High school football is part of growing up for a lot us. Playing helps us learn about teamwork, and grace under pressure. At one north Georgia school, wins are rare. But, as the FOX Medical Team’s Beth Galvin explains everyone is welcome.
“If you know the guests you’re inviting into your home have allergies or asthma, adjust your cleaning program to help minimize irritants. Use products that reduce allergens on hard surfaces, but don’t contain harsh or potentially irritating chemicals. A vacuum with a HEPA filter can also reduce the chance of distributing dust into the air. And don’t forget to change your furnace filters as well. Use a high efficiency filter that can last up to 90 days.” (p. 5)
Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America newsletter, Fall/Holiday 2013, p. 5
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“Flaxseeds and Chia seeds should be celebrated for their high concentration of heart-healthy omega-3s, but chia seeds happen to be a better source of calcium, with two tablespoons providing up to 16 percent of your RDA- four and a half times the amount in the same quantity of ground flax. And with nearly 150 percent more phosphorous and more than 100 percent more manganese (two minerals that play key roles in bone formation), chia seeds get the gold medal for helping to build and maintain strong bones.” (p. 70)
Girdwain, J. (2013). Superfood Fight. Oprah Magazine, 14(8), 70.
by MARY CLARE JALONICK / Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.
The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out artificial trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.
Hamburg said that while the amount of trans fats in the country’s diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they “remain an area of significant public health concern.”
By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) — Speaking two languages may help delay the damage of dementia, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that people who were bilingual did not show the signs of three types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, for more than four years longer than those who spoke only one language.
The report was published online Nov. 6 in the journal Neurology.
“Bilingualism can be seen as a successful brain training, contributing to cognitive reserve, which can help delay dementia,” said study co-author Dr. Thomas Bak, a lecturer at the Center for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
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