Public Health News Roundup: July 2
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. The product being recalled is Dole Hearts of Romaine, with a use-by date of June 26. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. Read more on food safety.
A new study published in Pediatrics finds that physical punishment such as slapping, pushing and grabbing was associated with increased odds of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, and several personality disorders after adjusting for sociodemographic variables and family history of dysfunction. The study team used data collected by United States Census interviewers in 2004 and 2005 in surveys of close to 35,000 adults across the country, and excluded anyone who reported being physically, sexually or emotionally abused by family members, to help isolate the effect of physical punishment that didn't escalate to the level of severe maltreatment. The researchers estimated that estimated between two and seven percent of mental disorders might be due to punishments inflicted in childhood. Read more on violence.
The food and beverages available to youth when they participate in organized sports can often be unhealthy, according to a new study released in the July/August 2012 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The findings were based on focus group interviews with 60 parents of players participating in youth basketball programs. Common food in youth sport settings were sweets such as candy and doughnuts; pizza; hot dogs; and salty snacks such as chips and cheese puffs; as well as soda and sports drinks. The researchers recommend developing nutrition guidelines for sport leagues regarding the types of food and beverages that are appropriate for organized snacks and concession stands. Read more on nutrition.