June 14, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Fathers need to care for themselves as well as their kids – but often don’t

Fathers often place more emphasis on their role as head of household than their health. Marmion/Shutterstock.com If you had to choose, which would you rather have: a healthy father or a good father? Studies suggest men often choose being a good father over being healthy. Becoming a father is a

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June 14, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Elder abuse increasing, without increased awareness

Elder abuse is far more common than many believe, making an already challenging time of life harder for those who are victims of it. SpeedKingz/Shutterstock.com About 16% of older adults are victims of some form of mistreatment and the number of reported cases of elder abuse is steadily increasing. Because

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June 13, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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How to handle raccoons, snakes and other critters in your yard (hint: not with a thermos)

Oh-so-cute raccoons can carry diseases and also fight with pets. If you don’t want raccoons around, minimize food sources such as bird seed. Nancy Salmon/Shutterstock.com I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available ─ his

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June 12, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Rapid DNA analysis helps diagnose mystery diseases

Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease. ktsdesign/Shutterstock.com As doctors, we deal with a lot of uncertainty. Often, it is difficult to diagnose what is making a patient sick because symptoms from both infectious and non-infectious diseases can

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June 12, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Food label nutrition facts matter to you, but don’t tell you much about your gut microbes

What nutrients will help the microbes in your gut thrive? Rocketclips, Inc./Shutterstock.com It seems like every day a new study is published that links the bacteria in the gut to a specific disease or health condition. The allure of research like ours and that of other groups is that it

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June 12, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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What the ban on gene-edited babies means for family planning

When it comes to reproduction, couple have more choices than ever before. Chinnapong/Shutterstock.com Technology surrounding the human embryo has moved out of the realm of science fiction and into the reality of difficult decisions. Clinical embryologists fertilize human eggs for the purpose of helping couples conceive. The genetic makeup of

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