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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — April 10, 2015

hummus1. RECALL:

Sabra Recalls 30,000 Cases of Classic Hummus

This week, Sabra Dipping Co. announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the media release, the measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide.  To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, there have been no reports indicating that these products have caused any illness, but be sure to check the code and ‘use-by’ dates on the top of each package if you have purchased Sabra hummus recently.

To view the exact SKU codes and use-by dates of the recalled products, click here.

comparison2. REEVALUATE:

Are You Using Facebook in a Healthy Way?

Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, but as many can surely attest, it can sometimes be a bombardment of life accomplishments and milestones that may leave us feeling inadequate.

Social comparison theory, studied by psychologist Leon Festinger in the 1950s, proposes that people have innate tendencies to track self-progress and assess self-worth by comparing ourselves to other people. That social comparison leads to feelings of insignificance and insecurity.

Because Facebook tends to serve as an onslaught of idealized existences—babies, engagement rings, graduations, new jobs—it invites upward social comparison at a rate that can make “everyday, real life” feel like a drag.

Check out this article to see how can avoid the negative effects of Facebook and use social media in a healthy manner.

glasses3. RECONSIDER:

Are Rose Orange-Colored Glasses the Secret to Good Sleep?

Studies have shown that light, especially from the blue part of the spectrum, inhibits the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps people fall asleep. Devices such as smartphones, tablets, and televisions are often illuminated by light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, that tend to emit more blue light than incandescent products; therefore, using electronics before bed can make it harder to fall asleep.

Now, people are turning to products that block blue light and other wavelengths of light to get a good night’s sleep. One man insists that a pair of orange-tinted glasses, bought off the Internet for $8, can block certain wavelengths of light emitted by electronic screens and makes it easier for him to sleep.

But, doctors say that not all brands of orange-tinted glasses have undergone significant testing to see if they really aid sleep. Short of cutting out all evening electronics, experts say, it’s advisable to use a small screen rather than a large one; dim the screen and keep it as far away from the eyes as possible; and reduce the amount of time spent reading the device before bed.