The Health News USA April 6 2018

  • The FDA has taken the unusual step of ordering a mandatory recall for a kratom supplier that the agency said has failed to take responsibility for possible salmonella contamination in its products, in an outbreak that has sickened dozens of people. The FDA said kratom products distributed by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada, tested positive for salmonella. Kratom is not federally illegal although some states have laws against the sale of the product.
  • Grindr says it will stop sharing user data, including HIV status, to two other companies after concerns the disclosures violated consumer privacy and undermined public health efforts. The gay dating and social networking app, which counts more than three million daily active users, said Tuesday it no longer would share users’ HIV status with app optimization company Apptimize and is discussing how to remove data from Localytics.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is speaking publicly about his and his family’s struggles with depression. In an interview with the U.K.’s Express, Johnson spoke about his mother’s attempted suicide, which took place when he was fifteen. He stated: “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.” After the interview published, Johnson tweeted that he received tons of responses. Years before he became one of the world’s wealthiest actors, Johnson pursued a football career but was beset by several injuries and was let go from the Canadian Football League within a year of being signed.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/3/fda-issues-mandatory-recall-kratom-supplier-salmon/

The Food and Drug Administration has taken the unusual step of ordering a mandatory recall for a kratom supplier that the agency said has failed to take responsibility for possible salmonella contamination in its products, in an outbreak that has sickened dozens of people. The FDA said kratom products distributed by Triangle Pharmanaturals Limited Liability Company  of Las Vegas, Nevada, tested positive for salmonella.

The FDA said in a statement:  “The agency took this action after the company failed to cooperate with the FDA’s request to conduct a voluntary recall.” Kratom is either ingested dry as a powder or mixed with water as a tea, and proponents of it say it acts as an relaxing cup of coffee. Smaller doses of the plant can act as a stimulant while larger doses have a sedative effect. Federal agencies identify the drug, which is derived from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree, which is native to Southeast Asia, as an opioid with a potential for addiction and negative health effects. However, passionate advocates of the herb say it is a natural pain-reliever and has even helped in treating withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

Kratom is not federally illegal although some states have laws against the sale of the product. The FDA has kratom on an import alert and directs its agents to seize the product at customs and border control. Since the end of February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was investigating a salmonella outbreak that was soon found to be linked to kratom substances. As of March fourteen, at least eighty seven people in thirty five states contracted salmonella with twenty seven hospitalizations.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2018/04/03/dating-app-grindr-shares-users-hiv-status-profile-information/481028002/

Grindr says it will stop sharing user data, including HIV status, to two other companies after concerns the disclosures violated consumer privacy and undermined public health efforts.
The gay dating and social networking app, which counts more than three million daily active users, said Tuesday it no longer would share users’ HIV status with app optimization company Apptimize and is discussing how to remove data from Localytics.

Plans to halt the data sharing followed a report by Buzzfeed News — citing research from Norwegian non-profit SINTEF — that the app was passing on users’ HIV information along with their GPS data, phone ID and email, which could make it possible for the companies to identify sensitive information about specific users.  The app had originally defended the practice by noting users acknowledge any information they share in their profile could become known since the app operates as a “public forum.”

Grindr security chief Bryce Case on Tuesday said sharing the information with vendors was “standard industry practice for rolling out and debugging software” and sought to distance it from the recent revelations that political targeting firm Cambridge Analytica used information from as many as fifty million Facebook users, without their consent, to help win President Trump’s election.
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The disclosures prompted complaints from privacy and LGBTQ advocates, as well as concerns from public health experts that users would refrain from disclosing they had sexually transmitted diseases if they feared the information would become more widely known.

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article207694909.html

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is speaking publicly about his and his family’s struggles with depression. In an interview with the U.K.’s Express, Johnson spoke about his mother’s attempted suicide, which took place when he was fifteen. He stated: “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.” After the interview published, Johnson tweeted that he received tons of responses.

Months after her family had been evicted from their apartment, Johnson’s mother attempted suicide. She walked out of her car on a major interstate in Nashville and into oncoming traffic, with giant trucks and cars swerving out of the way. Johnson has previously revealed details about his mother’s suicide attempt. In a February Instagram post about filming a scene involving suicide in his HBO series “Ballers,” Johnson wrote that the moment had him reflect on “how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another.”
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Years before he became one of the world’s wealthiest actors, Johnson pursued a football career but was beset by several injuries and was let go from the Canadian Football League within a year of being signed. Soon after, his girlfriend broke up with him. “That was my absolute worst time,” he told Express. The candid comments about depression from such a successful actor, known for both his bubbly personality and tough-guy persona, brought on a wave of responses, including from advocacy organizations promoting the help they offer.

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