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The flu season in the DMV can begin as early as October and last though May. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Flu Shots

Flu Season Is Sneaking Up on Us Each year, the flu season is a bit of a guessing game. Scientists must make educated guesses about which strains will be prevalent as they create the annual flu vaccine. Healthcare professionals try to guess when it will hit their communities – and
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Unless you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, doctors say you shouldn't be 100 percent gluten free since we need the grains found in wheat products. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Healthy Eating

Going ‘Gluten-Free’ Isn’t for Everyone More and more often, we see “gluten-free” food options on store shelves and restaurant menus. But what does “gluten-free” mean, and why have such products become so popular? Gluten is a type of protein which is stored,
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Americans develop more than 50 million cases of foodborne illnesses each year. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Food Poisioning

Foodborne Illness Is Often Avoidable Each year, Americans develop more than 50 million cases of foodborne illness. While some are caused by eating out, like the recent outbreak of more than 135 cases of norovirus at the Chipotle in Sterling, Va., others originate in home
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