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12/12/2017

Registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman said there are few legitimate reasons for a system-cleansing detox and the term itself does more harm than good because it is associated with punishing, restrictive diet regimens and eating disorders. Freuman said people should detox their relationship with food instead and improve their eating habits for the long term.

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Tamara Duker Freuman
12/12/2017

Registered dietitian Barbara Chin says it may not be necessary to eat before a light-intensity workout, but nutrition is vital before cardio activities such as running, cycling, swimming or strength training. RD Linzy Ziegelbaum says eating carbohydrates before a workout gives the body the glucose it needs for energy, and exercising in a fasting state can make people feel weak or lightheaded.

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12/12/2017

Sorghum is a nutritious, gluten-free cereal grain that can be used instead of pasta or rice, said registered dietitian nutritionist Valerie Agyeman. Stores sell sorghum in multiple forms, from whole or pearled to a flour, syrup and bran, and it can be cooked on the stovetop or in the oven, and frozen and reheated.

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12/12/2017

Eighty-three percent of youths allergic to at least two foods who received oral immunotherapy combined with omalizumab for 16 weeks passed the food challenge for two or more allergic foods, compared with only 33% who received oral immunotherapy with placebo, researchers reported in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings also showed a significantly lower median per-patient percentage of oral immunotherapy doses tied to adverse events among those who received omalizumab, while no serious adverse events were reported.

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12/12/2017

Abdominal obesity was associated with a higher risk of death within 3.4 years among patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, while HFpEF patients with high BMIs had a lower risk of death in that time, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researcher Tetsuro Tsujimoto said diet and exercise to reduce abdominal obesity may be the most basic and important treatment for these patients.

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Abdominal obesity
12/12/2017

Janssen filed a supplemental new drug application to the FDA for the use of Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, in reducing the risk of acute limb ischemia in patients with peripheral artery disease and of major cardiovascular events in patients with chronic coronary and/or peripheral artery disease. The application was supported by data from a late-stage study, which found that compared with aspirin use alone, the drug reduced cardiovascular events in patients by 24%, death by 22%, stroke by 42% and heart attack by 14%.

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Janssen, FDA, aspirin, rivaroxaban
12/12/2017

Four police agencies in McHenry County, Ill., can call on a social worker in a pilot program aimed at heading off problems related to mental health issues. "When you have somebody who works with the officers but is also there primarily for the community, that makes a difference in how they perceive the department," said social worker Cristina Mendoza.

12/12/2017

Foster youth have a significant need for "social capital" -- support from friends, family and teachers -- in the transition to adulthood, writes former foster child Amnoni Myers. She urges the philanthropic sector to expand its efforts in this area, as it is "in a position to fund innovative programming, advocate for systems and policy shifts, and model developments that contribute to societal well-being."

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12/12/2017

A state auditor reports that youths were confined alone in their rooms in Nebraska juvenile facilities nearly 2,400 times in the year ended June 30. The findings drew sharp criticism from the inspector, a state legislator and the state ACLU director, all of whom cited research showing extended isolation to be harmful.

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ACLU, Nebraska
12/12/2017

A critical report on the Massachusetts child welfare system by state Auditor Suzanne Bump was criticized by Gov. Charlie Baker as irresponsible and outdated. Bump responded that the Department of Children and Families agrees that many underlying deficiencies have not been corrected.