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Poison ivy is commonly confused with other plants, such as box elder, fragrant sumac and Virginia creeper. Notice that poison ivy has three divided leaves, with the center leaflet on a longer stalk. It also produces white, waxy berries along the stem in summer. (Photo: Missouri Department of Conservation)

Irritating Itch

Easing the Itch of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring troublesome plants such as poison ivy and poison oak that can cause mild to severe allergic reactions. The signature leaves of three of the poison ivy plant carry an oil called
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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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Before you head outdoors for summer, know how to treat the many health issue that come with it like bug bites, sunburn or poison ivy. (Photo: Jacelyn Abramoff)Before you head outdoors for summer, know how to treat the many health issue that come with it like bug bites, sunburn or poison ivy. (Photo: Jacelyn Abramoff)

It’s Summer

Know How to Treat Summer Health Issues Summer can bite. It can burn or itch. It can make you extremely sick … or worse. “Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy all that the natural world has to offer, but we tend to forget some of the season’s perils and common
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