Health Highlights: July 6, 2017

Clif Bars Recalled After Nut Allergy Concerns Certain Staph Bacteria Linked to Eczema ALS Patient Who Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge to Receive Financial Help

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Updated on July 06, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Clif Bars Recalled After Nut Allergy Concerns

The possible presence of undeclared nuts has led to the recall of certain types of Clif bars.

Clif Builder's Bar Chocolate Mint Flavor, Clif Kid ZbarProtein Chocolate Mint, and Clif Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip Flavors may contain peanuts and some tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts and coconuts, according to Clif Bar & Company.

The products, which were sold online and and a retail stores across the U.S., could trigger serious or life-threatening allergic reactions in people with an allergy to peanuts and these specific tree nuts.

For more information, call Clif at 866-526-1970.


Certain Staph Bacteria Linked to Eczema

Certain Staphylococcus bacteria are associated with eczema in children, a new study says.

U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers found that youngsters with the skin condition tended to have larger populations of Staphylococcus aureus living on their skin, while those without eczema tended to have more of a related bacteria called Staphylococcus epidermidis, NBC News reported.

The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The next step is to try to determine if the staph bacteria cause eczema or are a side-effect, and whether they make symptoms more severe. That knowledge could lead to better treatments, NBC News reported.


ALS Patient Who Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge to Receive Financial Help

The Lou Gehrig's disease patient who was the driving force behind the Ice Bucket Challenge that's raised hundreds millions of dollars for research into the fatal condition will receive some assistance in paying for his medical bills.

Pete Frates' parents said his medical bills can total $80,000 to $95,000 a month, NBC News/Associated Press reported.

Frates, 32, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- ALS) in 2012. He and his family will be helped by a new ALS Association program that covers the uninsured cost of skilled home care for several patients in Massachusetts each year.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $250 million for ALS research in three years, NBC News/AP reported.

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