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Is your pet’s food making you sick? Study finds many don’t know the risk

From the August 19, 2020 article by Brian Wallhemer at MedicalXpress

“many Americans don’t wash their hands after feeding or playing with their cats and dogs and aren’t aware of the risk of contracting a foodborne illness from those activities.”

“Some tips to keep pet owners from getting foodborne illness include:

–Wash hands with soap and water after preparing food for pets, petting or playing with pets, and before preparing food for people.

–Avoid feeding pets raw meat.

–Handle and store pet food carefully to avoid cross-contamination. 

–Keep up with pet food recalls and keep records of pet food lot numbers and other information for potential tracking.”

August 20, 2020 Posted by | Consumer Health, Consumer Safety, Medical and Health Research News | , , | Leave a comment

Honey found to be a better treatment for upper respiratory tract infections than traditional remedies

From the August 29, 2020 article by Bob Yirka at MedicalXpress

“A trio of researchers at Oxford University has found that honey is a better treatment for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) than traditional remedies. In their paper published in BMJ Evidence-based Medicine, Hibatullah Abuelgasim, Charlotte Albury, and Joseph Lee describe their study of the results of multiple clinical trials that involved testing of treatments for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and what they learned from the data.”

“The researchers note that the reason honey works as a treatment for URTIs is because it contains hydrogen peroxide—a known bacteria killer—which also makes it useful as a topical treatment for cuts and scrapes. Honey is also of the right consistency—its thickness works to coat the mouth and throat, soothing irritation.”

The article also states honey is better than antibiotics.

How much honey? Unclear at this time. According to the article


“Finally, we could not explore the effectiveness of different types or doses of honey due to lack of data.”



August 20, 2020 Posted by | Consumer Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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