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4 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Bloat

It’s that time of year again–and by that, I mean we get to partake in the time-honored tradition of stuffing our faces with several courses of meats, greens, sides, and apple pies until our poor bodies are practically screaming for a shot of Pepto Bismol. If you’re like me, it’s not hard to get bloated during the Holidays, and that’s because the average Thanksgiving (and probably Christmas) dinner is packed with over 3,000 calories–much over the average recommended intake for many adults, according to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But if you’re trying to curb the dreaded holiday bloat this year and enjoy a little more time with friends and family without feeling like a balloon about to burst, try these tips below!

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Pediatric Hospitals in Crisis amid Surge of Respiratory Viruses

As parents plan for the holidays, Washington children’s hospitals are suffering capacity and staffing issues that are putting significant strain on providers. A surge in RSV, a contagious respiratory virus, is bringing pediatric hospital staffing and financial issues to the forefront. Flu cases are also beginning to rise and hospital officials are looking toward another potential Covid-19 wave, they worry about the capacity for the state’s youngest patients.

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Why this could be the worst flu season in the US in more than a decade

The number of positive flu tests and hospitalizations in the United States is at its highest in more than a decade, indicating that this flu season may be the worst in years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at least 880,000 cases of flu-like illness during the 2022-23 flu season.
According to CDC data, clinical laboratories recorded more than 9,100 positive tests during the first three weeks of the season.
This is the most tests recorded this early in a season since the 2009-2010 swine flu outbreak in the country. According to an ABC News analysis of federal health agency data, more than 21,000 positive tests were recorded that season.

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Independent lab discovered ‘troubling’ levels of cancer-causing chemical in more types of dry shampoo products

According to a new report from Valisure, an independent laboratory, high levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, have been detected in more brands and batches of dry shampoo products.
Certain aerosol dry shampoos, including some Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI, and TRESemmé products, were voluntarily recalled last month due to the potential presence of benzene.
The lab then sent a citizen petition to the US Food and Drug Administration on Monday, stating that 70% of samples tested showed “quantifiable” levels of benzene in 148 batches from 34 different brands of dry shampoo products.

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Childhood stress: how adults can support them

Recent medical studies on kids are showing alarming results: children today are more depressed and anxious than they were a decade ago. Even comparing today’s kids with those of the more stressful periods in human history. Eating disorders and suicidal thoughts have also increased and are becoming more and more frequent among younger kids.
While healthcare professionals have yet to agree on the deciding cause or causes for the deteriorating mental health of kids in our society, parents, teachers, and adults, in general, can contribute to making the world an easier and safer place for growth and development.

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Problems with the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most popular diets since it includes so many health benefits. It has been linked to everything from reduced early mortality rates to lower rates of heart disease. Apparently, this way of eating has been studied in the nutrition sciences world for decades. The lower saturated fat intake from this diet is the main factor that reduces heart disease since dieters intake much more plant-based foods. In the 1990’s, this diet became even more popular thanks to the Mediterranean Food Pyramid that was developed by the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization as a healthier alternative to the USDA’s original food pyramid.

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Science-backed wellness trends from the previous decade that will continue into the 2020s

For a variety of reasons, how we care for our bodies, minds, and health evolves over time. While some of these changes are forgotten (thank goodness for low-fat everything and shake weights), others gain attention because there is science behind them, and we are better off for adopting them.
Here are a few wellness trends that became popular in the 2010s that experts predict will continue into the 2020s.

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The Double-Sided Nature of Mental Health TikTok

TikTok does an exceptional job of bringing people together. During the early days of the pandemic, conversations surrounding mental health reached the forefront of our collective consciousness, creating space on the popular platform for people with mental illnesses to seek assistance and community. But on an app that is specially designed to suck you down bottomless rabbit holes fueled by endless scrolling, it can be easy to get caught up in a web of false information and dubious advice. While I’m personally of the belief that mental health TikTok serves as a refuge for many, it can be quite dangerous for others–especially for the young and easily impressionable.

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Online Mental Health Services: Helpful or Not?

With the rise of apps like Betterhelp and Cerebral, “telehealth” has become a major player when it comes to mental health services. The convenience and safety of being able to stay at home while discussing personal matters with a licensed professional has been a big draw for those seeking to take control of their mental health, a post-COVID phenomenon that has contributed to a swelling market now valued at $28 billion. But what exactly are the pros and cons of mental telehealth, and does it really help as much as in-person services?

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White House Introduces Plan to Fight Hunger and Improve Health

President Joe Biden introduced a plan to end hunger in the United States and promote healthy eating and physical activity by 2030. The new plan called the National Strategy On Hunger, Nutrition, And Health will focus on five pillars: improving food access and affordability, integrating nutrition and health, empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, supporting physical activity for everyone, and enhancing nutrition and food security research.

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Why You Shouldn’t Give Melatonin to Your Children

When your children get restless at bedtime, it may be tempting to turn to those “natural” melatonin supplements that line the medicine shelves at your local market. But a new advisory from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) suggests that parents should abstain from giving their children melatonin or any related sleep supplements unless given express permission by a physician.

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How the Sugar Lobby Poisoned America

In the 1960s, after multiple scientific articles were published linking sucrose with coronary heart disease (the leading cause of death in the U.S), the American sugar lobby sprang into action.
An article published in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed how an industry group, The Sugar Research Foundation, paid for scientific studies supporting sugar consumption.

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