August 9th, 2010
03:38 PM ET

Burn camp 'the difference' for survivor

Summer camp means swimming, campfires and meeting new friends. For Chelsea Gasper and other burn survivors, camp can also means emotional healing.

The Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association annual Burn Camp just wrapped up, and Chelsea, 17, was there as she has been every year since she was five. This year, she was a junior counselor.

“You have to regain your confidence [after being burned]. Burn camp was the difference. Meeting people and having fun. Seeing other kids with burns,” says Chelsea, a high school student from Webster, N.Y.


August 9th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

1 million pounds of ground beef recalled

Consumers are being warned to check their freezers for recalled beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The Modesto California-based meat processor Valley Meat Company is voluntarily recalling approximately one million pounds of ground beef.  The beef may contain a rare strain of the bacterium E. coli O157:H7.

The Valley Meat Company says the ground beef patties and bulk products were  produced between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and overseas.  A list of retailers has not yet been released, but a complete list of products has been published on the company's website.


Tainted pet food can sicken owners and kids
August 9th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Tainted pet food can sicken owners and kids

Contaminated dry pet food can sicken animal owners and children with Salmonella, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

The study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that there were 79 reported cases from a 2006 to 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Through interviews with the affected households, results suggested exposure to animals as a possible source of infection.


August 9th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Teacher's union fights for Viagra

In the time of major budget crunches and layoffs in education, a teacher’s union in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is fighting for the right to Viagra.

From CNN’s affiliate WISN: “The union claims that some teachers could be discriminated against by not having the drug covered by insurance.” FULL POST

August 9th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Why some people can sleep through anything

Everyone, even the lightest sleeper, is less aware of noise while they sleep. So what helps us in blocking the outside world when we need to re-juice? And what makes some people deeper sleepers than others?

Dr. Jeff Ellenbogen, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Sleep Medicine, led a study looking at particular brain waves called sleep spindles. How many spindles a person’s mind cranks out while sleeping predicts how deep he or she sleeps while bombarded with noise, his study in Current Biology found. FULL POST

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