Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to…

Red wine, which may help reduce a woman’s risk for cancer. Research published in the International Journal of Cancer explains that chemicals called flavonoids, found in red wine, lowered the risk of ovarian cancer. The particular flavonoid, called apignenin, is also found in celery and tomato sauce. Get more details here.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which can help improve your memory. Research from the University of Pittsburgh shows taking an omega-3 supplement can increase memory. In a study, two groups were given a memory test. After six months, the group who had been taking the supplement showed an increase in their working memory. Learn more about the study here.

Jeers to…

Storms like Sandy, which can spread illness. For those who lose power, be careful what you eat—there’s bound to be some spoiled food in the fridge. Also, water is often contaminated during hurricanes and big storms, which is why it’s good to stock up on bottled beverages. Respiratory issues can also be a problem, as high winds can bring up molds that are normally hidden down in the ground. Read more about the possible dangers here.

The New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak. The pharmacy was not kept clean and the products were not sterile. The contaminated steroid was shipped from the pharmacy before sterility tests came back. Watch this video to learn more.


By Laura Jungreis