FDA reports increasing complaints about tattoo ink

The CBS Evening News (9/16, story 9, 2:05, Pelley) reported the Food and Drug Administration “is seeing a spike in complaints about tattoos” and “recently warned of possible risks of exposure to some ingredients in the ink.” Anna Werner of CBS added that while the FDA “admits scrutiny of the tattoo industry has not been a priority for the agency,” researchers at the agency “have recently come up with new ways to look for toxins, and they’re trying to develop new methods to identify just what is in those color pigments.”

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Hurricane Matthew Prep

Don’t WAIT until it is too LATE!

Act NOW!!!

Hurricane Matthew Prep

If you will need med refills in the next week or so,

please contact your PHARMACY no later than Wednesday.   

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Pharmacies contact us electronically which is the fastest way to get your prescriptions refilled.

Recipe for Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting

Celebrated another birthday at the office!

Caramel Cake

Ingredients:

  • Solid vegetable shortening for greasing the pans
  • Flour for dusting the pans
  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) plain white cake mix
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Quick Caramel Frosting (see below)

 

Directions:

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease two 9-inch round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the pans aside. Place the cake mix, mild, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look well blended. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pans in the oven side by side. Bake the cakes until they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 27 to 29 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rack, then invert them again into another rack to the cakes are right side up. Allow them to cool completely, 30 minutes more.

Meanwhile, prepare the Quick Caramel Frosting:

  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Place the butter and brown sugars in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until the mixture comes to a boil, about 2minutes. Add the milk, stir, and bring back to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beet with a wooden spoon until the frosting is smooth. Use immediately (while still warm) to frost the cake of your choice or the frosting will harden. If it does harden while you are frosting the cake, simply place the pan back over low heat and stir until frosting softens up.

Makes 3 cups, enough to frost a 3 or 3 layer cake.

Place one cake layer, right side up, on a serving platter. Spread the top with warm frosting. Place the second layer, right side up on top of the first layer and frost the top and sides of the cake with clean, smooth strokes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple physical activity may help high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments

The AP (9/26, Neergaard) reports that research indicated “simple physical activity – mostly walking – helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they’d long been couch potatoes.”

TIME (9/26, Park) reports that investigators “followed more than 1,600 elderly adults who were mostly sedentary at the start of the study.”

The NPR (9/26, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that half of the study’s “participants got a health education program involving regular in-person sessions and some stretching exercises, while the other group was told to aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity as well as strength, flexibility and balance training both at the study’s facilities and at home.” Investigators “followed participants for about 2.7 years, and found that the physical activity program cut the amount of time that people spent with a ‘major mobility disability’…by 25 percent compared to the education program.” The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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