October 26, 2018

Weekend reads: Move over, Uber. Jimmy John's is getting patients to the hospital.

Daily Briefing

    Ben Palmer's reads

    PSA: Don't dress up your chickens for Halloween. CDC this year is asking chicken owners to refrain from dressing the chickens up for Halloween due to a strain of salmonella. So far, at least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella after coming into contact with raw chicken products, and CDC warned that people handling live chickens by dressing them up for Halloween could come into contact with the bacteria. CDC also advised, "Don't kiss your birds or snuggle them and then touch your face and mouth."

    Bad weather means more heart attacks, study finds. More heart attacks occur when the weather is bad, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Cardiology. For the study, researchers analyzed 274,029 heart attack patients from 1998 to 2013 with data on the location of their cardiac care unit and their time of admission, as well as over 3.5 million data points regarding the weather at each site. They found that a temperature decrease from 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 30 degrees was associated with a 14% increased risk of heart attack. Similarly, an increase in wind speed from zero to 36 miles per hour was associated with a 7% increase in heart attack risk, and a decrease in hours of sunshine from 10 hours a day to none was associated with an 11% increased risk.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Is this popular sandwich chain the next emergency ride service? After Lisa Nagengast received a concerning voicemail from her brother, Greg Holeman, who was in extreme pain following back surgery, Nagengast offered to call his social worker so she could send help. Nagengast dialed the number and explained that her brother needed a ride to the hospital. The person on the other end agreed to send a driver to help Holeman if he could have his name and address. "Don't you have it in his file?" Nagengast asked. Zach Hillmer, who had answered the phone call, informed Nagengast that she called Jimmy John's, the sandwich shop. Regardless, Hillmer drove Holeman to the hospital where he had his bandage changed.

    For zoo animals, pumpkin spice is served year round. Pumpkin spice is one of dozens of scents used for "scent enrichment"—use of smells to encourage natural behaviors—in American zoos. The seasonal scent is a favorite for a lot of zoo animals, especially Bei Bei, a young panda who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Lions and tigers are big fans of the spice, too, which is sprinkled in their enclosures for them to "flop around in," according to zookeepers at the National Zoo. But at the zoo, the scent isn't limited to fall. "We use it all the time," National Zoo keeper Katy Juliano said. "They'd probably be sad if we only used it in the fall. They would miss it."

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