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Why Cafeteria Food Is the Best — Many parents undoubtedly think they are doing the best for their children by having them bring lunch from home instead of eating the lunches served in school. But recent studies clearly prove them wrong. Home-packed lunches, the research showed, are likely to be considerably less nourishing than the meals offered in schools that abide by current nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch Program.

For Hanukkah, Cooking With Oil — For Hanukkah season I decided to focus this week's Recipes for Health on something other than vegetable latkes, as I have done the last few years. Instead, I have given some thought to what the latke tradition is all about: oil.

Ask Well: Wild Fish vs. Farmed Fish — A Experts have raised concerns about farm raised fish. In some cases the animals are raised on unnatural diets and crammed into small enclosures that can promote toxins and breed disease, prompting aquaculture operators to rely heavily on antibiotics.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Especially Good for Boys — The less weight a woman gains during pregnancy, the less likely she is to have a boy, an analysis of data on more than 68 million births over 23 years has found. Over all, 51 percent of babies born are boys. But Kristen J.

Belly Fat Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death — Having a "beer belly" significantly increases the risk for sudden cardiac death, a new study has found. Sudden cardiac death is the result of an electrical malfunction that causes the heart to beat irregularly. It is not the same as a heart attack, which results from a failure of blood circulation to the heart, but accounts for about half of all cardiac-related deaths.

How Exercise Changes Our DNA — We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling. Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA.

Questioning the Idea of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs — The idea that all carbohydrates are not created equal has become the foundation of many popular diets. Some argue that foods like white bread and potatoes, which have a high so-called glycemic index because they spike blood sugar and insulin, should be avoided in favor of more healthful carbs like whole grains and non-starchy vegetables.

The Myth of Comfort Food — Feeling sad or stressed? Put down that Oreo or bowl of mac 'n' cheese and brace yourself for another bummer: The emotional healing powers of comfort food may be overrated.

Infusionarium Aims to Take Trauma Out of Chemotherapy for Young — Orange, Calif. - Nick Meza, 18, recently had another five-day round of chemotherapy at the outpatient clinic here at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Usually those days drag for Nick, an Eagle Scout with a flashing grin, a hunger for conversation, and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Moving Away From Nursing Homes — In centuries past, when people got old, they were cared for in the homes of younger relatives until they died. This common custom began to change with the Industrial Revolution when women, who were the primary caregivers for the elderly, started to work outside the home.
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Dec 22, 2014

RT @celiadugger: Competition seems to driving down the exorbitant cost of hep c drugs after all.

Dec 18, 2014

Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Especially Good for Boys

Dec 17, 2014

Go for a run, hop on a bike or jump in that pool -- and change your DNA.

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