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How dental health is linked to overall health

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Why dental health is more important than you think

By Carolyn Hauck on February 17, 2015

While the dentist waves you on your way reminding you to brush and floss 2-3 times a day, mounting research on the link between dental health and overall health are bringing the recommendation from doctors as well.

It’s been known for a while that high-risk populations are more...

Shoveling snow and protecting your back

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Protecting your back while shoveling snow

By Carolyn Hauck on February 12, 2015

Medical experts on JustAnswer see a fair amount of back pain questions related to snow shoveling this time of year. While they’re able to offer help after the fact, here are some suggestions for protecting against injury altogether.

Rethink shoveling as exercise


True or False: Caffeine is dehydrating

By Carolyn Hauck on February 03, 2015

As unbelievable as it may seem, there is a small percentage of people who don’t drink caffeine on a regular basis, but it’s likely that you’re one of the majority that enjoys coffee or soda daily. It’s also likely that you’ve heard that those caffeinated beverages you love are dehydrating.

Do wet heads catch colds?

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True or False: Going outside with a wet head will make you catch a cold.

By Carolyn Hauck on January 22, 2015

“Don’t go outside with a wet head!” Sound familiar? Most of us have been warned against leaving the house in winter with a wet head since we were children. The belief is that we will catch a cold if we do. But does this myth stack up against the scientific evidence?

We asked Dr. Saha on...

Is MSG bad for you?

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True or False: MSG is bad for you

By Carolyn Hauck on January 15, 2015

A short history of MSG: Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda discovered MSG (monosodium glutamate) in 1908 when he wanted to know what gave dashi, a popular Japanese soup base, its delicious flavor. His research led him to the seaweed found in the broth, and his experiments with the seaweed...

Screen time limits: not just for kids

By Carolyn Hauck on January 13, 2015

If you’re a parent, you likely hear a lot about limiting screen time. From 2 hours a week to keeping the screen time limited to 3 hours a day, there’s a lot of differing opinions – both from parenting experts and doctors.

The American Pediatrics Association recommends no screen time for...

Detoxing in the new year

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2015 Health Tips: Detoxing isn't on the list

By Carolyn Hauck on January 08, 2015

Planning on detoxing in early 2015? You might want to think again. Touted by some dieticians, nutritionists and fanatics, detoxing has become a near New Year phenomenon, and there’s now a multi-million dollar industry of cleansing and detoxing products to support the movement. As you may well...

keeping your new year's resolution

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Planning your New Year's Resolution

By Jessica Klimczak on December 23, 2014

The New Year brings new opportunities to change your life and make new promises to yourself and others. It is estimated that over 40% of the US population commits to resolutions at the end of every year in hopes of improving certain areas of their life in the...

True or False: Olive Oil

By Jessica Klimczak on December 04, 2014

True or False: Olive oil goes rancid after a month on the counter.

Because of its healthy fat content and delicious flavor, olive oil has become the preferred oil in many households; but does it go rancid sooner than we realize?

In order for olive oil to stay fresh, it should...

Thanksgiving foods - pumpkin pie, stuffing, etc

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Leftover Safety: Making the Thanksgiving Meal Last

By Jessica Klimczak on December 02, 2014

For many of us, leftovers sit in our refrigerators filled with our good intentions of finishing them—saving us money, time, and most of all, waste. But in reality they sit waiting until they’re finally returned to the garbage disposal or compost.

But the Thanksgiving meal? That’s the one...