E. coli outbreak in 2018 that killed five people and hospitalized nearly 100, the CDC traced the strain of the bacteria back to the lettuce-growing region near Yuma, Arizona, but couldn’t link it to a single farm, processor, or distributor. In a second outbreak the same year that left a healthy toddler legally blind and unable to speak or move and dozens of other sick, it took a month for the government to link the illnesses to romaine. When they did, they didn’t know the specific source, so they simply told Americans to throw away any romaine lettuce, sending truckloads of food to landfills. Another month later, they linked it to a farm, but they finally concluded that it may have come from multiple farms. … [Read more...] about These invisible, edible biological tags help track down the cause of E. coli outbreaks
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Bonus: The dedicated Gmail newsletter tab This final item isn’t an app but rather a bit of crafty configuration that adds a dedicated section for newsletters into your existing Gmail setup. It’s a fantastic middle ground that lets you separate newsletters from the rest of your email without having to add in any extra apps or complications. … [Read more...] about Don’t clutter your inbox with newsletters. Use these awesome apps instead
Create rituals McGraw says we can also create some distance between work life and home by creating rituals. “[For many], there is no physical separation. Work to create mental boundaries, using rituals to start and end your day.” That can start with dressing for work to set the tone for your day. Take a few moments to set up your workstation as you’d prepare your desk in the morning. When you’re finishing your workday, find some small gesture to mark the transition. “Maybe light a candle or go outside for a few minutes to signal the end of the day,” she suggests. The specific action isn’t as important as establishing a habit to help signal to yourself that it’s time to stop work and enjoy some time for yourself. … [Read more...] about Salvage your health resolutions with these 9 simple moves
“Normalize rest as productive and necessary,” says Pleasant. “Encourage your employees to take their PTO without feeling guilty and/or incentivize additional time off for wellness care of their choosing that doesn’t require them to tap into their personal time off.” Dennis encourages partnering with local mental health counselors, therapists, and wellness companies to offer your employees ways to cope with what they had to witness. “Equally, this is a time to center you BIPOC employees, who may be feeling more upset than their white counterparts as they essentially witnessed white privilege and supremacy in a way that is numbing and confronting,” says Dennis. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
After a much more contagious coronavirus variant was discovered in the U.K. in December, scientists at Pfizer and Moderna started to study whether their newly approved vaccines would still work against it. So far, it seems likely that the vaccines will still be effective. But new variants continue to be discovered, including one in California linked to large outbreaks and one in South Africa that initial studies show may be resistant to the antibodies created by earlier strains. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?