Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Healthy Choice Chicken Noodle Soup Recalled
Nearly 55,000 pounds of chicken noodle soup products are being
recalled by ConAgra Foods because the labels do not alert consumers
that they contain wheat and eggs, which can cause allergic
reactions in some people.
The recall covers 14-ounce bowls of "Healthy Choice Chicken with
Rice" soup that has the establishment number "P-770" inside the
USDA Mark of Inspection and a "Best By" date of "JUN092015" on the
bottom of the bowl, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food
Safety and Inspection Service said.
The soup was produced Dec. 16, 2013 and distributed to stores
across the United States and in Puerto Rico, Jamaica and the
Dominican Republic. No reports of health problems linked to the
recalled soup have been received by the FSIS or ConAgra.
For more information, consumers can call the company at
Toxic Chemical Releases Fell in 2012: EPA
Total releases of toxic chemicals in the United States were 12
percent lower in 2012 than in 2011, according to an Environmental
Protection Agency report released Tuesday.
In 2012, 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released
into the air, water or land. Between 2011 and 2012, releases of
toxic chemicals into land decreased 16 percent, releases into the
air fell eight percent, and releases into land declined 16
The decrease in releases into the air were primarily due to
reductions in emissions of hazardous air pollutants such as mercury
and hydrochloric acid, which extends a long-term trend, the EPA's
annual Toxics Release Inventory report noted.
"People deserve to know what toxic chemicals are being used and released in their backyards, and what companies are doing to prevent pollution," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in an agency news release.
New Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign Targets Youth
Ruined teeth and damaged skin are among the images being used in
a new U.S. government anti-smoking ad campaign targeting young
As part of the $115 million effort, the Food and Drug
Administration will begin running ads Feb. 11 in more than 200
markets nationwide for at least one year. Along with placing print
ads in magazines such as Teen Vogue and on television stations such
as MTV, the campaign will also use social media, the
"The Real Cost" campaign is a "compelling, provocative and somewhat graphic way" of getting the attention of more than 10 million Americans ages 12 to 17 who are at risk of, or already, smoking cigarettes, according to Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.
"Our kids are the replacement customers for the addicted adult smokers who die or quit each day," he told the AP. "And that's why we think it's so important to reach out to them -- not to lecture them, not to throw statistics at them -- but to reach them in a way that will get them to rethink their relationship with tobacco use."
One of the TV ads depicts a cigarette-shooting ray gun that
wrecks teeth. In another ad, two teens want to buy cigarettes in a
corner store and the cashier tells them it will cost them more than
they have. The teens then rip off a piece of their skin and pull
out a tooth to pay for the cigarettes.
"While most teens understand the serious health risks associated with tobacco use, they often don't believe the long-term consequences will ever apply to them," said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the APreported.
"We'll highlight some of the real costs and health consequences associated with tobacco use by focusing on some of the things that really matter to teens -- their outward appearance and having control and independence over their lives," she explained.
The FDA wants to reduce the number of young cigarette smokers by
at least 300,000 within three years, the
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