At this time of the year, it's not just high school classrooms and hallways that are once again bustling with activity, but athletic fields, weight rooms and locker rooms as well. That's because students are embarking on seasons in football, soccer and cross-country, while others are busy training for their respective winter or spring activities.
When it comes to the number of people affected by food-borne illnesses here in the U.S., the figures are rather shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 48 million people a year will develop some sort of food poisoning with roughly 128,000 requiring hospitalization and 3,000 losing their lives.
While most people might not realize it, a debate has been raging between the Food and Drug Administration and certain sections of the U.S. medical community over the ongoing use of a medical device that the agency claims can be linked to an increased cancer risk. The medical device in question is a power morcellator, which for the uninitiated is a surgical instrument that is designed to cut up larger pieces of tissue inside the body for extraction via smaller laparoscopic incisions. The device is frequently utilized by OB/GYNs during hysterectomies or surgical procedures to remove uterine fibroids. Back in April, the FDA began discouraging OB/GYNs from using power morcellators, arguing that the devices can actually serve to spread previously undetected cancerous cells.
Many California parents rely on our blog to keep them up to date on the most recent recalls that could potentially put their children in significant danger. For those parents who may buy the popular Nesquik powder mix, a new recall from the Food and Drug Administration has consumers checking their cupboards to see if they may have accidentally purchased a contaminated batch of the product in recent months.