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The worst food poisoning I ever had was a few days after returning from a weekend getaway with friends. When I finally dragged myself out of the bathroom after 24 hours of hell, an email from one of my besties was waiting for me: "Is everybody else feeling OK? I know our dinner together was a few days ago so I'm sure it's not that, but I just wanted to check."
Dear Lifehacker, According to Metamucil and other high-fibre products, I'm supposed to squeeze out a Number 2 once per day to remain "regular". Personally, I don't go that often and I don't seem to be suffering for it. So here's my question: Is remaining "regular" actually important to my health, or is it just a ploy to sell supplements I don't need?
Imagine this: You’re an elite athlete, and you’ve spent years working towards your shot at Olympic glory. You’ve trained hard, been totally dedicated to your sport and now, here you are in Rio, getting ready for the pinnacle of your sporting career. It’s your time to shine. But suddenly, without warning, you are hit with stomach cramps. It’s not nerves – it’s more intense than that. Vomiting and diarrhoea kick in. Slowly and devastatingly, your chances of success go down the toilet.
iOS: There are few things more nerve-wracking for a parent than a sick or feverish child, and if your doctor tells you to wait it out, that's what you have to do. Luckily, Feevy is a new iPhone app that will help you track your child's temperature and progress, and report back to your doctor if things change.
Dear Lifehacker, After doing my research and crunching the numbers, I've purchased a brand new family car -- a Subaru Forester. One factor I didn't consider is the potential toxicity of the "new car smell". I can't find any recent research in this area, but I wanted to know: Are 2016 cars still susceptible to the same problem? Will the new car harm my infant baby? Am I going into overdrive and worrying about a non-issue? Also, if new car smell is dangerous, how can I reduce or eliminate the risks?
Several brands of pre-packed lettuce mixes sold at Coles and Woolworths have been recalled following a major salmonella outbreak in Victoria. Affected products include Coles 4 Leaf Mix, Woolworths salad mix, SupaSalad Supamix and Wash N Toss salad mix; all of which are sold in multiple states and territories.
There is a growing demand for fruit and vegetables across the Western world, thanks to increased awareness of their nutritional and health benefits. But we've always been taught they might not be safe to eat straight out of the supermarket, and they have to be washed first. Is this the case? And what might happen if we don't?
Dear Lifehacker, On the weekend it was reported that scores of people contracted food poisoning from a South Sydney bakery. (Story here.) The culprit is believed to have been a Vietnamese-style pork and chicken roll. This isn't the first time these products have caused a health scare: something similar happened in my home town last year. Are all these outbreaks a coincidence, or do I need to start looking for a new healthy lunch option?
Whether it's Hepatitis A in frozen berries or huntsmen spiders in bags of grapes, companies that distribute contaminated food don't usually go out of business. They clean up, fix problems and move on. If they handled the outbreak well, their food should be safe, but we understand if you're a little skittish. Here's what you need to know.