Big News of the Week – Ear Infections, Hazelnuts Recalled, Memory Loss‎ and Fake Pot

Here is given the big news of the week which will let you to know about the latest information regarding health. Read on to know about the news related to Ear Infections, Hazelnuts Recalled, Memory Loss‎ and Fake Pot.

Ear Infections in children fell down 30%

As reported by health officials, ear infections in children fell down by about 30% over the past 15 years. A 30 percent drop is noted in children’s visit to the doctor for ear infections. Some researchers have recommended that the decline in the ear infections is due to the decline in smoking by parents as more parents are selecting not to smoke around their children, meaning less irritation to the children’s airways. Many doctors have given the credit of reduced ear infection to the increasing use of a vaccine against bacteria that is responsible for ear infections.

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Others believe that increased breast-feeding have supported reducing the occurrence of ear infections in kids as antibody-rich breast milk protects infants from respiratory and middle ear infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the decline was also reported in the rate of exposure of U.S. nonsmokers to secondhand smoke considerably over the last 18 years, a fact which is also contributing to the lessening of ear infections being reported in children. In spite of the decline, there is still millions of ear infection cases reported for young kids due to their little developed or undeveloped immune systems.

Hazelnuts Recalled Over E. coli Risk

This week, the California Department of Public Health announced a recall of certain packaged and bulk containers of in-shell hazelnuts and mixed nuts as they might be contaminated by the Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli). The department said that the hazelnuts were sold by DeFranco & Sons, a Los Angeles company. The hazelnuts products were recalled after seven cases of E. coli infection reported in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. All cases are believed to be related to the utilization of nuts sold under the brand names Sunripe, Firestone Farms, George Packing and Northwest Hazelnut.

The hazelnuts were distributed throughout the United States in a variety of packages as small as 1 pound from 2nd November to 22nd December, 2010. 50 pound bags of hazelnuts and mixed nuts may have been repacked or distributed from bulk containers to consumers. Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria infection includes severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea or bloody bowel movements and seizures. People who have a weekend immune system are at a higher risk for life-threatening complications like kidney failure and sometimes death.

Memory Cells grown in Lab

First time in a breakthrough, U.S. researchers have grown brain cells that are most susceptible to attack from Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have turned ordinary skin cells into a type of brain cell that are killed in people by the degenerative condition. The derived stem cells are critical to memory retrieval people with Alzheimer’s disease. In the journal Stem Cell, the team reported that the new technology would give a prepared supply of cells which can be used in testing of new drugs or even transplants to assist restore lost memory.

The body’s master cells, stem cells are the source of all other cells as it can become into any other cell in the body. Kessler and Bissonnette, who worked on the study, implanted the newly grown nerve cells in mice’s brain and they worked normally, producing axons and creating the brain chemical acetylcholine, utilized to get back memories from other parts of the brain. According to the researchers, the technique can produce millions of these cells which can be used by other scientists to study these cells and test new drugs.

DEA Bans Fake Pot‎ Chemical

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) banned certain types of “fake pot” chemicals for at least a year as they mimic marijuana-like highs. The sale of products like K2, Blaze, Spice, and Red X Dawn has been banned as they contain synthetic compounds like JWH-018, JWH-200, JWH-073, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. These chemicals are synthetic cannabinoids, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which have aggravated reactions including seizures and hallucinations, and pose a threat to public health and safety.

DEA Administrator, Michele M. Leonhart said in a statement announcing the ban, “Young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous ‘fake pot’ products and wrongly equate the products’ ‘legal’ retail availability with being ‘safe’.” Manufacturers of such products have not stopped the selling of “fake pot” in the past but they simply switched to use analogous chemicals that are still legal. The substances like Ivory Wave have not been put under emergency ban yet. Regardless of the ban, it seems that some manufacturers will attempt to acclimatize their formulas to include other cannabinoid which are not banned.


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