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- July Fourth celebrations didn't always include pie Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn’t on the table when the holiday first began.“There wouldn’t have been a whole lot of apples around this time of year,” says Mary Thompson, research historian at Mount Vernon, th
Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
- Sugars and sugar alcohols DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently was diagnosed as being prediabetic and told to watch my sugar intake. So I now read the nutrition facts on packages. However, I am confused about the listed sugars. Sometimes the label includes both "sugar" and "sugar alcoh
Officials monitor mosquitoes in Iowa, Nebraska
Repeated downpours in much of Iowa and Nebraska have created some standing water that's led to an onslaught of mosquitoes and their pesky bites, but health officials say disease-carrying ones are not yet out in full force.
Limit dies on New York's soda size
Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sodas in New York City, one of the most aggressive and controversial public health initiatives in recent memory, effectively died Thursday.
Iowa DNR warns people about swimmer's itch
Officials are warning people visiting some of Iowa's natural lakes about a condition called swimmer's itch.
- Ginseng, cinnamon meet diabetes DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is 76 and diabetic. She has been taking meds for a long time, and has a hard time managing her blood sugars. I saw an ad recently for a natural formula that, according to the ad, will help lower blood levels substantially, wit
The science of shyness
Shy people have quite a bit to contend with - not least the word itself.
It has a number of different meanings, none of which are flattering. To "shy away" from something implies avoidance; to "shy" can also mean to move suddenly in fright; to "be shy of" something can mean to come up short, or be insufficient.
Hospitals using consumer purchase data for information on patient health
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania's biggest system uses household and demographic data.
Fitness program caters to people with developmental disabilities
Spirit - which stands for "Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork" - offers classes that help clients with developmental disabilities build muscle, increase flexibility and improve their diets. As a population, they have limited opportunities when it comes to health, Smith says. "And a lot need more social interaction," he adds.
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