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RoundUp - 2nd Week of January 2024 






Long CoVid Is Deadly



While CoVid has already killed 1.1 million Americans, the CDC reports that more than 5000 of our friends and neighbors have succumbed to Long CoVid.  The fatalities include 1491 persons during 2023 and 3544 from 2020 through 2022. 


These CDC statistics implicate CoVid as a continuing, significant public health problem.  The Long CoVid proportion of CoVid-related deaths peaked in June 2021 at 1.2% of the total and again in April 2022 at 3.8% of the total.  Roughly half of Long CoVid deaths occurred in those 65 years and older but also one in every 4 such deaths occurred in those 54 to 65 years.


The risk of death associated with Long CoVid remains elevated for 6 months following even a mild, acute infection and for 2 or more years following more severe CoVid requiring hospitalization.


How can you prevent this grim outcome? Other studies have shown that Long CoVid as well as acute CoVid is muted in those who have been vaccinated and boosted.  


The bad news: the CDC reports that only 8% of children and teens have received the latest CoVid vaccine, that only 19% of adults have gotten it, and that only 38% of those 65 years and older have received this life-saving shot.  For continuing protection, you must get the latest vaccine due to CoVid mutations and your own waning immunity that occurs 6 months following a vaccination or infection.


Sadly, all too few have taken advantage of this simple, effective, side-effect-free, but life-saving opportunity due to rampant politicization and social media misinformation.  Lack of CoVid vaccination is even now contributing to a decline in the United States life-expectancy, particularly in men and particularly in those states with low vaccination rates and high CoVid deaths.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Be patriotic and get vaccinated.


#longcovid #death #vaccination #lifeexpectancy 

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Drinking and Smoking During Pregnancy Impacts Kids Brains



Even minimal alcohol and tobacco use by pregnant women affects their child’s brain performance later.  This the conclusion of a multisite, collaborative study helmed by Columbia University psychiatrists.  The researchers reviewed the brain wave studies of 649 children at various ages from 5 to 11 years looking at abnormalities as a function of maternal exposures to alcohol and/or tobacco.


The good news is that 52% of the children’s mothers used NO alcohol and 87% did NOT smoke tobacco.  The remainder of children demonstrated significant brain wave aberrations in association with their mothers’ exposures.  Looking at alcohol exposures, children who mothers continued drinking through pregnancy evidenced double the EEG abnormalities compared with those who mothers discontinued drinking after the first trimester.  Tobacco smoking during pregnancy led to significant EEG changes in the young offspring, but, interestingly enough, more so in young boys.


Other studies have shown that maternal alcohol and tobacco abuse are associated with childhood hyperactivity, cognitive malfunctions, memory issues, and impaired learning.  This study, the first to look at mild to moderate drinking and smoking during pregnancy, confirms that ANY alcohol and/or tobacco consumption has long-term consequences for a growing child.  There is no safe amount of smoking or drinking that won’t affect your child’s developing brain just as there is no such thing as a “touch of pregnancy!”


#alcohol #tobacco #EEG #hyperactivity #cognitive #memory

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Seizures May Trigger Sudden Toddler Death



You’ve heard of SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but a significant number of toddlers are also victims of sudden death.  The older babies and children are said to be victims of SUDS or Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome.  NYU neurologists now report a preliminary case study of 7 children for whom home video recordings were available to document their last sleep periods.  The group included 4 boys and three girls varying in age from 13 to 27 months.  


Each of the videos revealed a period of seizures preceding the time when the child stopped breathing.  Four of the seven children appeared to survive for 2.5 minutes or more following their convulsion.  Six of the 7 children ended up face down.



The authors also reviewed the cases of 248 children 5 years or younger with unexplained deaths but no video. Of the group 29.4% had a history of febrile seizures.  Other studies have shown that these young children with unexplained sudden death frequently had a family history of such seizures or an upper respiratory infection within 2 days of death.


The advent of commonplace child video monitoring may now help pediatric investigators begin to unravel the causes of sudden unexplained infant and toddler death.  In the case of older babies and children, there is little existing information as 99% of reported research involves SIDS or sudden death in those under one year.  The NYU pediatricians are helping to change that.


#seizures #SIDS #SUDS #unexplained #pediatric #deaths #video #monitoring

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Robotic Leggings Improve Parkinson’s Disease Patients’ Walking



From Harvard’s engineering School and Boston University’s rehabilitation sciences college comes a soft, wearable, motorized garment that completely neutralizes the freezing gait of those with Parkinson’s Disease.  The gentle push from the garment stops the halting walk and permits wearer to walk faster and further.  Buoyed by their sucess, the Harvard-BU collaborative group has already developed a new,, improved second generation device.


This freezing elimination provided by the device is far more effective than currently available medications or surgical approaches.  The sudden halting while walking often leads to devastating falls.


The Harvard biodesign team has previously engineered other robotic units to assist stroke patients and those with neurodegenerative diseases.  These devices have already been commercialized by the ReWalk Robotics company.


This walking aid will help countless Parkinson’s victims walk more smoothly and much more safely.


#parkinsons #robotic #wearable #walking #freezing #stroke #neurodegenerative

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New Compound Blocks CoVid Infection



Biochemists at Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a so-called stapled lipopeptide that can be sprayed in the nose and prevent the Covid virus from infecting human tissues.  A stapled lipopeptide is a bioactive protein stabilized by addition of a “staple” sequence and linked to a lipid or fatty molecule which helps localize this blocking compound on the surface of vulnerable human cells.   This blocking molecule mimics the CoVid virus’ "landing gear” effectively preventing infection, a process called fusion inhibition.


This same staple lipoprotein technology has previously been used experimentally to inhibit infection by both the HIV and the RSV viruses.


The researchers have been modifying the locations of both the staple and the lipid linkage in an effort to optimize effectiveness.  Once perfected, this fusion inhibition approach to CoVid prevention could best the vaccine approach as it seems not to be weakened by viral mutations and the emergence of new variants.


#CoVid #staplelipopeptide #fusionoinhibition #vaccine

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Tejocote Weight Loss Supplements Are Poison



Those Tejocote root weight loss supplements sold on Amazon, TikTok, and Etsy for weight loss are contaminated with the toxic and poisonous yellow oleander.  So warns the FDA after the agency discovered this agent in 9 different products being touted and sold on social media and other more established online marketplaces.  These supplements are not FDA-regulated, cleared, or approved.


The contaminated products include: Alipotec Tejocote Root, Nutraholics ELV Tejocote Root, ELVPOTEC Tejocote Root, Science of Alpha Mexican Tejocote Root, Niwali Raiz de Tejocote, Tejocotex, and ELV Alipotec Raiz de Tejocote.


Yellow oleander is a poisonous plant native to Mexico and Central America.  Its ingestion can trigger severe and possibly fatal neurologic, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular side effects including arrhythmias.  


Do not take these supplements.  The FDA is now working with online platforms to prevent the sale and distribution of these dangerous supplements.


#fda #tejocote #yellowoleander #poison #weightloss

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Turning Gene Therapy On and Off



Baylor College of Medicine molecular biologists have discovered a novel way to effectively control new genes inserted into patients’ chromosomes as part of cutting edge gene therapy.  Since conventional agents used to control gene expression are substances foreign to the human body, a patient’s immune system will rapidly remove them.  The Baylor researchers have instead inserted a known genetic stop sign, a polyA, that is poly-adenosine sequence.  This signal naturally occurs at the end of any given gene, but artificially inserting it at the beginning of a gene stops that gene from turning on protein production.  To control the on-off function, the investigators bind a polyA neutralizing molecule to the antibiotic tetracycline.  The amount of required protein produced can be regulated by administering more or less of the tetracycline combo.  Very clever.


#genetherapy #polyA #tetracycline

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A New High Tech Urine Test For Lung Cancer



Lung cancers can be detected with CT imaging, but finding masses is not cancer-specific and this imaging technology is not available to everyone in every country.  Enter MIT nanoscientists with a novel method for lung cancer detection.  They have developed a nano sensor platform named PATROL, short for point-of-care aerosolizable nanosensors with tumor-responsive oligonucleotide barcodes.  This long jargon stands for inhalable nanoparticles with large molecules that lung cancer-associated enzymes split into smaller ones that appear in the urine.  These telltale markers appear in urine as soon as 20 minutes after inhalation.  The best news is that this system is sensitive and precise enough to detect early stage lung cancers at a point when treatment is uniformly successful.  Here’s hoping that this sensitive early warning cancer detection is available to all someday soon.


#lungcancer #nanomedicine #earlydetection #patrol #earlydetection

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AI-Designed Anti-Bacterial Urinary Catheter



Indwelling Foley-type urinary catheters that are placed in the bladder are unfortunately, a 2 lane highway: urine flows out but bacteria flow into the bladder triggering infections.  CalTech bioengineers have now employed artificial intelligence-powered design tools to create a catheter that prevents the inward bacterial flow.  Since the self-propelled bacteria creep up the tube walls, the optimal anti-bacterial catheter tubing turns out to have tiny downward pointing spikes that impede that migration.  Using a test population of nasty E. Coli bacteria, the researchers demonstrated that their novel catheter tubing was up to 100-fold more effective at suppressing upward bacterial flow in the catheter while urine flows out.  And all this without the need for bacterial-resistance generating antibiotics. This catheter tubing should be commercialized pronto.


#urinary #catheters #bacteria #antibiotics #ai #bioengineering #caltech

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Vibrating Diet Capsules Make You Feel Full



As you fill your stomach with food, its distended walls send signals to your brain that its time to stop eating.  MIT mechanical bioengineers have invented an ingestible capsule that triggers these same signals.  When tested in experimental animals, appropriately enough young and growing pigs, the capsules reduced the animals’ intakes by some 40%.


The vibrating capsule, named VIBES for Vibrating Ingestible BioElectronic Stimulator, is the size of a multivitamin and includes, besides the electric vibrator, a silver oxide battery, control circuitry, and a switch activated by gastric enzymes.  The capsule, ingested 20 minutes before a meal, vibrates for nearly 40 minutes covering most of the time occupied by active eating.  The capsule then passes harmlessly through the gastrointestinal tract.


This mechanical satiation inducer, when commercially available, will be yet another weapon in our relentless battle against obesity.  It will join the wildly popular and successful diet drugs semaglutide and tirzepatide.


#vibrations #satiation #obesity #mit #vibes #capsule

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CPSC Recalls



New Age Tip-Over Restraint Kits Won’t Restrain



The CPSC and Alliance4Safety are recalling New Age furniture tip restraint kits since the plastic zip tie included with the kit tends to become brittle and break.  This allows the furniture anchored to the wall by the kit to fall, entrap, and injure children or pets.


Millions of these zip tie restraint kits were included with clothing storage furniture sold by nearly every furniture manufacturer from November 2019 through the present day.


Immediately check to see if your clothing storage unit has a manufacture date of November 2019 or later.  If so and if your tip-over kit has plastic components, contact Alliance4Safety at 1-855-416-7370 for a free replacement tipper kit.


#clothingstorage #furniture #tipover #plastic #entrapment #injury #recall

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Scout Kid’s Bike Helmets Won’t Protect



The CPSC and Retrospec are recalling Scout Kid’s Bike Helmets as they fail to comply with federal positional stability and labeling requirement for bicycle helmets leading to protection failure and head injuries. 


About 72,000 helmets were sold in the US and about 150 were sold in Canada at T Scheels, Play it Again Sports, and independent bicycle stores nationwide and online at and


Stop allowing your children to wear these helmets.  Contact Retrospec at 1-888-488-2369 to arrange a full refund.  To receive the refund, you will have to upload a photo of the helmet with cut straps, your initials, the date, and the Retrospec logo to the website


#scout #bicycle #helmet #protection #headinjury #recall

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Justin’s Work Boots Could Injure Your Feet



The CPSC and Boot Royalty Company are recalling Justin Boots Keaven WP Met Guard Work Boots Model SE4570 since the boot lacks the metatarsal guard leading to impact injuries of the wearer’s feet.


About 3200 work boots were sold at Grainger, Safety Shoes Distributors, Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Company and other stores nationwide and online at,, and on other online sites.


Stop wearing these boots and contact the Boot Royalty 1-800-550-7327 or via the email to receive free replacement boots.


#Justin #boots #metatarsal #guard #injury #recall

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Bell Adult Helmets Can Lose Their Straps



The CPSC and Bell Sports are recalling Bell Slope Adult Helmets since their strap anchors can dislodge with applied force violating federal bicycle safety standards and creating risks of head injuries. 


About 11,000 of these adult bike helmets were sold at Target, Fred Meyer, Academy, other stores nationwide and on websites.


Stop wearing these defective bike helmets and contact Bell Sports at 1-800-456-2355 (Option 3) or via email at to arrange a refund.  To receive the $$$ you’ll need to upload a photo with cut straps to the email.


#bell #bicycle #helmet #strap #safety #headinjury #recall

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UBBCARE Crib Mattresses Could Suffocate



The CPSC and UBBCARE now recall UBBCARE Play Yard Crib Mattresses since they violate multiple federal safety regulations for crib mattresses including thickness and labeling thus posing a suffocation hazard to infants.


About 1,000 of these crib mattresses were sold at


Stop allowing your infant to sleep on these crib mattresses and contact UBBCARE via email at to receive a refund and mattress disposal instructions.


#UBBCARE #crib #mattress #firmness #labeling #suffocation #recall

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Aventon Singh.2 Folding E-Bikes Can Run Amok



The CPSC and Ride Aventon are recalling Aventon Class 2 Sinch.2 Folding E-Bicycles as they tend to accelerate unpredictably leading to loss of control, cash, and injury hazards to the rider and bystanders.


About 2300 of these e-bike were sold at bicycle stores nationwide and online at and


Stop riding these recalled e-bikes and contact a Ride Aventon dealer to schedule a free repair including a software update to the controller.  For more information, contact Ride Aventon at 1-866-300-3311or via email at


#aveton #ebike #controller #injuries #recall

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Homedics Massagers Can Burn



The CPSC and Homedics are recalling Homedics Therapist Select Percussion Personal Massagers due to overheating while charging and risks of fire and burn hazards.


About 46,000 of these percussion massagers were sold in the US and about 41,000 were sold in Canada at Macy’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Lowe’s, JCPenney, The Home Depot and other stores nationwide and online at,,,, and


Immediately stop charging and using these massagers and contact Homedics at 1-800-466-3342 to determine if your massager is included in the recall and to arrange a refund or a product credit.


#homedics #massager #overheating #burns #fire #recall

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Redeemer Men’s Work Boots Have Defective Heels



The CPSC and the  H.H. Brown Shoe Company are recalling Redeemer Men’s Work Boot Model DH 5379 as the sole of the boot is not sufficiently puncture-resistant and creates a risk of foot injuries.  Affected are boots with manufacturing codes VCJJ22, VCJC23, VCJD23 and VCJF23.


About 2360 of these work boots were sold at shoe and workwear stores nationwide and online at


Stop wearing these recalled work boots and contact H. H. Brown at 1-800-441-4319 or via the email to receive a prepaid label for boot return and a free replacement pair of work boots with safe soles.


#redeemer #workboots #hhbrown #soles #puncture #injury #recall

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FDA Recalls



Dragonfly Jelly Bars May Choke Your Kids and You



The FDA and the U.S. Trading Company are recalling Dragonfly Jelly Bars sold in Dragonfly Jelly Handbags and Jelly Backpacks as the jelly bars contain konjac powder that creates a dangerous texture and consistency leading to choking hazards particularly for small children but also for adults.


Return these jelly bars and their packaging to the place of purchase for a refund.  For additional information, contact the U.S. Trading Company at 1-510- 781-1818.


#dragonfly #jellybars #konjac #choking #recall

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Rizo Brothers Cotija Cheese Has Listeria Contamination



The FDA and the Rizo Bros California Creamery are recalling Rizo Bros. Aged Cotija Mexican Grating Cheese due to listeria monocytogenes contamination.  This bacterium causes a severe and sometimes fatal systemic infection in the very young, older frail individuals, and those with weakened immune systems.  Listeria can also trigger miscarriages and stillbirths.  Affected is batch #4DW-23318 with a sell by date of 5/12/2024.


Do not consume this cheese.  Return it to the place of purchase for a refund.  For more information, contact Rizo Lopez Foods at 1-800-626-5587.


#rizobrothers #cotija #cheese #listeria #infection #recall

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Wegman’s Oat Cookies Also Contain Wheat



The FDA and Wegman’s Markets are recalling Outrageous Oat Cookies sold at their in-store bakeries as they also contain undeclared wheat.  Those with a wheat allergy could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction should they consume this product. 


The affected cookies were sold at all Wegmans locations in D.C, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


If you or household members or visitors have wheat allergies return these cookies to a Wegman’s customer service desk for a full refund.  For additional information, call Wegman’s at 1-855-934-3663.


#wegmans #oatcookies #wheat #allergy #recall

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Publix Deli Mustard BBQ Sauce Contains Fish Allergen



The FDA and Ventura Foods are recalling Publix Deli Carolina-Style Mustard BBQ Sauce since the packaging actually contains Traditional Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce with an undeclared fish (anchovy) allergen.  Affected is product with a use by date of April 8, 2024.


The product was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgina.


Return the product to your local Publix store for a refund.  For more information, contact Ventura Foods Customer Relations at 1-888-500-0086.


#publix #mustardBBQ #fish #allergy #recall

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Benny T’s Vesta Hot Sauces Contain Wheat



The FDA and Benny T’s are recalling Benny T’s Vesta Dry Hot Sauces are they contain undeclared wheat.  This includes the vesta hot sauce types: Ghost, Hot Reaper, Scorpion, and Very Hot.  Affected are lot #s FX001500 and FX001582.


If you or household members have a wheat allergy, discard the product.  Contact Benny T’s at 1-919-656-7688 for more information about the recall and refunds.


#bennyts #hotsauce #wheat #allergy #recall 

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Fat Choy Kee Dried Longan Contains Sulfites



The FDA and HY Success Inc. are recalling Fat Choy Kee Dried Longan due to undeclared sulfites.  Those with an allergy to sulfites could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction should they consume this product.  The affected product has an expiration date of 12/31/2024.


Return the product to the place of purchase.  For more information about the recall and refunds, contact the company at 1-646-533-2162.


#fatchoykee #longan #sulfites #allergy #recall

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3D Parrot Food Has Salmonella Contamination



The FDA and D&D Commodities Ltd. are recalling 3-D Pet Products Premium Parrot Food in a 4 lb. jar, Lot Number 102525G due to salmonella contamination.   This food can sicken your parrot with a gastroenteritis and the bacterium can be passed to you from the pet or by handling the contaminated pet food.  In humans, salmonella causes a gastroenteritis and systemic sepsis.


The contaminated parrot food was sold in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. 


Return this recalled parrot food to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Handle it very carefully to avoid contracting a salmonella infection.  For more information, call D&D Commodities at 1-218-991-8015.


#3Dpetfood #parrot #salmonella #infection #recall

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ToYou Snack Bars Contain Soy



The FDA and ToYou Snacks are recalling ToYou Snack Bars due to the presence of undeclared soy in the following flavors: Coconut Mocha, Chocolate Mango, Salted caramel dark chocolate, Mint Dark chocolate, Banana foster, and Mango Yogurt. Those with an allergy to soy could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction should they consume this product. 


These products were sold at retail locations nationally and online at


Return these snack bars to the place of purchase for a refund if you or household members have a soy allergy.  For more information, contact the company at


#toyou #snackbars #soy #allergy #recall

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Tasty Snacks Dried Plums Contain Sulfites



The FDA and Win Luck Trading Inc. are recalling Tasty Snacks Dried Plums due to undeclared sulfites.  Those with an allergy to sulfites could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction should they consume this product. 


This product was sold in New York and in New Jersey.


Do not consume these plums.  Return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.   For more information, contact the company at 1-201-332-8878.


#tastysnacks #plums #sulfites #allergy #recall

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