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How a doctor prevents colds and flu

I must start by confessing something: I’m a doctor who gets stressed about germs. If you’d ever had a patient with the flu cough in your face, felt their saliva land in your eye and then ended up in bed for a week, you’d be a little paranoid, too. (Not only that, most doctors don’t get sick pay.) More...

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Do we really need 8 hours sleep?

We’ve long been taught that humans need eight hours of sleep to feel well-rested. But the truth is that number doesn’t apply to everyone and certainly not for their whole lives. “Sleep needs are completely variable so it’s a bit of a magical number that causes a lot of problems, because people become a little obsessed with it,” sleep expert and Ryerson University psychology professor Dr. Colleen Carney, tells Dr. Marla & Friends.  More...

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Introducing Baby to Solid Foods

There’s nothing more adorable than a picture of a happy baby contentedly smearing food on his face -- and everywhere else. (Until it’s time to clean up, of course.) Starting your baby on solid food can be fun, playful, and messy! For some parents, introducing solid foods can also be confusing. When should you start? How much should you offer? What comes first? More...

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Physical activity needs of children and youth

Children of all ages benefit from physical activity in their lives. The type and amount of activity they need changes as they grow. For healthy growth and development, infants and preschoolers should be active several times during the day. All activity such as: tummy time on the floor reaching for toys rolling crawling climbing stairs running biking will help them to increase their fitness, have fun, feel happy, develop self-confidence and improve their learning and attention. More...

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Omega-3 fish oil supplement benefits doubted

Although eating fish confers some health benefits, a growing body of evidence suggests there's less support for the value of fish oil supplements. Oily fish such as salmon, trout and herring are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with protective effects on the heart.  More...

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Hormones in menstrual cycle 'affect asthma'

A woman's menstrual cycle affects the severity of respiratory symptoms, potentially worsening conditions such as asthma, a study suggests. Norwegian researchers studied almost 4,000 women, and found worse symptoms around ovulation. More...

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10 Foods that Help Your Sexual Health

No doubt you're all about using condoms and practicing safe sex-and you should be. But experts swear that eating right can also boost your sexual health. Nosh on these foods to keep your boobs, uterus, va-jay-jay, etc, working right. Plums and Peaches, these delish fruits are packed with antioxidant polyphenols that may help kill breast cancer cells.  More...

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How lowering your body temperature can help you lose weight

If you find that you’re making frequent trips to the fridge as the weather gets colder, you may want to turn down the thermostat and put on another layer instead. Our internal body temperature has a lot to do with how we function, burn calories and ward off cravings. Find out how you can benefit from that here: More...

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Mammograms may boost breast cancer risk in women with faulty gene

Radiation from mammograms may be harmful to women with mutation that makes them vulnerable to breast cancer. 'We believe countries who use mammograms in women under 30 should reconsider their guidelines', say experts  More...


Study says chocolate reduces stroke risk

A new study finds that compared with men who reported eating little-to-no chocolate on a regular basis, those who had the highest weekly consumption of chocolate - about 63 grams per week, or just a little more than 2 ounces - reduced their likelihood of suffering a stroke by 17 percent.  More...

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Dogs and Babies: Preparing Your Dog for Your New Born

Congratulations! You're going to be a parent! You've got the crib and the play mat and your mom agreed to come help out a few days a week. You've scoped daycares and downloaded three different "what to expect" books to your Nook. The shower was a success, your friends are eager and your family is supportive. There's only one member of the household unaware that life's about to turn upside down: your dog. More...

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Non-stick cookware chemical linked with babies' weights

A group of compounds used in a variety of products, including non-stick cookware, may influence a baby's growth in the womb and after birth, a new study suggests. In the study, pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFCs, had babies that were smaller at birth and larger at age 20 months compared with those born to women exposed to lower levels of the compounds.  More...

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