Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to…

The Food and Drug Administration for approving the first use of umbilical cord blood for stem cell transplant procedures.  Stem cells from the umbilical cord can develop into various types of blood cells.  These cells will be used to help treat some blood cancers and immune system disorders.  Learn more about the FDA’s decision here:

Cherry juice, which may help you sleep.  The study, conducted by Northumbria University, found that drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice increases levels of melatonin, the hormone that controls sleep.  These higher levels improved sleep duration and quality.  Cherry juice may offer relief to those suffering from sleep disorders like insomnia.  Read more about the study here:

Jeers to…

Latex gloves, which may not keep you as germ-free as you think at the doctor’s.  A study published recently in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that when health care professionals wear latex gloves, they are less likely to wash their hands before and after their interaction with a patient.  This finding is alarming because some germs can travel through the gloves and, when taking the gloves off, germs can splash back onto the wearer’s hands.  Get more details about the study here:

Golden Glen Creamery, based in Washington state, which had to recall 20 pounds of cheddar cheese for fear it contained Listeria monocytogenes.  Traces of the bacteria were found in a sample of cheese analyzed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Listeria monocytogenes can cause high fever, nausea and sometimes death.  Read more about the recall here:

By Laura Jungreis