How Food Label Savvy Are You?

A national survey (NHANES) has found that only 61.5% of Americans regularly look at the Nutrition Facts panel on the food items they purchase. The numbers are worse for other label information: 51.6% check the ingredients label, 47.2% examine the serving size, and 43.8% consider the health claims when deciding on a food purchase. Significantly…

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Motel Showerheads: Are They Safe?

Vigilant researchers have investigated whether microbes in showerheads might be dangerous to human health. Ribosomal RNA sequences from the interior surfaces of 45 showerheads across the US were analyzed. Fortunately, the bacteria identifed were mostly the common soil and water microbes, and rarely cause human infection. The bacteria that commonly cause skin infections such as…

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