The Drs: Salad Bar Germs + Coffee Prevents Liver Cirrhosis

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The Doctors: Bacteria In Salad Bars

Many people turn to salad bars for convenient healthy meals, but just how safe are those salad bars or the prepackaged salad in your frige? Dr Travis Stork and Dr Andrew Ordon are big fans of salads and love visiting the salad bar, but Dr Rachael Ross tends to avoid salad bars because she’s a self-proclaimed germaphobe. The Doctors conducted their own investigation at an unnamed salad bar, swabbing the sneeze guard, ladles, tongs, and some ingredients like lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, carrots, and croutons. The swabs were sent to a lab to be analyzed and checked for bacteria.

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Dr Stork revealed that the lettuce tested positive for staph and a bacteria commonly found in fecal matter. The carrots tested positive for E coli and the the fecal bacteria as well, and the chicken tested positive for the same bacteria also found in dirt. The sneeze guard, ladles, tongs, tomatoes, and croutons all tested negative. Dr Stork explained that you shouldn’t be afraid of the salad bar, but you should be aware and notice if anything doesn’t seem right. As usual, always wash your hands!

The Drs: Salad Bar Germs + Coffee Prevents Liver Cirrhosis

The Doctors tested a salad bar to find out just how dirty and germ-ridden the spot really is. (nataliemaynor / Flickr)

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The Doctors: App To Find Matching Lipstick

Next, Dr Ross explained that there is an app called Flawless Makeup that will take whatever outfit you’re wearing and give you a lipstick that will match. You can either buy through the app or use the suggestion to shop at a store. Dr Ross showed how easy it is to take a picture of your clothes and then select the lipstick that pops up. If you need some help finding the right color, this is one great tool! Even Dr Stork put some lipstick on saying it gave him great energy!

Energy was the word of the day and you can use the word energy on The Doctors website to enter for a chance to win a $160 gift certificate to Tiny Devotions.

The Doctors: Coffee To Cut Liver Cirrhosis Risk

If you’re absolutely in love with coffee, it’s time to celebrate! Researchers in the U.K. have found that regular consumption of coffee cuts the risk of liver cirrhosis by 44% in one study. Cirrhosis occurs when the liver is scarred and is usually caused by drinking too much alcohol. It’s important to keep in mind that liver damage is hard, if not impossible, to reverse.

The Doctors: HPV Vaccine & Virus Reduction

For The Doctors News in 2:00, it was reported that a new CDC study on the HPV vaccine has shown dramatic results in reducing the virus that leads to cervical cancer. Since the vaccine was introduced in 2006, infection rates have fallen 64% among girls 14-19 and 34% among women 20-24. About 14 million Americans become infected with HPV each year and some strains of the virus can cause genital, cervical, anal, penile, mouth, and throat cancer. The American Cancer Society has estimated that more than 4,000 women will die this year of cervical cancer.

The Doctors: Laminate Floor Cancer Risk

The CDC recently released a report about a potential cancer risk associated with laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators. Now, a revised report from the CDC said those laminate floors that contain formaldehyde have a three times higher risk of causing cancer than previously stated. Indoor exposure to formaldehyde can cause respiratory issues in those with asthma or COPD. Lumber Liquidators is offering free independent air quality tests to their customers.

The Doctors: Diane Lane On Aging In Hollywood

Diane Lane stars in the upcoming Batman VS Superman movie as the mother of Clark Kent. The actress has opened up about aging in Hollywood, saying she’s rehearsed 50 for a long time and isn’t going to “white knuckle it” trying to play 29.

The Doctors: Put On Bracelet With One Hand

For The Doctors’ Prescription of the Day, they shared a way to get a bracelet on without the help of someone else. Use a piece of Scotch tape to hold one side of the bracelet on your wrist while you connect the bracelet using your other hand.

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