Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Foster Farms Recalls Chicken Products
Following an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella that
has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months, a
California-based chicken producer has issued its first recall since
federal health officials connected the outbreak to chicken products
sold by the company.
The recall involves 170 different chicken products, including
drumsticks, thighs, chicken tenders and livers, produced at the
Fresno facility of Foster Farms in March, the U.S. Department of
Food and Agriculture reported Thursday. The amount of chicken
products involved is undetermined.
The company took the action after federal health officials
reported a case of
Salmonella Heidelberginfection on June 23 matched the strain
that has been found in Foster Farms products.
All of the products involved were shipped to California, Hawaii,
Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Alaska.
Some of the recalled chicken products bear the labels FoodMaxx,
Kroger, Safeway, Savemart, Valbest and Sunland, although most are
labeled with the Foster Farms logo. No fresh products currently in
grocery stores are involved, the company said.
Since the outbreak began in 2013, 574 people from 27 states and
Puerto Rico have been sickened, according to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
Last October, the USDA sent a letter to Foster Farms that
documented numerous instances of poor sanitation practices at the
company's plant, including finding "fecal material on
In May, Foster Farms said that it had started tighter screening
of birds, improved safety on the farms where the birds are raised
and improved sanitary conditions in its plants.
For more on the outbreak and a full list of recalled products,
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JPMorgan Chase CEO Has Throat Cancer
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase has throat cancer, but plans to remain
in his position while undergoing treatment.
In a letter sent to bank executives and employees Tuesday,
58-year-old Jamie Dimon said the cancer is curable and his
prognosis is excellent because the disease was found at an early
"The good news is that the prognosis from my doctors is
excellent, the cancer was caught quickly, and my condition is
curable," Dimon said in the letter. "I feel very good now and will
let all of you know if my health situation changes."
Dimon said he will undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy at
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan over the next
eight weeks, and plans to stay at the helm of the bank during that
Controversial Stem Cell Studies Retracted by Journal
Fraud allegations and waves of criticism from experts have led
Natureto withdraw two papers that claimed to describe a
breakthrough in stem cell creation.
American and Japanese researchers said they had created stem
cells capable of becoming any organ or tissue in the body simply by
dipping white blood cells from young mice in an acid bath, the
However, an investigation discovered errors and evidence of
scientific misconduct in the papers describing the creation of what
the researchers called STAP stem cells.
"Ongoing studies are investigating this phenomenon afresh, but
given the extensive nature of the errors currently found, we
consider it appropriate to retract both papers,"
Naturesaid in a retraction notice published Wednesday, the
Rare Diseases Targeted in New Research Program
A network of research centers is being established to learn more
about rare diseases that individually may affect only a handful of
people worldwide, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced
Doctors at the centers will examine and conduct genetic tests on
patients, and share their findings with other experts. By
collecting and analyzing this data, it's hoped that doctors will be
able to solve these medical mysteries,
Learning more about these rare diseases -- many of which are
caused by genetic mutations -- may also provide new insight into
more common diseases.
"The Undiagnosed Diseases Network that we are announcing today
will focus on the rarest of disorders -- often those that affect
fewer than 50 people in the entire world," said Dr. Eric Green,
director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of
the NIH institutes,
"They are so rare that they may never have been discovered or
doctors may never have encountered them," he added.