Monthly Archives: July 2015

Which Cut of Meat Is Least Likely to Make You Sick?

Every time you eat, you’re rolling the germ dice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually; 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Pathogens from meat kill more people than those from any other food group. A CDC study found that between 1998 and 2008, contaminated meat was responsible for 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illness (23 percent of deaths were from produce, 15 percent from dairy and eggs, and 6.4 percent from fish and shellfish). Continue reading

12 Medication Management Tips That May Save Your Life

The importance of medication management cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to caring for the elderly, who often take multiple medications simultaneously to treat different conditions and symptoms. In official terminology, this is called polypharmacy. While we’ve quickly become used to the idea of our aging parents taking more and more vitamins and pills each day, polypharmacy has a number of potential health hazards, including overmedication and dangerous drug interactions. Continue reading