Feeling Sick – Blame the Dip! and other news

by DavalosMcCormack on February 4, 2008

So you woke up this morning feeling rather grim, and not just because your team lost in the Superbowl. Well, the game may be to blame for lots of people feeling less than stellar today. And it’s all to do with the dip at that Superbowl party!
Professor Paul Dawson, a researcher at Clemson University, tested a dip to see what effect “double dipping” had on them. You know, that’s when someone dips a chip into, say salsa, takes a bite then dips the same chip back into the salsa for a second bite.

Dawson found that just three to six double dips transferred about 10,000 bacteria from an eater’s mouth to the remaining dip sample.

“I like to say it’s like kissing everybody at the party — if you’re double dipping, you’re putting some of your bacteria in that dip,” Dawson said in an interview with the Associated Press.

And if you think that’s icky don’t even get me started on all that cut-up fruit in the supermarket that everyone sticks their fingers into!

Flu Season Arrives With a Vengence

The flu season has finally arrived and it’s hitting people in 11 states particularly hard.

The good news is that there is still time to get a flu shot and reduce your risk of getting the virus, and most of the cases showing up are ones that the current vaccine works well against. There are some new variations popping up here and there, but flu experts at the Centers for Disease Control say the vaccine may offer some limited protection against these as well.

The best protection. Wash your hands regularly. Don’t touch them to your face. Avoid sick people. And if you are feeling crummy, stay home, or at the very least wear a mask and don’t shake hands with anyone, particularly me.

The CDC is reporting flu outbreaks in most states, but those particularly hard hit include Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Quitting Smoking May Be Bad For Your Health

Smokers are forever being told that they need to quit to save their lives. Now there are fears that one of the methods some people use to kick the habit may be jeopardizing their lives!

The Food and Drug Administration says there is mounting evidence that the smoking-cessation drug Chantix is linked to serious “neuropsychiatric” side effects, including agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts and even suicidal behavior.

According to the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, 5 million patients have taken Chantix, whose generic name is Varenicline. The drug works by acting on areas of the brain affected by nicotine, helping ease withdrawal symptoms.

Pfizer has agreed to update packages of Chantix sold in the United States to make a warning about potentially serious side effects more noticeable. That warning says users should be monitored for suicidal behavior, depressed mood, and other mental health symptoms.

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