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Dolly Parton Donates Another $1 Million to Infectious Disease Research

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Dolly Parton Donates Another $1 Million to Infectious Disease Research

June 16, 2022 — Legendary singer Dolly Parton is donating $1 million to pediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The new gift is one of several that Parton has made to the medical center over the years, including a $1 million gift in April 2020 for COVID-19 vaccine research. The donation also helped Vanderbilt researchers test different existing drugs to reduce deadly symptoms associated with COVID-19 and try new therapies to prevent and treat infection.

The new gift will support ongoing infectious disease research in children, which includes understanding how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing antibiotic resistance, preventing and treating infections, diagnosing and treating infections in children with cancer, and defining the impact of childhood infections across the world.

“I love all children. No child should ever have to suffer, and I’m willing to do my part to try and keep as many of them as I can as healthy and safe as possible,” Parton said in the statement.

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Parton’s previous gift for coronavirus-related research was made in honor of her longtime friend Naji Abumrad, MD, a professor of surgery at the medical center, who treated her in the past. She has also donated to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Pediatric Cancer Program in honor of Abumrad and her niece, who was successfully treated for leukemia at the children’s hospital as a child.

“We are deeply honored by Dolly’s contribution to our research mission,” Mark Denison, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the pediatric infectious diseases division, said in the statement.

“For over 40 years our division has been a national and international leader in studies for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of life-threatening infections, and this gift will accelerate our work and support new ideas,” he said.

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Passage of Keep Kids Fed Act

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Passage of Keep Kids Fed Act

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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022 – “I am pleased to see that Congress has taken action to provide much needed support to help USDA’s child nutrition programs serve nutritious meals to America’s children. Throughout the pandemic, the school nutrition professionals who feed our children faced enormous challenges, which persist today, and they desperately need additional resources and continued flexibilities. The deal passed by Congress will ease some of the uncertainty and provide partial relief to our schools, summer sites and child care feeding programs. As I have said before, it is important to note that schools across the country will still face ongoing challenges and at USDA we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to ensure kids get the nutritious meals they need and deserve.”

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022 – “There is no question that today’s Supreme Court decision will have a devastating impact on the health and autonomy of women in America. Yesterday, the right to privacy was secure, with fifty years of precedent behind it. Today, six Supreme Court Justices took that right away for millions, and jeopardized it for all Americans. I’m particularly concerned about what this will mean for women and families in rural America. Yesterday, their health care options were limited. Today, the hurdles they face in accessing reproductive care have grown taller. The Department stands ready to explore the tools at our disposal to support them.”

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470 illnesses and potential liver function issues reports linked to Daily Harvest product

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470 illnesses and potential liver function issues reports linked to Daily Harvest product

Daily Harvest has received approximately 470 reports of illness or adverse reactions to their products, specifically their “French Lentil + Leek Crumbles.”

In response to consumer reports of gastrointestinal illness and potential liver function issues, Daily Harvest has recalled all French Lentil + Leek Crumbles.

From April 28 to June 17, 2022, approximately 28,000 units of the recalled product were distributed to consumers in the United States through online sales and direct delivery, as well as through retail sales at the Daily Harvest store in Chicago, IL, and a “pop-up” store in Los Angeles, CA. 

Samples were also provided to a small number of consumers. Daily Harvest directly notified by email those consumers who were shipped the affected product, and other consumers for whom the company had contact information, and consumers were issued a credit for the recalled product.

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Recalled product:

French Lentil + Leek Crumbles is a frozen product packaged in a 12oz white pouch with the words “Daily Harvest” at the top, a large “CRUMBLES” immediately below the top and the words “French Lentil + Leek” in bold. All lot codes of the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles are affected.

The company says that no other Daily Harvest products are affected or part of this recall.

Consumers who may still have the recalled product in their freezers should immediately dispose of it. 

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