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Ask Dr. Sandy: Fruits and Diabetes

Fruits taste good. And do you good.

A study in the British Medical Journal finds eating more of some of them could lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

But be careful. Some fruits can actually raise risk.

Watch this week's Ask Dr. Sandy to learn which fruits are best!

Dr. Sandy Says: HPV Vaccination is Vital

We can prevent nearly 30,000 cancers each year.

The target is HPV – the Human Papilloma Virus. Transmitted sexually, it causes cancer, in men and women. 79 million Americans are infected, and 14 million more join their ranks every year. Needlessly.

The HPV Vaccine protects against cervical cancer, as well as vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile and oral cancers.

Tune in to Your Health Matters this weekend to learn about the FDA-approved vaccination series no available for everyone between 9 and 26.

Doctor's Orders

Do you take your medications like you’re supposed to?

If you don’t, you’re not alone. Nearly 75% of Americans admit they don’t always take the medications they’re prescribed—this is not good company.

A new study in the European Heart Journal reinforces the reason you must take your medicine –literally. Skipping your blood pressure meds raises stroke risk.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Kids Need a Regular Bedtime?

Parents have long believed kids do better with regular bedtimes and a good night’s sleep. A British study proves it. The study found a good night’s sleep may make your kid smarter.

This week on Ask Dr. Sandy we explain the findings of the new study and break down how much sleep your kids need each day.

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Dr. Sandy Says: The Truth About E-Cigs

Electronic cigarettes are all the rage. They seem like a great alternative to traditional nicotine-packed cigarettes, and their manufacturers claim they are; but are they just blowing smoke?

This week on Your Health Matters we'll explore the truth about e-cigs. Tune in to GPB this weekend

High Dose Flu Shot is Best Bet For Seniors

Flu season is here. It is time to get vaccinated. There is no excuse not to. Plenty of vaccine is available from multiple sources: your doctor's office, your local pharmacy, at work (if your company sponsors a flu vaccine clinic), and even in many airports (including Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.) This year, there are many formulations to choose from.

Dr. Sandy Says: Common Flu Myths Dispelled

Flu season is upon us. You need to protect yourself with a flu shot, but there are several myths that may keep you from doing so.

We have the truth behind those myths this weekend on Your Health Matters.

Flu vaccine choices: Which one is right for you?

This year offers a new challenge for consumers: the need to decide which vaccine to receive.There are many choices.

Standard flu shot: Trivalent or Quadrivalent?
The standard flu shot is inactivated. meaning it is made from killed virus. In the past, all flu vaccines have been trivalent, meaning they included coverage for three flu strains: two A strains and one B strain. Many companies are now transitioning to a quadrivalent vaccine formulation which includes coverage for four strains: two A strains and two B strains.

Ask Dr. Sandy: How Do I Talk To My Child About Weight?

If you have a child, or children, who are among the third of our kids who’re overweight, be careful how you approach them to talk to them about it. You don’t want your kid to suffer from disordered eating behaviors: dieting , laxative use, fasting, binge eating. You also don’t want your kid to have an eating disorder like anorexia , or bulimia.

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics examines the best way to have this conversation: what to do, and what NOT to say.

Watch Table Talk for the details:

Dr. Sandy Says: Natural vs. Organic Foods

U-S Dietary Guidelines say fill half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables.

Does that mean organically or conventionally farmed food?

This week on Your Health Matters we explore the major differences between the two. Tune in to GPB this weekend for the details!

Here's a quick promo for the meantime:

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