Stay away from raw alfalfa sprouts until further notice, says the FDA and Centers for Disease Control. The sprouts have been linked to a salmonella outbreak in at least six states: Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia. Illnesses linked to the salmonella contamination began popping up in March, and may be ongoing. No deaths have been reported. Health officials have traced the contaminated raw alfalfa sprouts to several growers around the country, which indicates the problem may have started with the seeds that were used. Some of those who have been sickened said they ate sprouts at restaurants, while others got sick after buying them at grocery stores.
Anyone who knows a teenager knows that they spend a lot of time with their MP-3 players listening to loud tunes. Now a new study is calling on the music industry to turn down the volume. Researchers say more and more teens are suffering from hearing loss and other problems like tinnitus. Since it is doubtful that adolescents will take the necessary precautions to protect their hearing, researchers say MP-3 player and earphone manufacturers need to do it for them by lowering the volume on future models.
Kids & Sleep
A new study finds children who do not get enough sleep are more likely to have behavior problems. Researchers followed a group of seven and eight year old children in Finland, monitoring their sleep habits and behavior. They found that kids who consistently got less than 7.7 hours of sleep a night had more behavior problems. This is concerning, because about a third of children in the US are estimated to get inadequate sleep.