August 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks (NPR)
- Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat (NPR)
- Brushing And Flossing Could Cut Risk Of Oral HPV Infection (NPR)
- Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear (NPR)
- Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition (NPR)
- Test predicts heart attack risk (U-T)
- Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One? (NPR)
- Japanese man converts machine to convert plastics to oil (YouTube)
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The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child's advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.
Just a fragment of genes in bat guano was enough for researchers trying to find out how a deadly new virus spreads. It's the first time the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus has been found in an animal, and offers strong evidence that bats carry the virus.
People with poor oral health are more likely to have an oral infection with human papillomavirus. Even after the researchers factored in risks from smoking and oral sex, poor oral hygiene appeared to be an important factor.
A team of U.S. government researchers has shown that deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever can be vanquished in monkeys by an experimental drug given up to five days after infection — even when symptoms have already developed.
Imagine corn on the cob that naturally tastes creamy and buttery — no added fat required. Native Americans bred such a variety, but its kernels were almost lost to history. Now one chef is bringing back the heirloom corn — and hoping it will serve as a lesson in what can happen when crops are bred to be flavorful and colorful, not just big.
GenWay Biotech's blood test finds unstable arterial plaque causing heart attacks.
A new scientific report claims that a powerful quake can, in effect, be contagious. The finding could have important implications for hazard planning in earthquake zones