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A food recall has been issued for raw pork products sold by two Alberta companies due to possible E. coli contamination.

There have been 154 confirmed cases of E. coli in the province from July 15 to Sept. 4, with 54 cases in the Edmonton zone of Alberta Health Services.

Raw pork products sold by Hiep Thanh Trading in Edmonton between July 10 and Sept. 3 and V&T Meat and Food in Calgary between July 14 and Sept. 2 may be contaminated.

Testing has not yet found a link between these products and the outbreak, but the investigation is continuing to determine if they are the source.

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/Wij3HH

The four-part Confidence for Caring workshop is set to start again Monday.

The family education workshops organized by the St. Albert and Sturgeon Primary Care Network (PCN) aim to help those caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Topics include learning about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, recognizing symptoms, how the diseases are diagnosed, understanding behaviours caused by the diseases and preventing caregiver burnout.

The final session will deal with goals of care, personal directives and enduring power of attorney, says PCN seniors’ nurse Lori Jack. A large part of her job is helping people navigate community resources offered outside the PCN, she says.

“Caregiving affects everyone in the community, no one works in isolation.”

Participants can attend one or all of the workshops.

Dates: Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: St. Albert and Sturgeon Primary Care Network, #2, 20 Sir Winston Churchill Ave.

Cost: Free

Call 780-419-2214 to register

A new website launched by Alberta Health Services is a one-stop shop for parents looking for vaccine information, diseases covered and risks.

ImmunizeAlberta.ca was launched to combat misinformation about vaccines and boost childhood vaccination rates.

The website has answers to common questions, a downloadable vaccination schedule and information on where to get immunized.

Health officials urged members of the public to vaccinate their children after a measles outbreak was declared earlier this year (April 29). There were 31 confirmed cases of measles throughout the province with 13 in the Edmonton zone.

Officials note that immunization rates have dropped in the past decade.

In a performance report by AHS, in 2012 the immunization rate for measles, mumps and rubella for children at two years of age was 84.3 per cent. The provincial target was 98 per cent.

Trendy diets can work if you stick to them, says a recently published study by researchers from across Canada including those from the University of Alberta, Toronto and Stanford University.

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers performed a meta-analysis of 59 studies published between 1998 and 2013. The studies compared different diets undertaken by overweight or obese adults (body mass index 25 or greater) and the resultant weight loss.

Results showed when adjusted for exercise and behavioural support, all treatments were superior to no diet at a six-month follow-up. Significant weight loss was observed with low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets.

Weight loss differences between trademarked diets were small: the Atkins diet resulted in a 3.8 lbs. greater weight loss than the Zone diet at a six-month follow-up.

There is no need for a one-size-fits-all approach to dieting, say researchers. Health professionals should recommend any diet that a patient will adhere to in order to lose weight.

The research team did not state any professional or financial conflicts of interest with any of the diet programs studied.

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