Fri January 27, 2012
The Salt

From Health Food To Health Risk: Sprouts Slip Off The Menu

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 10:55 am

Fresh and green, yes. Clean, maybe not.
Jowita Stachowiak

At the rate they're going, those nutritious-looking sprouts may disappear from sandwiches and salads near you in not too long. And that may be a good thing.

This week, the Beaumont, Tex.-based Jason's Deli chain announced that it would no longer serve fresh sprouts, citing frequent recalls due to bacterial contamination.

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Thu January 26, 2012

State Health Board Proposes Rule Requiring Heath Workers Get Flu Vaccine

Daniel Paquet Flickr - Creative Commons

The Colorado State Board of Health is voting next month on a rule that would require most hospitals and nursing home facilities to vaccinate their employees from flu.

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Thu January 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Working Long Hours Can Be Depressing, Truly

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 11:12 am

Working long hours may get you more than a paycheck.

Putting in a lot of of overtime can make a person more vulnerable to depression.

You might have guessed that. But now there are some hard numbers, thanks to a study that tracked the health of civil service workers in Great Britain.

People who worked 11 hours a day or more, more than doubled their risk of major depression compared with colleagues putting in eight hours a day.

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Thu January 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Home Births Grow More Popular In U.S.

Shannon Earle holds her new baby Kiera Breen Earle, moments after she was born at their home last year.
Amanda Steen NPR

The number of women delivering babies at home in the United States has increased significantly, according to the latest government data released Thursday.

Home births increased by 29 percent between 2004 and 2009.

The upward trend is being welcomed by some advocates of home births and midwives, but it's also raising concern among some doctors.

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Wed January 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

With Age, Men May Lose Thinking Ability Faster Than Women

Physical health problems may help drive men's mental decline.

Men are more apt than women to lose thinking ability as they age, according to new research. And that mild cognitive impairment often leads to dementia.

But people can reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment by staying healthy and educated, according to Rosebud Roberts, a professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic who led the study. "There is a lot that people can do," she told Shots.

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