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City Council Bill Would Ban Toys From Happy Meals

Posted On August 20, 2014

(New York, NY) -- New York City Councilman Ben Kallos is serving up a bill that would bar fast food chains from offering free toys and other incentives if the meal adds up to more than 500 calories and 600 milligrams of sodium. The legislation would also require at least a half cup of fruit,…

Patient Tested For Ebola Virus In Sacramento

Posted On August 20, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) -- Doctors at Kaiser Permanente South in Sacramento, California are confirming that a patient is being tested for the Ebola virus. Because the patient may have been exposed to the virus, blood tests are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The California hospital is taking actions to make sure…

Indictments In Slaughterhouse Beef Recall

Posted On August 19, 2014

(Petaluma, CA) -- Two former owners and two employees from a Petaluma, California-based slaughterhouse are under federal indictment for knowingly distributing diseased beef. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Rancho Feeding Corporation circumvented federal inspection rules, alleging cows with cancer were slaughtered and distributed. The slaughterhouse was shut down in February after nearly nine-million pounds…

Heart Disease, Stroke Hospitalizations, Deaths Decline

Posted On August 19, 2014

(Undated) -- Fewer Americans are being hospitalized for and dying from heart disease and stroke. Sweeping research shows significant declines in hospital stays for heart disease and stroke over the past 15 years. Deaths from both conditions are down as well. Researchers analyzed records for almost 34-million people who received Medicare treatment between 1999 and…

More Daughters Than Sons Care For Elderly Parents, Study Says

Posted On August 19, 2014

(Undated) -- A new study reports adult daughters spend more than twice as much time as sons caring for elderly parents. The study finds that daughters provide an average of more than 12 hours a week caring for their parents, compared to sons' five and-a-half hours. Caregiving is defined as helping parents with daily living…