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Health and medical news briefs for Nov. 25
Oklahoman Published: November 25, 2012


food safety is essential at holidays, states health officials say

The state Health Department reminds food preparers that the holiday season can present food safety challenges.

Each year about 1 in 6 Americans becomes ill with a foodborne illness. It's important to practice good hand hygiene while preparing meals. Always check the internal temperature of cooked meat, poultry and egg dishes with a food thermometer to make sure that the food is cooked to a safe temperature.

If preparing turkey, allow enough time for a frozen turkey to defrost. Incorrectly thawed turkey can look safe to eat but be undercooked, allowing illness-causing germs to survive inside. For other safe holiday food preparation details, go to

discovery by OMRF could change

brain cancer surgeries

A discovery by scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation could be key to improving brain cancer treatment, researchers said. The work could benefit patients suffering from glioma, a type of cancer that grows from glial cells in the brain and spinal cord.

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