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Think Before You Ink: The Safety of Tattoos

As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks. Some risks, such as the spread of infections through the use of unsterilized needles, have long been known. But what isn't clear is the safety of tattoo inks.

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?

Washing Food: Does It Really Work?

Historically, we equate washing to cleanliness. We wash clothes, linens, cars, dishes and ourselves. So, it is logical that many people believe meat and poultry can be made cleaner and safer by washing it. Is this true? Does washing meat, poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables make them safer to eat?

Teens and Sleep: How to Help Them Get Enough

Does your teenager fall asleep over homework? Does he or she nod off during class or drive while drowsy? Almost 70 percent of high school students are not getting the recommended hours of sleep on school nights, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The Truth About Dietary Supplements
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found nearly 300 fraudulent products — promoted mainly for weight loss, sexual enhancement and bodybuilding — that contain hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients. 
The Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Every year, more and more children are diagnosed with autism and many of us whose families are affected by autism begin to assume that everyone knows the facts about it. The truth is, there are still many misconceptions about autism and those who are affected by it. Here is some basic information about autism spectrum disorder.  

GERD: More Than Just Heartburn

If you are taking antacids regularly, you could be suffering from more than just heartburn. In a recent national survey, 9 out of 10 people mistakenly assumed their gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD) was heartburn. 

The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health
Dental hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep your mouth in good shape -- but oral health goes beyond just your pearly whites. New research by the National Institutes of Health shows a significant relationship between gum disease and bigger health issues.
How to Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal

The devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region has left many people asking how they can help. According to the U.S. government agency USAID, the best way to help those affected is to make a monetary donation to aid efforts.

BJC HealthCare to Support Local Anti-Smoking Effort

In April, BJC HealthCare and more than two dozen local groups will come together to encourage St. Louisans to “Show Me You Can Quit.”

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