Ericka Foster

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11 years 2 months ago

Don't let the pretty colors fool you. This is a dangerous bacteria

A study in April found that 47% of the 136 beef, chicken, pork and turkey samples contained Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (Staph). 96% of that bacteria was resistant to at least one antibiotic, and over half was resistant to at least three antibiotics. At first glance, that’s not too scary – provided you cook your food thoroughly, you will kill not only Staph bacteria, but other bacteria as well. Wash your utensils, counters...


11 years 2 months ago

If you have trouble managing a few thousand dollars in your bank account, you may be sympathetic to Congressional politicians who finally reached an agreement on the budget minutes (not even hours) before the federal government would have shut down.  Congress and the White House agreed to trim $38 billion off of a trillion-plus budget. It may sound like a lot, but there are twelve zeroes in a trillion and nine zeroes in a billion. That puts the percentage of cuts in the single digits. That includes $13 billion in funding for education, health and labor programs.

Women’s...


11 years 2 months ago

As the Congress and the President hammer out the final details of the budget, states are facing their own difficulties. Leaders struggle to find a way to fund transportation, health and education programs (among others) with limited funds. Health care programs that depend on government funding face cuts that limit the quality and quantity of care for patients requiring health care services such as prenatal care, mental health care, and regular care for chronic diseases, including seniors on Medicare, and poor people on Medicaid. With unemployment still at a high rate, the very programs...


11 years 3 months ago

Some candy and food products have artificial colors.

Last week, the FDA convened a panel of scientists to determine whether artificial food dyes are harmful to children. The panelists agreed 8 to 6 that no warning label is needed to because dyes are safe enough. Yes, they may cause hyperactivity in children who already suffer from behavior problems, but the dyes are fine for children without behavior problems. In the past, the FDA has ruled that some dyes are harmful, including Orange No. 1 (sounds tasty, right...


11 years 3 months ago

Various types of bariatric surgery

Approximately 285 million people around the world suffer from type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes (formerly known as adult onset diabetes) occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin. Type 1 diabetes is occurs when the body does not produce insulin and patients, starting from a very young age, must participate in insulin therapy in order to stay healthy. Type 1 diabetes is also known as juvenile diabetes, although more and more children are getting type 2 diabetes as the rate of obesity increases...


11 years 3 months ago

Last year’s American health care reform bill has faced controversy over providing medical care to uninsured and underinsured patients, but one of the lesser discussed items of the bill is a mandate for restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post their calorie count on their menu items. The FDA has postponed issuing guideline citing the "complexity" of the situation, so for now, you will continue to have to guess how many calories are in the meal you purchased.

The FDA issued a statement saying, "We expect only a short...


11 years 3 months ago

You still have a little less than two weeks to comment on how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can best implement new school lunch guidelines adherent to The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Among other things, the law:

    •Requires the USDA to establish national nutrition standards for all food sold and served in schools at any time during the school day, with the exception of certain fundraisers.
    •Provides performance bonuses...

11 years 3 months ago

Enzymes act on the APP (Amyloid precursor protein) and cut it into fragments of protein, one of which is called beta-amyloid and its crucial in the formation of senile plaques in Alzheimer

Zileuton, a drug that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat asthma has been shown to help reduce the formation of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the American Health Assistance Foundation, an estimated 36.5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s around the world...


11 years 3 months ago

Scientists at the South Dakota State University have customized an oat, called Shelby 247, meant for horses. But scientists are looking to turn this horse “wonder oat” into something special for humans. As if oats could get any healthier. “It’s a very tasty cereal grain. It has high-quality protein, a good combination of amino acids and minerals, and the fiber in oats is 50-50 soluble and insoluble, half and half. Very often we find dietary fiber in cereal grains and legumes, but it may be more toward the insoluble fiber,” Professor Padmanaban Krishnan, a cereal chemist in SDSU’s Department...


11 years 3 months ago

Usually, it isn’t until after a natural disaster or traumatic event that specialists learn about how people psychologically respond to those events. However, researchers at the Geisinger Center for Health Research have identified specific genetic risks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and key psychosocial predictors that may lead to PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an adverse psychological reaction to a traumatic event. Irritability, poor concentration, increased defensiveness, excessive fear, disturbed sleep, phobias, panic disorder, loss of interest, a sense of having no...


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