Health Alert 8-29-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

August 29, 2012 - Medical officials are warning people about a new strain of Swine Flu that has infected more than 200 people in nine states. It's called H3N2. So far there haven't been any cases in Florida or Georgia but officials say it is a threat to anyone in contact with pigs. It spreads through the cough or sneeze of a pig. Anyone who is around pigs for any reason should remember to wash their hands before and after having contact with the animals. However, you don't have to stop eating pork. The virus cannot be contracted through food.

Also, if you can't get through your day without a coffee break or two, here's good news for you, Harvard researchers say the evidence is fairly strong for coffee preventing Type II Diabetes and Parkinson's because of its antioxidants. Increased coffee consumption is also associated with longer life. Research finds that the greatest overall benefits appear to be in people who drink coffee at moderate levels which is equivalent to two to three cups a day.

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