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  1. Study: Household disinfectants could lead to childhood obesity

    Study: Household disinfectants could lead to childhood obesity

    Study: Household disinfectants could lead to childhood obesity
    Could everyday cleaning products lead to overweight kids? That's what a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal seems to indicate. The study found household disinfectants may be promoting obesity in children by changing the gut bacteria in infants. Of the participants in the study, those who lived in homes where disinfectants were used weekly had a greater...
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  2. Lightweight packable backpack makes day hiking trips so much easier

    Lightweight packable backpack makes day hiking trips so much easier

    Lightweight packable backpack makes day hiking trips so much easier
    Sienna Robinson has been a lifelong camper, spending one or two weekends a month in the woods with her family when she was a kid. As she got older and spent more time outdoors, she began going deeper into the wilderness, with day hikes that ended back at her base camp. The backpack she used was huge, but that's because...
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  3. Is it actually good to eat an apple a day?

    Is it actually good to eat an apple a day?

    Is it actually good to eat an apple a day?
    The saying of "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been around since the 1800s. (It actually originated as "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread" in Great Britain.) But is it actually true? Apples do have health benefits, coming loaded with antioxidants, dietary fiber (about five grams per...
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  4. This tool makes removing roots, bushes and plants a cinch

    This tool makes removing roots, bushes and plants a cinch

    This tool makes removing roots, bushes and plants a cinch
    Daniel Jackson once spent almost seven hours removing the bushes and shrubs that grew out of control in front of his home. Jackson’s standard shovel had served him well in the past, but this job proved to be too much for the tool. He emerged scratched, bruised and drenched in sweat from the back-breaking labor of digging out the roots...
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  5. Protect loved ones from medication errors with this device

    Protect loved ones from medication errors with this device

    Protect loved ones from medication errors with this device
    Richard Anthony Lee, an 84-year-old Englishman, died after mistakenly taking two doses of his medication in 2016. His prescriptions bounced between several pharmacies, until he inadvertently received identical prescriptions. Not wanting to cause a fuss, Lee assumed he was meant to take them, according to his daughter. He died just hours later. In the United States, the Food and Drug...
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  6. New study shows there's no 'healthy' amount of drinking

    New study shows there's no 'healthy' amount of drinking

    New study shows there's no 'healthy' amount of drinking
    You've seen the studies and stories before. Is red wine good for your heart? Drinking white wine could help you lose weight. An antioxidant in red wine fights cancer. Does vodka help burn fat? Drinking whiskey helps control diabetes. The Mayo Clinic says moderate alcohol consumption has possible health benefits, but it suggests moderation. It's easy to laugh and say...
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  7. Brushing your teeth in the shower isn't great for you

    Brushing your teeth in the shower isn't great for you

    Brushing your teeth in the shower isn't great for you
    There doesn't seem to be any middle ground when it comes to the idea of brushing your teeth in the shower. People seem to love the idea or hate it, with no room in the middle. Count New York college student Annalise Hoffman as one of the haters after seeing a roommate's toothbrush in the shower. “I think it’s sickening...
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  8. Prolonged sitting isn't good for you ... and here's why

    Prolonged sitting isn't good for you ... and here's why

    Prolonged sitting isn't good for you ... and here's why
    We already know that sitting down for extended stretches isn't that great for you. Whether it's at the office or planted on the couch after work, too much "down" time can negatively affect your health. An American Cancer Society study says too much sitting can kill you in 14 different ways: Alzheimer's disease; cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; diabetes; heart...
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  9. 5 health tips for your college freshman

    5 health tips for your college freshman

    5 health tips for your college freshman
    All across the country, parents are dropping off their college freshmen, on their own in the world for the first time. It doesn't have to be as scary as you might think. Here are five health tips to discuss with your freshman before dropping him off at college. • • •   Diet So mom isn't cooking for you anymore...
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  10. Negative effects of excessive screen time get more attention

    Negative effects of excessive screen time get more attention

    Negative effects of excessive screen time get more attention
    As more time is spent in front of a screen — whether it’s a phone, tablet or computer — increased attention is being paid to negative effects. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System — with $2 billion in stock — issued an open call to Apple about the impact its products are having on users. Their letter...
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