Today’s Headlines: Contaminated Wraps, Polio and Peanut Allergies

Salads, wraps recalled due to E. coli threat: Over 180,000 pounds of “ready-to-eat salads and wrap products with fully cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7” are being recalled. The affected products are thought to have sickened 26 patients, and most of the affected products have been sold in western states. “E. coli O157:H7 can cause diarrhea, often bloody, and abdominal cramps,” but may also lead to a dangerous kidney condition. “The FDA site says the products involved were distributed by Whole Foods and Walgreens in Northern California and Trader Joe’s in Northern California and Northern Nevada,” but a full list of recalled products may be found here. (USA Today)

20 million in Mideast to get polio vaccine: Health officials are seeking to administer polio vaccines to over 20 million children in the Middle East in an attempt to contain an outbreak of the disease in Syria. The area had been free of polio for ten years, but in the past year strains of it have been found in Egypt, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and “last month, 10 paralyzed children in Syria were confirmed to be polio victims.” Some experts argue that the latest outbreak of the disease poses some risk to Europe and other countries accepting refugees and tourists from affected areas. (New York Times)

Boy’s bone marrow transplant wiped out cancer – and his peanut allergy: “A 10-year-old boy got a surprise bonus after being treated for leukemia: The very same procedure that cured his cancer also may have cured his severe peanut allergy.” After the boy received a bone marrow transplant to treat his acute lymphoblastic leukemia, both his cancer and his peanut allergy resolved. Though bone marrow transplants are risky procedures, scientists say “these rare cases of allergies being cured might provide important clues as to how these severe allergies arise in children, and could lead to improved therapeutic options.” (NBC News)