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TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- In the past, school cafeterias might have served as a source for more punchlines than nutrition. But lunch is a more dynamic and, these days, healthy part of students' lives than many people realize.

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A registered dietitian nutritionist helps debunk 10 myths so you can feel more confident regarding your nutrition.

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More research suggests it's time to abandon the craze over vitamin D. Taking high doses of “the sunshine vitamin” doesn't reduce the risk of broken bones in generally healthy older Americans. That's according to a large study that tracked people given either high-dose vitamin D or dummy pills for five years. The same study had previously found extra vitamin D didn't prevent heart disease, cancer or memory loss either. Millions of Americans use high-dose supplements or take blood tests to check their vitamin D, amid controversy over whether the average person needs either.

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In 2018, the FDA began investigating whether the increasing popularity of grain-free dog foods had led to a sudden rise in a potentially fatal heart disease in dogs. Four years later, the FDA has reached no conclusion, but the publicity surrounding the issue has shrunk the once-promising market for grain-free dog foods.  A six-month investigation has found that a tangled web of industry funding and interests influenced the origin, data collection, and course of the FDA study. Makers of grain-free dog foods and their suppliers, in turn, have exerted pressure on the FDA to protect their market share.

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Georgia will issue electronic debit cards by October for women and children who benefit from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Commonly called the WIC program, it provides food for low-income women during and after pregnancy, as well as children 5 and younger. The state is one of the last to quit using paper vouchers after a 2020 federal mandate for states to switch to electronic methods. Georgia's electronic pilot program began earlier this month in the Savannah-based Coastal Health District. WIC Coordinator Pat Mobley says an electronic card will give people more freedom to manage their spending.

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WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A new study warns that the social media giant TikTok is filled with confusing and wrong information about the heart-healthy, plant-based approach to eating dubbed the Mediterranean diet.

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Dear Dr. Blonz: My wife has been on a healing journey for a long time now, and has made great strides through nutritional and activity changes. She now wants to start a "health consultant" business.

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Dear Doctors: I'm getting chemotherapy for breast cancer. I expected the nausea and exhaustion, but I didn't know food would start to taste metallic and just plain weird. Some days all I want are potato chips, which still taste OK to me. I'm never hungry, so it's hard to eat. What can I do?

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