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 www.health.ok.gov.
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.
About 23,000 Americans are diagnosed with a malignant glioma each year and more than 13,000 will die, according to the American Cancer Society. A new discovery by OMRF researchers Rheal Towner and Jonathan Wren might help surgeons minimize collateral damage in surgery.
The researchers identified a gene called ELTD1, which can serve as a new “biomarker” — a way to identify the cancerous cells. By using this gene as a mapping tool, surgeons could treat tumors while leaving more healthy brain tissue intact. The gene could be useful for early diagnosis of brain cancers and might help doctors plan more effective treatments — all important factors for increasing patients' odds of survival, researchers said.
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