Does Noisy Eating and Loud Gum Chewing Drive You Crazy? You May Have Misophonia

If every loud crunch of cereal or hair-tingling slurp of soup makes you want to scream, you may have a real neurological condition — and you’re not alone. The technical term for the condition is misophonia, and it’s defined as a severe sensitivity to sounds like chewing, coughing, yawning and more. Some people have more extreme cases of misophonia than others, and find themselves completely distracted by the noises, to the point where they need cognitive behavioral therapy. While it was formally named as a condition in 2001, many skeptics still questioned whether misophonia was a real condition. But last
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Salads and Wraps Sold at Kroger and Trader Joe's May Have Been Contaminated By a Parasite

Salads and wraps sold at major grocery chains may have been contaminated by an infectious parasite, according to a public health alert. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warned consumers on Monday to stay away from certain beef, pork and poultry salads and wraps sold at stores including Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Gordon Food Service and Walgreen’s. Romaine lettuce used in these products may have been tainted by Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal illness, according to FSIS. The salads and wraps in question were produced by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods LLC between July 15 and
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Chicken Is the Number One Cause of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks. Here's How to Stay Safe

More than 100,000 people were sickened by food-related illness outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the food that made more people sick than any other? Chicken. It was confirmed as the cause of more than 3,000 (about 12%) of those cases. Pork and seeded vegetables came in second and third for number of illnesses caused, both with more than 2,500 cases or about 10% each. Fish and dairy caused more individual outbreaks than any other food groups, according to the analysis, but those outbreaks were
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Almond Milk in 28 States Recalled for Containing Actual Milk

  More than 145,000 half-gallons of the popular Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze nut milk, manufactured by HP Hood LLC, have been voluntarily recalled from 28 states because the product accidentally contains actual milk, according to a statement released by the manufacturer. Milk is considered an allergen, and needs to be listed on all products that contain it, as some people can have severe reactions. As of Thursday, one person has reported an allergic reaction, though no one has had to be hospitalized, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The affected milk alternative is found in the refrigerated section,
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Why You Should Be Eating More Frozen Fish–and What You Need to Know Before Buying It

Fish can be a pesky thing to buy. For some of us, it’s in regular rotation, going into the cart at the supermarket or farmer’s market once or twice a week. For others, concerns about not being able to cook it before it goes bad or its often hefty price tag preclude the purchase in the first place. That’s where frozen fish comes into play. A decade ago, the Washington Post asked, “Can Chefs Cozy Up to Frozen Fish?” The article noted its lower carbon footprint, often superior quality (to the fresh stuff that is air-shipped), and Americans’ reluctance to
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How to Cook Mussels at Home–and Why It's Easier Than You Think

"De-bearding." "Purging." "Scrubbing." If you’ve ever read a mussels recipe, you may well have decided that the lingo was too daunting for you to face them at home. The first time I cooked mussels I was straight-up terrified. How was I to store these bivalve mollusks without killing them? And how did I know which ones were dead, so as not to give myself food poisoning? All in all, it seemed much simpler to waltz down to the nearest French bistro—admittedly an easy thing to do here in New York City—and plunk down $12 to $17 for mussels and fries.
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3 Easy Salad Dressing Recipes You Can Make at Home

Salad and I did not get off to a good start. It occupied one of the beige squares on the school cafeteria lunch tray. I was deep in conversation about the things that matter to 6-year-olds—the virtues of Cabbage Patch Kids or whatnot—and was focused on the burger that sat next to the salad, one square over on the tray. I'd promised my parents I’d have two bites of salad before the burger. As I lifted the fork, someone screamed. A live, curious inchworm was millimeters from my open mouth. I wouldn’t get near salad for a full 10 years
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2 Awesome Instant Pot Deals for Anybody Who Missed Out on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day 2018 set a record for sales of the popular Instant Pot multi-cooker. The Instant Pot six-quart DUO60 model was on sale for less than $60. It sold out on Amazon in just 19 hours (including four hours when Amazon’s site wasn’t functioning correctly), Instant Pot parent company Double Insight CEO Robert Wang told CNBC this week. The DUO60 is normally $100, so it’s no surprise people leaped at the chance to buy it on Prime Day for just $58.99. But if you missed your chance, we’ve got great news: There’s an Instant Pot flash sale going on
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A Man Died From 'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria After Eating an Oyster. Here's What You Need to Know

[brightcove:3507214781001 default] A 71-year-old man died after eating what many consider a delicacy: raw oysters. The man, whose name has not been released, ate an oyster at a restaurant in Sarasota, Florida that turned out to be contaminated with Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. Said to have been dealing with underlying medical conditions, the man died two days later, USA Today reported. Vibrio bacteria usually cause gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. But people with medicals issues such as liver disease, diabetes, stomach disorders, or other conditions that weaken the body’s typical immune response are at a higher risk of more serious complications or even
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Cycle Touring: The Great Escape

Joshua Cunningham Thursday, July 12, 2018 – 16:04 Joshua Cunningham spent a year cycling from the western tip of Europe to the eastern edge of Asia, dealing with tough routes, changes in climate and baffling local bureaucracy – but a bike adventure can go anywhere and be of any distance. In this extract from his new book, he tells of his extraordinary journey and explains how anyone can have an equally amazing bike experience Adventure cycling, cycle touring, bikepacking, bike travel, bike tripping, bike bivvying… there’s an ever-increasing list of sub-genres that people like to use when talking about travelling
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