Thursday, 28 May 2015

Breast cancer 'alters bone to spread'

Breast cancers can change the structure of bone to make it easier to spread there, a study finds. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Tattoo troubles 'relatively common'

A small survey in the United States finds 10% of people have skin reactions after getting a tattoo. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Owner Of Spam Buys Organic Hot Dog Maker Applegate For $775 Million

Spam maker Hormel will pay $775 million to add natural and organic brand Applegate to its huge portfolio of food products

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Natural and organic hot dog maker Applegate is becoming a subsidiary of Hormel--the Minnesota-based company that also owns Spam, Jennie-O turkey, Muscle Milk, and Skippy peanut butter.

Hormel is the latest company to acknowledge consumer demand a higher standard of meat. Restaurant chains like Chipotle and McDonald's and even mega-retailer Walmart are trying to reduce the use of antibiotics in meat, for instance. Meanwhile, more grocery stores are stocking their shelves with such items to compete with retailers like Whole Foods.

Natural foods is still a weakness for Hormel, which expects to make more than $9.7 billion in sales this year. Yet these sustainably-raised products are quickly gaining mainstream momentum, and Hormel is betting that this will translate to people buying a lot more organic bacon, hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats.

The $775 million deal will help New Jersey-based Applegate get more items into traditional grocery outlets (versus specialty food stores), and possibly even start selling its meats to foodservice operators, where it currently does not do any business. It "provides us with a much more meaningful position in the natural and organic space," Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said during a conference call on Wednesday.

He expects Applegate's sales will continue to grow in the double digits annually, a faster rate than Hormel's as demand for responsibly raised meat rises. The brand estimates it will make just $340 million in 2015.

About 70% of Applegate's products are "natural" (which the company defines as hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free of artificial ingredients, and starting July GMO-free as well) and 30% are organic.

What 'natural' and 'organic' mean at Applegate

What 'natural' and 'organic' mean at Applegate

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Applegate works with 1,800 farms and makes over 150 products. It also happens to be the number one producer in niche categories like natural and organic sliced deli meat, hot dogs, bacon, dinner sausage, frozen breaded chicken, and frozen breakfast sausage. It is also responsible for the "cleaner wiener" and "peace of meat" messages you may have seen on Twitter.


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars You Can Make In The Microwave

AKA puppy chow bars to Midwesterners.

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Which Starbucks Drink Are You?

Calling all the lonely Starbucks lovers!

27 Mouthwatering Ways To Eat Golden Oreos

Because sometimes the remix is better than the original.

Funfetti Golden Oreo Ice Cream

Funfetti Golden Oreo Ice Cream

Get the recipe here.

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Birthday Cake Truffles

Birthday Cake Truffles

Perfect for any party! Get the recipe here.

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Ultimate Banana Pudding

Ultimate Banana Pudding

The Ultimate. Find it here.

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Why Are Young People Mixing Coke With Fanta In Restaurants, And Can It Ever Be Acceptable?

Talk to me, youths.

So. The other day I was out for lunch with my colleague Siraj in Nando's.

So. The other day I was out for lunch with my colleague Siraj in Nando's.

Here's a photo of us together. We don't have photos like this taken every time we go out for lunch and the reason it exists is a long story but I'm glad I have it because during this lunch I made a SHOCKING discovery.

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On Siraj's side of the table was a glass of Coke. "That looks a bit watered down," I said.

On Siraj's side of the table was a glass of Coke. "That looks a bit watered down," I said.

"No, it's not," he replied. "I've just put some Fanta in it."

I spat my cheeky Nando's everywhere, and asked him what the fuck he was playing at.

"Everyone does it," he replied.

I went back to the office, and attempted to verify his claim. Two people on my desk said they do this and that it was a "thing". Three people said they didn't. What interested me was the fact that the two people who did it were both in their early twenties.

I remember my early twenties. I did a lot of crazy stuff. But this was beyond the pale. Had I stumbled across a new and disturbing youth trend?

There was only one place to take this.

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The One Way You Should Be Making Pancakes

It’s basically a giant fresh cookie.

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McDonald's Will Toast Its Buns For Five More Seconds

The burger chain says it is “recommitting to hotter, tastier food,” as part of a turnaround effort. It starts with warmer bread.

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McDonald's is on a mission to get its business back in shape, and it's finally taking another look at its food. Chief executive Steve Easterbrook said at a conference Wednesday morning that as the company makes organizational changes--which were the focus of the new CEO's comments about the turnaround earlier this month--"At a more fundamental level we are recommitting to hotter, tastier food across the menu."

With the burgers, McDonald's will change "the way we sear and then grill our beef so the patties come off juicier," Easterbrook said.

The bread will get some more attention too. A burger bun at McDonald's may be impossibly smooth and round, but it may also seem light, fluffy, almost unremarkable. The company will start having restaurants toast them five seconds longer, which will make them 15 degrees warmer. It may even add some texture and toasty flavor.

"It's the little things that add up to a big difference for our customers," said Easterbrook.

The issue of toasting has come up at McDonald's before. In the 1990s, when the chain was growing rapidly, it stopped toasting the buns altogether, and switched to microwaving its burgers to improve speed. The decline in quality made no one happy. "Operators have complained that consumers feel the untoasted buns are too chewy. Moreover, toasting keeps condiments in place and enhances the taste," the Chicago Tribune reported.

So in 1997, it started requiring new restaurants to install toasting equipment, at a cost of about $7,000 per store. The improvements were part of a new production system it called Made for You, which promised customers that their burgers would be freshly made to order.

The complication that arises from any toasting of buns, of course, is that it increases the risk of burning them, even if the equipment is set on a timer. Hopefully, McDonald's kitchens will avoid situations like these.


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The Definitive Ranking Of Dairy Products

Ice cream > gelato > froyo.

Powdered Milk

Powdered Milk

Do you remember infant formula being good? Yeah, me neither.

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Evaporated Milk

Evaporated Milk

Apparently when you remove 60% of the water from fresh milk, you are left with what just looks like alarmingly beige milk.

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Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese

There is a time and place for cottage cheese. I can't think of one right now, but I'm sure there is.

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Ayran

Ayran

This is a cold yogurt drink mixed with salt and primarily consumed in Turkey. Similar to the lassi that's popular in India, this is far too similar to Go-Gurt, and can thus only be described as "slurpable".

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Kenya payout over birth control

A Kenyan court orders a private hospital to pay $48,000 (£31,000) to a woman who became pregnant despite having a contraceptive implant. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Guilty pleasures: How to live your microlives to the full

It's often hard to get your head around the risks of the stuff we like doing. Concepts such as micromorts and microlives can help. Here's how







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Brain implant that decodes intention will let us probe free will

Designed to give paralysed people more independence, the implant also lets us see if brain activity can show a person's decisions – before they realise they've made any







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'Vaccine' stops mice feeling stress – but should people take it?

The possibility of popping a pill before a stressful event to protect you from the consequences is a step closer after ketamine was found to do just that in mice







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Excess caffeine health warning - EU

Drinking more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day may be damaging to health, according to the European Food Safety Authority. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

The half marathon experience

Running blogger, Sarah-Jane Perera, gives H&F her Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon review

What does it feel like to pound the pavement of a cool East London borough for a couple of hours? Running blogger, Sarah-Jane Perera (www.poweredbycakes.com), gives us the lowdown of her Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon experience...

"On Sunday May 10 the second Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon took place. Following the inaugural race, I was glad to see the organisers take on board feedback from last year’s event and make this bigger and better than the first one. I was particularly pleased to see the improvement on the route and the added water stations. The big shiny medal and the technical t-shirt were the cherries on the cake."

"The event organisers moved the race forward by about 6 weeks, so I hoped we wouldn’t have to run in the scorching sun this year. When I set off from home, it was a cool and grey morning – perfect for running a half marathon. Much to my dismay, the sunshine came out as everyone filed into the pens at the starting line, and boy was I glad to have packed my sunglasses. It was exciting to see pro track and field athlete and local East London girl, Perri Shakes – Drayton start the race."

"I run with Run Dem Crew and Hackney is our stomping ground, so this is a very special race for me. It was great to run with different crew members along the way, and fun scanning the crowds for friends.  I was also looking forward to running past the Run Dem Crew cheer point at Mile 10."

"It’s a great route and joyous to run on closed roads, past some iconic Hackney sights including the Hackney Empire and through what is a surprisingly green borough of London.  The tempo changes coming through Olympic Park as the crowd thins out but there’s no doubting it still holds a special quality remembering Olympic glory achieved here."

"Prior to running the race I was a bit worried about being able to run it well, as I completed the Brighton Marathon – my first! - a month before. At around Mile 5, I was in a dark place, I felt really tired and began to walk. That’s when a lovely girl, Josie Arden, patted me on the back and encouraged me to keep running. Meeting Josie made me realise quite how small the running world is, not only did she know quite a few of the same bloggers and runners that I know, but she too had run the Brighton Marathon and was also finding the race quite hard.  We ran the rest of the course together, crossing the finish line hand in hand." 

"Although it was a tough race, I would do it all over again. One of my highlights was running past the Run Dem Crew cheer point. They went all out, with pots and pans, whistles and confetti cannons.  Vitality Run Hackney is a great local race, where the local community comes out to support the runners, offer us jelly babies and fruit and a whole load of encouragement."

"Pre-Registration for 2016 is now open. Sign me up!"

 

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The half marathon experience

Running blogger, Sarah-Jane Perera, gives H&F her Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon review

What does it feel like to pound the pavement of a cool East London borough for a couple of hours? Running blogger, Sarah-Jane Perera (www.poweredbycakes.com), gives us the lowdown of her Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon experience...

"On Sunday May 10 the second Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon took place. Following the inaugural race, I was glad to see the organisers take on board feedback from last year’s event and make this bigger and better than the first one. I was particularly pleased to see the improvement on the route and the added water stations. The big shiny medal and the technical t-shirt were the cherries on the cake."

"The event organisers moved the race forward by about 6 weeks, so I hoped we wouldn’t have to run in the scorching sun this year. When I set off from home, it was a cool and grey morning – perfect for running a half marathon. Much to my dismay, the sunshine came out as everyone filed into the pens at the starting line, and boy was I glad to have packed my sunglasses. It was exciting to see pro track and field athlete and local East London girl, Perri Shakes – Drayton start the race."

"I run with Run Dem Crew and Hackney is our stomping ground, so this is a very special race for me. It was great to run with different crew members along the way, and fun scanning the crowds for friends.  I was also looking forward to running past the Run Dem Crew cheer point at Mile 10."

"It’s a great route and joyous to run on closed roads, past some iconic Hackney sights including the Hackney Empire and through what is a surprisingly green borough of London.  The tempo changes coming through Olympic Park as the crowd thins out but there’s no doubting it still holds a special quality remembering Olympic glory achieved here."

"Prior to running the race I was a bit worried about being able to run it well, as I completed the Brighton Marathon – my first! - a month before. At around Mile 5, I was in a dark place, I felt really tired and began to walk. That’s when a lovely girl, Josie Arden, patted me on the back and encouraged me to keep running. Meeting Josie made me realise quite how small the running world is, not only did she know quite a few of the same bloggers and runners that I know, but she too had run the Brighton Marathon and was also finding the race quite hard.  We ran the rest of the course together, crossing the finish line hand in hand." 

"Although it was a tough race, I would do it all over again. One of my highlights was running past the Run Dem Crew cheer point. They went all out, with pots and pans, whistles and confetti cannons.  Vitality Run Hackney is a great local race, where the local community comes out to support the runners, offer us jelly babies and fruit and a whole load of encouragement."

"Pre-Registration for 2016 is now open. Sign me up!"

 

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Blood Pressure Vaccine Shows Promise in Rats

Experimental treatment might benefit people who forget to take meds, researcher says

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First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception

Researchers find early sperm more likely to achieve a pregnancy

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Immune-Based Therapy Uses Virus to Fight Advanced Melanoma

Study shows it helped a minority of patients, and experts say this approach has promise

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Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development

Fine-motor and social skills slightly improved in boys, but no difference in IQ, researchers say

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Even Slightly Overactive Thyroid Linked to Higher Fracture Risk

Study found greater chances of breaks in hip bones, spinal areas

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Fewer U.S. Hospitals Send New Moms Home with Formula

But CDC survey finds one-third continue the practice, which can undermine breast-feeding efforts

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Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse

Study suggests improved coping for those whose loved ones had end-of-life care

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Soy Supplements Won't Ease Asthma

Clinical trial refutes prior notion that the nutrient might boost lung function

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Health Tip: Be Safe Around Lawn Mowers

Don't let kids play nearby while mowing
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New pill study reveals VTE risk

GPs say women should be reassured not to change or stop their contraceptives

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GPs defend MS diagnosis rate

Report reveals four in five people with MS initially misdiagnosed

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Statement on the situation in Yemen

The conflict in Yemen is entering its 10th week and the numbers of dead and injured continue to grow. As always in conflict, it is innocent civilians that pay the highest price. Almost 2000 people have been killed and 8000 injured so far, including hundreds of women and children.

The shelters housing internally displaced persons are full of stories of loss and survival. For example, 6-year-old Malak lost her mother and saw others around her die as her family fled the fighting and 65-year-old Fathiya lost 13 members of her family and is now the sole guardian of 3 grandchildren who survived. via WHO news Read More Here..

Cold sore virus could kill cancer

Modified herpes virus could lengthen skin cancer survival by years

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