<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Health News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/health http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usMon, 25 Mar 2019 12:50:10 -0400Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:50:10 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hackers Could Take Over Some Implanted Defibrillators: FDA]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:44:25 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Medtronic-AP_100824155145.jpg

The world's largest medical device company has acknowledged that many of its implanted cardiac defibrillators use an unencrypted wireless protocol that could allow an attacker to change the settings of the lifesaving devices, NBC News reported.

The vulnerability affects more than 20 defibrillator models, monitors and programmer units made by Medtronic Inc. of Fridley, Minnesota. The devices include implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, which can correct dangerously fast or irregular heartbeat, and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators, or CRT-Ds, which essentially are pacemakers that deliver small electrical charges to help keep the heart's ventricles pumping in sync.

In a bulletin issued late last week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, assigned the flaw a vulnerability score of 9.3 — near the top of its 10-point scale. It said the flaw could allow a bad actor of "low skill level" to read and write any memory location on the implanted devices.

Medtronic acknowledged in a statement that the flaw could allow an unauthorized individual to gain access to the equipment's settings — and possibly change them. But the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised patients to continue using the devices while a fix is developed, adding that no one is known to have successfully exploited the flaw.

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<![CDATA[CVS to Sell CBD Products in 800 Stores in 8 States]]> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:48:41 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cvsGettyImages-885651418.jpg

CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday it will begin selling hemp-derived CBD products in eight states.

The national drug store chain will be marketing the topical cannabidiol products, such as creams, sprays and roll-ons, as an “an alternative source of relief,” CVS said in a statement to NBC News

The items will be sold in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee.

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<![CDATA[FDA Issues Warning to Two Breast Implant Makers]]> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:31:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/implantAP_061211066347.jpg

Less than a week before a major hearing on breast implant safety, the FDA issued two warning letters to implant manufacturers, citing their failure to do proper safety studies.

The letters sent to Mentor and Sientra warned that certain implants could be pulled off the market if the companies didn’t fulfill the agency’s requirements, which ask that manufacturers continue safety studies even after the devices are approved.

"Post-approval requirements are critical to ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the medical products we regulate and we'll continue to hold manufacturers accountable when they fail to fulfill these obligations," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

According to the letters, Mentor failed to enroll enough people in these studies. Sientra had poor follow-up rates.

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<![CDATA[Cat Cannibalism: Report Discloses 'Questionable' Gov't Animal Experiments]]> Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:53:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/usda-feline-cat.jpg

U.S. government scientists bought hundreds of dead dogs and cats from "Asian meat markets" and conducted experiments that included feeding their remains to healthy lab cats for needless research, according to a disturbing watchdog report being released Tuesday.

Other experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lab in Maryland included feeding dog remains to cats and injecting cat remains into mice, the report by the White Coat Waste Project found. The group is a non-profit that combats wasteful government spending on animal testing.

"It's crazy," Jim Keen, a former USDA scientist, told NBC News, which obtained a copy of the report. "Cannibal cats, cats eating dogs — I don't see the logic."

The experiments — some of which the agency said in scientific reports were aimed at studying different forms of a parasite that causes the food-borne illness toxoplasmosis — are believed to have been conducted between 2003 and 2015.

The USDA, which did not respond to requests for comment, has defended the cat testing in the past, calling it "life-saving research."

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<![CDATA[Daily Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks No Longer Recommended]]> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:26:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-57083359.jpg

Taking a low-dose aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for adults age 70 or over, according to new guidelines released Sunday, NBC News reported. 

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reversed previous guidance that recommended adults over the age of 50 take a baby aspirin a day to prevent cardiovascular problems. 

The change comes after a large international study found that routinely taking low-dose aspirin may actually be harmful for older people with no prior history of heart attack or stroke. The groups also agreed that the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding outweighs any heart benefits.  

The ACC and AHA reminded individuals that a healthy lifestyle is the most important way to prevent the onset of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

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<![CDATA[Pillsbury Flour Sold at Winn-Dixie, Publix Recalled Over Salmonella Fears]]> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:20:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pillsbury.jpg

Hometown Food Company has recalled select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with salmonella, NBC News reported.

The flour products were sold at a limited number of stores nationwide, including Publix and Winn-Dixie, which posted the voluntary recall on its website. About 12,185 cases of flour were affected, according to the notice on the Publix website. 

The affected flour comes in five-pound bags and has a "better if used by" date of April 2020.

There have not been any reports of illnesses. 

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<![CDATA[Tired? It's National Napping Day]]> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:30:21 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1022892316.jpg

If you’re dying to catch some Z’s, Monday’s national “holiday” is for you.

March 11th is National Napping Day. The unofficial holiday falls (appropriately) the day after Daylight Saving Time this year.

While falling asleep at work or school is never a good idea, you can rest assured in the fact that people across social media are also struggling with the time change.

Chugging down coffee and shots of cafecito seems to be a coping mechanism for many tired worker bees. But some organizations took it upon themselves to educate the public about the benefits of naps.

Southern New Hampshire Health shared a graphic about the perks of napping, saying a 20-minute snooze can help relieve stress, increase alertness and revive energy.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, napping can also have psychological benefits. Scheduled napping can even help those suffering from the sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.

Of course, overindulgence is never a good thing. The foundation warns that too much napping can have a negative effect on nighttime sleeping patterns, and may lead to feelings of disorientation and grogginess upon waking up. The organization notes that this “sleep inertia” doesn’t last long, but can be detrimental when one needs to focus or perform a task after waking up.

For more information about napping, click here.

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<![CDATA[Stroke Prevention Tips: Don't Think You're Too Healthy]]> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:43:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-956352932.jpg

The death of "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Luke Perry this week from a massive stroke at the age of 52 is drawing attention to the risks for men of all ages.

Men under 65 tend to fall behind other demographic groups in treatment and control of risk factors, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Strokes among men in this age group may be more common than you think.  On average, men in the U.S. have their first stroke at the age of 66.  But nearly one in four strokes occur before then.

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. 

Experts have found that stroke-related hospitalizations doubled since 1995 among men 18 to 44, and the stroke risk among men 45 to 54 years increased from 24 percent to 44 percent. Economic stress, drug abuse, low access to preventive medicine, bad diets and the obesity epidemic have all contributed to the rise, according to Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, of the University of Kentucky and a volunteer medical expert for the American Heart Association.

Most importantly, according to the CDC, 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. Here is what everyone can do to avoid getting a stroke.

Healthy living
Key to prevention is a combination of a healthy diet, a healthy weight, physical activity and avoiding smoking and excess consumption of alcohol. If you are a man, you are likely to be at risk: 3 of 4 American men are overweight, only 1 in 4 gets enough physical activity, and men are more likely to smoke than women. 

This is what the CDC, the American Stroke Association, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation say you should do. Limit salt to avoid increased blood pressure and avoid foods with saturated fat to keep your cholesterol in check. Do not eat more than the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Avoid sugary drinks. Excess sugar causes diabetes, another health factor that increases the risk of getting a stroke. Eat one or more fruits and one or more vegetables a day. Cook at home more often.

"People who follow a healthy lifestyle have 80 percent lower risk to having a stroke," Goldstein said.

Do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and to make it more fun, look for opportunities to do physical activities in your community. Monitor your weight, quit smoking, sleep fully every night, and avoid having more than two drinks a day. Ask your family doctor to guide you toward a healthier lifestyle.

A recent study also suggested that vaping and hookah smoking, now popular among young people, increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks, Goldstein said. Results showed that e-cigarette users had 71 percent higher risk of stroke than non-users.

Know if you are at risk, control your physical condition, take your medicine
Don't let young age, feeling good, doing exercise and being perfectly in shape fool you. You may be genetically prone to strokes. Luke Perry's father, for example, died of a heart attack when Perry was 14.

Blacks are twice as likely to get a stroke than whites. The American Heart Association has reported that there may be a gene that makes African-Americans much more sensitive to the effects of salt, which in turn increases the risk for developing high blood pressure.

So go to the doctor. The CDC and the National Stroke Association suggest you get checked for key medical risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. If anything comes up, go for regular checkups and follow treatments with discipline. Take your medicines.

Goldstein said that if you cannot afford to go to the doctor for preventive care, there are two ways you can detect medical risk factors for free. Go to any drug store and check your blood pressure. You can also put your thumb on your wrist and feel your pulse. If it's not regular, seek medical care.

Know the symptoms
Whether you survive a stroke or not will depend on how fast you get to the hospital. Getting to the emergency room within three hours of the first symptoms will reduce the likelihood of a disability after a stroke. The American Stroke Association recommends knowing the key warning signs. They are:


  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face arm or leg, especially on side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.


You should also be attentive to a special category of stroke, called Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). TIAs are also known as mini strokes. The episodes are brief and you may not be aware you are having them, unless you pay attention to the symptoms. These include fainting and tingling in the arms and legs. A report by Harvard University Medical School recommends not ignoring these symptoms or attempting self-diagnosis.

"The best action is to be evaluated at a hospital," the report said.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Cracks Down on Vaccine Misinformation]]> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:32:01 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/vaccineGettyImages-462294288.jpg

Facebook announced on Thursday new policies to reduce the visibility of vaccine misinformation on its platform, including rejecting advertising and excluding groups and pages from search results that spread “vaccine hoaxes.”

The announcement comes after weeks of criticism from public health advocates and lawmakers who have called for action to curtail inaccurate information about vaccines, which have led to a resurgence of childhood diseases that had effectively been eradicated.

“We are fully committed to the safety of our community and will continue to expand on this work,” wrote Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, in a blog post announcing the change.

The anti-vaccination community is united by the unscientific theory that vaccinations are toxic and cause myriad illnesses, including autism, and misguidedly believe a conspiracy helmed by the government and the pharmaceutical industry is keeping the truth about vaccines from the public.

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<![CDATA[10 Percent of Strokes Happen Between Ages of 18 and 50]]> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:29:50 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/10_Percent_of_Strokes_Happen_Between_Ages_of_18_and_50.jpg

Actor Luke Perry's death from a stroke was surprising to many because of his age, but experts say strokes are not uncommon with younger patients.

<![CDATA[Certain Birth Control Pills Recalled Over 'Packaging Error']]> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:55:09 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Birth-Control-Pill-recall.jpg

Thousands of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol birth control packages are being recalled over a "packaging error" that could have women taking pills off the medication's schedule.

The Apotex Corp. recall covers 3 mg / 0.03 mg drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol tablets that feature the NDC number 60505-4183-3 on the outer and inner cartons. The packaging may have an incorrect tablet arrangement or an empty slot for a tablet, meaning a patient may take the wrong pill, varying the dosage.

Apotex said in its recall notice that it's received no reports of pregnancies or adverse events due to the issue. Anyone with affected tablets should speak with their pharmacy and health care provider; they should also continue their therapy or use a non-hormonal method of birth control, according to the recall notice.

"As a result of this packaging error, where a patient does not take a tablet due to a missing tablet or that a patient takes a placebo instead of an active tablet, loss of efficacy is possible due to variation in the dosage consumed," Apotex said in a statement.

The affected pills were distributed to wholesalers and distributors nationwide, according to the recall notice. The affected lot numbers are 7DY008A through 7DY011A, with expiration date 8/2020.

A representative for Apotex said that 82,705 packages are being recalled.

Any consumers with questions can reach Apotex by calling 1-800-706-5575 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays or by emailing UScustomerservice@Apotex.com.

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<![CDATA[Experts: Freezing Eggs Offers Women Hope, But Not Everyone Wins]]> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:34:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/IVF.jpg

In the past decade, egg freezing has undergone major technological improvements. But experts are still raising concerns that the technology may not be keeping up with expectations as an ever-increasing number of women in the United States turn to it, NBC News reports

“One of the fantasies is that when a woman is ready to have a child, that science will make it possible for them,” said Tanya Selvaratnam, an activist and author of “The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock.” “The reality is that it won’t work out for every woman.”

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 21 percent of Assisted Reproductive Technology cycles among patients using their own frozen eggs ultimately ended in live births. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, which uses a slightly different metric than the CDC, showed odds that top out around 11 percent, depending on age.

But for Emily Goulet, an infertility specialist who used her frozen eggs to conceive, her 10-month-old son Charlie was worth the expensive gamble that included multiple rounds of IVF hormone shots and tens of thousands of dollars.


“He is my motivation,” Goulet said. “Even those mornings when I wake up at 5:45 and I want to sleep five more minutes, I say, ‘No, I need to get out there and help other women have a baby like him.’”
Elizabeth Chuck
Elizabeth Chuck is a reporter for NBC News.

“He is my motivation,” Goulet said. “Even those mornings when I wake up at 5:45 and I want to sleep five more minutes, I say, ‘No, I need to get out there and help other women have a baby like him.’”

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<![CDATA[OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Exploring Bankruptcy: Source]]> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 11:33:37 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cms1458.jpg

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is exploring filing for bankruptcy as one of its options to address potentially significant liabilities from thousands of lawsuits alleging the drug maker contributed to the deadly opioid crisis sweeping the U.S., NBC News confirmed through a source familiar with the matter. 

The deliberations show how Purdue and its wealthy owners, the Sackler family, are under pressure to respond to mounting litigation accusing the pharmaceutical company of misleading doctors and patients about risks associated with prolonged use of its prescription opioids.


Purdue denies the allegations, arguing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved labels for its opioids carried warnings about the risk of abuse and misuse associated with the drugs.


Purdue denies the allegations, arguing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved labels for its opioids carried warnings about the risk of abuse and misuse associated with the drugs. The Stamford, Connecticut, drug maker has not made any final decisions and could instead continue fighting the lawsuits, sources told NBC News.

"As a privately held company, it has been Purdue Pharma’s longstanding policy not to comment on our financial or legal strategy," Purdue said in a statement. "We are, however, committed to ensuring that our business remains strong and sustainable."

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<![CDATA[No Link Between Autism and MMR Vaccine, New Study Finds]]> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 21:54:58 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/Vaccine4.JPG

There is no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) and the development of autism, according to a new, large study out of Denmark. 

In the study, researchers followed more than 650,000 children, collecting data from all children born in the country between 1999 and 2010.

The results don't come as a surprise to the Neely family, which has one big question that can't be answered.

“I’ve gone down all sorts of roads into what could have caused Koji’s autism,” Justine Neely said of her son.

This includes whether or not it was the MMR vaccine that Koji and his older sister Rose, who isn’t autistic, both got.

“I mean you have to wonder when people talk,” Neely said. “But the evidence is just not there.”

The family moved on quickly from the vaccine/autism theory, but not all parents do.

“On a daily basis, I end up having a conversation about vaccines,” said Dr. Ann Neumeyer, with the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The vaccines are typically given around 15 months or 18 months and that’s when autism is often first noticed.”

While Dr. Neumeyer understands why some parents don’t believe studies because of the emotions and timing involved, she says studies show the timing is just coincidence, which is why it's important for parents to look at the data.

In the Danish study, when researchers compared those who received the MMR vaccinations to those who didn't, the numbers showed no link between the vaccine and the development of autism.

For the first time, this study also dug deeper and found no increased risk for autism in children who have a sibling with autism or any link for those who got other childhood vaccinations or during certain time periods after getting the vaccine.

“The more you can learn, the more you can educate people,” Dr. Neumeyer said. “People might start to increase their vaccinations.”

Koji’s parents know the MMR vaccine is keeping their children safe and they are learning to live with their unanswered question.

The American Academy of Pediatrics sent letters to the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Pinterest requesting a meeting to discuss ways to combat the spread of vaccine misinformation online, especially given there have been six outbreaks of measles already this year.

<![CDATA[FDA Approves Six-In-One Vaccine]]> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:51:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_newvaccine0301_1500x845.jpg

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination vaccine called Vaxelis designed for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old. The FDA says it keeps them from contracting diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B and invasive disease due to haemophilus influenzae type B.

<![CDATA[DNA Test Results Could Affect Your Life Insurance Coverage]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 16:47:38 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dnaDiptych.jpg

Family intrigue led Larry Guernsey to buy his wife a DNA test kit for the holidays.

"She’s always been interested in genealogy," Guernsey said.

The $99 AncestryDNA test uses a saliva sample to unlock your lineage.

"A simple test can reveal your ethnic mix. Like, if you're Irish or Scandinavian - or both," a commercial for the company says.

For the Guernseys, the test was supposed to be fun.

But their curiosity twisted to suspicion when they read the fine print.

By taking the test they were giving Ancestry a “perpetual, royalty-free worldwide transferable license” to use their DNA, according to the company's contract.

"That entire phrase ‘perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, transferable’ it just sounds like they’ve left it open to do anything that they want with it," Guernsey said.

Guernsey worried the results could put his family’s DNA into the hands of an insurance company that might deny them coverage over a gene that carried the risk of a life-threatening illness or condition.

"You could get into some really weird science fiction scenarios," he said.

Under federal law, companies are not allowed to use your genetic information against you for things like health insurance or a job.

But that protection does not apply to things like life insurance or long-term care insurance, and the laws are constantly changing.

Privacy is a big concern because many genetic testing companies sell their information to drug companies and others for research.

And what would happen if the databases were hacked?

All the big companies have safeguards in place, but more than 92 million accounts from the genealogy and DNA testing service "MyHeritage" were found on a private server last summer.

Although no DNA data was breached, it showed the potential risk.

Hank Greely is a professor at Stanford University who writes books about the intersection of bio-technology and the law.

His advice is simple: "If it bothers you, if it offends, if you’re worried about what might be in there, then you shouldn’t sign this contract."

Both AncestryDNA and 23andMe say they will destroy your DNA test results if you ask them. There's an online setting to make the request.

All this week News4 is looking into home DNA test kits. Watch News4 at 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday for more on the future of DNA testing.

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<![CDATA[New Recall for Losartan Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Medication]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:44:04 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/649855748-Generic-blood-pressure-losartan.jpg

Thousands of bottles of a prescription medicine for treating high blood pressure and congestive heart failure have been recalled over the detection of trace amounts of a possible carcinogen.

About 56,000 bottles of losartan tablets were recalled by Camber Pharmaceuticals on Thursday, the latest in a series of losartan-related recalls. No one has reported any adverse affects from the drug in Thursday's recall, the company said in a notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website.

Losartan tablets in 25, 50 and 100 mg doses are being recalled by Camber. They were distributed nationwide.

Consumers should speak with their doctor to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug, or if they have experienced any adverse effects that may be related to the drug.

The identifying NDC numbers in the recall are Losartan 25 mg 31722-700-90, 31722-700-05, 31722-700-10; Losartan 50 mg 31722-701-30, 31722-701-90, 31722-70-10; and Losartan 100 mg 31722-702-30, 31722-702-90, and 31722-702-10. See a more detailed list, with lot and expiry numbers, here.

Trace amounts of N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid were found as an impurity or contaminant in an active ingredient. That compound is a potential human carcinogen, according to the recall notice.

Other manufacturers have recalled losartan in recent months, but Thursday's recall is for a different potential contaminant. Those recalls were made over detection of N-nitrosodiethylamine.

Anyone with questions about the latest recall may call Camber Pharmaceuticals at 866-495-1995 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on weekdays.

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<![CDATA[New Experimental Treatment Possibilities for Alzheimer's Disease]]> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:09:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/2New_Experimental_Treatment_Possibilities_for_Alzheimer.jpg

While there is no current cure for Alzheimer's, efforts are continually underway to find experimental treatments to help with the symptoms including at Rhode Island Hospital.

<![CDATA[Recall Issued for Market 32 By Price Chopper Ham That Might Contain Plastic: USDA]]> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:56:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/usda-logo%281%29.jpg

A recall has been issued for some Market 32 By Price Chopper Black Forest Ham sold at deli counters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

A news release issued Tuesday afternoon says that Sahlen Packing Company, Inc., based in Buffalo, New York, is recalling more than 13,000 pounds of ready-to-eat deli ham products that might be contaminated with plastic

The deli ham items were produced on Jan. 25.

The USDA said the recall is for varying weights of whole hams sliced and sold at deli counters containing “MARKET 32 BY PRICE CHOPPER BLACK FOREST HAM with natural juices caramel color added 97% FAT FREE” and a sell by date of April 8, 2019.

The recalled ham has establishment number “EST. 5155” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The Food Safety and Inspection Services was notified on Feb. 22 and said there have been no confirmed reports of anyone being injured and anyone concerned about an injury or illness should call a healthcare provider.

If you bought these products, throw them away or return them to the store you purchased them from.

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<![CDATA[S. Carolina Pediatrician Stops Taking Unvaccinated Patients]]> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:51:25 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_vaccinepolicy0225_1500x845.jpg

A South Carolina pediatrics office is turning away unvaccinated patients, citing the health and safety of other immunocompromised children who are in danger of catching contagious diseases in the waiting room. Parents say their choices for their unvaccinated children are shrinking. 

<![CDATA[Boston Market Frozen Meals Recalled]]> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 07:49:26 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/new-boston-market-recall.jpg

Boston Market pork rib frozen meals have been recalled after extraneous material was found inside the meat.

Bellisio Foods, based in Jackson, Ohio, recalled more than 173,000 pounds of the "Boston Market Home Style Meals boneless pork rib shaped patty with BBQ sauce and mashed potatoes" after consumers complained of finding glass or hard plastic in the rib shaped patty.

The 14 ounce cardboard box packages have "best by" dates of:

  • 12/07/2019 - lot code 8341
  • 01/04/2020 - lot code 9004
  • 01/24/2020 - lot code 9024
  • 02/15/2020 - lot code 9046

There have been no confirmed reports of injuries due to consumption of these products.

The product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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