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This Valentine’s Day, have your chocolate and eat it, too!

By Megan Miller, RDN, LD In the right form and quantity, chocolate can be a healthy part of your diet. Health benefits of chocolate: Higher antioxidant content than some fruits/veggies to fight cancer and oxidative stress Polyphenols and flavonols can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease Studies show people who eat chocolate regularly tend to weigh...
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Have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking.

It’s not news that the health risks of smoking are serious and life-threatening.  We’ve known for years that cigarette smoking has been linked to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and early death. There’s a new behavioral villain on the rise though, and research is revealing that it could be as costly to our...
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Cancer “moonshot” has great potential

During the State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama announced a government-funded cancer research initiative that will be a “moonshot” to cure cancer. This is welcome news for cancer specialists across the United States, as well as for people whose lives have been affected by cancer. A key part of the initiative will be...
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Touchdowns and Televisions

For football fans (and for those that watch for the commercials), the countdown is on for the Big Game. This year’s Super Bowl will be underway before we know it!  Part of the fun of the Super Bowl is in getting prepared. If you are anything like me and the rest of America, you will...
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Preventing Winter Sports Injuries in Children

Whether it is sledding, skiing, snowboarding or ice-skating, winter activities allow children to explore the outdoors in a way that no other season can offer. When your children suit up in their winter gear and head out in the snow, make sure you plan ahead so they remain injury-free this winter. In 2013, more than...
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New recreational therapy opportunities for vets

By Ryan Foster With more and more studies being conducted on the effects of combat we are realizing there are an increasing number of veterans returning from active duty with injuries below the surface.  Although these wounds may not be visible to everyone, the hardships that stem from them can make returning home a much...
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New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

One in four people report some holiday let down or depression after Christmas.  Many people have disappointment related to unmet or unrealistic expectations, guilt about overindulgence, a return of loneliness, and perhaps disappointment that family members didn’t help more with caregiving.  The shorter days of winter can also be depressing. It’s time to be proactive...
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The best way to administer children’s medication

Imagine this. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning. You have to get up at 6:30 and your child hasn’t slept at all. He’s coughing and feels terrible. With sleepy-eyed desperation you shuffle to the medicine cabinet to get your wee one some cough medicine to help him feel better. In this time of distress you...
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What to know about research linking GERD medications and kidney disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, were first introduced in the late 1980s revolutionizing the management of peptic ulcer disease.  They remain one of the most commonly prescribed medications today and are also available for over-the-counter purchase without a prescription for people with reflux. The recent observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week revealed...
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New Dietary Guidelines Focus Less on Fats, More on Added Sugars

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Agriculture (USDA) have just released dietary guidelines for Americans for 2015 to 2020. The guidelines for added sugars, saturated fats and salt have changed significantly. I think that the changes are good, although they may not have gone far enough. Specifically, the guidelines recommend a...
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