Health Highlights: Oct. 26, 2015

Health Highlights: Oct. 26, 2015

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

Curry Chicken Salad Products Recalled by Whole Foods Market

About 234 pounds of curry chicken salad products are being recalled by a Whole Foods Market facility in Everett, Mass. due to concerns about listeria contamination.

The chicken curry salad was packed on Oct. 16, 2015 and has a sell-by date of Oct. 23, 2015. It was sold prepackaged, in salad bars, in stores’ chef’s cases and in sandwiches and wraps prepared in-store, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The products were distributed to stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

Consumers with the products should not eat them. Instead, throw the products out or return them to the place of purchase, FSIS said.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness related to the products. Listeria infection (listeriosis) poses the greatest risk to seniors, pregnant women and their newborns, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, diarrhea and other digestive symptoms.


Autism May be Overdiagnosed In U.S.

As many as nine percent of American children diagnosed with autism may not have the disorder, according to a federal government study.

It also said that up to four percent of children diagnosed with autism benefit from early therapy or their symptoms disappear as they get older, NBC New reported.

“The results of this study suggest that some children with developmental delays, attentional flexibility problems, or other conditions may be receiving provisional yet inaccurate diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder from nonspecialists,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Washington researchers wrote in the journal Autism.

They noted that autism includes such a wide range of symptoms and behaviors and can be difficult to diagnose, NBC New reported.