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Be Aware of Gluten in Medication.

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Individuals who suffer from gluten intolerance or sensitivity must pay close attention to ingredients, as even a small amount of gluten can cause a reaction. Even over-the-counter and prescription meds can contain gluten. To avoid gluten in medications, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: carefully read the ingredients on all your meds, talk to you physician about your gluten issues, and ask your pharmacist to double check ingredients on the medications you are picking up.
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Rear-Facing Car Seats Protect in Rear-End Crashes.

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Little research exists on child safety in rear-facing car seats in the event of a rear-end crash. In this study, Ohio State University researchers tested several rear-facing car seats in rear-end crashes and found that all of the seats were effective at supporting a child’s head, neck, and spine. Study lead author Dr. Julie Mansfield adds, “Even though the child is facing the direction of the impact, it doesn’t mean that a rear-facing car seat isn’t going to do its ...

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Help Reduce Water Pollution.

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The Office of Women’s Health notes that drinking polluted water can cause vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, and reproductive and developmental problems. To help reduce the risk of consuming polluted water, the agency recommends the following: recycle batteries and other harmful electronic waste; test your drinking water for harmful pollutants; filter or boil water to remove bacteria, lead, or chlorine; take used motor oil to a recycling center; and use cold water for drinking and cooking, as it is less likely ...

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What to Ask If You Have Breast Cancer…

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When receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to prepare a list of questions for your doctor. The American Cancer Society recommends inquiring about the following: the type and size of the breast cancer; if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or elsewhere; what stage is the cancer; how curable is the cancer; what tests, if any, are needed before deciding on treatment; the need to see any other doctor; what is the hormone receptor status of ...

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Keep Cholesterol in Check.

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Because blood sugar and blood pressure can influence cholesterol levels, the American Diabetes Association recommends the following: if you smoke, quit; lose excess weight; exercise daily; and eat a low-fat diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
American Diabetes Association, March 2018

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