Health Highlights: March 10 2016
Nestle Recalls DiGiorno Pizzas, Lean Cuisine Over Concerns About Glass Pieces Twins in Vietnam Have Different Fathers Indiana Bill Would Ban Abortions for Genetic Birth Defects Pistachios Likely Cause of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Nestle Recalls DiGiorno Pizzas, Lean Cuisine Over Concerns About Glass Pieces
Food giant Nestle is recalling certain lots of a wide range of products due to concerns they might contain small bits of glass, the company said Thursday.
The products in question include DiGiorno frozen pizzas, Lean Cuisine meals, and Stouffer's lasagnas and souffles, the company said in a statement.
"No injuries have been reported," the statement said. "We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of glass that may cause injury. Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the glass is spinach that was an ingredient common to the products subject to this recall."
Nestle said the recall was ordered out of "an abundance of caution after several consumers reported that they had found small pieces of glass in some of these products."
The recalled products include certain lots of:
- DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Spinach and Garlic Pizza
- DiGiorno Rising Crust Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
- DiGiorno pizzeria Thin Crust Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
- DiGiorno pizzeria Tuscan-style Chicken Pizza
- Lean Cuisine Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
- Lean Cuisine Spinach Artichoke Ravioli
- Lean Cuisine Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli
- Lean Cuisine Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Panini
- Lean Cuisine Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli
- Stouffer's Vegetable Lasagna (10 oz., 37 oz. and 96 oz. sizes)
- Stouffer's Spinach Souffle
- Stouffer's Chicken Lasagna
For a detailed list of the label production code numbers for products affected by the recall, head to Nestle's website.
"Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead contact Nestle Consumer Services at 1-800-681-1676," the company statement said.
Twins in Vietnam Have Different Fathers
In an extremely rare case, fraternal twins in Vietnam have been found to have different fathers.
The discovery came through a DNA test of the twins, one with thin, straight hair and the other with thick, wavy hair. The twins were tested due to family members' concerns about the notable differences in their appearance, the Washington Post reported.
Fraternal twins make up about two percent of pregnancies and occur when a woman releases two eggs during ovulation instead of one and both eggs are fertilized, Hilda Hutcherson, a clinical professor for obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University, explained.
But having both eggs being fertilized by two men is "extremely rare," according to Le Dinh Luong, president of the Genetic Association of Vietnam.
"There are less than 10 known cases of twins with different fathers in the world," he told BBC News, the Post reported. "There might be other cases but the parents and/or the twins were not aware of it or didn't want to announce it."
In 2015, a New Jersey court ruled that a father did not have to pay child support for one of two fraternal twins because DNA evidence confirmed he was the father of only one, according to the Star-Ledger, the Post reported.
Indiana Bill Would Ban Abortions for Genetic Birth Defects
A bill to ban abortions due to genetic birth defects such as Down syndrome was passed Wednesday by Indiana lawmakers and has been sent to Gov. Mike Pence for approval.
Under the measure, doctors who perform such abortions could be sued for wrongful death, the Associated Press reported.
If signed into law, Indiana would join North Dakota as the only two states with bans on abortions sought because of genetic fetal abnormalities. However, similar bills have been debated in Ohio and other states.
Many of Indiana's female legislators, including Republicans, say the bill goes too far, and other critics say it would force women to go through complicated pregnancies that put their health at risk, the AP reported.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Pence said he will "give this legislation thoughtful consideration once it reaches his desk."
Pistachios Likely Cause of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC
The cause of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 11 people in nine states is believed to be pistachios from California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Illnesses began between Dec. 12, 2015 and Feb. 9, 2016. Information available for nine patients shows two were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Findings by federal, state and local investigators indicate that pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, Calif. are the source of the outbreak, the CDC said.
On March 9, the company recalled some flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios due to possible salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold under the brand names Wonderful, Paramount Farms, and Trader Joes. They were sold across the United States and in Canada.