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Health Highlights: Aug. 19, 2019

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

Children Can Make You Happier, But Only After They’ve Left Home: Study

Having children can make you happier, but only when you’re older and if your children have moved out, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed 55,000 people, 50 and older, in 16 European countries about their mental health and found that the “the positive aspects of parenthood dominate when getting older,” CNN reported.

One of the main reasons for that conclusion is that children offer a form of social support, according to the authors of the study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

They noted that social support networks are associated with greater happiness and less loneliness and can provide a cushion against stressful events, CNN reported.

“As stress associated with balancing the competing demands of childcare, work and personal life decreases, once people get older and their children leave (home), the importance of children as caregivers and social contacts might prevail,” study leader Christoph Becker, Heidelberg University, Germany, and colleagues wrote.

The study also found that having children who still live at home can harm older parent’s mental well-being, CNN.


Weaver Frozen Chicken Patties Recalled Due to Foreign Matter

About 39,000 pounds of Weaver brand chicken patty products have been recalled by Tyson Foods Inc. due to possible contamination with foreign matter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

“The material involved was pieces from a mechanical seal or gasket,” a spokesperson for Tyson Foods told CBS MoneyWatch. The company did not say how many consumers had complained.

The 26-oz resealable plastic bags of frozen, fully-cooked Weaver Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat were sold across the United States.

They were made on Jan. 31, 2019 and have a best if used by date of “Jan312020” and lot codes 0319PBF0617, 0319PBF0618, 0319PBF0619, 0319PBF0620, 0319PBF0621, 0319PBF0622, 0319PBF0623, or 0319PBF0600. The establishment number “P-13456” is printed on the back of the resealable plastic bag.

The recalled products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness after eating the products should contact a healthcare provider, FSIS advised.

For more information, consumers can contact Tyson Foods at 1-855-382-3101.


Plague Concerns Close Parts of Wildlife Refuge Near Denver

Some areas of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver remain closed due to plague-infected prairie dogs.

Other wildlife and nature areas near Denver has also been closed as officials try to halt the spread of the disease, which can be transferred by fleas to humans and pets, the Washington Post reported.

It was discovered in late July that plague-infected fleas were biting black-tailed prairie dogs in the refuge, so affected areas started being closed “as a precautionary measure to prioritize visitor health and safety, while also allowing staff to protect wildlife health,” according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statement.

Certain areas of the 15,000-acre refuge remain closed due to the risk to hikers and pets, the Post reported.

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