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Potassium Iodide Tablets “Radiation Pills” & Possible Side Effects

Potassium Iodide Tablets

Potassium Iodide Tablets

While many people are grabbing potassium iodide tablets off the pharmacy shelves following the Japan earthquake tsunami nuclear crisis , according to most state health officials, this is not necessary in the United States.

Although a United Nations forecast obtained by The New York Times showed the plume would reach Southern California on Friday, the level of radiation is not expected to be hazardous, and there’s no reason to take potassium iodine tablets.

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Lean Cuisine Spaghetti With Meatballs Recalled

Lean Cuisine Recall of Spaghetti With Meatballs

Lean Cuisine Recall of Spaghetti With Meatballs

Nestle, maker of the Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatballs, recalled the packages over fears they may contain pieces of red plastic.

According to the company’s website, the recalled packages bear the UPC code 13800-10390 with the production code 0298595519P.

The recall was announced after some customers reported finding the plastic pieces in the meatball portion of the entree. No injuries were reported.

The product should not be eaten, the company said. Customers who bought it can contact Nestle at 866 606 8264 or at leancuisine@casupport.com for more information and to receive a coupon for a replacement entree.

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Radiation Health Risks: Japan Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear Meltdown

Japan Earthquake Nuclear Power Plant

Japan Earthquake Nuclear Power Plant

According to Reuters, experts say health risks from Japan’s quake-hit nuclear power reactors seem fairly low and winds are likely to carry any contamination out to the Pacific without threatening other nations.

As Tokyo battled to avert a complete meltdown at three stricken reactors at the Fukushima plant in the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, triggered by Friday’s earthquake tsunami, it is possible that some of the nuclear reactors following the nuclear reactor blast, may be undergoing some sort of a partial meltdown.

Japan Nuclear Reactor Meltdown

Japan Nuclear Reactor Meltdown

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recall: Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spreads

Skippy Peanut Putter Recall

Skippy Peanut Putter Recall

Like many people, peanut butter is a staple in our house. Because of possible Salmonella contamination, The FDA said on Friday that Skippy parent company Unilever announced a recall of certain batches of its popular peanut butter.

The recall involves the jars that are labeled “reduced fat.” The limited recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread was initiated after a sample of the batch came up positive for a strain of salmonella bacteria.

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Racial Anti-Abortion Billboard in New York and Why It Had to Come Down

Racial Anti-Abortion Billboard in New York City

Racial Anti-Abortion Billboard in New York City

You would think that during Black History Month, which is in February every year, organizations pushing a cause would be more mindful of the ramifications of showing an ad in New York City that claims “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb.” Following an uproar from minorities who consider the billboard message equates abortion among black women with genocide, Lamar Outdoor advertising agreed to yank the ad above Sixth Avenue and Watts Street.

Life Always, the Texas-based anti-abortion group that sponsored the ad, said it hoped to raise public awareness of Planned Parenthood’s “targeting of minority neighborhoods.”

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Overcoming Addiction Video

When you watch this video by Shands Hospital Vista Recovery Center by Dr. Scott Teitelbaum, a psychiatrist, you realize why many states want Florida Governor Rick Scott to continue with a planned database that would track prescription narcotics.

According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, Sheriff Keith Cooper in Greenup County, Kentucky said: “‘I’ve been fighting this battle for 10 years, trying to stem these pills from the Florida pipeline. I’ve been calling the (Florida) attorney general and sheriffs, trying to bring their attention to this. What is this (expletive’s) problem? We have a little rural county and have 15-20 people dying a year (from prescription drugs, mainly from Florida).”

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Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Lymph Node Surgery

Breast Cancer Surgery for Lymph Nodes Under Their Arms

Breast Cancer Surgery for Lymph Nodes Under Their Arms

According to an NPR article, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that the standard practice of cutting out other nearby lymph nodes near a breast cancer tumor to prevent it from spreading further, does not make a difference in survival over five years, or in the return of their cancer.

Dr. Armando Giuliano, chief of breast cancer surgery at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California, and lead author of the new study by the American College of Surgeons, says “It makes sense to cut it out, but it looks like it doesn’t really matter.”

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World Cancer Day 2011

Today February 4th, 2011 is World Cancer Day and it reminds us that cancer is the leading cause of death around the world. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.

You probably know or have known somebody who has had cancer or probably currently going through cancer treatment. Today is a day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage easing the global burden of cancer and finding more effective cancer treatments.

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Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak Health Condition and Cancer

Hosni Mubarak Health

Hosni Mubarak Health

With the ongoing revolution in Egypt, and the call for the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, the question of Hosni Mubarak putting up a fight to stay in power may just hinge on his health.

Some news sources claim that 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer. Recently in a visit to France to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, he also underwent a round of medical tests, prompting speculation that these were the real reason for the visit.

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State of the Union Address 2011 and the Healthcare Reform Debate

State of the Union Address 2011

State of the Union Address 2011

The 2011 State of the Union Address is today, Tuesday January 25th, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST, and President Obama may touch on the healthcare debate and the current efforts by the Republican Congress to repeal the healthcare reform bill, one of his signature accomplishments to date.

One thing we know, is that President Obama will stress the value of the healthcare reform bill to the average American, and probably accentuate the positive parts of the bill that garner wide support among both Republicans and Democrats. Hopefully South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson won’t go into his “You Lie” outburst again.

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