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Timely Tips for Sick-Free Travel

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – If traveling is in your near future, there are a number of things you can do to keep from getting sick and spoiling your trip. "We are having a bad cold and flu season, so it is really important to remember to practice good general health hygiene so as to not get sick or spread germs," Dr. Irvin Sulapas said in a news release from the Baylor College of Medicine. He's an ...

Packing The Right Medications for a Healthy Trip

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 – Buying new clothes for an upcoming holiday trip may top your to-do list, but packing the right medications can mean addressing health needs with ease rather than scrambling to find an all-night drugstore in a strange city. Prescription medications are the top priority, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bring enough for a few extra days in ...

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: Slow-Cooking Food Safely

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The slow cooker is a convenient way to whip up a healthy dinner for your family. But food safety rules still apply, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises. Here are the group's suggestions: Thoroughly clean the slow cooker, work area and your hands before preparing food. Keep all perishables in the refrigerator until right before it is time to add them. Prepare meat and vegetables ...

For a Fun and Safe Tropical Getaway, Plan Ahead

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – If you're planning a tropical getaway, be sure to pack old standbys like bug spray and sunscreen – and maybe a lot more, a doctor advises. "In places like the Caribbean and South and Central America, where it is already summertime, people can potentially be exposed to health risks that they may not have at home," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Christopher Ohl. He ...

Don't Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday Celebration

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – Party guests always seem to wind up in the host's kitchen, but too many cooks boost the risk of mistakes that could lead to food poisoning, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The group says it's also important to keep food safety in mind when preparing homemade food gifts and holiday buffets. It offers these tips: Wash hands before, during and after ...

Health Tip: Keeping Foods Separate During Grilling

Posted 26 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's important to prevent cross-contamination of food while grilling. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Make sure your grill is clean before you begin. Remove any leftover food particles. Don't put cooked food back on the same plate that held raw food. Wash with hot soapy water first, or use a different plate. Use separate grilling utensils to turn food once it's cooked, or ...

Health Tip: Packing for a Picnic

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Don't let contaminated food spoil your summer picnic. Make sure your edibles are safely packed. The Foodsafety.gov website recommends: Packing food in an insulated cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. This includes deli meat, raw seafood, poultry or meat, pasta, egg, tuna, seafood salad, dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. Filling the cooler completely to help it stay cold. Store it in ...

Food Safety Should Come 1st on the 4th

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 4, 2016 – While having fun this Fourth of July, don't forget about food safety. "Because foodborne bacteria thrive and multiply more quickly in warmer temperatures, foodborne illness can spike during summer," said Al Almanza, deputy undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "This is likely because people are spending more time outside – away from ...

When Cooking Outside, Don't Let Food Safety Slide

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 – Food is a big part of many Fourth of July celebrations. But take care when making and storing your meal, so that a bout of food poisoning doesn't ruin the rest of your holiday plans, a dietary expert advises. When having a picnic or barbecue, it's important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. "Cold foods should be ideally put in shallow containers and then kept on ...

Celery-Onion Blend Is Cause of E.Coli Outbreak Tied to Costco Chicken Salad: CDC

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – A celery-onion blend included in a rotisserie chicken salad from Costco stores is the probable culprit behind an ongoing E.coli outbreak and has been recalled, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. According to a CDC news release, the Montana Public Health Laboratory tested the diced celery-onion blend and found results that "indicated the ...

Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks the Most Deadly: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Multistate outbreaks caused by contaminated food account for more than half of all foodborne illness deaths in the United States, even though they only represent 3 percent of all reported outbreaks, a new government report shows. The findings prompted U.S. health officials to urge the food industry to play a larger role in preventing multistate outbreaks, the U.S. Centers ...

Beach Sand, Not Water, More Likely to Make You Sick

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Heading to the beach this weekend? A new study finds that when it comes to germs, beachgoers may have more to fear from the sand they sit on than the water they swim in. Studies done with water and sand from Hawaiian beaches found a "higher abundance" of bacteria indicating fecal contamination – bugs such a E. coli, for example – in the sand than in the water. In fact, ...

Health Tip: Competing in Marathon Races

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Marathon races often take place in areas that may pose a danger of illness from contaminated water. To help you avoid getting sick, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Avoid swallowing water in which you're swimming, even if it doesn't appear muddy. As soon as you finish competing and before eating or drinking, wash your hands and face with soap and water. If you ...

Health Tip: Prepare for Illness if Traveling Abroad

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Getting sick while traveling doesn't have to lead to disaster. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Determine if you need special insurance, such as evacuation or travel health insurance. Register with the nearest U.S. embassy once you reach your destination. Pack all medications you will need, including extras. Always have with you a small card, written in the host ...

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