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‘Tis the season … to limit excess sugar

Before digging into that plate of tasty Christmas cookies, consider this: According to the American Heart Association [AHA], the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day – far exceeding its recommendation of about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men. And that’s before factoring in all the sweet temptations of the holiday season.

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Beyond Wrinkles: Botox offers effective treatment for common bladder condition

Every November, Bladder Health Awareness Month brings a national focus to bladder problems like incontinence, which becomes a major health issue as people age – especially among women. Often due to a common condition called overactive bladder [OAB], incontinence and the physical and mental discomfort that go with it impact millions of women of all ages, but mainly those over 50.

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E-cigarette use continues alarming climb among teens

At a time when vaping has been directly linked to more than 1,000 serious lung illnesses and several deaths across the country, results of the most recent Monitoring the Future survey of high school students are also extremely troubling. Data from the national survey of students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades shows that the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has doubled over just the last two years.

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“Two kitchens” may be unnecessary for celiac families

Many parents of kids with celiac disease maintain a second set of cooking utensils and equipment to prevent the transfer of gluten via food preparation. However, a recent study conducted at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., found after testing several different scenarios thought to pose a high risk of gluten transfer that no significant amount of transfer occurred during common food preparation tasks.

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New research highlights male breast cancer

As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close on Oct. 31, new research published this month shines a spotlight on a form of the disease not often discussed: male breast cancer [MBC]. Although no randomized clinical trials focused specifically on MBC have been successfully completed to date, it does comprise 1% of all breast cancer cases. Some experts also believe that the incidence of breast cancer is rising among men.

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More college students casting ballots

College students can no longer be considered apathetic when it comes to making their voices heard at the polls. Their voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, according to the Democracy Counts report recently issued by Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life.

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