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Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine,National Institutes of Health

Decades-old advice to Americans against eating foods high in cholesterol likely will not appear in the next update of the nation’s Dietary Guidelines, according to published reports.

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Does your diet deliver?

February 26, 2015

Source: Harvard University

It’s easy enough to look up how much vitamin C or calcium you should get each day. It is also easy to read the back of a vitamin bottle to see just how much of a given vitamin or mineral the product provides. But how can you tell if what you eat — which should be your primary source of important nutrients — is giving you what you need?

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Source: Journal of the American Medical Association (Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS; David A. Asch, MD, MBA; Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD)

Several large technology companies including Apple, Google, and Samsung are entering the expanding market of population health with the introduction of wearable devices. This technology, worn in clothing or accessories, is part of a larger movement often referred to as the “quantified self.” The notion is that by recording and reporting information about behaviors such as physical activity or sleep patterns, these devices can educate and motivate individuals toward better habits and better health.

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Are Detox Diets Safe?

February 19, 2015

Here’s some helpful information for teens and adults alike…

Source: Nemours Foundation

What Is a Detox Diet?

The name sounds reassuring — everyone knows that anything toxic is bad for you. Plus, these diets encourage you to eat natural foods and involve lots of water and veggies — all stuff you know is good for you. You hear about celebrities going on detox diets, and people who go into drug or alcohol rehabs are said to be detoxing. So shouldn’t a detox diet be a good bet?

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