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The Nutritional Properties of Dates

Dates are a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet. They are full of fiber and many other vitamins and minerals, and have been shown to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and improve immune health. Learn more about this delicious fruit in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

Closely Monitoring Symptoms Shown to Improve Health Outcomes for Cancer Patients

An online reporting tool for cancer treatment side effects not only improved quality of life for participants, but also extended survival, according to a study conducted by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Trans Fats & Your Health

Trans fats lead to clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and even cardiovascular disease. Learn how to reduce the amount of trans fat in your diet to improve your diet and live a healthier life.

The Many Benefits of Routine Physical Activity

Getting started with an exercise regimen is difficult, but has many rewards. It improves your overall quality of life and reduces risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression. You can even be reimbursed by some insurances for having a gym membership.

Healthy Baking Substitutes

When it comes to baking, calories and fats are your biggest concerns. Almost no sweet recipe tastes good without these two ingredients. However, we can substitute unhealthy fats, sugars and other sources of calories with better options and still have a tasty recipe that is healthier.

Study Finds Aspirin May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Women who take a regular dose of baby aspirin may reduce their risk of breast cancer, according to a study published May 1 in Breast Cancer Research. The study is the first of its kind to suggest that the low-dose aspirin and not regular (325 mg) aspirin is associated with breast cancer risk reduction.

Cookware and Health Concerns

Which types of cookware are safe and healthy, and which should you avoid? Check this comprehensive list of cookware types to learn the health benefits of cooking with cast iron and ceramic cookware, to the reasons you should be concerned about using aluminum and Teflon products.

Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation Changes

Dr. Perkins has previously discussed the US Preventive Task Force's decision to recommend against the PSA screening test for prostate cancer, and its correlation to an increase in late-stage diagnosis of prostate cancer. The task force recently changed their recommendation on the PSA test for prostate cancer screenings, saying that men should have an informed discussion with their physician.

Is sugar addiction a myth?

Can people be addicted to sugar? This is a question that the scientific community has been researching for years, and there is still no general consensus. Sugar intake can be linked to some of the criteria for addiction, but not all of them. However, it is clear that there are benefits of reducing the amount of sugar you eat. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews the diagnostic criteria for addiction and explains how you can reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.

University of North Florida & Ackerman Cancer Center Provide Support to Lung Cancer Patients

Once a month, a group of very important people gathers at Ackerman Cancer Center to share information and their experiences of living with the lung cancer that connects them. The Living with Lung Cancer Support Network was born when Dr. Paul Clark, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at the University of North Florida, learned from friend and research partner, Jennifer Maggiore (Ackerman Cancer Center Director of Patient Services) that there were virtually no cancer support groups in the area for those affected by lung cancer.

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