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20 percent: According to the National Sanitation Foundation, more than 20 percent of foodborne illnesses come from mistakes in the kitchen. The bacteria that could be in the raw chicken you're cutting up for tonight's casserole can instantly spread once you wipe your hands on the dish towel, so be vigilant in sanitizing work spaces and washing your hands.
About 42 million Americans provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult and new research shows the stress associated with this responsibility can have a negative effect on a person's health. With the demand for caregivers expected to increase as baby boomers reach age 65 (the 65-plus age group is expected to top 70 million in 2030), it's important that caregivers know how to prevent their important role from deteriorating their own health. Practice healthy habits, make personal time a priority and don’t ignore depression.
Copper, which is found in anything from drinking water to red meats, may be an environmental trigger of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study that suggests it keeps toxic proteins from leaving the brain. Copper, while also an essential mineral in our diets, is usually found in drinking water that is carried by copper pipes as well as shellfish, meats, nuts and many vegetables and fruits, according to a CNN Health report.