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Kroger Recalls Four Store-Brand Seasonings


Svetl/iStock/ThinkStock(CINCINNATI) -- Kroger is recalling four of its store-brand spices over fears of a possible salmonella contamination.The spices being recalled include Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds."Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement," Kroger said in a news release. "Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at

What You Need to Know About Outbreak Linked to Cilantro


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A surge of outbreaks related to a microscopic parasite has officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banning all cilantro imported from a Mexican state.Cilantro farms in Pubela have been blamed for causing repeated cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The disease is caused by a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis and can cause intestinal illness with causes flu-like symptoms.This

Study: Teen Girls Face Leadership Biases


iStock/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- For the last few decades, women have been breaking professional barriers. But a new report by Harvard’s Educational School reveals there’s a hidden barrier teen girls are running up against.“Girls are facing biases from many sources, from teen boys, from some parents, and they are facing biases from each other,” Richard Weissbourd, co-director of Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project, which conducted this study, told ABC News.

Deadly MERS Outbreak Virtually Over, South Korea Says


iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The deadly MERS virus that rattled South Korea with 36 deaths is now virtually gone.With no news cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in more than three weeks, the country's prime minister told residents Tuesday they "can now be free from worry," the BBC reports.The World Health Organization, however, won't declare the country virus-free until 28 days have passed without a new infection, the BBC says.The outbreak, which began in May, sickened nea

Boy, 11, Starts Foundation to Make Sick Kids Smile


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A child’s smile can light up any room, but it may be harder to find smiling young faces in a children’s hospital.Martand Bhagavatula, 12, of Yorba Linda, California, was determined to do something about that.“I was playing violin for youth group at a pediatric hospital," he said. "And what I'd noticed is that most of these kids didn't have anything in their rooms.”He was only 8 years old at the time, but it made such an impression on him tha

Your Body: Are Contact Sports Safe for Young Girls?


Purestock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorDoes your teenage daughter like to play rough? In the age of girl power, lots of our young ladies are buffing up to do the same things boys do, especially in sports. But is this safe? Research does show that young women who participate in sports tend to have better health and long-term benefits, such as a decrease in risky behaviors. Lower risk of depression also comes with being an athlete.But it’s also importa

Three Women Born at Same Hospital Return to Volunteer


peterspiro/iStock/ThinkStock(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Three young women are giving back to their community.According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the women are volunteers at White Plains Hospital in Westchestery County, where they provide comfort to worried parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. That unit happens to be where all three of the women were born.Kathryn Linehan, 21, Parris Lloyd, 19 and Sofia Flissler, 15 were all pre-mature babies born at White Plains Hospital in the NICU.Line

Drug Companies Sometimes Slow in Reporting Adverse Events to FDA


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When medications work they alleviate pain, heal infection, prevent disease or even save lives. But every medication comes with the risk of side effects — and, occasionally, those side effects are debilitating or deadly. Are companies always reporting those adverse effects in a timely manner, though? Apparently, they are not, according to researchers.Drug manufacturers are required to report serious adverse events — those involving "death, a life-th

See These Adoptive Parents Meet Their Newborn Daughter


Kristen Anne Photography(NEW YORK) — If you ask 100 different parents about their journey to parenthood, there would be 100 different stories to share.In the case of the Olsons of Minnesota, the journey to becoming parents for the third time was not only a figurative one, but a literal one as well.Sarah and David Olson always knew they wanted three children. Her pregnancies, neither of which came easily, were "brutal," the couple told ABC News. She was sick throughout, and was in and out o

Many New Moms Get 'Bad' Advice, Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women with newborns get advice, of course, from their families, friends and neighbors. But a new study reveals that up to half of mothers don't get any advice from their doctors on some important topics, including where and how to put their infant to sleep.Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 mothers of infants at 32 different medical centers across the country to learn what mothers recalled being told about breastfeeding, immunizations, pacifier use and baby sleep

Your Body: Can Acupuncture Be Used for Stress Relief?


Purestock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorDid you know that acupuncture may be able to help stress and anxiety? Research shows that this go-to pain reliever may also be good for keeping you calm and can treat things like PMS, menopause symptoms and even infertility.So how does it work? We don’t completely know. But 3,000-plus years of practice in traditional Chinese medicine has pointed to the targeting of so-called "trigger points" along pathways calle

Study: Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Impact on Fertility, Options


Ridofranz/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The overwhelming majority of young cancer patients are unaware of the affect that chemotherapy could have on their fertility, a new study finds.Researchers looked at nearly 500 patients from around the U.S. involved in the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. They found that 80 percent of women and 74 percent of men between the ages of 15 and 39 were not aware that cancer therapy can impact their fertility.In fac

Six New Cases of MERS Confirmed in Saudi Arabia


VILevi/iStock/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- The World Health Organization announced Friday that in the first two weeks of this month, six new cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, also known as MERS, were identified in Saudi Arabia.The new cases involve patients between the ages of 35 and 77, according to the WHO. Four of the patients were identified as being in stable condition, with the other two listed as "critical."Four of the patients reportedly had a history of conta

New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA


Minerva Studio/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A new treatment has been approved for the most common form of skin cancer.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for advanced basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer that's easy to treat, if caught early enough.Odomzo, a daily pill, from Novartis, has been approved for patients whose cancer hasn't spread to other parts of the body but, has recurred after surgery or radiation therapy.The drug can stop or reduce the growth of cancer

Surgeon Dances With Former Transplant Patient at Her Wedding 10 Years After Life


XiXinXing/iStock/ThinkStock(CLEVELAND) -- On Christine Taber’s wedding day, the surgeon who helped give her a new lease on life 10 years ago was again tasked with saving the day by becoming an emergency wedding photographer.“Our photographer for the reception bailed out last minute,” Taber told ABC News. “Between being a surgeon, saving my life and taking pictures. ... He’s incredible.”Ever since undergoing a liver transplant at 14, Taber said she knew she wan

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