As 2016 comes to a close, we wish you a safe and happy holidays! To make sure your holiday season is full of merriment and free of mishaps, we’re taking a look back at a post from last year, originally published December 24th, 2015.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be asking yourself the age-old question, “What is love?” Although this question has plagued great minds like Shakespeare and Haddaway through the centuries, modern science is getting closer to being able to find the elusive answer. It turns out that love may have less to do with the heart, and more to do with an intoxicating cocktail of neurotransmitters that flood the brain and cause “that lovin’ feeling.”
For many people, the holidays are a joyous and festive time to spend with family and loved ones. However, even with all of the warm holiday wishes and holiday cheer of the season, this time of year can also be an accident waiting to happen. During the holiday season, emergency rooms across the U.S. see an increase in visits due to holiday-related injuries and illnesses. Read on to learn about some of the most common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.
As we break for the holidays, we wanted to leave you with this informative (and fun) carol courtesy of the CDC. Consider this festive song our reminder to keep healthy and safe while you’re enjoying the best of the holiday season. We hope you like it so much you want to sing along!
See you in the new year!
Today is Thanksgiving and turkey is on everyone’s mind. But there is one other thing we should all be mindful of as we get ready for the day’s big meal: food safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Clostridium perfringens is the second most common cause of food poisoning from bacteria. Most outbreaks (92%) are caused by meat and poultry.
Here are few tips from the CDC on safely preparing, cooking, and storing your Thanksgiving feast for a happy, healthy holiday:
- Always wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces immediately after handling raw poultry.
- If using a frozen turkey, be sure to thaw your bird at a safe temperature. Bacteria thrives between 40 and 140°F.
- The three safest ways to thaw your turkey (and any other frozen food) are (1) in the refrigerator; (2) in cold water; and (3) in the microwave. See the USDA’s “Safe Methods for Thawing” website to learn more.
- To stuff in or out of the bird? The CDC’s answer to this debate is “for optimal safety and uniform doneness,” cook your stuffing outside the turkey in a separate casserole dish.
- Always use a meat thermometer when cooking your turkey and be sure your turkey reaches a safe minimal internal temperature of 165°F. Stick the thermometer into the meatiest portions of the turkey breast, thing, and wing.
- Refrigerate your Thanksgiving leftovers as soon as possible, ideally within 2 hours of preparation. This can prevent food poisoning. Be sure to keep your leftovers at 40°F or below.
For more information on having a safe food holiday, check out the CDC’s “It’s Turkey Time” website.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library!
…All of our wonderful friends and supporters, as well as the opportunities we’ve been given to show others around the country how innovative and exciting our medical school and our library is!
Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, we will be closing today at 5pm instead of 11pm, and will be closed throughout the weekend. We’ll be back again 8am on Monday. In the meantime, should you need anything, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to get back with you.
We wish you a safe and restful holiday!