any way with the ‘naked eye,’ and it’s unlikely to be meaningful for any real-world outcomes,” wrote Dr. Rodica Damian, a co-author of the study and psychology professor at the University of Houston, in an email to The Huffington Post.

Researchers believe this particular study produced such different results from conventional wisdom because the sample was much larger and didn’t rely on often biased parental testimonies. The differences parents see in their kids are believed to come more from how the parents raise each child — and the way they raise each kid is usually in keeping with how mom and dad feel their kids will behave due to their birth order. In other words, the kids behave that way because mom and dad raise their kids to be that way because they believe the kids are that way. Got it?

Also, says Damian, “Personality changes over time, especially with age, so parents should be mindful of their kids’ life stages and realize that whatever differences they see are likely due to age.”

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New Store Lets You Breathe Your Booze

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Wish you could get drunk without filling up on booze? Now you can — in the U.K., at least.

U.K.-based food art collective Bompas & Parr is set to open a store called Alcoholic Architecture, where you can actually inhale alcohol, reports The Daily Meal. The store will provide a “fully immersive alcohol environment” by allowing guests to walk through a cloud of misty cocktails.

The site will open near one of the U.K.’s oldest gothic cathedrals, so all mists will be made using spirits and beers originally created by monks. Like alcohol, the breathable buzz enters the body through the bloodstream, only via the lungs, so the company warns people to “breathe responsibly.” However, it’s unlikely you could inhale enough to get seriously buzzed, especially given tour sessions are limited to one hour.

Alcoholic Architecture will be open from July 31 until early 2016, and, of course, only permits those of legal drinking age to participate — that’s 18 years old in the U.K.

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New Store Lets You Breathe Your Booze

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Wish you could get drunk without filling up on booze? Now you can — in the U.K., at least.

U.K.-based food art collective Bompas & Parr is set to open a store called Alcoholic Architecture, where you can actually inhale alcohol, reports The Daily Meal. The store will provide a “fully immersive alcohol environment” by allowing guests to walk through a cloud of misty cocktails.

The site will open near one of the U.K.’s oldest gothic cathedrals, so all mists will be made using spirits and beers originally created by monks. Like alcohol, the breathable buzz enters the body through the bloodstream, only via the lungs, so the company warns people to “breathe responsibly.” However, it’s unlikely you could inhale enough to get seriously buzzed, especially given tour sessions are limited to one hour.

Alcoholic Architecture will be open from July 31 until early 2016, and, of course, only permits those of legal drinking age to participate — that’s 18 years old in the U.K.

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‘Bionic Eye’ Helps Man See After Decade of Impaired Vision

(MANCHESTER, U.K.) — After nearly a decade of being partially blind, Ray Flynn is now getting some of his central sight back thanks to a new “bionic eye.”

Flynn is taking part in a study that helps people with dry macular degeneration regain partial sight. The chronic disease causes vision loss at the center of the eye as a part of the retina called the macula becomes damaged with age and there is no treatment for “dry” version of the disease. (There is a treatment available for the “wet” version of the disease.) Advanced macular degeneration patients often rely purely on peripheral vision as the center of their sight is basically completely blurred.

At the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital doctors are using a new “bionic eye” implant in an attempt to give Flynn and other macular degeneration patients some of their center vision again.

“I can’t use the cash machine, I’d like to be able to go shopping,” Flynn told the BBC News shortly before his surgery.

Called the Argus II “bionic eye,” the implant was created by Second Sight Medical Products and relies on an implant behind the retina to wirelessly communicate with a camera worn by the patient.

After the small chip is implanted behind the eye, the patient can wear special glasses outfitted with a camera. The glasses wirelessly transmit data to the chip which stimulates retina cells and triggers the brain.

“What we’re doing with Ray is try to elicit [visual] function within the area of macular degeneration,” explained Dr. Paulo Stanga, an ophthalmologist at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration. “When Ray looks at a person in front of him, there is a blurred patch above the shoulders.”

Stanga explained they were hoping Flynn could integrate both the digital data from the glasses with his peripheral sight so that when looking at a person he could see “a silhouette of a face” and not just the shoulders.

Flynn underwent the 4-hour surgery last month and became the first person to receive the bionic implant to cope with his macular degeneration. Stanga is currently running a medical trial to see if the implant is effective and hopes to get another four people enrolled in the study.

Two weeks after his surgery Flynn was first able to test the implant. Stanga had Flynn close his eyes so he would only receive data from the camera.

As he “looked” at a computer screen, Flynn clear made out different shapes in front of him. Stanga said Flynn’s eyesight is expected to keep improving as his brain learns to interpret the data more clearly.

“It was wonderful with my eyes closed to see the bars over there,” he told the BBC. “It was really good.”

For now Flynn is happy to have some of his central sight back and Stanga said the 80-year-old is especially excited about getting back to his garden again now that he can more easily decipher flowers and plants in his garden.

“What we are seeing is that his vision is improving as he wears the device,” explained Stanga. “We don’t know when the improvement will stop.”

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Texas Dad Loses 118 Pounds, Wins $106,000

iStock/Thinkstock(HURST, TX) — A Texas father-of-three who two years ago says he was an overweight, over-medicated insomniac watching infomercials in the middle of the night is now 118 pounds lighter and $106,000 richer thanks to one of those infomercials.

Casey Walker, 42, of Hurst, Texas, won $100,000 Saturday night as one of the two grand prize winners of the 2015 Beachbody Challenge, having already won $6,000 in the months leading up to the grand prize announcement.

Walker told ABC News he weighed 275 pounds and was in and out of the hospital due to an undiagnosed autoimmune condition in September 2013 when he “reached the end of his rope” and turned to Beachbody, a Santa Monica, California-based company famous for workouts like P90X and INSANITY.

“One morning I was sitting in my chair on a ton of medications and was watching Beachbody infomercials because I couldn’t sleep,” Walker said. “I felt like God said, ‘It’s time for you to get up and get moving.’”

“Something clicked in my head,” he said.

Walker then had to convince his wife, Erica, that he was committed enough to purchase the workout DVDs plus the company’s Shakeology shakes because, at the time, he was unable to work as a pastor due to his health. It was left to Erica, a nurse, to support him and the couple’s three children, ages 9, 7, and 4.

“I’d just lost another job and my wife said, ‘We really can’t afford this,’” Walker recalled. “I said to her, ‘I know I can do this.’”

Walker began drinking a shake every day and doing Beachbody’s 25-minute Focus T25 workout daily, modified because of his limited mobility.

“I just started moving in my living room,” said Walker, who says he lost 70 pounds in the first three months.

Walker went from eating Oreos, pizza and hamburgers to a diet of Shakeology, lean proteins, vegetables and fruit and the weight fell off, 118 pounds in all from September 2013 to May 2015.

“I started fueling my body with something that my body had been craving,” said Walker, who added it was his kids mainly that pushed him to get up and get moving.

“I was acting like I was 81-years-old and my brother-in-law could play with my kids more than I could,” Walker said of his life before the weight loss. “It was gnawing at me.”

As Walker, who now works as a Beachbody coach, found success, he started submitting pictures of his transformation to Beachbody’s website for the chance to win prizes like money and t-shirts.

Next thing he knew, he received a call last month inviting him to attend the company’s conference in Tennessee as one of four male finalists chosen from thousands of entries.

On Saturday night, with his wife by his side, Walker found out he was the $100,000 grand prize winner.

“It was just utter shock,” Walker said. “I had no idea.”

The former full-time pastor says his new lifestyle has led him to a “beautiful” place in his life where it’s “all kind of coming together” between his spiritual background and physical transformation.

“As I’ve gone through this journey I’ve been able to inspire other people that there’s hope,” Walker said. “You can get off the couch. This doesn’t have to be your existence. It’s so much more than muscles.”

Walker says he is most grateful for the fact that the $100,000 he won is allowing his wife to “walk a lot lighter these days.”

“She’s been working full-time and carrying this load because I’ve been sick,” he said of Erica. “This is going to mean paying hospital bills and paying off credit card debt.”

“My yard is a train wreck so it’s going to help us do-over that and help me do some stuff for my wife,” Walker added.

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