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Halloween teal pumpkin project protects kids with food allergies

Halloween is just around the corner, and it can be a “nightmare” for kids with food allergies. Chocolate contains milk, candy bars can contain nuts, and eggs and soy are also common allergen ingredients in Halloween treats, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. The Food & Allergy Research Education (FARE) organization has launched a new initiative starting this Halloween. It is called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to place a teal pumpkin outside of their window if they are giving away non-food items like stickers, toys, crayons, etc. You can also print a flyer from their website to post on your door. The idea is becoming very popular on social media, as the first FARE post about the project has reached over 2.7 million people in just three days. Posts have been shared over 31,000 times. This...

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High fat meals could be more harmful to males than females

Male and female brains are not equal when dealing with high-fat diets. Debora Clegg, PhD, scientist from Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and a research team found that male mice fed a high fat diet developed brain inflammation and heart disease, which were not seen in female mice fed the same diet. “For the first time, we have identified remarkable differences in the sexes when it comes to how the body responds to high-fat diets,” said Clegg. “In the study, the mice were given the equivalent of a steady diet of hamburgers and soda. The brains of the male mice became inflamed and their hearts were damaged. But the female mice showed no brain inflammation and had normal hearts during the diet,” she added. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the results were published in the journal Cell Reports....

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Best exercises to do when you are too tired to exercise

Exercise is a very important factor when it comes to healthy living. However, with the busy lifestyle we all lead, it is difficult to find the time or the energy to work out. Let’s take a look at some exercises you can do when your energy levels are low. 1. Reason #1 why you are tired: You sit all day at work. Exercise to try: A short high-intensity interval workout. For example, going all out on a cycling machine for 30 seconds, followed by about 4 minutes of rest. Repeat 8 times. Why it helps: Research shows that intense exercise can boost energy. Even short periods of high intensity exercise can increase the feeling of energy without tiring us out the way longer workout might. 2. Reason #2 why you are tired: You have been sitting all day, every day for months. Exercise to try:...

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Medication frequently, unintentionally given incorrectly to young children

According to researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 63,000 children under six years old experienced out-of-hospital medication errors every year between 2002-2012. One child is affected every 8 minutes, usually by a parent with good intentions or an unintentional error by a caregiver. The research was published in the journal Pediatrics. The most common medication errors in children happen in their home, another residence, and school. The most common medications are painkillers and fever-reducers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. “This is more common than people may realize,” said Huiyun Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, principal investigator at the hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy. “The numbers we report still underestimate the true magnitude of these incidents since these are just cases reported to national poison centers.” Some examples of these medications errors include caregivers...

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Flu prevention vegetable juice

Juicing is a great way to get fresh organic foods in your diet. With the cold weather approaching, cold and flu season is just around the corner. This juice is packed with immune boosting vitamins and antioxidants that will help your body fight colds and flu. Let’s take a look at the organic foods in this recipe. Carrots: They are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is a potent infection fighting antioxidant. Celery: It is a good source of immune-boosting vitamins like vitamin A and C. Celery is also packed with water, which makes it a great food for flushing toxins out of the body. Kale: Kale provides two powerful antioxidants called carotenoids and flavonoids. These antioxidants help bolster the immune system. One cup of kale contains a whopping 134% of the recommended daily value for the well known immune boosting antioxidant, vitamin C. Process...

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