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Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2016

Turmeric Recalled Due to Lead Levels More American Adults Using Marijuana: Survey

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Turmeric Recalled Due to Lead Levels

An expanded recall of ground turmeric powder products with elevated lead levels has been expanded by Gel Spice, Inc.

The additional products are: Spice Select/8 oz., Market Pantry/0.95 oz., Gel/15 oz., Clear Value /0.75oz., Lieber's/2 oz., and Spice Supreme/2 oz.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the products, which were sold nationwide. People with these ground turmeric powders should throw them away. For more information, phone (201) 564-0435 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

The elevated lead levels were detected in another product produced from the same bulk turmeric.

Lead is especially harmful to pregnant women, infants and young children. High lead levels in children can cause health problems such as learning impairment and delayed mental and physical development.

People who are worried about blood lead levels should contact their doctor or health clinic to ask about testing, the company said.


More American Adults Using Marijuana: Survey

American adults' marijuana use nearly doubled over three years, a new survey finds.

The Gallup telephone poll of about 1,000 adults found that 13 percent said they were current marijuana users and 43 percent said they have tried the drug, CNN reported.

In 2013, those percentages were 7 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

Twenty percent of adults younger than 30 use marijuana, a rate at least double that of older adults. Only two percent of weekly churchgoers use marijuana, compared with 7 percent of those who go to church monthly, and 14 percent of those who seldom or never attend a religious service, CNN reported.

Adults in the West were more likely to use marijuana, which could be due to the fact that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Alaska.

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