Looking At Tiny Screens Could Hurt Your Eyes



Millions of Americans spend much of their waking hours with their eyes fixated on computers, cell phones and television screens all the while scarcely noticing the fact that using them for extended lengths of time is putting a tremendous strain on their eyes.

According to a Japanese study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Ophthalmology, using computers for a protracted number of hours strains the eyes leading to a decrease in a fluid important to eye health.

Researchers selected 96 young and middle aged Japanese office workers for a study of the frequency of eye problems in people who use computers.

The research team collected tear samples from the participants and information about their eye problems (if any), using questionnaires as well as a diagnostic exam for the presence of dry eye disease.

The study demonstrated that mucin 5AC (MUC5AC) concentrations - a protein in human tears - was lower among people with eye strain and those whom used computers for a long period of time. Moreover, people with dry eye disease tended to have lower concentrations of mucin 5AC than people without the disease.

Ophthalmologists and optometrists are very familiar with a condition known as Chronic Vision Syndrome (CVS) which increasingly effects computer and cell phone users.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), computer glare and reflections on the screen forces the eyes to work harder.

Added to this is the fact that texts and images on computer screens are viewed at different angles than on printed paper; this forces the eyes to focus and move in ways that are potentially damaging to them.

People who already suffer from astigmatism, far sightedness, and aging can worsen CVS.

According to the AOA, people who spend two or more hours in front of a computer are most susceptible to CVS.

According to Penn Medicine, the following symptoms are characteristic of CVS

  • dry, itchy, red eyes
  • blurred vision
  • headaches
  • neck aches
  • muscle fatigue
  • back aches

According to the AOA, Chronic Vision Syndrome can be diagnosed through eye exams which look at patient history, measurements of visual acuity, refraction, as well as tests that for eye focus, movement and how well they work together.

While the condition usually isn't permanent, if the problem is not corrected, the symptoms of CVS can worsen over time, and possibly even prevent future use of computers and cell phones.

Penn Medicine ophthamologists say that CVS symptoms can be reduced by following a few simple steps including

  1. Reduction of computer glare. Placing a hood on the computer monitor, adjusting the contrast and brightness of the screen and making the room a little darker could improve eye focus.
  2. Keeping your distance from the computer. Keep the computer at arm's length ca reduce eye strain.
  3. Placing the computer four to eight inches below the eyes in order to reduce itchiness, dry eyes and neck strain.
  4. Maintaining good posture. Sit in a chair with a back rest, and make sure to that the your forearms on the arm rests are kept at a 90 degree angle.
  5. Taking a break. Spending lengthy amounts of time at the computer isn't healthy. Blinking the eyes can prevent them from becoming dry and irritated. Standing up can give your muscles a chance to relax.
  6. Maintaining a clean, humidified work environment. Dust and low humidity can dry out the eyes, and make them more irritated. Working in a location that is dust-free and humidified can be helpful to your eyes.

Most folks rely so much on computers and cell phones that they tend to ignore some of the dangers it could potentially do to their eyes.

But we must never take our vision for granted, because if we don't take care of our eyes, we may lose them forever.


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Mountain View Packaging, LLC Recalls Chicken Products Due To Undeclared Allergens and Misbranding



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Mountain View Packaging, LLC, an establishment in Boise, Idaho is recalling approximately 1,080 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain egg, milk and wheat, known allergens that are undeclared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 18-oz packages of “@ease Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Starter, Fully cooked, boneless, battered white meat chicken in a sweet chili sauce” with a “Best By” date of 5/17/2018 and UPC code of 36800-38348.

The USDA said sweet chili chicken items were packaged on Dec. 23, 2016 and Dec. 30, 2016. 

The recalled items bear establishment number “EST. P-39904” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The recalled sweet chili chicken items were sold to a distributor in Utah for further distribution in the following states:

  • Idaho
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Wyoming
  • Utah
  • Montana

"The problem was discovered on Jan. 13, 2017 by a customer who was attempting to scan the items to place them into inventory at their store. Specifically, the UPC numbers did not match the UPC codes." the USDA posted online.

According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating these items. Anyone with concerns about illness or injury are advised to contact a healthcare provider.

The USDA urges consumers who bought the recalled items not to eat them, instead they should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Gary Shaw, Chief Administrative Officer, at (208) 344-1183 x106.



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Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Welcome to the club!

It's probably not a club you ever dreamt of joining, but you're in it anyway. The good news is that chances are, your membership will be short-term. Most kids start staying dry before starting school. Each year after that, the percentage of bedwetters decreases even more. There aren't very many kids who go off to college needing diapers - it does happen, but it's really pretty rare.

So what's up with bedwetting?

What's the cause? In other words, why you? Why your child? First of all, there are two types of bedwetting. The first is Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE). This describes children who have never stayed dry at night, or at least, never on a regular basis. The second type is Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis. This describes kids who used to stay dry, but who have recently started wetting the bed. The causes for each type are different, and so are the remedies and treatments.

Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

Generally, primary enuresis is a problem passed down from one generation to the next. It's more common in boys, but happens to girls, too. Even if your whole family is mum on the subject, you can bet some of the nests in the family tree throughout the years were floating! You might not have a line of relatives clamoring to share their experiences, but you can know they're out there. If the former bedwetters in your family are willing to fess up, it could go a long way toward helping your child's optimism. After all, if Uncle Joe used to wet the bed, and is now married, employed, and dry, there's hope!

Theories abound about the causes of primary nocturnal enuresis. Small bladder. Immature bladder. Deep sleeper. Brief REM cycle. Too many fluids before bedtime. Too little fluids during the day. Too much caffeine. The list is endless.

The list of what doesn't cause bedwetting is just as long. Enuresis isn't caused by emotional problems, how you potty trained your child, a serious medical disorder, or your child's laziness or apathy.

Enuresis of either type merits a visit to your pediatrician. But chances are you'll hear that it's a problem your child will outgrow, that it's a hereditary problem, and that you should try different remedies to see if any are helpful.

Some families find bedwetting alarms helpful. For others, it's just a really loud interruption of a good night's sleep. There are medications, including pills and nasal sprays that can help in some cases. Again, they work for some kids, sometimes. Same thing with homeopathic or herbal bedwetting remedies, hypnosis, and biofeedback. They're all worth a try. Just do your research first, and follow the directions exactly.

Secondary Enuresis

This is the type of bedwetting that catches you by surprise. Your child's been dry for years, when all of a sudden, you're getting that midnight knock on the door. "Mommy, I wet the bed." What the heck is going on?

Good question - and it's one your pediatrician may be able to help you with. It's important to rule out bladder and urinary tract infections. If something simple like this is causing your child to wet the bed, you're really in luck! A few days on an antibiotic, and you're out of the bedwetting club!

If there's no evidence of infection, take a look at your family's recent circumstances. Have you moved, had a new baby, lost a relative, changed schools, or had something else stressful happen? Some children have trouble processing these events, and their worries intrude on their sleep enough to bring on a cycle of bedwetting. Provide the support your child needs to get through the stressful time, and the bedwetting will end sooner than later.

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Crockpot Appetizer Recipes - Turn Your Old Favorites Into New Sensations

Disclaimer:  The following article has useful information that maybe useful to our readers, but it also discusses use of an alcoholic beverage as a cooking ingredient. Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) does not promote alcohol consumption because we don't drink alcohol based on our religious convictions. If you drink alcohol, please do so in moderation.

Crockpot Appetizer Recipes - Turn Your Old Favorites Into New Sensations

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

Now that the holiday season is right around the corner, you've probably started dragging out your recipes, including your favorite crockpot appetizer recipes. Everyone loves those tasty treats and you know your dinner guests like to grab a few bites as they mingle.

Even when planning a big sit-down meal, your dinner guests will always make room for a few tasty bites before dinner. The trick to serving good appetizers is serving an attractive and delicious variety of dishes. This may be easier said than done when you have become so accustomed to making certain appetizers year after year.

It's time to put your crockpot to work for you as you improve on your classic appetizers like cheese dips, cocktail wieners, and meatballs. Your holiday gathering is special. Shouldn't your appetizers be special, too? Let's take a look at how to make your old favorites a bit more special:

Cheese Dip - You can certainly make a simple little cheese dip that would be delicious, but, don't you want to make a dip that your guests will remember, and talk about, and ask you for the recipe? How about an Artichoke and Cheese dip? By adding some chopped artichoke hearts to your favorite cheese dip you've perked this appetizer up enough to make it memorable.

You can also add flavorful ingredients like Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and red pepper flakes to really kick this cheese dip up a few notches. Cook in your crockpot on low for about 2 hours, and keep warm to serve with your crackers, chips, or bread.

Cocktail Sausages - Think way beyond those little wienies and serve up an easy, but fancy, batch of sweet and tangy Apple Sausage Appetizers instead. Use any combination of ingredients such as brown sugar, honey, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard, then instead of adding Vienna Sausages, cut up some good apple smoked sausage, some tart apples like Granny Smith, and some sweet onion and add that to the crockpot.

If your guests were expecting the standard cocktail wienie appetizer, they'll be pleasantly surprised when they bite into this sweet and spicy treat. Combine the ingredients in your crockpot, set it on low heat, and let cook for about 2 hours. Check to make sure the apples and onions are just cooked through but not turning to mush, then serve warm.

Meatball Bites - Those little meatballs swimming around in barbecue sauce are tasty, but are they special enough for your holiday event? Go ahead and make your mini meatballs out of your favorite recipe, but when it comes to the sauce, it's time to do something special. Beer is the ingredient that kicks this appetizer recipe up a couple pegs. This Tangy Meatball Appetizer will have your guests wondering what makes the sauce so yummy. Start by making your favorite meatball recipe, form the mini meatballs, then brown them in a heavy skillet with cooking oil. Once they're brown, put them in your crock pot.

Mix together in a separate bowl a combination of ingredients starting with beer. Add any or all of the following ingredients to the beer - spicy tomato juice, mustard, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or anything that sounds good to you. Pour this sauce over the meatballs in the crockpot, turn the heat to low, and let it cook for about 2 hours or a little more until you're sure the meatballs are cooked thoroughly. You won't find these meatballs on just any buffet!

Nutty Snacks - I always think some pretty bowls of assorted nuts placed on tables around the room is a nice touch. But, instead of just dumping some mixed nuts in a bowl, why not cook up a batch to surprise your holiday guests? Because pecans are often associated with sweet snacks and desserts, these Cajun Style Pecans will be quite the surprise, indeed!

Choose the spices that you would normally associate with a good Cajun dish. You'll probably want ground onion and garlic, of course, and cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano, basil, and thyme. Mix these together, then add to some melted butter and pecans in your crockpot. Cover your crockpot and turn it to high for about 10 minutes, then uncover and turn to low. Continue cooking on low, uncovered, for about 2 hours. Stir the contents a few times to keep the pecans coated and toasting evenly. After they're done cooking, just cool the pecans by spreading them on a baking sheet, rack, or paper towels.

We all have our favorite appetizers that have become a tradition over the years. We can still enjoy these same appetizers, but don't they deserve a little updating? And don't our guests deserve a little special treat this year? Surprise them by tweaking your old crockpot appetizers and maybe you'll start some brand new traditions!

About the Author: Susanne Myers at HillbillyHousewife.com wants to help you make great appetizers and other tasty dishes for your family. Find lots of crockpot recipes and more in the Hillbilly Housewife's informative guide, Crockpot Cooking Made Simple. Get your copy now and start enjoying hot, hearty meals every night!

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Early to Bed Adds Up to Good Health


Michelle Stewart

Now when I started this article the other day it was late---too late to chat about sleep deprivation. I just couldn't give advice when I was absolutely doing the opposite. I went to bed. In what seemed like a few minutes I was awakened. It was not the alarm but a phone call at 4 a.m. from a family member locked out of their house!! How ironic is that? I go to bed to get some sleep and end up awake and on the road to take a set of house keys to someone. It was probably sleep deprivation that caused her to forget the keys.

How much sleep do we need?

The amount of sleep varies, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for most adults. Now zzzs like anything else can vary based on individuals; some people can manage on six hours while others may need ten hours. Sleep needs are also affected by basal sleep, the amount of sleep your body regularly needs for optimum performance and sleep debt which is the accumulated amount of sleep lost due to poor sleep habits, illness or other factors affecting the quality of sleep.

Now you know I'm all about living the well-being lifestyle and cutting back on sleep is not a good thing. Sleeping hours are needed for the body to rest and rejuvenate. Affects of sleep deprivation can include: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, lack of attention, delayed motor skills.

Obesity: Research indicates that people who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of becoming obese. The hormones that influence appetite are thrown out of balance; leptin controls hunger and it decreases, which makes you feel hungrier. Ghrelin the hormone produced by fat cells tells the body you need more fat calories, which creates cravings for foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. This hormonal imbalance sets the stage for late-night binges on snacks that add up to a heavier weight.

People with poor sleep habits are tired and they often magnify the problem when they avoid or eliminate physical exercise. Regular exercise helps reduce stress, burns off calories and increases energy.

Heart Disease

Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones, which long-term are not good for the heart. Elevated stress hormones can damage blood vessels, leading to elevated or high blood pressure and heart disease.


This too can be a health challenge affected by lack of sleep. Diabetes has long been linked to obesity and being overweight. The fact that people may weigh more than recommended for their body type can be a predictor of the development of Type 2 Diabetes.


This ailment falls into the discomfort that people identify as "feeling bad" when they are sleep deprived. There is also research indicating that lack of sleep can trigger headaches in predisposed individuals.

Cognition and Motor Skills

Less than the recommended amount of sleep affects cognitive processes--impaired attention, alertness, ability to concentrate, solve problems and use good judgment. Sleep deprivation can also impair motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In addition during the night, various sleep cycles play a role in "consolidating" memories in the mind. When you don't get enough sleep, it can affect your ability to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.

In our overscheduled days, we may consider a good night's sleep a luxury; that is a myth. Sleep is essential and in order to stay healthy we have to make it a priority.

Take Away: Sleep is essential for well-being. Turn off the television, mobile gadgets, personal computers and all those things that are too stimulating when it is time to turn out the lights.

Michelle J. Stewart is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator better known as the Nutrition Planner who has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. Michelle is a Certified Wellness Coach whose motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE". She is a consultant for the food and beverage industry and offers expertise in corporate wellness, weight loss surgery, menu and product development. All opinions expressed are her own. Sign up for Michelle's Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit http://thenutritionplanner.com

Female Hair Loss: The Bald Truth

Female Hair Loss: The Bald Truth

Female Hair Loss: The Bald Truth

By: Michael Owen

For a long time most people had the belief that female hair loss was related to the hereditary factor only. However, due to an increase in hair loss amongst women this condition is getting a lot more exposure and acknowledgement in the medical community.

The hair loss in women is not exactly the same as that suffered by men. Also the notion that female hair loss is only hereditary related has now also been proven to be inaccurate. There are many factors that can cause female hair loss and these are a lot more complex then the male factors.

Women in general experience hair loss due to stress, drug therapies and menopause. Although the first two factors mentioned here are also related to hair loss in men, they are more frequent in women.

In general, women tend to be more concerned about their daily life than men. This increases the level of stress and one of its manifestations in the female organism is the hair loss. In this case, the treatment should not only stimulate hair growth, but also treat stress. Otherwise, even if hair growth is stimulated, hair loss can occur again.

The use of drug for therapy is a complicated issue. Hair loss due to this is frequent in the treatment against cancer. The drugs used in chemotherapy are too aggressive and hair loss may be the slight side effect.

Menopause is another problem. Besides all the unbalance in the organism that it causes, menopause can cause hair loss as an indirect consequence of it. The onset of menopause can often lead to hair loss and has long been a part of aging that many women fear the most. These days many more women are also experiencing thinning and bald spots as they mature, and both men and women are reaching out for new solutions. Even though there is no real 'cure', there are many things that can be done to help. Some products claim to help revive weakened hair roots and promote healthy hair growth.

Both hormones and genes are to blame for menopause causing acute hair loss, as is the aging process. Confirming the causes of your loss with a competent and experienced dermatologist is the first step in determining your best treatment options.

Most women also experience hair loss after pregnancy. This is due to the level of certain hormones in the body. This hair loss can be especially depressing as after pregnancy and birth most women are extremely tired both mentally and physically.

Another factor is also hair styling amongst women. We don't realise the damage that is being done by the excessive heat and chemicals that we use whilst styling our hair. These harsh chemicals tend to build up on the scalp and suffocate the hair follicles and block precious nutrients getting to them.

Although there are many factors that contribute hair loss in women there are also some great new products that can have amazing results. These products have been through years of clinical trials and are 100% natural without side effects. If you would like to learn more about the latest product that can restore your hair and is currently being used by many celebrities worldwide please visit my website which can be found in the author box below.


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How To Deal With Nausea During Pregnancy

How To Deal With Nausea During Pregnancy

How To Deal With Nausea During Pregnancy

By: Kenrick Austin

If you have even a passing interest in the topic of nausea during pregnancy, then you should take a look at the following article. This enlightening article presents some interesting information on the subject of nausea during pregnancy.

Nausea during pregnancy is common problem that expectant mothers face. Most pregnant women will experience nausea during the first trimester, but some women have problems with nausea throughout their entire pregnancy. While there are the few lucky women who will have no nausea at all during pregnancy, if you are among the majority who do, here a few ideas that can help dramatically reduce the nausea you feel.

On thing you can do to help control nausea during pregnancy is to not allow your stomach to become empty. It is a much better idea to snack all day long than to eat three large meals. When you are feeling ill, eating will be the last thing on your mind. You may not even want to look at food.

However, if you do not eat regularly, your blood sugar levels can drop and actually increase nausea during pregnancy. You should avoid simple carbohydrates such as sugar and candy. Instead, choose whole grains and proteins as these foods will remain in your stomach longer and help prevent your blood sugar levels from spiking.

Drinking plenty of fluids will help prevent nausea during pregnancy. Making sure your body remains hydrated during pregnancy is essential and can also help reduce the nausea you may feel. Dehydration can actually increase nausea during pregnancy. You should avoid soda, caffeine, fruit juice, and coffee. Instead try plenty of water and decaffeinated beverages.

It's really a good idea to probe a little deeper into the subject of nausea during pregnancy. What you learn may give you the confidence you need to venture into new areas.

Expectant mothers have a great deal of anxiety and stress in their lives. Keeping yourself calm and relaxed during can help reduce nausea during pregnancy . Try talking with your spouse and other expectant moms about the stress and worries that you feel. Pregnancy can tend to make you feel isolated from the rest of the world and increase the stress you may be feeling.

If you are feeling anxious and stressed about labor and delivery, reading and educating yourself on the subject and becoming aware of what you can expect during each stage of your pregnancy and delivery can help you feel more comfortable with the changes that are taking place within your body and help you feel less anxious about the labor and delivery process.

Many expectant mothers have found that a prenatal massage from either your partner or a professional helps calm the nerves. Exhaustion can have a negative impact on your body and your mind during pregnancy. A lack of rest can increase nausea during pregnancy. Sleep and rest whenever possible during pregnancy. This will help you feel better in general and help reduce nausea.

Following these simple tips can help relieve some of the discomfort and nausea during pregnancy. Keep in mind that nausea affects the majority of pregnant women at some point during their pregnancy. However, if the nausea you feel becomes unbearable or debilitating, contact your doctor immediately.

If you've picked some pointers about nausea during pregnancy that you can put into action, then by all means, do so. You won't really be able to gain any benefits from your new knowledge if you don't use it.


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The Real World: Life after Law School

The Real World: Life after Law School

The Real World: Life after Law School

First of all, if you step into that marble foyer for the first time and realize that you would rather be anywhere but there, you should be. The practice of law is for people who truly want to be lawyers. Those who don't have their hearts in it will have a very difficult road ahead of them. However, if the smell of all those legal pads really gets you going, don't lose track of that passion. It will get you through what just might be the toughest 12 months of your life.

Many fresh-faced new lawyers go into their first year on the job with visions of perfection dancing in their heads. They plan to draft perfect briefs and advance perfect ideas while wearing perfectly ironed shirts and smiling perfectly bright smiles. They are usually disappointed.

When it comes to doing the grunt work that first-years are sure to do, it's usually easier to focus more on getting the job done right rather than getting it done perfectly. There won't be anyone grading your papers, making sure you've done everything properly. There will, however, be a real, live client paying good money for you to make sure that what he/she wants gets done.

In short, you should try to have a broader perspective when it comes to first-year work. Focus on the overall goal of accomplishing a task, and don't get bogged down in the miniscule details.

Once you start working as an attorney, there will be many things you won't have any idea how to do. For example, the firm will have its own system of filing, distributing information, and handling day-to-day operations.
Many times, you won't know where to go, how to get there, or whom to talk to once you do; but instead of spending your days in the restroom mopping your sweaty brow, ask someone for a practice guide that deals directly with the firm's practice areas. This is a simple, easy way to get your head above the water and gulp in some much-needed air.

Once you have a basic understanding of how things at the firm work, you will gain confidence in your own abilities and become more comfortable doing the work. However, there will most likely come a day when someone hands you an assignment that leaves you baffled, wondering what in the world you spent the last three years of law school learning.

In this situation, take a deep breath, and go with your gut instinct. Do what you think you should do, regardless of whether or not you know that it's the right thing to do. Most likely, your gut feeling will be correct. After all, you must have developed some sort of legal intuition while sitting immobile in those stuffy college auditoriums.

Also, don't be afraid to ask a senior associate or partner for answers to questions or for clarification on assignments. Sometimes, you can save a lot of time simply by asking the right person a question.

Now on to arguably the most exciting part of being an attorney (at least in the eyes of new associates): the perks. The best advice in this area is moderation. Overdoing it or taking advantage of the firm in any way will be viewed negatively. Therefore, even if the firm seems liberal when it comes to living the high life, it's always better to exercise a certain level of restraint.

Another area where restraint should be practiced is in regard to your personal life. Don't get me wrong. Everyone has issues of a personal nature that have to be dealt with from time to time, but keep in mind that your superiors have their own personal problems to deal with.

Unless you have a personal matter that absolutely, positively must be discussed, keep your private life to yourself. Also, it's a good idea to talk things over with your family and friends prior to starting work so that they understand exactly what you're getting into. That way, you won't have to deal with the added stress of family disagreements and disappointments if you have to suddenly renege on commitments.

And a last little tidbit of advice for newbie attorneys is to take advantage of your status. Partnership will come soon enough, and then you won't be able to ask dumb questions or get lost on your way to the restroom. Take this opportunity to learn as much as you can while you have the least amount of responsibility. Being teachable during the first 12 months will pay off in the future.

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Kettle Cuisine, LLC Recalls Chicken Soup Product Due to Undeclared Allergens and Misbranding



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Kettle Cuisine, LLC, an establishment in Lynn, Mass. is recalling approximately 3,096 pounds of chicken soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The label erroneously declares the product to be chicken soup when it is actually Italian wedding soup with meatballs, the FSIS reported. The product also contains wheat, milk, and eggs, known allergens which are undeclared on the product label.

 The following products are subject to recall:

  • 24 ounce cups containing “MOM’S CHICKEN SOUP” with a “USE BY” date of 02/17/17

The chicken soup items were produced and packaged on January 3, 2017 bear establishment number “P-18468” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The recalled items were shipped to Whole Foods Market locations in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island

The FSIS said the problem was discovered when a retail store noted that product labeled as “Mom’s Chicken Soup” in fact contained “Italian Wedding Soup with Meatballs”.

The FSIS said there have been no reports of adverse reactions connected with eating these products. Anyone concerned about injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The company urged people who bought the recalled products not to eat them, instead they should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Richard Bourgeoise, Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, at (617) 409-1120.



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Baby Crib Advice and Tips

Baby Crib Advice and Tips

Baby Crib Advice and Tips

By: Martin Smith

Congratulations! You have just learned that you are having a baby. Whether this is your first or not you need to look at cribs. Do you have one already? Is it an antique? A second hand crib whether antique or not needs to be carefully looked at. This is for the safety of your new baby.

The screws, bolts, and/or other fasteners should all be in place. Are they loose? Will the position of the mattress hold under your baby's weight? It is imperative that this be tested before you put your baby in the crib. Take something that approximates the weight of your baby at about 4 months old. Bounce it off the mattress to be certain it will hold its position. If it doesn't it could cause serious injury to your baby or worse.

When setting up the nursery (if it isn't already up) consider very carefully where you will place the crib. If you place the crib near a window and you have Venetian blinds, either shorten the cords or anchor them somewhere that your baby can't reach and get a hold of them. If it all possible avoid placing the crib near the window. As your baby grows into a toddler and s/he attempts to climb out of the crib; s/he could possibly fall which could cause serious injury to your baby.

Blankets and your baby are not necessarily a good mix. With the incidents of SIDS today, you want to be sure to do everything that could possibly put your infant at risk. It is more advisable to put your baby to bed in a sleeper. If you absolutely have to have a blanket on the baby, tuck it tightly around and under the foot of the mattress with your baby's feet touching the footboard. Also you don't want to put the blanket any higher on the baby than up to his chest as that will help prevent him from slipping under the blankets and suffocating.

Bumper pads are a great concept but unless they are secured properly, there is a risk of your baby slipping between the mattress and the bumpers and possibly suffocating. If you use them they should be anchored in at least eight places one at each corner of the crib and at least two spaced evenly on each of the sides. There should be a total of 16 ties in all, for the top and bottom.

Mobiles are a nice addition and look adorable but... the caution here is that if you use a mobile as soon as your baby starts to sit up on his own the mobile should be taken down to prevent your baby from getting tangled in it. Also make sure that it has no small removable parts that your baby could choke on.

If your crib is second hand no matter whether you had for a previous child or you got it from someone else check out the mattress carefully. Make sure there are no cracks or holes in the mattress covering. Make sure too that the mattress properly fits in the crib. Here again, your child could slip between the mattress and the sidebars or the end boards and suffocate. The mattress should fit snugly in the crib. Now the sheets you use in your baby's crib should also fit properly and not slip and slide. Sheet anchors are available that hook on the sheet under the mattress and keep it in place.

The position of the mattress is imperative for your child's safety. Most parents put the mattress at the highest position when the baby first comes home because it is so much easier to change him in that position. As your baby becomes more active you will want to lower the mattress accordingly. Once your baby is able to pull up to a standing position put the mattress in the lowest possible position and to be sure your baby is safe, measure the distance between the top of the side bar and the mattress. In the lowest position the distance of the top of the side bar should be no more than 26 inches above the mattress. If your child's head is over the side bar or they climb out of the crib, it maybe time to move your child to a regular bed. Some cribs are convertible into beds tat will grow with your child.

The crib itself should be looked over for things that might put your baby at risk. Have you seen those cribs that have ornate designs carved into the end boards? They are beautiful but they pose a danger to your child. Your child could get his head or arm and leg caught and sustain an injury. The simpler the design of the crib the safer your child may be.

Since approximately 1974 federal safety guidelines for cribs state that the slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. This is to prevent your baby from getting his head stuck between the slats. This could cause injury to your baby but it would necessitate the removal of some of the slats and that alone would.


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Make Some Healthy Fruit Smoothies - The Perfect Cool Treat

Make Some Healthy Fruit Smoothies - The Perfect Cool Treat

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

Healthy fruit smoothies are the perfect snack during the hot days of summer. Packed with fruit, they cool you down as you sip them while rehydrating and providing you with plenty of vitamins and fiber. Get out your blender and create your own favorite version. Smoothies can be made with just about any fruit. Try a few until you find some favorites that will become your summer snack of choice.

Kids will slurpo down these smoothies without even realizing that they are getting plenty of fresh fruit and milk. They will love the fact that they get to have a "milkshake" for breakfast or snack.

The Basic Ingredients Of A Good Fruit Smoothie

The ingredients for a good smoothie are very basic: plenty of fruit, a little yogurt, milk or juice. That's about it. Just put everything into a blender and blend until smooth. You can add more or less liquid (that's the juice or milk) to get the consistency you like best.

To Freeze Or Not To Freeze

My favorite smoothies are usually frozen and I use frozen fruit for them. Frozen fruit can be found in your grocer's freezer aisle year around and you can also freeze your own when you find yourself with more fresh fruit than you can eat. Berries are usually best frozen whole, while bananas can be peeled and sliced before freezing. If you are using fresh fruit, you can add some ice to turn your smoothie into a frozen treat.

Using a combination of fresh and frozen fruit, or adding plenty of ice cold milk or juice will result in a cold instead of frozen smoothie. I suggest you try them both ways and see which kind you prefer.

By the way, just about any smoothie made with fresh fruit can also be made with frozen fruit. You may just want to add a little more liquid if the smoothie is getting too thick for your blender to process.

Yogurt, Juice Or Milk?

We already established that we need plenty of fruit for a good smoothie. The other main ingredient is usually yogurt, juice or milk. Personally I like non-fat yogurt a lot in my smoothies. I use either vanilla or Greek yogurt along with a splash of any juice sitting in my fridge. If you are not a big yogurt fan, try using some milk instead or use your favorite fruit juice. Even if you are using yogurt you will need a splash of milk or juice to get the smoothie to a drinkable consistency.

Dairy-Free Options

Of course you don't have to have dairy in your smoothies. You can blend just about any fresh or frozen fruit with your favorite juice. For that creamy smoothie consistency try adding some frozen banana slices to any smoothie.
Other great options are soy, rice or almond milk. Just blend your favorite fruit with one of those dairy free "milk" products. If you are trying to up the protein content of your smoothie and make it a little more filling, add some soft tofu to your smoothie. Just be sure to add a little splash of soy milk or juice to think it out to a drinkable consistency.

To Sweeten Or Not To Sweeten

Last but not least, let's talk about sweeteners. They are of course completely optional and whether or not you need them depends on how sweet the fruit you are using is. I also find that if I add vanilla yogurt or orange juice I don't usually need any added sweetener.

When I do add a sweetener it is usually stevia, a natural no-calorie sweetener. Other options are sugar, simple syrup or honey. Taste your smoothie before you add anything to sweeten it. If you feel it does need that little extra sweetness, add a little and blend it in for a few seconds.

About the Author: And now I would like to invite you to whip up a smoothie. My personal favorite right now is this delicious strawberry pineapple smoothie drink. Get out your blender, grab some fruit, yogurt, juice and ice and blend up one of these delicious smoothie recipes today. They are as healthy as they are delicious.

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