Restaurant restrooms, new help for lymphoma

November 9, 2008 5:12:08 AM PST
What makes you like or dislike a restaurant? You might be surprised by the results of a new survey. It's just one of the things in our healthcheck today.

Food Allergies

Think you're allergic to some foods?

You may not be.

German researchers studied 400 adults who reported food allergies, and discovered that only half were really allergic.

They say anyone with a suspected problem should have it checked thoroughly, because a mistaken food allergy can lead to unnecessary eating restrictions.

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Treanda for Lymphoma

The Food & Drug Administration has given people with one type of Lymphoma a new treatment option.

It approved the drug Treanda for patients with indolent non-hodgkin's lymphoma - it's a form of the disease that becomes resistant to other drugs.

Earlier this year, the FDA gave the green light to use Treanda for another cancer - chronic lymphocytic leukemia... Or CLL.

That's the most common form of leukemia in the United States.

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When Food is Great, But the Restroom - Yuck!

It may not be the food or service that determines whether you come back to a restaurant.

A new survey says it could be the restroom!

SCA, a company which makes paper goods for public restrooms, polled thousands of diners.

Ian West, of SCA Tissue-North America, says, "Dirty washrooms are indeed bad business. Our survey showed that almost 9 out of 10 people saw washrooms as a way to asses the overall hygiene, the cleanliness of a restaurant."

West says most restaurant owners don't realize what a messy restroom says.

"If you have a bad washroom, you are telling customers my kitchen and food preparation areas are bad also," says West.

And West says diners who have bad experiences usually share the information with friends.


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