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New Developments in Chinese Bird Flu

The CDC has been working diligently and has identified a candidate vaccine virus that can be used to make vaccine against H7N9 if needed. The CDC has not yet recommended against travel to China but does advise Americans visiting or living in China to avoid contact with live birds, pigs, and other animals. This includes live bird or poultry markets. It is okay to eat meat and poultry but make sure it is thoroughly cooked, and not pink in the center. If you eat eggs, make sure they are hard boiled, not runny.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Does Breast Feeding Prevent Obesity?

Breast milk is nutritionally complete. It has great benefits for your baby. But is preventing obesity one of them?

Find out in this installment of Ask Dr. Sandy.

Dr. Sandy Says: The Mediterranean Diet is Good For Your Heart

There is a diet that includes fat, nuts, and wine.
And it’s good for you. Dr. Sandy has the delicious details.

Watch the video below for all of the heart-healthy benefits of the Mediterranean Diet on Your Health Matters.

YHM Segment:

Supreme Court Rules Against Patents on Human Genes

Who holds the rights to your DNA?

The Supreme Court says you do! This is a big victory for cancer research.

Genetic testing has been in the spotlight since Angelina Jolie's recent preventive mastectomy to cut her cancer risk. She made this decision after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, which dramatically increased her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Until now, Myriad Genetics has been the sole provider of BRCA gene testing, charging at least $3000. Jolie could afford it. But this was a hefty price tag for many women. Now they have options.

New Viral Threat: MERS - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

An outbreak of SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – caused hundreds of deaths and infected thousands more, little more than a decade ago.

Ask Dr. Sandy: What is MRSA?

MRSA (pronounced mer-sa) is short for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

It's a potentially deadly strain of staph bacteria, resistant to many antibiotics.

Some people carry MRSA on their skin or in their noses. Just because you carry it doesn't mean you will get sick. But it is contagious.

Learn more about MRSA in this video clip:

Frozen Berry Mix Tainted with Hep A

Costco has voluntarily recalled its Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Frozen Berry Mix, due to concerns about Hepatitis A contamination. The berry mix in question contains berries harvested in the United States, Argentina, Chile, and Turkey. The likely culprit is pomegranate seeds from Turkey—the CDC found this particular strain of Hepatitis A is often found in the Middle East.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Legal Drug Abuse

Is it okay to take antibiotics, even if you don't have a bacterial infection?

The frightening fact is antibiotic misuse is dangerous to your health. Taking antibiotics needlessly increases chances of infections with super bugs, resistant to antibiotics. That can mean when you really do need an antibiotic, it might not work.

Dr. Sandy Says: Weight Loss is a Simple Equation

Math isn’t always easy. Especially when it’s the equation we need to balance caloric intake with output. But there are some simple – not necessarily easy – ways to tilt the scales in your favor.

Ask Dr. Sandy: No Smoking in the OR

Should you quit smoking before an operation?

Any reason to stop smoking is a good one. Surgery is especially so. People who smoke are more likely to have problems after an operation. These increased risks mean a higher price tag…nearly twice that of non-smokers.