According to a new report, many Americans fail to follow recommended safety practices while handling and cooking poultry. Investigators found that less than two-thirds of consumers have a food thermometer, and less than 10% of those who do have them actually check to see if poultry is cooked. In addition, they found that nearly 70% of consumers rinse or wash raw poultry before cooking it, which is potentially unsafe because contaminated water can splash and spread bacteria to other foods and kitchen surfaces. The authors say the findings support the need for updated materials to educate consumers about food safety.
Journal of Food Protection, January 2015posium in San Francisco, January 2015
Mental Attitude: Meditation May Reduce Brain Aging.
Deterioration of the brain is a normal process of aging that leads to functional impairments. However, a new study suggests that you may be able to reduce such deterioration through meditation. Researchers found that individuals who meditated showed significantly lower gray matter loss in numerous brain regions when compared with those who did not meditate. Lead author Dr. Eileen Luders writes, “Accumulating scientific evidence that meditation has brain-altering capabilities might ultimately allow for an effective translation from research to practice, not only in the framework of healthy aging but also pathological aging.”
Frontiers in Psychology, January 2015
Diet: Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking Overestimated, Say Researchers.
Past research suggests that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption has numerous health benefits. However, a new study published in the British Medical Journal claims that such benefits are overestimated. According to the latest research, many of the studies associating alcohol use with health benefits are debatable, and the protective effects of alcohol may be confounded by categorizing former drinkers and non-drinkers into one group. The researchers explain, “The effect of such biases should therefore be borne in mind when evaluating findings from alcohol health studies – particularly when seeking to extrapolate results to the population level.”
British Medical Journal, February 2015
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