Eating more gluten early in life is tied to children’s higher risk of celiac disease, a study says

Bad news for lovers of bread, pasta and baked goods: Eating lots of gluten-heavy foods from a young age could eventually lead to gluten intolerance. A study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA suggests that eating higher-than-normal levels of gluten during the first five years of life can increase a child’s likelihood of developing celiac disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. Higher gluten intake was associated with a 6.1% increased risk of celiac disease autoimmunity, an immunological response to gluten, and a 7.2% increased risk of celiac disease per each…

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Dole recalls baby spinach over salmonella concerns

Some packages of Dole baby spinach have been recalled because of concerns about salmonella contamination. Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a voluntary recall for baby spinach sold in 6-ounce bags and 10-ounce clamshell containers, with the use-by date of August 5, the company said in an alert from the US Food & Drug Administration. No illnesses have been reported, the company said. The recall is a precautionary measure after a sample of baby spinach tested positive for salmonella in Michigan, the company said. The recalled product also was distributed in Illinois, Indiana,…

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Richmond offers free back-to-school vaccinations, physicals for kids

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond City Health District’s Back-to-School Clinic (for Richmond residents only) is scheduled for Friday, August 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “All vaccinations for daycare and school entry will be available for children age four and older,” a Richmond City Health District spokesperson said. “Free school entry physicals will be offered in partnership with the VCU School of Nursing. No sports physicals at this event.” The clinic takes place at 400 East Cary Street. “Parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization shot records. If…

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