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How Are Carbohydrates Digested?

What are carbohydrates? Carbohydrates give the body energy to go about your day’s mental and physical tasks. Digesting or metabolizing carbohydrates breaks foods down into sugars, which are also called saccharides. These molecules begin digesting in the mouth and continue through the body to be used for anything from normal cell …

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Worried About Pesticide Exposure? Here’s What You Need to Know

Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family from these potentially harmful chemicals The Trump administration is pushing for a change in how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decides which pesticides and other chemicals are harmful to people. The government’s proposal, called Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, would limit the …

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How to Teach Your Kid to Pack Healthier Lunches

Overview While your child may be the apple of your eye, it’s unlikely your kid feels the same way about broccoli. Or spinach. Or other green foods. To fuel your kids’ appetite for health and learning, teach them to pack their own lunches. Research shows that this experiential (hands-on) learning boosts fruit …

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Take Care of your Children’s Teeth

n the UK the story of children’s dental care is a success story. Fluoride toothpaste was introduced in 1973 and since then the dental health of the nation’s children has consistently improved until now 12 year old children in England have the best teeth in Europe. In England 60% of …

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Cancer symptoms you should never ignore

In my experience – and I’ve been seeing patients for a very long time – people of all ages and genders have a tendency to bury their heads in the sand. That’s particularly true when it comes to unexplained medical symptoms, especially if they’re a bit embarrassing to discuss. But …

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Drug Allergy

Medicines can cause allergic reactions. In this leaflet these reactions are called ‘drug allergies’. In this instance the drugs referred to are medicines people take for their health. For example, antibiotics or anti-inflammatory painkillers rather than drugs of addiction. Allergic reactions can happen with prescribed medicines as well as those …

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Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is due to a throat infection caused by a germ (bacterium) called streptococcus, usually group A streptococcus. It causes a rough-feeling red rash, sore throat, fever and sometimes other complications Scarlet fever is most common in children aged less than 10 years, with 4-year-olds most likely of all to …

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How to lower cholesterol without statins

When I qualified as a doctor, cholesterol was way down my list of priorities – and I’m not sure I even knew there was more than one kind. These days, when August rolls around and my keen new trainee arrives, I know it’s going to be one of the first …

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How to use eye ointment

This leaflet gives general advice on how to use most eye ointments. However, you may be given specific instructions which may vary from the advice below. Ask your pharmacist if you have any queries. Using an eye ointment Wash your hands well before you use the eye ointment. Sit or …

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What to do when your child has a rash

As a parent, it’s hard not to panic when your child develops a rash. But these disturbing skin flare-ups are often nothing to worry about. Follow our troubleshooting guide to see what to do about your child’s rash. Is it a non-blanching rash? The first thing to do when your child …

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