Food Safety During Storms – What You Need to Know!

Food Safety During Storms

Hurricane Sandy has already begun barreling up the Northeast, and if she’s anything like the last big storm we faced, we could be looking at days without power. So you’ve stocked up on water, batteries, flashlights, and other essentials, but what about food? It’s important to have a stock of non-perishable foods items (foods that [...]

West Nile Virus Facts and Prevention Tips

Prevent mosquito bites and West Nile Virus this summer

West Nile Virus (WNV) is spreading at a very rapid pace this year, with 16 deaths in the Dallas, TX area and moving across the country. The incubation period is 3-14 days. Although 80% of people infected by WNV are asymptomatic and not even aware they have it, the milder cases can present with fever, [...]

EWG Releases “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″ Lists of Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables With the Most and Least Amount of Pesticide Residue Revealed

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came out with its annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” fruits and vegetables lists yesterday. The “Dirty Dozen” list uncovers the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticide residues, while the “Clean 15” reveals the produce with the least amount of residue. The [...]

Your Chances of Dying on This Day Are Higher Than Any Other

Birthday Blues: Dying on your birthday is more probable than any other day of the year

A newly published study found that the chances of dying on your birthday are higher than any other day in the year. Researchers in Switzerland analyzed the Swiss mortality statistics from 1969-2008 (2.4 million deaths) and found that individuals were 13.8% percent more likely to die on their dates of birth. According to the authors [...]

Could Chocolate Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack?

Daily dose of dark chocolate could prevent cardiac episodes

A new study in the British Medical Journal published May 31st, 2012 finds that the daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in high-risk patients. Researchers studied over 2,000 people with hypertension and metabolic syndrome and found that daily consumption of about 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate over [...]

Popular Antibiotic Could Lead to Heart-Related Deaths

Popular antibiotic azythromycin could lead to heart complications

A new study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients taking the antibiotic azithromycin had a rare, but fatal chance of dying from heart-related complications. The research conducted by Vanderbilt University on Tennessee Medicaid patients from 1992-2006 revealed that the drug was responsible for 29 heart-related deaths among the 540,000 patients studied. [...]

More American Adults with Arthritis Suffer From Depression and Anxiety

Study finds adults with arthritis more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety

  A new study finds that one-third of American adults with arthritis also suffer from anxiety or depression. Arthritis affects an estimated 50 million Americans and is the number one cause of disability worldwide, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both depression and anxiety are common among people suffering [...]