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Children, Health

Diarrhea and the Digestive System

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) defines diarrhea as frequent, loose, and watery bowel movements. Bowel movements, also called stools, are body wastes passed through the rectum and anus. Stools contain what is left after your digestive system absorbs nutrients and fluids from what you eat and drink. If your body does not absorb the fluids, or if your digestive system produces extra fluids, stools will be loose and watery. Loose stools contain more water, salts, and minerals and weigh more than solid stools. Diarrhea that lasts a short time is called acute diarrhea. Acute diarrhea is a common

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Dangers of Drinking Too Much Water

Making up about 66 percent of the human body, water runs through the blood, inhabits the cells, and lurks in the spaces between. At every moment water escapes the body through sweat, urination, defecation or exhaled breath, among other routes. Replacing these lost stores is essential but re-hydration can be overdone. There is such a thing as a fatal water overdose. "Ingesting more water than the body needs can increase the total blood volume. Since blood volume exists within a closed system - the circulatory system - needlessly increasing body blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on

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13 Secrets the FDA Won’t Tell You

1. When it comes to contaminated food, we have been deceptively kept in the dark. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 48 million Americans or one out of every six people get sick each year from food poisoning. At least 128,000 Americans are hospitalized, and 3,000 die after eating contaminated food. Not until very recently, the food safety system headed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did little to nip problems before they blew up. David Plunkett, a senior staff attorney in the food safety department of the Center for Science in the Public Interest says that

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Children, Health

Issues with Antibiotics: Truth and Misuse

Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications in modern medicine. Antibiotics cure disease by killing or injuring bacteria. From penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered accidentally from a mold culture to present day, there are now over 100 different antibiotics available to doctors to cure minor discomforts as well as life-threatening infections. Virtually all important bacterial infections in the US and throughout the world are becoming resistant to the drugs created to eradicate them. As a result, new strains of resistant bacteria such as mycobacterium tuberculosis, E. coli and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have emerged, with the potential to infect

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Health

Best Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Without Medication

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. More than 2,600 people die of heart disease every day, which translates into one cardiovascular death every 33 seconds. Is this because the average American consumes a diet high in fat, cholesterol, calories and salt, and sedentary and stressful lifestyle? The heart, a muscle about the size of a fist, is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies. Over the course of an average life span, it beats about two and a half billion times without ever taking a break. The

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Health

How to Keep Your Food Safe

With the recent listeria outbreak from tainted cantaloupes which has left 13 people dead in another deadly United States foodborne illness epidemic, it is more and more important for consumers to take extra precautionary steps in preventing such foodborne illnesses from occurring. There are several easy steps that you can take, many of which begin at the supermarket, grocery store, or any other place where food is purchased, to better ensure safety. According to the Center for Disease and Control Prevention, 76 million Americans report to have suffered from foodborne illnesses each year. That estimates to roughly 325,000 hospitalizations and

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Hearing, Nutrition

How Music Effects Your Diet – Listening Your Way To Weight Loss

Music is truly a powerful tool - even when it comes down to seemingly mundane matters. Without music; movies would lose some of their appeal; being placed on hold via telephone would be little more frustrating; and our commute back and forth to work would be much more redundant. No one can deny the powerful effect music has on an individual. Whether this effect be positive or negative however, often depends on the type of music listened to. Nevertheless, extensive research has shown that certain types of music possess the ability to: 1.) Ease symptoms of depression 2.) Improve brain

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Health, Vision

How to Prevent Age Related Vision Loss

Today about 30 million Americans age 40 or older suffer from some level of age-related vision loss. Taking good care of your eyes is a vital aspect of healthy aging. Prevention and treatment can keep your eyes healthier and your vision clearer than your grandparents or great grandparents enjoyed. The three most common age related vision loss risks people face as they age are glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Dr. John Nordlund of Retina and Glaucoma Associates in Williamsburg says vision loss can occur slowly and that in many cases, people do not realize that damage is occurring in their

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Health, Nutrition

What Is So Bad About Fried Foods?

It should come as no surprise that greasy and fried foods affect our health in many negative ways. First of all, it makes you gain weight. Weight gain can lead to obesity, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and even death. Secondly, greasy and fried foods have high cholesterol. In excess, this can lead to serious problems, especially because cholesterol buildup can block the blood flow in the arteries, leading to heart failure or causing a stroke, the number one cause of death in America. Fried foods contain an unhealthy fat known as trans fat. The

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