Food safety experts from the USDA say when you slice your Thanksgiving dinner, or a chicken anytime of the year, you may find a pink hue to the mean. For most cooks, that's a cue that the food is undercooked. For poultry, pink-tinged meat results when hemoglobin in the mean chemically reacts to gases from oven cooking, whether you use a gas or electric oven. To ensure you've cooked the bird through and through, depend on a meat thermometer instead of a color clue. Your turkey is safe to eat all over when the thermometer says 180 degrees in the thigh.
In the not too distant future, a roomful of lab equipment may be replaced by a comparably sophisticated lab, about the size of a small Post It note. Engineering researchers at UCLA are developing a "lab on a chip." The micro-sized lab moves test droplets on a small chip by changing electric voltage. Chemicals on the chip "light up" when in contact with proteins associated with disorders. The researchers estimate the lab on a chip could be available within two years and could revolutionize medical diagnosis in remote areas without access to labs.
The Lubbock City Health Department says it has another 1,400 doses of the flu vaccine. Again, these will only be available to adults who are high risk patients. That means you qualify if you are age 65-years-old or older or any age with a chronic medical condition. Also, women who are pregnant and in their second trimester and health care workers who come in close contact with patients or caregivers who are in close contact with babies younger than six months. The flu clinic will be offered Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Civic Center. Each shot will be $10 but Medicare will be accepted if you can show proof of coverage.