Who Knows All, Sees All, (and Now) Tells All? Your Dog

Researchers at Newcastle University in England are onto something big: Your dog may know lots more about how you’re feeling – and about how you’re doing generally – that anyone has heretofore believed. Except maybe you. Using high-tech movement sensors, the researchers tracked the behavior of 17 types of canine companions – from mutts and miniature Jack Russell Terriers to Labrador Retrievers and Great Danes – both at home and out and about. They did this by attaching “a wearable …

Foster Farms Raw Chicken Sickens Nearly 300

Three California-based Foster Farms chicken processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 17 states will remain open after company officials said they would make changes to their operations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. Earlier this week, the USDA had threatened the facilities with closure if the company didn’t come up with a plan for making substantive improvements. In a letter to the company, the USDA warned that sanitary conditions at the facility …

The Great Chicken Debate: To Wash or Not?

Just about every cookbook icon, from Julia Child to Martha Stewart to the Joy of Cooking’s Rombauer sisters, has told us to rinse off our raw chicken before preparing it. Guess what? They were wrong, scientists say. Rinsing raw chicken to get rid of the bacteria just spreads it around more, increasing our risk of getting sick, says food-safety researcher Jennifer Quinlan, with Drexel University  in Philadelphia and one of the developers behind a new “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!” campaign. …

Spare Us the ‘Organ Recital’

Ogden Nash said it best: How are you is a greeting not a question / Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. Nash, in his wisdom, was trying to forestall an “organ recital,” a narration of bodily ills and woes that might start with an upset stomach and work its way downward, outward and even upward. It’s a phrase that used to be the province of impatient doctors, but now is entering the vernacular. The organ recital is one of …

Helping Chronically Ill People Made Simple

Simple is better, many people say. Sarah LaFave certainly took a simple idea and transformed it into something that makes life better for lots of folks. She connects energetic college students with people who are chronically ill and need help with everyday chores. Discussion: Where do you go to get some extra help? Genius, huh? LaFave launched her program, Lori’s Hands, while a nursing student at the University of Delaware in Newark in 2009. “There’s no trick to it, nothing complicated about …

Joan Rivers Addresses Matters of the Heart in NYC

Check out My Generation’s recent program on matters of the heart that will give you warm fuzzies, but it’s no Valentine’s Day special! It’s actually about a volunteer-run food kitchen in Soho, New York that cooks and delivers heart-healthy dishes to New Yorkers with life-altering medical conditions. And Joan Rivers is the mastermind behind it.