Health Alert 5-14-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

May 14, 2012 - Meat will hopefully be made safer by a new USDA tracing method. The goal is to eliminate any food safety problems before they spread rather than fighting an outbreak once it is discovered. The new strategy changes how the U.S. Department of Agriculture traces E. coli-contaminated foot in the food chain, allowing routine inspectors to move more quickly to have the tainted food removed from store shelves. New regulations also require meat and poultry processors to notify federal officials within 24 hours when they identify a contaminated product.. According to the Centers for Disease Control, food borne diseases annually sicken one in six Americans.

Also, do you ever wonder why some people feel the need to post everything that happens to them on social media sites, like Twitter or Facebook? Harvard researchers might have an explanation. It makes them feel good. They found when people share information about themselves, it activates a sensation of pleasure in the brain. Researchers say it's the same pleasure we get when people eat food, get money or have sex. Social media simply provides a convenient catalyst to gratify that urge. The test subjects in this experiment were hooked up to MRI machines and asked a series of questions. When people were speaking about themselves, their brains were very engaged, but when they were talking about someone else, there was less engagement.


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