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Spinach Recalled in 39 States

Feb 21, 2013 - 0 comments

Hold the fork – Taylor Farms, a California-based producer of fruits and vegetables, announced on Wednesday that it is voluntarily pulling certain varieties of its organic baby spinach from grocery shelves in 39 states.  The company is recalling all organic baby spinach sold in 5-and 16-ounce salad trays with a “best by” date of February 24, 2013.  

These salad trays are packaged under five different brand names:
       •Central Market Organics
                                         •Full Circle Organic
                                         •Marketside Organic
                                         •Simple Truth Organic
                                         •Taylor Farms Organic

The spinach may be contaminated with a pathogenic strain of E. coli, an intestinal bacteria. So far, no illnesses have been reported.

While contaminated animal products (like meat, milk and cheese) are the most common cause of foodborne illnesses like E. coli, recent outbreaks have also affected fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe, leafy greens and peanuts. In past outbreaks, produce became infected with E. coli when fecal matter from factory farms leaked into waterways before being fully sterilized. When ingested, E.coli can cause serious health complications, including bloody diarrhea, severe cramps and fevers, and, in serious cases, kidney failure and even death.

Taylor Farms web site doesn’t say how the spinach became exposed to the bacterial strain, but it does state that no other products appear to have been affected at this time. If you’ve purchased one of the recalled products, do not eat it; throw it away. If you believe you’ve already consumed a recalled product, contact your health care provider immediately.

For more information, and to see a list of the 39 states affected by the recall, visit And remember: Always thoroughly wash all produce – even if the product has been pre-washed. E. coli cannot withstand temperatures over 160 degrees Fahrenheit, so boiling produce for 15 seconds or more is sufficient for sterilization.

Remembering Dr. Janice Epp

Jan 28, 2013 - 14 comments

MedHelp is deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Janice Epp, recognized clinical sexologist and educator, passed away on December 25, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Epp has been a mainstay at MedHelp for more than 6 years, answering personal questions for our members in the Erectile Dysfunction Forum and in the Sexuality & Relationships Forum. Dr. Epp’s answers were always laced with caring and compassion, combined with the latest medical data and information. For all of us who knew Dr. Epp, it was an honor and privilege to call her a friend. We will miss her so much, as will the millions of MedHelp members whose lives and relationships are better thanks to Janice’s expertise and support throughout the years.

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MedHelp Expert Wins Prestigious Award

Nov 19, 2012 - 12 comments

On November 11, 2012, John Hagan, MD, FACS, FAAO, received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s prestigious Hall of Fame Award, honoring his lifelong commitment to public policies supporting quality medical and surgical care.

Dr. Hagan’s leadership roles with the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons over many years, his forceful presence and strong voice at the state capitol and his commitment to the idea that quality care does not end at the door to the surgical suite all demonstrate a profound dedication to his profession, and serve as a shining example for his colleagues.

Since 2007, Dr. Hagan has generously donated his time and expertise to answer questions in MedHelp’s Eye Care forum.  MedHelp congratulates Dr. Hagan on this tremendous accomplishment. We are honored to have him on our team!              

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MedHelp Expert Named Physician of the Year

Sep 17, 2012 - 18 comments

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On September 19, 2012, the American Liver Foundation will name Thomas D. Schiano, MD, “Physician of the Year”.  Dr. Schiano is being given this award for his tremendous devotion to patients and for his research into finding a cure for liver diseases.  We know of no physician more deserving of this tremendous honor. Everyone at MedHelp congratulates Dr. Schiano and want him to know how honored we are to have him on our team!

Since 2006, Dr. Schiano has generously donated his time and expertise to answer liver transplant questions in MedHelp’s Liver Transplant Forum.  Our members not only get information and advice from one of the best doctors in the country, but also from one who is truly devoted to helping liver disease patients better understand all the choices available to them when facing liver transplantation.

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