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Ask Dr. Sandy: Does Breast Milk Help Babies Learn?

Pediatricians encourage breast feeding. It provides antibodies that help prevent gastrointestinal infections and ear infections.

A new study suggests another surprising benefit:
Nutrients in breast milk have been shown to help a baby’s brain development!

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Dr. Sandy Says: Halt the Salt!

The salt of the Earth. That means good people.

The salt in your food can mean bad problems. Too much can increase your blood pressure --a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

This week on Your Health Matters we share some guidelines for sodium intake as well as tips on lowering sodium content in your food.

Here's the full segment:

Understanding GINA

Genetic testing is on the rise. With a simple blood test people can now trace their genealogy or test for disease. But can the results be used against you?

Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) in 2008 to try to ensure they can’t.

Ask Dr. Sandy: A Dark Side of the Night Shift

If you’re a woman, and work the night shift, listen up!

A new study found women who worked the night shift for 30 years or more had twice the risk of getting breast cancer.

Why this link?
Researchers have some theories. Watch this week's Ask Dr. Sandy below for the details.

And make sure you get regular breast cancer screening. Don’t miss your mammogram!

Dr. Sandy Says: Heads Up for Concussions!

This week on Your Health Matters we'll explore the dangers of concussions, as well as what to do if you suspect one.

Any blow to the head needs to be taken seriously: especially when it happens to youngsters on the playing field.

Watch this week's promo and full segment below to learn more about dealing with concussions.

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ADHD Update

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder. It used to be called ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder, but ADHD is preferred because it is more inclusive of primary features of this disorder: inattention, hyperactivity (distractibility and restlessness), and impulsivity.

Ask Dr. Sandy: How to Clean a Pacifier

Babies love pacies, but they often end up anywhere but their little mouths. Like the floor, the lawn, the dog.

Consider rinsing a fallen pacie in your own mouth before giving it back to your baby.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests the transfer of microbes from your mouth to your baby's, via the pacifier, initiates a protective effect. It makes the microbes in the baby’s digestive tract more complex and helps the baby handle the antigens that trigger allergies.

Dr. Sandy Says: Water Works!

Our bodies are more water than anything else. We’re made of it. And we cannot live without it.

So, how much water do you need? 8 ounces a day may not be enough.

Dr. Sandy has your daily dose!

Watch Water Works!

Backpack Safety

With the kids back in school, it’s the perfect time to discuss backpack safety.

We may cringe when we see youngsters carrying heavy packs, but a study in the medical journal Pediatrics found kids are actually more likely to get hurt tripping over backpacks than carrying them.

A lot of injuries happen when backpacks are used as weapons.

Surprisingly, the majority of backpack-related injuries -- nearly 90% -- didn’t involve a back injury at all.

Ask Dr. Sandy: What is BRCA?

Angelina Jolie had both of her breasts removed after testing positive for a BRCA gene mutation.

But what exactly is BRCA? And how do you know if you're at risk?

BRCA is a breast cancer susceptibility gene. All women and men carry the gene. The problem occurs when the gene changes in a harmful way. Harmful BRCA gene mutations have been linked to increases in breast and ovarian cancers.

Watch Difficult Decision for more details on BRCA and how you can find out if you're at risk.