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Cbus’ luck is out, rare disease test comes up positive

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Officials have said that after weeks of wondering, several cases have been caused by the rare enterovirus D68 virus in Central Ohio. “Columbus Public Health is closely monitoring this outbreak of respiratory illnesses and is working with area hospitals to protect the health and safety of all residents,” said Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long, according to NBC4.

Concern began when an increase of kids were coming into Nationwide Children’s Hospital with complaints of difficulty breathing and other respiratory problems.

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Previously September 15, 2014
Some specimens sent to CDC negative for rare disease

After fears that a rare virus might be causing children in Columbus to get sick, specimens were sent to CDC in Atlanta to be tested for enterovirus D68. Those specimens have come back negative, but Columbus still isn’t in the clear. Columbus Public Health has sent out about 20 samples and the rest of the results should be available by the end of the week. The virus has spread to other areas of the country such as Kansas City, Mo. and has resulted in children in the hospital with breathing issues.

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Previously September 8, 2014
Is a rare virus causing children’s illness?

Last week, more kids were rolling through Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s doors than usual with respiratory problems, which is also unusual for the time of year, the Dispatch reported. 52 patients a day were complaining of respiratory problems and at the center of that increase could be human enterovirus D68, said the medical director and assistant commissioner at Columbus Public Health, the paper reported. The virus also seems to have affected kids in Kansas City, Mo. The causes wheezing and shortness of breath.

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

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H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

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Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person. 

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Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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