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THE panelists crafting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasized that we’re consuming much more sugar than is healthy for us and have advised us to pare our intake of sugar — but have acknowledged that the sugar bowl isn’t the principal villain at the dining table, since about 80% of the sugar we eat is added to packaged and commercially prepared foods, says the December 2016 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

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Statistics show that the average person gains about five pounds during the holiday season – while this may not seem like that much, the problem is most people don’t lose the weight and, year after year, those pounds add up, says the November 2016 issue of the UCLA health Healthy Years.

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AS the FDA is encouraging the food industry to cut back on added sodium in commercially processed and prepared food, it also serves as a good reminder for all of us that too much salt in the diet is risky for health — but how much is too much is still being debated, says the November 2016 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Letter.

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WHILE most prostate biopsies using the conventional ultrasound-guided biopsy method are negative for cancer, many men with negative biopsies but elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels may still have a malignant tumor which, until recently, imaging modalities have generally failed to reveal, says the September 2016 issue of the UCLA Health HEALTHY Years.

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MORE than half of all Americans will develop hemorrhoids at some points in their lives, typically between the ages of 45 and 65, says the August 2016 issue of the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter.

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