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How to read a food label

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We see nutrition labels every day on nearly everything we eat. But what good are they if we don’t understand what we’re actually eating?

Here are some ways to decode the label and some of the ingredients we often see.

Let's start at the beginning.

1) Serving Size

This is found at the top of the label. People often overlook or don’t understand a food’s serving size. It’s important to pay attention to portion size to make sure you’re not eating too much (which could lead to weight gain) or too little (not getting the full nutritional value).

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Imaging Services expands

Mercy Health has expanded access for outpatient ultrasound imaging to Mercy Health – Wapakoneta Imaging Services, 1015 South Blackhoof St., Suite D.. Other locations include Mercy Health – Putnam County MedicalCenter and Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center.

“Imaging services offer opportunity for early detection and diagnosis, which saves lives,” said Patricia Giesken, Director of Imaging Services at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center. 

“At Mercy Health, we try to give the community as many access points for treatment and comprehensive care. Especially because the health and well-being of the community is one of our top priorities.”

Manage your diabetes with the ABCs

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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel overwhelmed — and that’s understandable. But you can take steps to both ease your anxiety and get on the road to effective diabetes management.

Understand Your Condition

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in your blood because your body does not make or use insulin well.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious health problems. Diabetes can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

FDA approves new injection to treat hives

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There's a newly approved treatment for hives.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Quzyttir (cetirizine) to treat acute urticaria (hives).

Available as an injection to be given into the vein (IV), this new medication is approved for adults and children 6 months of age and older.

Cetirizine injection is now an alternative treatment option to IV diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl).

The approved dose is once every 24 hours as needed for acute hives.

New migraine med approved

FDA approves Reyvow (lasmiditan)

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A new migraine medication is hitting the market.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Reyvow (lasmiditan) to treat migraines.

Migraines are estimated to affect more than 10 percent of people around the world.

Lasmiditan, available in tablet form, has been approved for adults with migraines with or without aura.

Aura is a sensory phenomenon or visual disturbance. An aura can occur as flashing lights, zig-zag lines or temporary vision loss. Auras typically affect around one-third of people who have migraines.

Four mammogram myths debunked

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're debunking four common mammogram myths.

Mammograms are low-dose X-ray pictures of the breast. Because mammography can detect breast cancer tumors before they can be felt, screening is very important for early detection. And early breast cancer detection has been linked to higher chances of survival. Speak with your doctor about how often you should be screened for breast cancer. For more information on performing a breast self-exam and detecting breast changes, check out Detecting Breast Cancer Early.