68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets recalled

Perdue Foods is recalling 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets sold nationwide over fears of wood contamination, federal health officials say. The ready-to-eat chicken nuggets were produced on Oct. 25, 2018, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The nuggets are gluten-free and have an expiration date of Oct. 25, 2019, and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” on the label. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide. “The problem was discovered when the firm received three consumer complaints that wood was found in the product,” the…

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Rise in serious birth defect might be tied to opioid use, study says

A potentially deadly birth defect in which babies are born with exposed intestines is on the rise, and researchers are concerned that it might be tied to the opioid epidemic. The birth defect, called gastroschisis, happens early in a mother’s pregnancy when the walls of the baby’s abdomen don’t develop properly. While science hasn’t figured out the exact cause of the condition, there are risk factors. Teen mothers are more likely to give birth to a baby with the defect, as are women who drink and smoke. Now it appears there’s…

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How a robot helped remove Colonial Height man’s debilitating back pain

RICHMOND, Va. — A year and a half ago, taking simple steps was a huge challenge for retired Colonial Heights educator Robert Goulder. A ruptured disc in his back eventually deprived the 78-year-old man of his mobility and the things he liked to do, including exercising and helping coach baseball. “I reached the point where the pain was pretty severe and later became what I call excruciating,” Goulder said. “Unless you’ve gone through that pain, it’s hard to explain to somebody how bad the pain was.” Goulder turned to Dr.…

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Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident

For the first time on record, the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire. Examining a variety of federal and state data the NSC found the lifetime odds of dying…

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Lawmakers, advocates push for paid family medical leave for Virginia families

RICHMOND, Va. — There is a push at the Virginia General Assembly to provide paid family medical leave for Virginia families. Advocates said too many Virginians are forced to make the tough decision between caring for a loved one in need or returning to work in order to pay the bills. Under the proposal, benefits would be paid to eligible families or individuals that equal “70 percent of the employee’s average weekly wage” but would not to exceed $850 per week. The program would cap the duration someone could receive…

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Learn quick, healthy and delicious meals at Richmond Women’s Health & Fitness Expo

Richmond Women’s Health & Fitness Expo The schedule for the 2019 Richmond Women’s Health & Fitness Expo will be published soon. Here’s a look at last year’s schedule: 10:30 a.m. — Snicker Doodle Bliss Balls from Austin Kitchen, RVA Fit Foodie Austin Kitchen, aka “RVA Fit Foodie”, started her health journey in 2015 after experiencing a health scare that gave her a second chance to take her health more seriously. After re-evaluating what health meant to her, she decided to start a social media platform that encouraged followers to find their…

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Nebraska officials clear doctor being monitored for Ebola

An American doctor being monitored in Nebraska for possible exposure to Ebola has been cleared and is no threat to the public, health officials say. The doctor, who did not want to be identified, was monitored for 21 days before physicians determined the patient had not developed the deadly disease and could be released from care, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement Saturday. “Because this individual was symptom free throughout the monitoring period, it was determined they did not have Ebola, and therefore, were free to depart our facility and…

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High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases

People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found. Dietary fiber includes plant-based carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal, seeds and some legumes. Fiber’s health benefits have been recorded “by over 100 years of research,” Andrew Reynolds, a researcher at the University of Otago in New Zealand, wrote in an email. He is co-author of the new meta-analysis of existing research, which was published Thursday in the journal The…

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Drug overdose deaths skyrocketed among women

As America continues to combat its opioid epidemic, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses among women has soared in recent years, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. From 1999 to 2017, the drug overdose death rate among women 30 to 64 years old climbed more than 260%, according to the report published Thursday. In that time, drug overdose deaths involving antidepressants, cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, synthetic opioids and benzodiazepines such as such as Xanax and Valium all…

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