Monthly Archives: May 2016
A packaging error has led Turkey Hill Dairy to voluntarily recall certain 48-ounce containers of its Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream because the containers may contain Rocky Road Premium Ice Cream, which contains the common allergens almonds and eggs, the Conestoga, Pennsylvania, company announced on its website Friday. As of Friday, Turkey Hill had not received any reports of illness.
The recalled items were sold after Sept. 8, 2016 in various stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Missouri, Alabama, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Illinois and Tennessee.
Affected products have a UPC code of 20735-42095 and a sell-by date of May 23, 2017, which is printed on the bottom of the package.
In a news release, the company advised customers who purchased the product to return it to its place of purchase for a full refund, or to contact Turkey Hill at 1-800-693-2479 for a replacement or refund.
“We apologize for this breakdown in our commitment to producing quality, wholesome products,” the company said in the release. “We know you expect and deserve more from our brand. We will use this incident as an opportunity to re-evaluate and refine our processes.”
Customers who do not have a nut or egg allergy are not at risk of harm if they consume the recalled products, according to Turkey Hill.
Is it dangerous to believe in miracles? Yes, when it comes to matters of health, the Washington Post reports. A new study found that people who put their fate in the hands of God were less likely to seek treatment or pursue healthy options that could forestall illness, such as quitting smoking.
Yet scientists writing in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine also found that “belief in miracles was related to greater life satisfaction.” That is because activities such as praying and reading the Bible help by “reducing the stress associated with chronic health problems and providing a sense of hope and optimism for the future.” More than 4 in 5 Americans believes in miracles, with half saying they have experienced one, per the Post.
Previous research has shown that evangelicals and religious African-Americans are more likely to cede control to God. In one study, 61 percent of black participants said God was in control of their cancer as opposed to 29 percent of whites.
But University of Michigan researchers who studied 2,948 people found that unless a patient is dying and beyond medical help, letting God decide a course of treatment is not likely to end well.
“Greater divine health deferral was associated with poorer symptoms of physical health,” the authors write. They recommend finding a balance between divine and personal control, and encouraging religious leaders to promote the benefits of healthy choices.
They also say teaching that the body is God’s gift may encourage people “to be more active in maintaining their own health because it is seen as a sacred duty.”
For one woman, the inability to keep any food down was caused by an incredibly rare condition called “Rapunzel syndrome,” according to a new report of her case.
Named for the fairy tale princess with incredibly long hair, the extremely uncommon condition occurs when a person has a hairball in his or her stomach, and the hairball has a tail that extends into the intestines.
Rapunzel syndrome is caused by a psychiatric disorder in which people compulsively swallow their own hair, called trichophagia. Trichophagia is related to a slightly more common disorder in which people have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, called trichotillomania.
The 38-year-old woman went to the doctor after two days of nausea, vomiting and constipation, according to the report of her case, published Oct. 6 in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
She had been throwing up any food that she tried to eat, and her abdomen was protruding from her body, the doctors who treated her wrote in the report. In addition, the woman had lost about 15 lbs. (7 kilograms) over the previous eight months, and her appetite had significantly decreased over the previous year.
The doctors ran several tests, but none revealed the cause of her symptoms, according to the report. A blood test, however, did show that she had low levels of protein in her blood.
The doctors suspected that the woman’s symptoms were likely being caused by something obstructing her digestive tract, and decided to operate.
They discovered a large hairball in her stomach measuring 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 centimeters), with a short tail extending into the top part of her small intestine, according to the report. Further down in her small intestine, the doctors found another hairball, measuring 1 x 1.5 inches (4 x 3 cm), they wrote.
The small hairball may have played a role in the woman’s low protein levels, the doctors wrote in the report. That hairball was found in a part of the small intestine where protein is absorbed, and therefore it may have blocked the absorption, they wrote.
The doctors were able to remove both of the hairballs, and the woman recovered from her surgery. She was advised to eat a high-protein diet as well as undergo psychiatric evaluation.