Abbott’s Fast COVID Test Poses Safety Issues, Lab Workers Say

Lab personnel say worries are mounting over the safety of a rapid coronavirus test by Abbott Laboratories that President Donald Trump has repeatedly lauded ― particularly, the risk of infection to those handling it.

Trump and federal health officials have promoted the ease with which the Abbott test can be given to patients, whether at a drive-thru site or a doctor’s office. Another selling point: The test could “save personal protective equipment (PPE),” according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Yet medical workers say that there’s a serious danger in the test’s design, one that would require much more protection — not less ― for those who administer it.

Running a test involves swabbing a potentially infected person’s nasal passage and swirling the specimen in an open container with liquid chemicals, raising the potential of releasing the highly contagious virus into the air.

When HHS announced it had

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Dear Santa: Spare me the stress | Health Beat

Finances are often a source of misery at the holidays. To save money, try giving one meaningful gift to someone, rather than a barrage of soon-forgotten items. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Stress abounds during the holiday season, but you can ease it, an expert says.

The way to manage stress is to recognize it and take steps to minimize it so it doesn’t overwhelm you, according to Cinnamon Stetler, an associate professor of psychology at Furman University, in Greenville, S.C.

One way to ease holiday stress is to avoid unrealistic expectations, such as believing the holidays will change people and family relationships.

“If your stress stems from other people’s actions, that’s largely out of your control. What you can do is limit your exposure,” Stetler said in a university news release.

Don’t obsess about family holiday traditions.

“Reflect on why that tradition is so important to you and what about

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Dates—nature’s sweetness | Health Beat

Dates are a great way to add sweetness to a recipe—without adding refined sugars. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Craving something sweet? It may be tempting to gobble up old favorites like candy, chocolate, cookies and cupcakes.

But where does that get you? Lots of calories. Refined sugar. Virtually no nutritional value.

As an alternative, it may be time for you to consider one of nature’s sweet treats: dates.


Roasted Cauliflower Salad

2 cauliflower heads; cut into florets
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cups dates; pitted, sliced thin
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup flat leaf parsley; finely chopped
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper; ground

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Toss cauliflower with olive oil and roast until a bit brown and crispy, about 30 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and drizzle vinegar on hot cauliflower.
4. Let cool; then

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