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Connecting with Your Child.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that children who have a positive, healthy relationship with their parents are better able to handle challenges such as family instability, parental stress, or depression. To improve parent-child bonding, the NIH recommends the following: reward and praise your child for good behavior; give your child chores and offer praise for jobs well done; don’t be overly critical if a child fails a task and allow time to develop new skills; use kind words, ...

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Protecting Children After Pet Exposure.

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Classroom pets, such as Guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, or frogs can be a great learning experience for kids, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that exposure to animals does come with some risk. Because they are still developing their immune system, children are more likely to get sick after handling an animal. The CDC recommends the following to reduce a child’s risk: always wash hands with water and soap right after touching animals, their food, or ...

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What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

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Loss of bladder control is called urinary incontinence (UI). It is a common condition that becomes more prominent with age. Common causes include weakened and stretched pelvic muscles in women following childbirth; certain medications; being overweight or obese, which increases pressure on the bladder and related muscles; urinary tract infection; vascular disease; and diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. In many instances, UI can be treated with simple exercises and bladder training, though serious cases may require more ...

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Vitamin D and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.

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Diabetics who maintain healthy vitamin D levels have a reduced risk for painful peripheral neuropathy. This suggests that strategies to improve vitamin D levels (getting more sun exposure, eating more vitamin D-rich foods, taking a supplement) should be incorporated into the diabetes management process.
Diabetes Medicine, August 2018

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Benefits of Whole Grains.

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Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet, as they provide a source of fiber, several B vitamins, and important minerals such as iron, magnesium, and selenium. The Department of Agriculture notes that adding more whole grains to one’s diet can reduce constipation, improve heart health, aid in weight loss, and prevent neural tube defects during fetal development.
Department of Agriculture, August 2018

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