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Dra. Nancy Álarez: Is man the stronger sex? (II)

By Dra. Nancy Álvarez In the previous issue, we saw that a man is required to have physical strength, courage, to not express his emotions and to be authoritarian and dominant. But this doesn’t help when it comes to building a relationship and a family. What does it take for a relationship to work and be successful? · A different …

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Dr. Myriam Ensling: Tips on how to read and interpret food labels: Part 7

Proteins: The natural sources of protein are meats: This includes beef, pork, fish, poultry, tofu, eggs, and cheese. Proteins are built from large molecules that are made up of smaller molecules called amino acids. There are non-essential amino acids that the human body can get from fat or carbohydrates in the diet and there are essential amino acids that must …

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Millions of Americans infected with HPV, CDC reports

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is infecting millions of Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The STD is the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to CDC statistics, it’s the most common STD in the United States. There are 79 million Americans infected with the virus, with 14 million people becoming infected every year. Many people …

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How to have a restful sleep

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Most people recognize the importance of a good night’s sleep. However, with a busy schedule and stress, many of us have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Here are a few tips to help you get a restful night’s sleep: *Maintain a schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time …

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Flu season affects Hispanics more than other groups, CDC claims

By Chara Latinos get hit harder by the flu than other ethnic groups in the United States, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. The report suggests Latinos are affected more than other groups because they don’t get vaccinated. CDC statistics show that more than 39 percent of Latinos don’t get vaccinated to protect themselves from …

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Dr. Myriam Ensling: How to read and interpret food labels: artificial sweeteners Part 6

Artificial sweeteners Food labels aren’t all they appear to be. Sometimes, for example, labels that say “no added sugar” have other sugars. Some of them are as harmful as regular white sugar. Those sugars include turbinado sugar (brown sugar), sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose, glucose, corn syrup, lactose, high corn syrup fructose, maple syrup, rice syrup, malt syrup, molasses, evaporated cane …

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Dangerous online videos show importance of parental monitoring

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Professional Social Worker A few news reports show the need for parents to be more involved in their children’s online viewing habits. More than 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Unfortunately, some of them are inappropriate, even disturbing – especially for young people. Recently, for example, teens have posted videos of …

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CHIP gets funded in deal to end government shutdown

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has funding again – through 2024, at least. As multiple news sources reported, federal funding initially ran out on Sept. 30, 2017, for the low-cost, combination federal-and-state government insurance program, which assists families with incomes that are too high for Medicaid, but who can’t afford private insurance plans. Although Congress passed a short-term funding …

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Dr. Myriam Ensling: Tips on how to read and interpret food labels: Part 5

Carbohydrates: All net carbs will be transformed into glucose (sugar) in the blood. Even when their flavor is not sweet, they can cause obesity and worsen diabetes. According to the amount of fiber they contain, carbohydrates can be classified as: “complex” carbohydrates that are the ones that have a higher amount of fiber and are the healthiest because they allow …

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Flu virus spreading quickly

CDC provides prevention and management tips According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a flu virus is spreading quickly in the United States. The CDC website reports flu activity in at least 46 states, with Missouri and Kansas reporting high flu activity. Although it’s not considered an epidemic yet, the rise in the number of flu cases …

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