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Could a Hearing Test Predict Autism?

Researchers at the University of Rochester, New York have identified the presence of an inner-ear problem in children with autism that may limit their ability to recognize speech.  The study by Anne Lueke and her colleagues tested children between the ages of 6 to 17 with and without autism. Their study found that children with…

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 Watts Brothers Farms Expands Recall of Vegetables

Watts Brothers Farms is recalling Organic Mixed Vegetables, Organic Super Sweet Corn (Yellow/Gold), and Organic Peas due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The first recall was on May 5, 2016, but those produucts have not been availbable for purchase since this date. The additional packages below were recently…

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays for cooking quick and easy finger foods. This year, we are getting together with some neighborhood friends. That means lots of kids and lots of fun, but getting anyone to sit still long enough to eat can be a bit difficult. So I like to…

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Watch Your Peas

The start of a big recall or a few companies with problems? It’s hard to know, but currently one company, Pinnacle Foods Inc, has started a recall on their frozen peas due to their packaging company, National Foods Corporation, finding a problem of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the Not-Ready-To Eat frozen peas and frozen mixed vegetables. The list of National…

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Recall on Al Rasheed Sardine

Greenland Trading Corporation of Paterson, New Jersey is recalling AI Rasheed Sardine, due to the potential of contamination on select vacuum-sealed packages of sardines with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause a life-threatening illness or death. The New York State Department of Agriculture conducted samplings and found some packages to contain the bacterium. Consumers are warned…

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Dark vs Light

With so much discussion about climate change, I decided to devise a fun and educational experiment that can show kids the difference between air temperatures on a planet taken in the open ocean and on ice caps, like the Arctic and Antarctica.  We started with a few simple tools: a large glass bowl to represent the…

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The Secrets in the Sidewalks

Need something fun to do on a rainy day in Boston? What is more fun than hunting for secret messages around the city?  Members of the Mayor’s Mural Crew, a youth group sponsored by the city of Boston, is creating sidewalk art around the city by stenciling poems with biodegradable water-repellent spray. The water-repellent seal…

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ADHD or a Rare Hidden Cancer

A new study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found  two rare tumors, pheochromocytoma and paragangliomas, masquerading as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The tumors secrete a substance that stimulates the central nervous system that may cause health care providers to misdiagnose and inappropriately treat patients for ADHD. The substance, catecholamines, is…