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Minority kids have been shown to be at a disadvantage for medical care. Could they also be at risk for a missed autism diagnosis?Minority children have been shown to be at a disadvantage for certain medical care. Could they also be at risk for a missed autism diagnosis? We now know that early diagnosis is essential in order to get kids into effective interventions as soon as possible. So it's concerning that Latino children might be less likely to be diagnosed with autism at an early age. And it raises the question... have similar issues been found with other minority populations? Fortunately, all is not lost. According to special guest, Dr. Katie Zuckerman, this difficulty in early diagnosis may be overcome by promoting language-appropriate screening, distributing culturally appropriate ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) materials to Latino families, and improving the availability of specialists. By providing physicians with support in screening and referral for Latino children, it could help improve early diagnosis in this population. If you are experiencing obstacles in screening and diagnosis for your children, don't miss this informative segment to find out how you can get the best care for your family.
Phthalates are found in food containers that you probably use every day. But could they be dangerous for your kids' health?Phthalates are found in food containers that you probably use every day. But could they be dangerous for your kids' health? In some groups of adolescents, the appearance of these environmental chemicals has been associated with insulin resistance. And insulin resistance has been linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So, in effect, could the products you're feeding your kids eventually lead them to these potentially deadly diseases? What products contain phthalates and how do they get into your body? Dr. Leonardo Transande, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to shed some light on phthalates in your home and how they might be hurting your child's health. He also shares alternatives to phthalate-containing plastics for food packaging, such as waxed paper and aluminum foil.
If you're in your 20s, you may think heart disease won't hit you. But the choices you make now can affect your risk later on.If you're in your 20s, you might think heart disease won't affect you. Even if you have a family history of heart disease, it's just not something you think about at this stage in your life. But the choices you make now can affect your risk of heart disease down the road. How does your heart health change as you age? Can you alter your risk of heart disease even in your 20's, 30's and beyond? In this segment of Train Your Body, Sports Cardiologist, Dr. John Higgins, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how your heart changes as you age and what you can do to keep the young heart you have in your 20s into your 50s.
You love your morning cup of coffee or afternoon espresso for its mid-afternoon boost. But could your caffeine habit be affecting your heart?Do you love that morning cup of coffee? How about that afternoon espresso to give you the boost you need to last the rest of the day? Do you like to drink soda with caffeine? Some experts have suggested that caffeine is good for you in certain ways. But is it good when it comes to heart health? Or might your habit be sending you down the road to heart troubles? Dr. John Higgins, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the effects of caffeine on your heart and to help settle the debate once and for all...is it good for you or not?
When you're pregnant, there seems to be an endless list of things you can't do. But is lifting weights one of them?When you're pregnant, there seems to be an endless list of things you can't do. But is lifting weights one of them? Is it safe to strength train while you're with child, or are you supposed to quit working out while you are pregnant? Well, while you don't have to quit altogether, there are important steps you need to take to protect the health of you and your little one. Past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr.Jim Pivarnik, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the safety precautions that you need to take to ensure safe strength training while pregnant.
If you're a runner, you know that it's a way to clear your mind and escape everyday stress. Does that have to end during pregnancy?If you're a runner, you know that it's a way to clear your mind, cleanse your soul and get away from stress and hectic pace of everyday life. But what happens when you find out you are pregnant? Does that all have to end? Or can you still keep running throughout your pregnancy? Can you even train for an event? While there are certainly some safety precautions you must heed to train for any event while pregnant, it is possible to keep up with your running. Past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr.Jim Pivarnik, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the ins and outs of safe running and training while pregnant.
Cold shower? Apple cider vinegar? Learn about these home remedies for healthier skin.Cold showers aren't just for cooling off after a hot, hard workout in the sun. In fact, a cold shower can do wonders for the health of your skin, by improving circulation and activating the nervous system. If you don't think you can suffer through an entire shower with cold water, try ending your warm-water session with one or two minutes of cold, says special guest and natural healing expert, Deirdre Layne. You can also use almond oil or olive oil to moisturize post-shower and to give your skin a healthy glow. From the bathroom onto the kitchen... apple cider vinegar is also an effective way to improve the health of your skin; whether you use it externally or internally. Coined a "modern folk remedy" by Layne, apple cider vinegar can be helpful in easing arthritis, curing food poisoning, lessening symptoms of a sinus infection and even helping you overcome acid reflux and GERD. And if you're looking to fight off acne, apple cider vinegar can be used externally by swabbing your face with a cotton ball soaked in it. Turmeric can also be helpful in preventing acne breakouts, boils and staph infections. Learn more about these home remedies and more with David, Lisa and Deirdre on this segment of Beauty Inside Out.
Cover up your acne with some easy make-up tricks courtesy of MaskCara.If you suffer from acne, you know what a struggle it can be. It takes time to clear up acne. So in the meantime, what do you do? Cara Brook, Allure's Beauty Blogger of the Year and Beauty Inside Out's go-to beauty expert comes to the rescue and provides some easy makeup tricks to help you hide acne and gain confidence for school, work or a night on the town.
Learn how you can fade your freckles naturally with some easy do-it-yourself recipes.Freckles are harmless "dots" that are cute when you're young; but as you age, you may want to fade them for a clearer, porcelain complexion. In this segment of Beauty Inside Out, beauty expert, David Pollock, reveals what actually causes freckles, how you can minimize the formation of freckles and how to get rid of freckles naturally. David also shares some easy do-it-yourself freckle-fading recipes.
Select on-the-go breakfast foods can help both you and your teen have clearer skin.Aside from the typical strategies for clear, acne-free skin, such as cleansing every day, making sure to take your make-up off at night, and avoiding certain foods, there are other tactics - nutritional tactics - that you can implement to achieve beautiful, healthy skin. Breakfast is a great place to start, and smoothies are one way you can get your nutrition in quickly but robustly. For instance, fruits like lemons and apples are great for detoxifying the body and fighting acne. Kale, carrots and cucumber all do the same as well. But remember, there are things you should avoid if your goal is healthier, clearer skin. Sugar and caffeine can have negative effects on the skin, and even throw your hormones off balance. If you struggle with acne, you want to stay away from dairy foods; but you can substitute coconut milk or almond milk to add flavor and sweetness to your morning shake. Join David and Lisa to learn all about these tricks and tips to clearer skin.
Learn Hollywood's hottest fashion trends to keep your teen looking great this school year.Does your teen have a favorite celebrity or perhaps a style they have adopted from one? Diana Madison has covered everything from the Teen Choice Awards to the MTV Video Music Awards and has her finger on the pulse of what's trendy in Hollywood. Diana joins Beauty Inside Out to discuss this season's hottest fashion trends in Hollywood in order to keep you or your teen looking great all year long.
Think juice is a healthy soda alternative? Think again. Many juice drinks contain more sugar than soft drinks.According to the Huffington Post, PepsiCo agreed to settle out of court for $9 million over a class action lawsuit that claimed the phrases of 'natural' and 'non-GMO' on their Naked Juice products were misleading. In fact, the juices are made with GMO ingredients, synthetic and 'unnatural' items. So, if you can't trust products like Naked Juice, what types of juices are good for you? 100% Orange juice, for example, is a convenient and great-tasting way to meet nutrient needs, providing vitamin C, potassium and calcium. But many experts say the biggest issue is juice isn't filling like whole fruits. Vegetable juice is packed with fiber that can help control hunger. It generally has far less sugar and fewer calories than fruit juice, but it is high in sodium (unless you choose the low sodium version). Many juice drinks contain more sugar than other soft drinks because of the artificial sugars added in – unless they are 100% fruit. Juices can have an effect on your weight and blood glucose, since the higher the sugar content in juice drinks, the higher the calorie count. The easy and practical way to avoid the types of juice drinks that are unhealthy for you and your family is by reading the labels. 100% juice with no sugar added and low sodium are healthy drink choices. These drinks do not have the calories and carbohydrates like other beverage alternatives, and they provide important vitamins and minerals. Here's another thing to consider... fruit juice contains the same nutrients that are found in whole fruit, but do not contain all of the fiber. Fiber helps to slow down the digestion and absorption of the natural sugars found in fruit. Fiber also helps to fill you up and keep you feeling fuller longer, while juice won't have that same effect. Whole fruit and vegetables are important for weight loss because of the high fiber, but also because of the high water content, which makes you feel more full with fewer calories - a requirement for weight loss and maintenance. Licensed and registered dietitian, Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, shares the healthiest juices you should be drinking and the ones to avoid.
Snacking is an area where many people drop the ball in terms of healthy eating. But snacking doesn't have to be all bad.Snacking is an area where many people drop the ball when it comes to healthy eating. But snacking doesn't have to be all bad. In summertime, you are probably more conscious of your caloric intake - especially if your summer activities include wearing a bathing suit. The trick is to change your snacking habits and control your options. You can allow yourself guilt-free snacks that do not cancel out your typical dietary regimen. Licensed and registered dietitian, Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, shares the best summertime snacks that will still help you maintain your weight loss goals.
Does fish fraud put your health at risk or just cheat you out of better quality seafood?This sounds a little all too familiar: Europe was recently caught passing horse meat as beef to consumers, and the nightmare of not knowing what truly lies on your dinner plate continues here in the United States with fish. One-third of the seafood sold in grocery stores and restaurants is mislabeled. Back in February 2013, Oceana, an international group advocating for the protection of oceans, conducted a study that collected DNA samples from over 1,200 fish from 674 retail outlets in 21 states to investigate how honestly the fish was labeled. The study found that the most collected fish, snapper, was mislabeled 87 percent of the time and tuna was mislabeled 59 percent. However, those aren't the only fish consumers need to worry about. Restaurants and grocery stores counterfeit other common fish, replacing wild salmon with farm-raised salmon and tilapia for a more-expensive grouper. The businesses use cheaper species in place of a higher-cost fish to save money, all while ripping off you, the consumer. Americans are eating about $80 billion worth of seafood annually, which increases the demand; especially for certain fish that are more popular than others. But does fish fraud put your health at risk or just cheat you out of better quality seafood? Gib Brogan, Oceana's Northeast representative, speaks openly on the findings from Oceana's studies, the potential health threats and how to protect yourself from seafood fraud.
Nutrition is essential for preventing and managing diabetes, but balancing your diet isn't easy. What exactly is a healthy diabetes diet?Type-2 Diabetes is a chronic condition caused by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Type-2 diabetes is an international health crisis and is one of the most common non-contagious diseases. An estimated 366 million people had diabetes in 2011, and those numbers continue to rise. Many people transition through a "pre-diabetes" stage, where blood glucose is elevated but is not high enough to be considered diabetes. Research proves that people with pre-diabetes can take steps to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. A healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise and stress management is the best defense against the disease. It's no secret that proper nutrition is essential for preventing and managing diabetes, but balancing your diet is much easier said than done. What exactly is a healthy diabetes diet? Registered Dietitian, Barbara Allan, provides strategies for preventing and managing diabetes in an easy-to-follow 10-step program. She also shares recipes from her book, The The Diabetes Prevention & Management Cookbook, which are specifically designed to help manage blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, while supporting a healthy lifestyle.