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Having a dog could lower your baby’s risk of allergies, obesity

Oh baby, dogs are the best — and that’s science, not sentiment. Kids born into homes with pets — 70% of which were mutts — were more likely to have high levels of a couple gut bugs linked with lower risks of getting allergies or obesity later in life, a new study from the University of
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All those little, glowing screens are destroying our eyes

The digital  world is ruining our eyes. Given all the time we spend connected to electronic devices these days, scientists recommend caution when it comes to the hours devoted each day to staring at computers, tablets, and phones. Most of the offending screens are backlit with LED light,
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Sitting down is killing you

Sitting has been called “the new smoking.” It turns out that even if we exercise regularly, eat healthy, and even appear to be fit, we’re still slowly killing ourselves one sedentary hour at our desks or couches at a time. “The hour you spend at the gym is not going to offset the dama
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What you should know about tooth-straightening aligners

The newest, and maybe the most significant, players in the tooth-straightening biz are direct-to-consumer clear aligners that allow patients to skip the visit to the orthodontist's office. Nashville-based Smile Direct Club (SDC) is the largest provider, although there are others. The people beh
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Why you should nap right now

You snooze, you don’t lose. Ask actor Louis C.K., who recently declared that naps are “better than sex” and “always 100% successful.” Okay, then. Beyond the comedian’s bedroom, nap cafes that come furnished with comfy cots or hammocks, a relaxing atmosphere and lulling music dot J
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Lose the booze to revitalize your relationship

Most advice about how to revitalize your relationship focuses on what you can add to your relationships to improve them. Spend more time together. Communicate more. Do kind deeds for each. Be more romantic. But there's one more amazing way to revitalize your relationship though, and this invo
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Your first medical diagnosis is probably wrong: study

When you’re dealing with a serious medical condition, don’t think twice about seeking a second opinion. It could save your life, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. The investigation, published online in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, found that 88% of patients w
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Hollywood villains are too often depicted with skin imperfections

Character runs more than skin deep, despite what Hollywood says. Just ask dermatologists. A new investigation by a team of derm docs looked into the ways skin conditions in movies are connected with good and evil. Like that wart on the chin of the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard o
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Is it a cold or allergies?

Each year, roughly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. But with overlapping cold symptoms like sneezy, runny noses, congestion and feeling lethargic, how do you tell the difference and get yourself the treatment you need to start feeling better? The answer is clearer than that goopy stuff
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What you need to know on World Autism Awareness Day

If all you know about autism is that “Sesame Street” has introduced its first character with the disorder, you should wise up. So start today, April 2, which the United Nations established as World Autism Awareness Day to raise consciousness about this lifelong brain development disorder th
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