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Dr. Sandy Says: Dietary Calcium is Best for Bones

Calcium can help make strong bones. But it can also help make kidney stones. Dr. Sandy details the best places for you to get the calcium you need.

Tune in to GPB this weekend for the full story.

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Hepatitis A Signs and Symptoms

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes liver inflammation. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stool, joint pain, and yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).

Ask Dr. Sandy: Weight Loss Myths Debunked

From fad diets to unregulated potions promising quick and easy ways to lose weight, there is a lot of mis-information about obesity.

A new study debunks some of these weight loss myths.

Here's the truth about some common weight loss tactics:

Dr. Sandy Says: Smoking to Stay Thin Is Unhealthy

You may smoke to help you diet. If you stop, you may gain weight. Which is the lesser of these two evils?

Dr. Sandy examines the relative dangers of weight gain or keeping smoking.

Watch the full Your Health Matters segment below:

Name Change: Obesity

You have probably seen the headline from the recent American Medical Association meeting: obesity is now classified as a disease. This is a controversial and complex decision. Some argue that how much and what you eat is a personal choice, while others point out that there is no effective well established treatment.

Ask Dr. Sandy: How Can I Get My Kids to Eat Fruits And Veggies?

The question:
How can I get my kids to eat more fruits and vegetables?

The answer?...
The Brits say… make meals a family affair.

The home environment has a major influence on kids’ dietary habits. Children take cues from their parents mom and dad- you should eat more fruits and vegetables, too.

Dr. Sandy Says: Low Calorie Sweeteners Can Be Great Sugar Substitutes

When it comes to sugar, calories can add up fast!

Low-calorie and non-caloric sweeteners can help you cut calores, but don’t use them as an excuse for consuming other calorie-laden products.

Here's the lowdown:

'Tiger' Mosquito Raises West Nile concerns

The prime time for West Nile infection is right now: June through September. Get ready. West Nile is spread to humans and other animals from the bite of infected mosquitoes.

This year, there’s a new critter to worry about. It’s called the Asian tiger mosquito. It has already spread to at least 26 states, mostly in the eastern U.S.

Ask Dr. Sandy: How Much Exercise?

The CDC says all adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week plus muscle strengthening exercises at least 2 days per week.

You decide what to do -- just do enough of it. And keep challenging yourself.

Dr. Sandy Says: Calories From Alcohol Add Up Fast

Wanna lose some weight? Back off the booze!

It has hidden calories--they add up! And they dont stay hidden forever.

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