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  • Allergies: Food Allergies January 27, 2014

    Health Wise Winter 2014 FINAL DD3

    Peanut-free tables in school cafeterias, grade schoolers armed with EpiPens…it is impossible to miss the signs of almost 15 million Americans who cope with increasingly prevalent food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1997 and 2011 a significant spike occurred in ...

  • GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms August 27, 2013

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    Although we have been ingesting them for the last two decades, foods that are Genetically Modified Organisms, (or GMOs…also referred to as GE, for genetically engineered) are currently the subject of intense scrutiny. GMOs were introduced 20 years ago as a possible solution to world hunger, by modifying wheat, for example, ...

  • Apps for Healthcare August 27, 2013

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    Apps (short for “applications”), are pieces of software that you can download and utilize on your computer, phone or other electronic device. The initial explosion of apps in 2010 has grown exponentially each year, with more than 40,000 medical and health ones now available to users of iPhones, iPads, ...

  • Peripheral Neuropathy August 27, 2013

    HealthWise Fall 2013 FINAL DD12

    It can start as “pins and needles,” as if your hand or foot has fallen asleep, followed by burning, feelings of electric shock, muscle weakness, or extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a chronic and painful condition which involves damage to the nerves ...

  • Milk June 27, 2013

    HealthWise Summer 2013 FINAL DD11

    Homogenized cow’s milk has been a staple in most people’s daily diet since early childhood. However, many individuals have allergies, are lactose intolerant, or simply don’t like the taste. The good news, as displayed in the dairy section of most supermarkets today, is that many more options ...

  • Inoculations June 27, 2013

    HealthWise Summer 2013 FINAL DD2

    Vaccinations are a vital part of preventive health maintenance beginning in infancy. Some vaccines that we received as children should be repeated in adulthood, and there are others that are specifically targeted for diseases that adults become susceptible to as they age. Additionally, some adults may not ...

  • Organic Labeling April 27, 2013

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    Organic food, once only available in health food stores, is now a mainstay in most grocery chains across the country. What does “organic” really mean? Are organic foods really healthier? In the United States, organic products must adhere to strict production and labeling requirements set by the U.S. ...

  • Eyes – In Focus April 27, 2013

    It is safe to assume that many readers of this newsletter put on their reading glasses first! For most of us, vision changes seem to be noticed in our 40’s. We may have first noticed difficulty reading the fine print on a label or perhaps a restaurant menu, particularly when lights ...

  • Healthy Snacks January 27, 2013

    Health Wise Winter 2013 Final DD11

    Just when the holiday season is over—we’re back on track with healthy eating and an exercise routine—Super Bowl Sunday arrives and often derails our best intentions. After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the day that Americans consume the most food, averaging 1,300 calories during the game ...

  • Diet Soda January 27, 2013

    Diet sodas have become a popular alternative to high-calorie, sugar-laden beverages. According to the University of Texas Health Science Center, 59% of adult Americans report drinking diet soda regularly, to assist with weight control by decreasing calories and to reduce sugar consumption. However, recent research studies now indicate that diet drinks ...