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Health Highlights: June 10, 2019

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

Tyson Recalls Tainted Chicken Fritters

Tyson Foods, Inc. is recalling nearly 191,000 of its "Fully Cooked, Whole Grain Golden Crispy Chicken Chunk Fritters" after customers reported finding bits of plastic in the food.

The recall does not affect consumers as these products are only sold to institutional foodservice customers and are not available in retail stores, the company says.

As yet no harm from the more than 5,800 cases Tyson is recalling has been reported. Each case has the code 0599NHL02 and the plant code P-1325 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

This product was sent to distribution centers in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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They Thought It Was a Brain Tumor -- But It Was a Worm

In January 2018, Rachel Palma started experiencing mysterious symptoms like hallucinations and spasms in her right hand. Some days she was fine. But her symptoms got worse.

"I was no longer able to process the fact that a key opens the door, the now 42-year-old Palma told CNN.

"The computer screen looked completely different -- it was almost foreign," she continued. "What I was perceiving was different and so how I was responding was different -- if someone was asking for a pen, I would give them, for example, a key."

Ten trips to the emergency room didn't improve her condition. The first indication was it might be a brain bleed, but it wasn't so they sent her home.

When Palma had a brain scan, doctors spotted a small lesion and decided to do a biopsy.

"I was told that it was most likely a malignant tumor which would require radiation and chemo even after the surgery," Palma, who is from Middletown, N.Y., said.

That's when a surgical team took over, led by Dr. Jonathan Rasouli, chief resident of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

They found quite a surprise.

What they found looked like a quail egg, Rasouli told CNN. "Wait a second, this is clearly not a brain tumor," he said at the time.

When he removed the lesion and looked at it under the microscope, what he found was a baby tapeworm. About 1,000 people a year are hospitalized for this each year in the U.S., according to the CDC.

"There's absolutely no explanation as to how I contracted it," Palma said. Today, she's feeling fine and grateful that the problem was solved. If it hadn't been removed the tapeworm it might have caused a stroke or even death.

"This is not something that is cause for widespread panic," Palma said. "What happened to me is extremely rare -- it's not the norm -- for someone who has not been overseas to contract this."

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Kroger Recalls Berries Tainted With Hepatitis A

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that frozen blackberries sold at Kroger stores as "Private Selection," brand are contaminated with hepatitis A.

You should not eat these berries, but throw them out, the FDA says. If you have eaten these products, and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you should see your doctor, the agency advises.

You should also see your doctor if you think you may have been sickened after eating frozen blackberries, listed below:

  • Private selection frozen triple berry medley, 48 oz (best by: 07-07-20; UPC: 0001111079120);
  • Private selection frozen triple berry medley, 16 oz (best by: 06-19-20; UPC: 0001111087808);
  • Private selection frozen blackberries, 16 oz (best by: 06-19-20, 07-02-20; UPC: 0001111087809)

So far the FDA and CDC aren't aware of any cases of hepatitis A linked to these products. The agency is investigating the source of the contamination and whether any other products have been affected.

June 10, 2019
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