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Kitchen Towels Laden With Bacteria

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 – Is your kitchen towel making you sick? The answer could be yes if you use the towel for many purposes, have a large family and are not a vegetarian, according to a new study of germs lurking on towels. Forty-nine percent of the kitchen towels collected for the study were laden with bacteria, and the bacterial count increased with the number of family members and kids, ...

A Germ-Filled Capsule Might Help Spot Gastro Ills

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Someday doctors may be able to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) problems without invasive tests by asking patients to swallow a capsule containing a small, bacteria-laced sensor. The so-called "bacteria on a chip" method pairs tiny electronic sensors with laboratory-enhanced bacteria that react to bleeding in the stomach and other GI disturbances. The sensors then pick up ...

Many Parents Say Restaurant Fare Has Made Kids Sick: Poll

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – American moms and dads work hard to prevent food poisoning at home, but 10 percent say their kids have gotten sick after eating bad food elsewhere. In a new poll by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, parents peg restaurants as the usual source of spoiled or contaminated food (68 percent). Surprisingly, though, just 1 in 4 parents pays attention to ...

Health Tip: Keep Food Safer

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Your refrigerator should be kept at or slightly below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests using a thermometer to ensure that your refrigerator maintains the correct temperature. The FDA also suggests: Avoid stuffing your fridge, as it will prevent cold air from circulating around food. Wipe up spills immediately. ...

Foodborne Illnesses Can Mean Financial Ruin for Restaurants

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – An outbreak of salmonella at a restaurant can not only make diners sick, it can also be a restaurant's worst financial nightmare, new research shows. When foodborne illnesses strike, millions are lost in revenue, legal fees and fines, which could force some establishments to close their doors, Johns Hopkins researchers reported. But there are food safety strategies that ...

Health Tip: Prepare Shredded Meat in a Slow Cooker

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Shredded meat and poultry are a great start to a wide range of meals, from chili to Mexican dishes. But it's important to prepare the meat safely to avoid foodborne illness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these suggestions for preparing shredded meat in a slow cooker: Refer to your product's manual to determine how much meat your pot can safely hold. Refrigerate meat ...

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

Posted 17 Jan 2018 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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