Friday, July 17, 2015

Frozen Chicken Recall after 11 Fall to Salmonella Illnesses

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If you have frozen chicken in your freezer you need to check now as Aspen Foods orders a massive recall
recall of nearly 2 million pounds of frozen chicken after three people became ill in Minnesota, according to a USDA announcement Wednesday.

Aspen, a Koch Poultry Company division, has ordered a recall of 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken, which was produced between April 15 and July 10 with "best if used by" dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016.

The affected products have the establishment number "P-1358" inside the USDA inspection mark and were shipped across the country.

This follows another recently massive chicken recall by Barber Foods of Portland, Maine, this week which is recalling 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken because of reports of 8 people became ill with salmonella in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Eating food that is contaminated with Salmonella can give you a bacterial foodborne illnesses with the following symptoms diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure. While most recover without treatment, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness from it.

Last Wednesday, Murry's recalled about 20,000 pounds of Bell & Evans gluten-free breaded chicken breast nuggets due to Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination.

To check more information about the recall visit USDA's website.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sniffing Test That Detects Autism

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A new study has found that it may be possible to detect autism in children by measuring their reaction to odors.

According to the National Autistic Society smell test can become another tool to detect autism. Liron Rozenkrantz a researcher said children normally altered the depth of their sniffing to the odors, he added that children with autism didn't show this modulation at all, they took the same sniff for the smell of fragrance as they did for rotten food. Autistic children do not make the distinction of the odor.

The study is published in the journal Current Biology. Researchers timed the reaction of children to pleasant and unpleasant odor, using a device called an olfactometer that gave the subjects different scents through a small tube that fit into nostrils. Another tube measures how much air the children were breathing in as they were exposed to each odor.

The study used a small sample group, that is composed of 36 children, with 18 diagnosed with autism. The children were exposed to smells that includes sour milk, rotten fish, soap and roses. Typically developing children adjusted their sniffing very quickly about 305 milliseconds while children diagnosed with autism reacted much slower.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Make A Creamy Scrambled Eggs

Cooking scrambled eggs is simple and easy however if you overcooked it, it becomes rubbery and dry. What you want is a buttery, creamy, smooth scrambled eggs. Here's how it is made:
3 large eggs
1½ tablespoon of whole milk (½ tablespoon for each egg)
1¾ teaspoons cornstarch or potato starch (½ + 1/8 teaspoon for each egg)
Salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 tablespoon for each egg)

1. Crack the eggs and put it in a bowl.
2. Use another bowl and pour the  milk and cornstarch and then whisk it together until it is free from lumps.
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3. Pour the milk and cornstarch mixture to your eggs and beat it.
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4. Season it with salt.
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5. Use a non-stick skillet, pre-heat it on high heat until hot. Then add butter.
6. After the butter is melted, add the beaten eggs.
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7. Allow 3 seconds to pass, the edges of the eggs should have started to bubble then remove the skillet from the heat to stop the cooking process. Start stirring the eggs. Mix it up to 13 seconds when the eggs have absorbed all the butter, but remain partially undercooked. Then transfer it to a plate.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

McDonald's McLobster

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Do you want lobster but can't afford it? Try McDonald's McLobster, they will be offering their version of lobster roll named McLobster from June 17 up to June 30 or while supplies last. McLobster is made with 100%, real Atlantic lobster according to the fastfood company and it is priced at just $7.49 +tax. Unfortunately, it's only available in Canada.

The limited-time McLobster is part of their “Great Canadian Taste Adventure” campaign to promote Canadian inspired flavors. The other other added menu included in the summer promotion are, maple and bacon poutine, a chocolate nanaimo sundae, cottage country chicken and the Western BBQ burger.

source: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/promotions/flavourpassport.html



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Health Benefits in Quitting Diet Soda


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Experts said that giving up diet soda will improve your overall health.

- It will help you think clearly since artificial sweetener aspartame disrupts brain chemicals, nerve signals that can lead to headaches, anxiety, and insomnia, in a study done by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

- You'll taste your food better since drinking diet soda with artificial sweeteners overwhelmed your taste buds with sweets and alters sweet receptors in your brain that prolongs sugar cravings rather than satisfies them.

Heather Bainbridge, RD, from Columbia University Medical Center Weight Control Center said:

“We often see patients change snack choices when they give up diet soda. Rather than needing sugary treats or something really salty like pretzels and chips, they reach for an apple and a piece of cheese. And, when they try diet soda again, they find it intolerably sweet."

- It will help you lose weight. Despite being diet soda with no sugar in it, drinking daily will increase your chance of becoming obese in the next decade by 65% according to Diabetes Care since it is connected to an increase in metabolic syndrome—obesity, high blood-pressure, high triglycerides—which leads to heart disease and diabetes.

- Improve your kidney function. When you get rid of unhealthy ingredients in diet soda, your kidneys will be clearing toxins, stabilizing blood pressure, and absorbing minerals.


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Friday, June 5, 2015

Herpes Virus Causes Disgusting Blister Finger Infection

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Live Science reports a 23 years old man consulted his doctors for his finger that has blisters, doctors diagnosed that the cause is not bacteria but herpes virus which usually affects the genitals or causes cold sores around the mouth. Sometimes this virus can infect the fingertip, the condition is called herpetic whitlow.

Experts said that herpetic whitlow infections poses a serious risk if not treated immediately or if improperly treated since it can lead to complications such as herpetic encephalitis, which is a herpes infection that attacks brain. Expert said that bacterial and herpetic whitlow requires a different treatment.

The symptoms of a herpes virus infection usually subside on their own, but the virus hibernates within the body's nerve cells. If the person with herpes virus experience some triggers, like stress it become active again, that results to outbreaks.

Whitlow propagate in warm, moist environments. People who suspect they have whitlow should have it checked by a doctor immediately, since the infection can spread to the whole hand, and sometimes even to the tendon, which is very hard to treat and will generally require surgery of the hand.

Friday, May 29, 2015

How Many Cups of Coffee is safe to take per day?

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Coffee has been a daily ritual for most of us, we can't function without having a cup of coffee in the morning. It has also a lot of health benefits like decreasing the risk of stroke and prostate cancer, it also known to fight depression in women. However, too much of anything is always bad.

According to the FDA, 400 mg per day of caffeine (approximately 4 cups of coffee) is a safe amount of caffeine for healthy adults. Taking too much caffeine (500mg above) can cause tremors, restlessness, irritability, insomnia and stomach upset.

Also a Mayo Clinic research found out that healthy young men who drinks over 28 cup of coffee weekly(above 4 cups of coffee a day) increase the risk of death from different causes of about 56%. As for healthy younger woman the increase is 100%.