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Area hospitals receive top marks for safety

Four hospitals in West County received “A” safety grades for the spring of 2017 from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system.

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Cookbooks found lacking in food safety guidance

Although popular cookbooks provide step-by-step instructions for preparing delicious recipes, the vast majority of them give little-to-no guidance on preparing food safely – and even when they do, their advice is inaccurate, a recent study found.

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Diabetes increasing among American youth

Although the reasons why are unclear, rates of new diagnosed cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among young people in America, according to a new report examining data collected from 2000-2012.

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Mature Focus: Brain boost

Blueberries are a known “superfood,” delivering significant amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Recently, another item was added to the list of blueberries’ potential health benefits by researchers at the University of Exeter in England, where a small study connected drinking concentrated blueberry juice with improvements in brain function for older people.

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