Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 185 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-July-2003
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This 4th of July, if you're grilling, make it irradiated beef
Twice as many people will grill hamburgers, chicken, and steaks during the Fourth of July weekend than watched the last Super Bowl. Steaks and burgers are two of the more common choices for grilling, but beef can harbor harmful bacteria. Consumers can greatly reduce their likelihood of contracting a foodborne illness by choosing irradiated hamburger. July, August, and September are months that typically have an increase in the number of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (commonly known as E. coli)and Salmonella cases.  more

Fourth of July no picnic for the nationís environment
When an estimated 60 million Americans fire up their barbecue grills this Fourth of July, they'll be burning the equivalent of 2,300 acres of forest and consuming enough energy to meet the residential demand of a town the size of Flagstaff, Ariz., for an entire year. more


Do breast cancer survivors have fewer heart attacks?
Breast cancer survivors appear to be one-third less likely to have a heart attack than other women report researchers from the University of Chicago in the July 2003, issue of Cancer.

This reduction was most apparent in women with risk factors for heart disease, the leading cause of death in older women.  more

Is there a benefit to having been vaccinated against smallpox as a child?
Adults who were vaccinated against smallpox as children can be successfully revaccinated by using diluted doses of the vaccine and with fewer side effects, according to research published by Saint Louis University this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. more

Exercise raises immunity?
An increasing number of doctors and other health experts have been encouraging older adults to rise from their recliners and go for a walk, a bike ride, a swim, or engage in just about any other form of physical activity as a defense against the potentially harmful health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.  more

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