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January 5th, 2011

Communion Hepatitis Contamination Scares Church

A church in Long Island is warning its parishioners to keep an eye out or get tested for Hepatitis A after it was discovered that the communion wafers used for a Christmas mass might have been contaminated. For more information on this story and how this may have happened, keep reading after the jump.


For those who attend church on Christmas, it is supposed to be a joyous moment of faith and prayer on the most important Christian holiday of the year. But for a church in Nassau County, New York, churchgoers may have gotten more than they expected.

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December 31st, 2010

Treatment of Depression with Other Conditions Heightens Effectiveness

In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine it was found that treating depression in conjunction with other common chronic illnesses may increase the effectiveness of treatment of all the conditions. For more information on this study and what it may mean for you and your health, keep on reading after the jump.


People with several chronic conditions, especially depression, diabetes, and heart disease, find it more difficult than other patients to treat their conditions. Thankfully, a new study shows that by taking a different approach to treatment health care providers may be able to provide more complete care and save on costs in the long run.

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December 23rd, 2010

Gardisil Approved for Anal Cancer Prevention

The FDA has recently expanded its approved use of the vaccine Gardasil to now be used in the prevention of some kinds of anal cancer. For more information on this new health development and what this may mean for you, keep on reading after the jump.


The human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, has been shown to be a leading cause of cervical cancer in women. The vaccine Gardasil has been approved to protect girls against contracting the virus, and thus the possibility of preventing the cancer. But now the FDA is saying that Gardasil may help prevent against more than just cervical cancer.

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November 14th, 2010

Iron Chef America – Battle Barracuda

Last night’s episode of “Iron Chef America” pitted Chef Seamus Mullen versus Iron Chef Cat Cora. The secret ingredient was barracuda, specifically, the Pacific barracuda. No, it is not an endangered species. Our judges for the evening were Donatella Arpaia, food blogger Ed Levine, and sustainable food expert Anya Fernald.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Chef Cat Cora attends the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011 Official Coverage at Lincoln Center on September 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

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September 13th, 2010

Iron Chef America – Battle Truffle

What an awful show last night’s new episode of Iron Chef America was. I’ll admit, I was distracted watching ‘Mad Men’, too, at the same time. That was a pretty good episode! But Iron Chef was a real stinker. Chef Naomi Pomperoy challenged the newest Iron Chef, Jose Garces. Yawn! The secret ingredient was truffle. The judges for the evening were Chef Jose Andres, Karine Bakhoum and Jeffrey Chodorow.

circa 1800:  An illustration of edible fungi, including, clockwise, the chantrelle, the milk agaric, the truffle, the mushroom, the spinebearing  mushroom, the edible bolete, the scaly mushroom, the morel, the yellow clavaria and the honey mushroom.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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September 6th, 2010

Iron Chef America – Battle Oatmeal

We had another brand new episode of ‘Iron Chef America’ last night. Chef Christopher Kostow challenged the loveliest of the Iron Chefs, our favorite Southern Belle, Cat Cora! The secret ingredient was the humblest of grains, oatmeal. Several varieties were at the chef’s disposal; steel-cut Irish, milled Scottish, rolled American and the ever popular Quick Oats.

CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 17: Chef Cat Cora arrives at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 17, 2010 in Century City, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

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September 2nd, 2010

Top Chef blasts off, goes out of this world

Last night’s episode of Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef’ began somberly as there are only five chefs remaining. In alphabetical order they are: Angelo, Ed, Kelly, Kevin and Tiffany. As the gang arrives in the Top Chef kitchen, they are met by Padma who introduces them to Dana Cowin. She is the wine expert for Food & Wine magazine.

top chef blasts off

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August 30th, 2010

Iron Chef America: Battle Broccoli

Last night we were treated to a fresh episode of ‘Iron Chef America’ on the Food Network. Vegetarian Chef Amanda Cohen, owner of the all-veggie eatery Dirty Candy (a reference to her view of vegetables) entered Kitchen Stadium. She challenged that Master of Asian Cuisine, Masaharu Morimoto. A wise choice, indeed! The secret ingredient was broccoli.

NETANYA, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 22: Freshly harvested broccoli are on sale in the local produce market February 22, 2006 in Netanya in central Israel. Fresh locally-grown vegetables, a source of antioxidants according to the American Heart Association, feature regularly in meals in Mediterranean countries. The Mediterranean diet, a term used to broadly describe the eating habits of the people of the region, is widely believed to be responsible for the low rates of chronic heart disease in the populations of the 16 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

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August 26th, 2010

$1.6 Million Dollar Ham

$1.6 Million Dollar Ham

Believe it or not, somebody paid $1.6 Million dollars for a ham. That’s ‘Yankee dollars’, too! Not Canadian, not Australian. U.S. greenbacks. The $1.6 Million ham weighed a healthy 16 pounds, which works out to $100,000 a pound! All of this Tom Foolery took place in the Bluegrass State at the 47th Annual Kentucky Ham Breakfast charity auction in Louisville and was sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. Kentucky is now no longer only known for it’s horse racing and college basketball team, but for having the world’s most expensive ham!

May 1990:  Summer Squall runs in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine  /Allsport

Who would buy a $1.6 Million ham you ask? Two local businessmen brought home the bacon. Bernard Trager, Chairman of the Republic Bank and Trust and Dr. Mark Lynn, who owns Dr. Bizer’s Vision World. They split the deal, each pledging $800,000. The money itself will be split up between the University of Louisville, the Visually Impaired Preschool Services and the Eastern Area Community Ministries.

I suppose it’s difficult to justify a $1.6 Million ham in these days of economic recession. As we see in the video below, the auctioning of breakfast foods is not unique to the State of Kentucky. Perhaps if some fine bourbons were added, then that might make the prize all the more worthwhile. Or at least some good horse racing tips!

Yet still, there is something to be said about the acquisition of a $1.6 Million ham. I think Aristotle said it best — “A ham is a ham. A non-ham is a non-ham. And a ham cannot be a non-ham.” Or was it Popeye who said “I am a ham I am.” Of course, perhaps the most valuable ham in history is William Shatner.

While we’re hamming it up about the $1.6 Million ham, I absolutely have to say this — “We can cure. Smoke it. Glaze it. We have the technology!”

The $1.6 Million ham was produced by Broadbent B&B Foods of Kuttawa, Kentucky. The pricey pork won the grand prize at the Kentucky State Fair. Personally, I was never one for ham with my breakfast. I prefer bacon. Frankly, I’m not a ‘ham person’. But, at least in this case, no matter how you feel about ham, or the price of this one in particular, at least the money is going to good causes.

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February 27th, 2010

Jon Johannesson, Ingibjorg Palmadottir Sued For “Ugly’ Ikea Kitchen

Jon Asegir Johannesson and his wife, Ingibjorg Palmadottir, a designer, are being sued by Paramount Realty Group.
So what did they do, you ask? Well, they rented out one of their little corners of the world, located at 50 Gramercy Park North, and had the audacity to renovate on a tight budget…er…make that cheap. Real cheap.

Jon Johannesson and Ingibjorg Palmadottir are uber-wealthy. Iceland’s most gorgeous couple went low-rent tech in a high rent ‘hood. That’s a no-no. Even the homeless in New York know you can’t get away with important things like that!

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