The Health News USA April 16 2018

  • According to the FDA, some pure caffeine products are now unlawful. The agency said the ban focuses on liquids and powders containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, which are often sold in large tubs containing thousands of servings — not everyday products like coffee and energy drinks. A recommended safe serving size of pure caffeine products is usually 200 milligrams, or 1/16th of a teaspoon of powder and about 2½ teaspoons of liquid. Amounts that tiny can be tough to measure, and slight variations can be deadly.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an Indiana-based farm is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs over fears of a potential salmonella braenderup contamination. In an announcement posted to its website recently, the FDA reported that Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, recalled the eggs distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina.
  • Former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said on Sunday. Spokesman Jim McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/13/fda-bans-some-pure-caffeine-powders-and-liquids.html

According to the Food and Drug Administration, some pure caffeine products are now unlawful.
The agency said the ban focuses on liquids and powders containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, which are often sold in large tubs containing thousands of servings — not everyday products like coffee and energy drinks.

The FDA says that one teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine is equivalent to twenty eight cups of regular coffee.  A recommended safe serving size of pure caffeine products is usually two hundred milligrams, or one in sixteenth of a teaspoon of powder and about two and half teaspoons of liquid. Amounts that tiny can be tough to measure, and slight variations can be deadly. Two healthy young men, an eighteen-year-old and a twenty four-year-old, died from caffeine overdoses in two thousand fourteen. Their families met with the FDA, which then started warning consumers about concentrated caffeine products.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement: “Despite multiple actions against these products in the past, we’ve seen a continued trend of products containing highly concentrated or pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers as dietary supplements and sold in bulk quantities, with up to thousands of recommended servings per container. We know these products are sometimes being used in potentially dangerous ways.”

Advocates and lawmakers have called on the FDA to ban concentrated caffeine products altogether. The guidance recently issued doesn’t go quite that far, instead focusing on pure and highly concentrated caffeine sold in large amounts and can’t be easily measured. For example, pills or tables and pre measured packets would be acceptable. So would bulk amounts, as long as they were diluted enough that a measurement error wouldn’t make them toxic. The changes go into effect immediately, meaning the FDA can take steps right away to start taking illegal products off the market.

https://www.today.com/health/more-200-million-eggs-recalled-over-salmonella-fears-t127082

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an Indiana-based farm is voluntarily recalling two hundred six million seven hundred forty nine thousand two hundred forty eight eggs over fears of a potential salmonella braenderup contamination. In an announcement posted to its website recently, the FDA reported that Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, recalled the eggs distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina. The eggs have reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants.

According to the FDA website, the eggs were sold under the following brand names: Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview, Great Value, as well as Food Lion stores.

The government agency reported that the bacteria in question is called salmonella braenderup, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/15/barbara-bush-former-first-lady-failing-health

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said on Sunday. Spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release:
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Missis Bush, now age ninety two, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.”  McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition.
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McGrath added: “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.” Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.  She married George H W Bush in nineteen forty five. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.
Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Bush stood with her husband as their son George W was sworn in as president.

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