Health Highlights: Nov. 25, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007; 12:00 AM

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

96,000 lbs of Ground Beef Recalled in Seven States

Yet another recall of ground beef has been issued, this time by Omaha-based American Foods Group.

TheAssociated Pressreports that nearly 96,000 pounds of ground or chopped beef products were recalled by American Foods after two people became ill, possibly with the E. coli O157:H7 bacterium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the cases were being investigated by the Illinois Department of Health.

The meat was distributed to retailers and distributors in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia.

E. coli O157:H7 has been associated with a number of meat recalls in recent months. It can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration, and it is most dangerous to the very young, the very old and people whose immune systems are low.

The meat was produced on Oct. 10, and some of the expiration dates may have already elapsed. "Est. 18076" is on inside the USDA mark of inspection on each package, theA.P.reports.

Meanwhile, Topps, the Elizabeth N.J. meat company that had to recall almost 22 millions of ground beef last summer, applied for bankruptcy liquidation Saturday.

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U.S. Physical Activity Rate Increases, but It's Still Below 50 Percent

American adults are becoming more physically active, but they have a long way to go.

That's the mixed review given last week in a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC and the American College of Sports Medicine used the standard of 30 minutes' moderate physical activity (e.g., walking briskly) at least five days a week to measure results.


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