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What to do When the Patient is a Racist

February 16, 2018
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Dr. Ashira Blazer says a patient once asked her to prove her literacy. PHOTO:

A woman walked into the emergency room (ER) with her sick daughter. She demanded to see a doctor.

Evidence and Common Sense: Do Not Drink While Pregnant

February 9, 2018
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Extreme Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

If drinking can make you drunk, what does it do to the baby (fetus) growing inside you? It may do great harm.

Study after study warns of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). That is the

Beating Your Addiction to Sugar

February 2, 2018
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What an addiction to sugar looks like.

Sugar is like an addictive drug. That is how your brain responds to sugar. Do not stop eating sugar all at once. Sudden stopping may cause withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, headaches

A Guide to Grocery Store Tricks

January 26, 2018
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If you own a supermarket, you want shoppers to buy as much food as you can get them to buy. If you are a shopper, the pressure to buy more food than you want begins

The Parasite in the Playground

January 19, 2018
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Strays may shed eggs of Toxocara worms, contaminating parks and infecting children. Photo Credit: Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

Those stray dogs and cats you see in playgrounds are leaving something behind. They leave roundworms. The technical name

To Lose Weight – Wait

January 5, 2018
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Use a clock to help you fast.

To Lose Weight – Wait

Wait to eat that is.

New research confirms that some fasting is the key to weight control.

Experts do not say go on a fast. That is harmful

Healthy Eating in 2018

December 29, 2017
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Healthy food in a bowl.

Dieting is not fun. It does not always work. It does not last. What is another way to manage your weight? Nutritionists call it Healthy Eating.

Here is how to eat healthily and happily.


Where the Germs Are — What You Can Do

December 22, 2017
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Germs are everywhere. They cause colds, flus, and diarrhea. Germs also cause norovirus (vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps), staph, MRSA (bacteria that attack organisms)— and more.

What to do.

Your clothes:

Your clothes...

Case Study: Mexico

When Wealth Does Not Bring Health

December 15, 2017
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Lunch at Sam's Club. Photo Credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

Poor people in poor countries want to have what rich people in rich countries have. But they say, "Wait, I do not want to be fat and

Eat Like You are Going in For Surgery

December 8, 2017
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Photo credit: Hello Fresh

Prepare yourself for surgery. These are the same kind of things you can do to be healthy the year round. So you want to treat your body as if you were getting it ready for surgery.


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