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Blue Bell Issues Nationwide Recall of All Products

Marzia Giacobbe/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Blue Bell Ice Cream said late Monday it is voluntarily recalling all of its products nationwide over fears of Listeria contamination.The latest recall includes all of the company’s ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks. The announcement comes after the company found that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half-gallons produced on March 17 and March 27 contained the bacteria.“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our...
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Heartbreaking Testimony from Son of Caramel Apple Listeria Victim

Courtesy Brad Frey(WASHINGTON) -- The son of a woman who died of listeria in December after eating a tainted caramel apple is doing what he can to make sure no one else loses a loved one the same way. Shirley Frey, 81, was one of seven people to die amid last fall's tainted caramel apple listeria outbreak. In all, 35 people became ill in 12 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak was attributed to a Bakersfield, California, apple packaging facility, and it...
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Are Your Pets Making You Sick?

Santiaga/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cuddling with a puppy or cozying up to a kitty has health benefits, but a new study suggests that household pets can also be sources of infection.  Young children, elderly people or pregnant women might well give a thought to potentially dangerous bacterial infections, including C. difficile and Campylobacter jejuni, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.If your pet’s a reptile, amphibian, exotic animal or rodent, researchers say think even harder, as the group poses the greatest risk to...
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New Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Melanoma

Manuel Faba Ortega/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -– Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, takes about 10,000 lives per year, and the median survival time for those diagnosed with its most severe form is a year. Now, a new medication called Keytruda may help cut down those numbers. In a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine involving those with advanced melanoma that compared Keytruda to the drug Yervoy, a commonly used medication for the disease, those taking Keytruda had a 37-percent higher chance...
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