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Health Tip: Is Your Food Still Good After Power Outage?

Posted 1 day 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- If you lose power, it's a good idea to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep food safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. A refrigerator will stay cold for about four hours, and a freezer should preserve food for up to 48 hours if they remained closed, the agency says. Here are the FDA's suggestions for determining if food is safe to eat after a power outage: If the freezer includes a thermometer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. It is safe to refreeze food if the thermometer reads 40 degrees F or below. If there's no thermometer in the freezer, check each package. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 degrees F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook. Don't rely on appearance or odor. Refrigerated food is generally safe as long as the power was not out for more than four hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Read more

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Bah, Hum (Stomach) Bug! Essential Holiday Food Safety Tips

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 – A stomach bug can quickly put a damper on your Christmas Day festivities. If you're teaching children how to prepare favorite family recipes, include important lessons about food safety, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. The last thing you want to give your family is a foodborne illness. Here are some suggestions from the pediatricians' group to avoid one: Every cook should have clean hands, including little helper chefs. Be sure kids wash their hands well and often when handling food. Bacteria often lurk in uncooked foods, particularly meats and poultry. Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Wash raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly before they're eaten or added to dishes. It's tempting to lick the batter off bowls and spoons, but sampling certain raw ingredients, including eggs, can be risky. Also, any time someone tastes food during ... Read more

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Health Tip: Seniors at Heightened Risk of Foodborne Illness

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're 65 or older, your immune system probably is weaker than when you were younger, and you're at higher risk of contracting foodborne illness. The foodsafety.gov website cites these specific changes among older people: The gastrointestinal tract holds on to food longer, affording more time for bacteria to grow. The liver and kidneys may not be as efficient in ridding the body of harmful bacteria and toxins. The stomach may not produce enough acid, which helps keep gastrointestinal bacteria in check. Seniors may be more prone to chronic health conditions that increase their risk of foodborne illness. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

How to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – Taking some simple precautions can help keep you and your family healthy over the Thanksgiving holiday, says an emergency medicine expert. "A few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in news release from the organization. First, follow food safety guidelines. This means washing your hands thoroughly after handling uncooked meat and keeping it separate from other foods. Sanitize any surface that touches raw food. Refrigerate all leftovers within two hours. If you have allergies and did not cook the meal yourself, ask about the ingredients and how the food was prepared. Drink in moderation, the doctors' group advises. And, do not drink and drive. In addition, carefully plan and prepare meals so you ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- No one wants the Thanksgiving holiday ruined by a nasty case of food poisoning that stems from the guest of honor – the turkey. FoodSafety.gov offers these turkey safe-preparation suggestions: If you'll serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving. On the other hand. frozen turkey needs time to thaw properly in the refrigerator. Rely on a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the turkey is stored at 40 degrees F. Use a food thermometer to check that the cooking temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Enteric Fever, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Handle Chicken With Care

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Chicken is a mainstay in many American households, but it may lead to food poisoning if not cooked properly and handled with care. Foodsafety.gov suggests how to help keep your family safe: Wash handswith warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling chicken. Do not wash raw chicken.Its juices can contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops during washing. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken. Wash cutting board, utensils, dishes, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing chicken. Never place other foods on dirty plates, cutting boards, or other surfaces that held raw chicken. Use a food thermometerand cook chicken to the safe internal temperature of 165 degrees F. If you are served chicken that appears undercooked, send it back for more cooking. Refrigerate or freeze leftover chicken within 2 hours (or within 1 hour if the temperature is higher ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Salmonella Enteric Fever, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows. These multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections have now sickened 67 people. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 67 reported by Oct. 30. Ninety-three percent of these infections have been connected to puppies sold at Petland stores. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC said in a news release issued in September. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Of the 62 patients for whom there was available information, 17 (27 percent) have been hospitalized, the CDC said in an Oct. 30 news release. Campylobacter ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keeping Home-Delivered Food Safe

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

--Whether you have a new baby, a sick family member or are simply ordering take-out, you are probably having food delivered to you at home. Foodsafety.gov suggests how to keep delivered meals safe: Refrigerate delivered food at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below if you don't eat it immediately. If you don't think you'll eat all the food at once, divide it into portions and refrigerate or freeze what you don't plan to eat now. Remove any stuffing from whole cooked poultry before refrigerating. Foods delivered cold should be eaten within 2 hours, or refrigerated or frozen. Read more

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Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Since people with cancer typically have a weakened immune system, they may be at greater risk of contracting foodborne illness. Radiation and chemotherapy often weaken the body's immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against germs and disease. Foodsafety.gov suggests these steps to stay protected against food poisoning: Wash hands and surfaces often. Separate raw meat and poultry from ready-to-eat foods. Cook food to the right temperature. Refrigerate or freeze raw meat and poultry, and cooked food within two hours. Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Puppy Poop Infections Now Affecting 55 People in 12 States

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Cute, yes, but touching them might send you to the hospital. Puppies are transmitting potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to the humans who handle them, with 55 people now sickened in an outbreak reaching across 12 states. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency says cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 55 reported by Tuesday. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC said in a news release issued Sept 11. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Since mid-September, "four more hospitalizations have been reported, bringing the total to 13," the CDC said in its Tuesday update, but so far "no deaths have been reported." Campylobacter infections linked to the ... Read more

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Heath Tip: 10 Mistakes People Make in Food Preparation

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Homemade food should be nutritious and safe. But experts at the foodsafety.org website cite 10 common food-preparation mistakes: Tasting older food to see if it's still good. It's better to be safe and just throw it out. Putting cooked meat back on a plate that held raw meat. At the very least, the plate should be washed with hot water and soap. Better yet, use a different plate. Thawing food on the counter. Washing meat or poultry. This actually may contaminate your sink and counters. Letting food cool before putting it in the fridge. Eating raw dough, cookie dough, cake batter or other foods with uncooked eggs or uncooked flour Marinating meat or seafood on the counter. Using raw meat marinade on cooked food. Undercooking meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. Not washing your hands. When in doubt, wash your hands often and with lots of soapy hot water. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Leading Causes of Food Poisoning

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than a million Americans each year suffer the symptoms of food poisoning, including nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. Here are leading causes of food poisoning, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bacteria and viruses, such as Salmonella, norovirus, campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, clostridium and perfringens. Parasites, such as protozoa or roundworms. Mold, toxins and contaminants, both natural and chemical. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

People Picking Up Infection From Pet Store Puppies' Poop: CDC

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Bacterial infections that have sickened 39 people in seven states have been linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain, U.S. health officials say. Campylobacter infections have been reported between September 2016 and August 2017 in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," according to a CDC news release. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes people to develop diarrhea (sometimes bloody), cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days of exposure to the organism, said Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Food Safety for College Students

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As college kids head back to campus, it's important to keep them aware of food safety. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers these suggestions to thwart food-borne illness: Wash hands and surfaces often. Travel with hand sanitizer to outdoor events, such as tailgates, when you'll be eating outside. Don't combine foods or use the same plates with raw meat, poultry, eggs or seafood and other foods. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that foods susceptible to contamination are cooked to the right temperature. Do not leave food at room temperature for more than two hours. Use an insulated thermos if you're taking raw or cooked food on the go. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water? Take a Look

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Even if local health officials say it's safe, cloudy drinking water may have the potential to cause vomiting and diarrhea, a new research review finds. Researchers looked at past North American and European studies exploring the link between water cloudiness, or turbidity, and tummy troubles. "More than 10 studies found a link between water turbidity and acute gastrointestinal illness incidence," said researcher Anneclaire De Roos. "These results suggest that exposures through drinking water caused a low but detectable number of acute gastrointestinal illness cases in the regions and time periods studied," added De Roos, an associate professor at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. While the study doesn't establish a causal relationship, there's no clear alternative explanation for the patterns of associations seen in the ... Read more

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