Drop, Cover and Hold
Many of us grew up with the idea that the safest place to be during an earthquake is the doorway. But Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey says that’s not so. Her advice to public radio station KPCC: Get under a desk or table, cover your head, and hold on until the shaking stops. The idea that it’s better to be next to the desk than underneath it, she says, is silly, because a desk or table protects you from falling and flying objects. Hear the report …
A Better Way to Grill
Marinating meat before you barbecue could reduce levels of cancer-forming compounds produced during grilling, say researchers from Kansas State University. They marinated steaks in Caribbean, southwest and herb blends for an hour before grilling at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The Caribbean blend reduced levels of heterocyclic amines (HCA) 88 percent, the hers cut HCA levels 72 percent and the southwest blend produced a 57 percent drop. The secret, apparently, is that the marinades’ herbs and spices contain antioxidants. The research is published in the Journal of Food Science.
Working to Keep Off the Weight
Losing weight is tough enough, but now researchers are saying women may need to exercise at least 55 minutes a day, five days a week, keep off those hard-lost pounds. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh followed 201 overweight and obese women who lost 8 to 10 percent of their initial body weight. The 24.6 percent who maintained that loss over two years all reported exercising more – an average of 275 minutes per week over their baseline activity level – than those who put back on the pounds. That study was published in the July 28 Archives of Internal Medicine.