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Apr. 27, 2009 1:39 pm 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009 4:06 pm
The Center for Disease Control offers a Q&A about the current Swine Flu outbreak. Among the questions: Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork? No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating… MORE
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Mar. 17, 2009 6:48 pm 
Updated: Mar. 19, 2009 1:01 pm
If you were to ask me who was the guardian of my family’s overall nutrition back when I was growing up, the answer would’ve been easy: Mom, of course. Who else could it have been, dad? Not likely. Dad had a masters in engineering and still couldn’t operate the microwave.   In my family,… MORE
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Feb. 17, 2009 7:56 pm 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2009 9:52 am
I'm a little confused by the recent news about vitamin pills. They're not really doing what we think they are, studies are showing. Our diets, provided they're balanced, are mostly adequate for supplying the vitamins and nutrients we need. But that's not really why we're loading up with high… MORE
Feb. 7, 2009 10:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009 7:43 am
*Update: 2/11/2009*:  A second peanut processing facility owned by the Peanut Corporation of America, the same company that own the plant in Blakely, Georgia, was forced to shut down, according to the NYT today. Previously only one plant had been implicated. But evidence of salmonella was found… MORE
Feb. 4, 2009 1:19 pm 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009 7:45 am
Cheating is encouraged!  I'll post the answers in the comments field tomorrow!  1. On any given day, what percentage of American households typically will have a jar of peanut butter in the pantry? a. 80 percent b. 25 percent c. 50 percent d. 99.5  percent 2. Reese’s Peanut Butter… MORE
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Jan. 30, 2009 5:02 pm 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2009 10:25 am
Is there a limit to the good news that can come out about red wine? We’ve already learned that wine’s antioxidants fight cancer and heart disease, among other things. But the good news just keeps on rolling out. Earlier in the week, I read about Oxford researchers who say that wine, along… MORE
Jan. 27, 2009 8:32 am 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2014 7:09 pm
A crack team of researchers at Cardiff University has discovered what every mother knows. Hot soup is good for you when you have a cold.  Hot liquids in general, actually.  But chicken soup in particular gets a shout out because it contains additional healthful compounds. The hot liquids loosen… MORE
Jan. 26, 2009 4:35 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2009 10:14 am
The news about coffee keeps getting better. It wasn't that long ago that I figured the best I could ever hope for from my considerable morning coffee habit was that it was just a guilty pleasure rather than something that was actively trying to kill me. But if recent studies can be believed, I… MORE
Jan. 22, 2009 10:45 am 
Updated: Feb. 7, 2009 10:11 am
The last I heard about the recent salmonella outbreak, which was affecting peanut butter, was that the FDA was advising people to avoid processed foods made with peanut butter until the feds could figure out what's causing the contamination. Last I heard, about 500 people had been affected… MORE
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