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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: ‘Ninja Warrior’ Host Matt Iseman Talks About Arthritis

In the just posted issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine, host of “American Ninja Warrior” & comedian Matt Iseman shares how he has coped with rheumatoid arthritis. From the relief he felt when he was diagnosed to the exercise & standup comedy that keep him going, Iseman is forthright about his challenges. He says, “I am walking proof of the importance of research like that done by NIH.”
In addition to covering rheumatoid arthritis, the issue also features—
Improving Kidney Transplant Access for All—More patients with kidney failure are potential candidates for transplants than ever before, & yet many of them don’t know it. And did you know that it can be safer to donate a kidney in your sixties & seventies than in your twenties?
Updates on Blood Pressure—Understanding your blood pressure reading can be challenging. This article can help make sense of blood pressure guidelines.
Uncovering the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis—Medical imaging helps NIH research understand this tricky disease.
Through feature articles, personal stories, infographics, & more, NIH MedlinePlus helps explain how NIH turns “discovery into health.” This quarterly publication of NIH & the Friends of the National Library of Medicine gives readers news they can use.
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Focus on NCBI’s Colleen Bollin, Speaker to Biologists

Colleen Bollin is not a biologist, a mathematician, or a statistician. Her degree is in engineering.
& yet she leads the technical development team for processing submissions to GenBank, the world’s largest genetic sequence data repository developed & maintained by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
How she got to NCBI started at a point in her life when she had too much time to think.
Staring at the ceiling

Colleen Bollin

It started when she was staring at the ceiling.
Lying on the couch in May 2002, Bollin couldn’t help wondering, “Why am I am here—physically & metaphorically?”
Part of it was easily explained. She was recovering from an appendectomy.
Why she needed the appendectomy was a mystery.
Maybe stress played a part in her need for surgery. Maybe not.
As she said, “I was working for a startup with so much pressure and 80-hour workweeks. It was crazy.”
Something had to change.
Bollin’s answer: bioinformatics.
After all, her work prior to her surgery & her lifelong interests prepared her for a career in this dynamic field.
The curious kid
Bollin began taking programming classes when she was in elementary school & competed in calculator contests throughout high school.
When she was 13, her father came home with an Atari 800 computer. “I loved this thing,” she said. “It was like play.”
Applying to college, Bollin contemplated studying computers—but shouldn’t she study something serious—something that wasn’t so fun?
The University of Maryland offered her a scholarship. She wanted to triple major in electrical engineering, math, & German, but engineering students weren’t allowed multiple majors. So, Bollin…

The PictSweet Company Recalls 12 Ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussel Sprouts for Undeclared Milk & Soy Allergens

The Pictsweet Company has recalled 960 cases of Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts because they may contain undeclared milk & soy allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy may run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.
The recall affects only Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Baby Brussels Sprouts identified by UPC code 0 70560 97731 9 with production codes beginning with the following five digits: 1508K & a “BEST IF USED BY MAY 30, 2020.” A photo of the package is included with this release. The following information is printed on the back panel of each package (bag) as shown below.
No other Pictsweet Farms products are impacted by this recall.
The states in which the product were distributed are as follows: Alabama, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, & Wisconsin.
The company initiated this recall after it was discovered that butter sauce containing milk & soy allergens were included in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk or soy allergens.
No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased Pictsweet Farms 12 ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts with the code listed above may contact our consumer affairs line at 1-800-527-0986 from 9am to 5pm Central Daylight Time, Monday – Friday or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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NLM Announces Digitization of Materials from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers

Related Articles Appear in HMD Blog Circulating Now July 17-20, 2018
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces new public access to over 1,600 letters, photographs, & other materials selected and newly-digitized from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers 1907-1982 archival collection, celebrating the career & personal life of the trailblazing physician & civil rights advocate.
Social justice activist, medical pioneer, & influential member of the African American community, Dr. Leonidas Berry advocated for racial justice within the medical profession & access to equal care for all patients, & developed innovative techniques & new instruments in the field of gastroenterology. His work is recognized as part of the NLM traveling banner exhibition For All the People: A Century in Citizen Action in Health Care Reform; & the online adaptation of the exhibition features all 1,686 digitized items in a digital gallery.
To learn more about the variety of items included & the meaning of this collection, follow a Circulating Now blog series during the week of July 16, 2018—what would be Dr. Berry’s 116th birthday.
On Tuesday, July 17th, Abigail Porter, an exhibition researcher at the NLM, explores Dr. Berry’s career-long battle against racial discrimination in the medical profession. This post features letters written by Dr. Berry in the 1950s & 60s, in which he declined, in protest, an invitation to a medical conference held at a segregated venue in New Orleans, pushed for a high-ranking hospital appointment he’d been denied due to discrimination, & called for the integration of the National Medical Association.
In Wednesday’s…

Utz Quality Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy in Utz® Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips

Utz® Quality Foods, LLC., is voluntarily recalling select expiration dates of Utz® Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips due to undeclared soy allergen. This recall was initiated after learning a certain number of packages were mislabeled. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The items subject to this voluntary recall were distributed to retail outlets in the following states: AL,  AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, Vets Affairs, VT, WV
NO ILLNESSES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS VOLUNTARY RECALL HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO DATE.
The items & related expiration dates being voluntarily recalled include:

Item Description
UPC
Expiration DateFROM
Expiration DateTO
Utz 2.875 oz. Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips
0-41780-00153-5
October 6th
October 20th
Utz 7.5 oz. Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips
0-41780-00049-1
August 18th
October 27th

Please see below for an example of reading the expiration dates & UPC code:
No other Utz® products are being recalled.
Consumers are urged NOT eat the products subject to this voluntary recall. Consumers who purchased the recalled product may return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange, or they may simply discard it.
For further information please contact the Customer Care Team: Email: customerservice@utzsnacks.com or, call 1-800-367-7629 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time Retailers & wholesalers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase…

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jul-Aug 2018, NCBI Bookshelf Update: Search by MeSH Fields and Keywords Now Supported

Table of Contents: 2018 JULY–AUGUST No. 423
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NCBI Bookshelf Update: Search by MeSH Fields & Keywords Now Supported. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Jul-Aug;(423):b6.
2018 July 16 [posted]
As of July 12, 2018, the NCBI Bookshelf supports search by MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) fields, including MeSH Major Topics [MAJR], MeSH Subheadings [SH], & MeSH Terms [MH]. Bookshelf populates these MeSH fields in its index from the MeSH assignments in the NLM Catalog.
As of this date, Bookshelf also supports search by author supplied keywords. These keywords are indexed along with autogenerated concept phrases in the Bookshelf Concept Phrases & Keywords field [KYWD].
For more information about using these & other Bookshelf search fields, see the Search Field Descriptions & Tags section of Bookshelf Help.

AZ Firm Issues Voluntary Product Recall Due to Undeclared Peanuts in Superfood Salad

Papa John’s Salads and Produce of Tolleson, AZ is voluntarily recalling 148 units of the Superfood Salads due to misbranding & undeclared peanuts.  The product contains peanuts which are not declared on the product label as packages of peanuts were mistakenly included in the kits instead of cashews.
People who have sensitivity or allergies to peanuts may be at risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. To this date, there have been no reported adverse reactions to this product.
The product subject to the recall was distributed to stores in AZ, CA, CO, MT, NM, NV, UT, & WY from July 9, 2018 – July 10, 2018, listed in the table below. 
The affected product was sold from the Deli Service Case from July 9, 2018 – July 11, 2018, with a Consumer UPC of 2541465#### or 2070780#### in which the last 4 digits (####) were the price of the product.

Product Description
ConsumerUCP
Facility
City
State
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Scottsdale
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Phoenix
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Phoenix
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Peoria
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Mesa
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Prescott
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Sun City West
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Oro Valley
AZ
Superfood Salad
2541465####
Fry’s Food
Tucson
AZ
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Orange
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
San Diego
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Los Angeles
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Palm Desert
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Temple City
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
La Canada Flintridge
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Long Beach
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Glendale
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Fullerton
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Woodland Hills
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Culver City
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
San Pedro
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Escondido
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Pasadena
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Fontana
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Northridge
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Huntington Beach
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Irvine
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Downey
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Brea
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Laguna Hills
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Marina Del Rey
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Venice
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Lake Forest
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Burbank
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Ventura
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Indio
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Studio City
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Chatsworth
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
Newbury Park
CA
Superfood Salad
2070780####
Ralphs
San Bernardino
CA
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Denver
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Colorado Springs
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Highlands Ranch
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Aurora
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Boulder
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Greeley
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Littleton
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Longmont
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Loveland
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Broomfield
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King Soopers
Lakewood
CO
Superfood Salad
2541465####
King…

“Ask Me About My Awesome Job at NIH”

What happens to former students involved in the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth?
Sometimes, they work at the National Institutes of Health & NLM.
That’s what happened to Adam Korengold & several NLM interns.
On June 25, they joined about a dozen other NIH employees wearing “Ask Me About My Awesome Job at NIH” buttons for the “Genetics, Bioinformatics, & Biomedicine” event for students from the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth & their parents.
Throughout the day, more than 75 tweens and teenagers from the Center participated in talks & tours of NLM & NIH. This second annual event was cosponsored by NLM & the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
As part of the program, staff from NLM, NHGRI, & other NIH institutes were invited to speak with the students & parents for small group discussions during lunch.
For Korengold, an applications lead for the Office of Computer & Communications Systems at NLM, the chance to meet with students who reminded him of his childhood was irresistible. In speaking with students, Korengold drew upon the connections between research & science, communication, elections, & even football.
Ben Kussmaul addressed both college life & his internship in the Communications Engineering Branch at NLM. “I had a great time talking to students with the same passion for science that I'm will had as a kid,” said Kussmaul of Swarthmore College. Other NLM interns who participated in the Johns Hopkins Center as children & met with the group included Rachel Cai of Gunn High School in California…

Genetics Home Reference: nearsightedness

Cheng CY, Schache M, Ikram MK, Young TL, Guggenheim JA, Vitart V, MacGregor S, Verhoeven VJ, Barathi Vets Affairs, Liao J, Hysi PG, Bailey-Wilson JE, St Pourcain B, Kemp JP, McMahon G, Timpson NJ, Evans DM, Montgomery GW, Mishra A, Wang YX, Wang JJ, Rochtchina E, Polasek O, Wright AF, Amin N, van Leeuwen EM, Wilson JF, Pennell CE, van Duijn CM, de Jong PT, Vingerling JR, Zhou X, Chen P, Li R, Tay WT, Zheng Y, Chew M; Consortium for Refractive Error & Myopia, Burdon KP, Craig JE, Iyengar SK, Igo RP Jr, Lass JH Jr; Fuchs’ Genetics Multi-Center Study Group, Chew EY, Haller T, Mihailov E, Metspalu A, Wedenoja J, Simpson CL, Wojciechowski R, Höhn R, Mirshahi A, Zeller T, Pfeiffer N, Lackner KJ; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2, Bettecken T, Meitinger T, Oexle K, Pirastu M, Portas L, Nag A, Williams KM, Yonova-Doing E, Klein R, Klein BE, Hosseini SM, Paterson AD; Diabetes Control & Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions, and Complications Research Group, Makela KM, Lehtimaki T, Kahonen M, Raitakari O, Yoshimura N, Matsuda F, Chen LJ, Pang CP, Yip SP, Yap MK, Meguro A, Mizuki N, Inoko H, Foster PJ, Zhao JH, Vithana E, Tai ES, Fan Q, Xu L, Campbell H, Fleck B, Rudan I will will, Aung T, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Bencic G, Khor CC, Forward H, Pärssinen O, Mitchell P, Rivadeneira F, Hewitt AW, Williams C, Oostra BA, Teo YY, Hammond CJ, Stambolian D, Mackey DA, Klaver CC, Wong TY, Saw…

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

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Federal health officials estimate that nearly 48 million people are sickened by food contaminated with harmful germs each year, and some of the causes might surprise you.
Although most people know animal products must be handled carefully to prevent illness, produce, too, can be the culprit in outbreaks of foodborne illness. In recent years, the United States has had several large outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fruits & vegetables—including spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, & lettuce.
Glenda Lewis, an expert on foodborne illness with the Food & Drug Administration, says fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways. During the growing phase, produce may be contaminated by animals, harmful substances in the soil or water, & poor hygiene among workers. After produce is harvested, it passes through many hands, increasing the contamination risk. Contamination can even occur after the produce has been purchased, during food preparation, or through inadequate storage.
If possible, FDA says to choose produce that isn’t bruised or damaged, & make sure that pre-cut items—such as bags of lettuce or watermelon slices—are either refrigerated or on ice both in the store & at home. In addition, follow these recommendations:
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water & soap before & after preparing fresh produce.
If damage or bruising occurs before eating or handling, cut away the damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.
Rinse produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.
Gently rub produce while…

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