October 31, 2013

Bugs, Rat Hairs, Bacteria, Mmm

1 12% of Imported Spices Are Contaminated

Roughly 12 percent of the spices imported into the U.S. have been found to contain rodent hairs, insects, insect parts or other unhealthy contaminants, according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration, and almost 7 percent have tested positive for the toxic salmonella bacteria, a common source of severe food poisoning. In addition, the rate of contamination from salmonella and insect parts in imported spices was found to be twice as great as in other imported food products. Still, the number of food illnesses officially attributed to contaminated spices is quite low, partly because of the small amounts consumed, but also, experts believe, because few people suffering food poisoning think to mention spices in reporting to clinicians what they've eaten lately.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Lax Food Safety in Restaurants

Tags: Contaminated Spices, Imported Spice Problems, Food Poisoning Causes, Salmonella in Foods, Contaminated Food Products, Imported Spices

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Moral Work Is for Mornings

2 We're Lazy Liars in Afternoons

We're more likely to indulge in lazy behavior and lie and cheat in the afternoons, say researchers from Harvard. In the morning, people are better equipped to resist temptation and act ethically compared to later in the day, finds the study. Published in Psychological Research, the findings suggest that self-control is a finite resource that may run out by the afternoon! Since those who participated in the research were more likely to cheat in the afternoon than morning, researchers say that we should plan our day accordingly with less complicated busy work completed in the afternoon and work that involves a moral component saved for the morning.

More at NBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal Psychological Science, Morning People, More Likely Lazy Afternoon, Afternoon Cheating, Optimistic Mornings

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Don't Wag Left, Please, Woof!

3 Dogs Respond Differently to Right, Left Wags

Dogs recognize and respond differently to fellow dogs when they wag to the left compared to right. Reported in Current Biology, the study reveals that dogs have asymmetrically organized brains like humans. So, in dogs, the left and right sides of the brain play different roles. When dogs saw a video of another dog wagging to the left, their heart rates accelerated and they looked anxious. However, when dogs watched videos of another dog wagging to the right, they remained calm. When dogs wag to the left, they're showing right-hemisphere activation, which could mean they're experiencing a negative or withdrawal response, which would make observing dogs anxious with increased heart rate.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dogs to Help Soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress

Tags: Dog Psychology, Dog Tail Wag Left, Dog Tail Wagging Right, Cell Press Journal Current Biology

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Sorry, Addicted 18 Year Olds!

4 NYC to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Once Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs a new bill into law and 180 days have passed, you'll have to be 21 years old to purchase cigarettes in New York City. Yesterday, the New York City Council voted in favor of the bill to raise the minimum purchasing age to 21 years for cigarettes, electronic-vapor smokes and certain other tobacco products. They also voted to set a minimum $10.50 price tag for a pack of tobacco cigarettes, and improve law enforcement against illegal tobacco sales. It's believed that the higher age limit will delay or prevent young people from beginning to smoke. New York City currently prohibits smoking in beaches, city parks and restaurants.

More at CBS News | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dangers of Third-Hand Cigarette Smoke

Tags: Electronic-Vapor Smokes, Illegal Tobacco Sales, Minimum Purchasing Age Tobacco NYC, New York City Raises Tobacco Age, Minimum Smoking Age NYC

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