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Posted by Dana Sparks (@danasparks) · Mon, Aug 25 at 2:15pm EDT

Monday's Housecall

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESweight scale wrapped with a yellow measuring tape
Getting past a weight-loss plateau
Has the number on the scale not budged in a while? Don't fall back on bad habits. Restart your weight-loss plan with these tips.

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet
Whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Isn't it time you added more whole grains to your diet?

HEALTHY RECIPES
Grilled flank steak salad with roasted corn vinaigrette
Cucumber pineapple salad
Curried vegetable couscous
Gazpacho with garbanzo beans

 

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EXPERT ANSWERS
Tanning: Does a base tan prevent sunburn?
There's little evidence that a base tan protects against sunburn.

Alzheimer's test: Detection at the earliest stages
New experimental Alzheimer's tests may help find the disease earlier, but more research is needed.

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Vitiligo
Hepatitis C

 

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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Soapy debate: Antibacterial or regular?
Despite its soaring popularity, antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. And using antibacterial soap may lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents, making it even harder to kill these germs in the future.

NOW BLOGGING
Nutrition-wise: New gluten-free labeling rule now in effect
New criteria mean that people with celiac disease and others wishing to limit gluten know what they're getting with packaged foods labeled "gluten-free."

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