Blue Bell Voluntarily Recalls All Products Over Listeria Concern

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(PCM) The Blue Bell Ice Cream company has issued a voluntary recall on all of it’s products over serious concerns of Listeria contamination. The company, based out of Brenham, Texas, is pulling all of its’ ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert, and frozen snacks from both food service accounts and retail store shelves. The recall has been issued immediately.

In a statement a spokesperson for Blue Bell says “We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe. We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been about making the very best and highest quality ice cream and we intend to fix this problem. We want enjoying our ice cream to be a source of joy and pleasure, never a cause for concern, so we are committed to getting this right.”

The company made the decision to issue the massive recall after discovering that half gallon containers of their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream flavor tested positive for Listeria. Consumers who may have recently purchased Blue Bell products are encouraged to return them to the point of purchase where they will be issued a full refund.

The company plans to hold its’ current products in the manufacturing plant until further testing can be conducted. They will resume production on a very limited basis after they are absolutely certain that their products will be safe for consumption.

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“Spice” Sends Hundreds To New York Area Hospitals

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(PCM) Experts have been warning people for quite some time about the dangers associated with the use of synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as “Spice”.  In just nine days, about 160 people have been seen at New York area hospitals having incredibly serious reactions to “spice” or “K2, also in the southern states of both Alabama and Mississippi there has been a notable rise in the number of synthetic marijuana-related hospital visits.

The New York State Health Commissioner reports to CNN that “Since the exact compounds contained in synthetic cannabinoid products change so frequently, it’s often impossible for users to know exactly what they are putting in their body.” There is often a range of symptoms that accompany reactions to using “spice” such as headaches, confusion, seizures and sometimes even loss of consciousness resulting in death.

Consumers are led to believe that “spice” is a legal plant-based material that is coated with chemicals that mimic the effect of marijuana.  Some of those so-called “safe” chemicals are the very same ones that are found in both insecticides and rat poison.

“Spice” is popular among teens because it is sold as natural product and often times marked as incense making it legal for them to purchase.

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A Look At The Most Ridiculous Excuses For Calling In Sick

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(PCM) We have all had those days when the desire to call out of work even when we are not really sick have occurred. Sometimes we are looking for some more time to relax and other times there are just too many important errands to run and not enough time in the day.

CareerBuilder.com has compiled a list of some of the most ridiculous and zany excuses that people have given for calling out of work sick.

Topping the list as the most insane excuse for calling out was “I just put a casserole in the oven” … what that has to do with being ill beats us, but we can certainly understand why it nabbed the number one spot.

CareerBuilder claims that 28% of employees have called out at least one day in the last year and of that number 30% admit that they either just did not feeling like going in that day or they needed the day to relax. Another high percentage of employees confessed that they just needed the day to catch up on sleep and others blamed it on bad weather.

Below you can find the top ten list of crazy call-out excuses:

2. Employee’s plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some “tweaking” to get it just right.
3. Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
4. Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
5. Employee woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.
6. Employee had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where he was.
7. Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.
8. Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
9. Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
10. Employee accidentally got on a plane.

However, if you think that you can actually get away with some of these excuses, think again. CareerBuilder revealed that a high number of employers actually do check up on their employees to make sure they are truly ill and do so by checking their various social media accounts to track their activity.

Have you ever called out sick, even when you were perfectly healthy? If so, what was your best excuse?

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Need A Doctor In A Hurry? No Worries, There’s An App For That!

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(PCM) Smartphone and tablet users are now able to take advantage of a new app called Doctor On Demand, which they can use to access a doctor who can then diagnose their symptoms and prescribe any needed medications all directly from the phone/tablet app.

The cost of the service runs $40 a month, but is an ideal solution for those individuals who don’t have the time to go to the doctors office or happen to be in need of a doctor when they are traveling far away from home.

The app is available to users in 47 states and the app boasts a pool of over 1,400 board certified doctors that are available on-call to the app. The app itself feature real-time video that connects the patient and the available doctor.

It has been stressed by Doctor On Demand that the app should not replace primary care physician visits or be used for any urgent emergencies or hard to diagnose illnesses. It should only be used to treat minor illnesses such as respiratory infections, fevers, allergies or minor infections

Currently, the Doctor On Demand app service is not linked to any health insurance plan so all cost associated with the service are the full responsibility of the patient. The use of smartphone and tablet technology to connect doctors with patients is becoming increasingly popular, as it is very convenient and is a true time and cost saver for both doctors and patients.

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Man Injured After A Terrifying Elevator Ride

Chile-elevator1(PCM) This is like something out of our worst nightmare! A man from Chile stepped onto an elevator and was suddenly taken on a terrifying wild ride as the elevator began malfunctioning.

We were assuming that the elevator dropped suddenly with the man on board, however this time the elevator sharply rose 31 floors in a 15 second time period with the doors wide open. It actually reached a speed of 50 mph!  What makes this even more bizarre is that the elevator is located inside a building that was just finished about eight weeks ago.

Security camera footage inside the elevator shows the man’s terrifying ordeal, as you can see him desperately attempting to push buttons to make the elevator come to a halt.  He ended up suffering head and leg injuries when the elevator eventually crashed into the buildings roof!

There has been no update in regards to the elevators inspection records or if it had indeed been malfunctioning prior to the incident.

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A Look At The Dangers Of Meningitis On College Campuses

Meningitis1(PCM) There have been quite a few headlines recently about the deaths of college students related to an outbreak of meningitis on their college campuses. Recently, a Philadelphia student from Drexel University has died from the same strain of meningitis that was seen in a recent outbreak at Princeton University in New Jersey.

The CDC released a statement saying that the Drexel University student died from Meningitis B and it was revealed that the student may have had close contact with students from Princeton University about a week before coming down with the illness.

The vaccine has been approved for use in Europe, Canada and Australia, but it is not yet approved for use in the United States. The CDC and the FDA granted special approval for the vaccine to be distributed at Princeton.

Despite the fact that Princeton University students were given an unlicensed meningitis vaccine, CDC officials are still worried that the disease may still be present on the Princeton University campus given the recent Drexel Hill student’s death.

Meningitis is spread through coughing, sneezing and kissing. It will also spread when people forget to wash their hands or clothes, or among people who drink out of the same cup making the college campus and dormitories the perfect breeding ground the disease to spread.

University communities across the nation are encouraging their students to engage in good health practices to prevent the spread of this horrible disease. Many students who become infected with meningitis may be under the impression that they have come down with a bout of the flu, as the early symptoms are fever, headache, stiff necks, vomiting and delirium.

If left untreated the bacteria spread and can cause hearing loss, permanent neurological damage and death.

 

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