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Back to School Means Reminders on Handwashing

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handwashing-banner1 Kids are notorious for their ability to (unwittingly) transmit germs at school. One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is so simple. Proper handwashing! It not only prevents sickness from affecting your child, but you too! Check out this great guide from the CDC: Go to CDC Tips “Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.”

“Can I Eat This?” The Truth About Expiration Date Meanings

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The first thing you should know is something that can be boiled down to one sentence. Expiration dates (with minimal exceptions) do not refer to the safety of a product at all. “Sell by” dates are primarily a dialogue between stores and manufacturers and producers. It refers to when an item is to be removed from shelves for reasons of quality control, not safety. That means, it’s not going to hurt you, but it’s a way the company can control for best taste. If you see “Best by”, it’s a similar message to you. It means that is the date at which taste quality begins to decline, not that it is unsafe. For more distinctions, read this great summary from WebMD. If you’re dealing with something like milk after the date, just take a small taste or look at the consistency. If it’s bad, throw it out. If it’s clearly still the same, don’t waste. Read More

Coca-Cola Funds Misleading Research About Obesity

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Shockingly, Coca-Cola has funded research that wants you to believe that drinking soda does not increase chances of obesity. The company funded institutions that try to shift blame for obesity from diet to a lack of exercise, which many health experts view as misleading. Proper, balanced diets with a reduction in calories (such as sugary sodas) is essential in combination with frequent exercise recommended. “Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh they’re eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’– blaming fast food, sugary drinks and so on,” the nonprofit’s vice president and scientist Steven N. Blair said in a video. “And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”Get the fully story here.

Depression as an Effect of Psoriasis?

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People with psoriasis may be twice as likely to experience depression as those without the common skin condition, regardless of its severity, a new study suggests. They say the link could sadly be associated with prolonged embarrassment and discomfort. It goes to show that the effects of certain conditions go well beyond their immediate symptoms. Learn more about this story, via Web MD.

Do you take supplements? If you do, are they effective?

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“These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.”

You have seen it so many times on a health supplement label and you may not even consider it anymore. One of the secrets of the supplement world is that they are loosely regulated, and if the language is correct, can make misleading claims. As long as the product “aids” or “supports” a specific function, they can be sold without much trouble. The problem is, some studies have shown that the levels of certain vitamins that claim to be in the product vary. Not only do they vary, the very efficacy of a vitamin or mineral is often questionable. They can have benefits for those who lack the vitamin in question, or have a medical necessity, but it is very important for consumers to really know what they are getting and the trustworthiness of the brand. What supplements do you take?