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How new dietary guidelines affect you

The US Departments of Agriculture and Health have released new dietary guidelines for Americans to follow. In whole, these guidelines can be cumbersome and it is difficult to understand how food contributes to health. But when broken down and compared with local data, it is easy to see how these guidelines can lead to healthier lifestyles and how to achieve them. Lower salt intake: the new guidelines recommend that you consume less than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day. But how many teaspoons is that? The answer: one half. When…

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When your BLT bites back: Processed meats found to increase risk of cancer

Picture this: it’s Sunday morning and the smell of bacon and sausage wafts from the kitchen and beckons you to come downstairs to enjoy the succulent, crispy meat alongside sunny side up eggs, two buttered pieces of toast and a big cup of coffee. Sounds heavenly on a Sunday morning, right? Wrong. According to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), your BLT, cold cut sandwich, sausage dinner or afternoon hot dog grilling party could come back to bite you. After a panel of 22 scientists from 10…

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Text Neck Syndrome

With everything available at the touch of a button, it’s no wonder that the smartphone has become an essential part of daily life in this society. Typically, people spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads titled down at their cell phones, according to a study done by Kenneth K. Hansraj, M.D. of the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. In total, that adds up to 700 to 1400 hours a year spent reading and texting on smartphones and other devices. Teenagers and children…

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Brenda Wynn is a survivor

Brenda Wynn is a third generation breast cancer survivor. Her mother and grandmother also had breast cancer. She was diagnosed on Christmas Eve last year at the age of 53. Wynn is usually diligent about getting her mammograms due to her family history but when she went in last year, she was about six months late on her appointment. She was not worried about the mammogram because she had not noticed anything different in her breasts. When the mammogram results came back, the doctors performed a biopsy because of suspicious…

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