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To Avoid Food-borne Illness, Wash Your Vegetables and Fruits

It’s midsummer in Minnesota, and despite the weather roller-coaster we’ve been riding, seasonal fruits and vegetables are ripe for the picking. Those of us with gardens are seeing tomatoes plump up and cucumbers and zucchini ripen overnight. Grocery store shoppers are enjoying fresher, more local produce, too. Before you sink your teeth into your favorite […]

Slather on Sunscreen to Avoid UV Ray Health Conditions

It’s finally here—the warm sunshine of spring and summer! Minnesotans are trading their winter hats for baseball caps and mittens for gardening gloves. Before skipping outside to enjoy some sunshine, though, be sure to slather on some sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. What Are UV Rays? The sun constantly emits […]

Does Air Pollution Cause Asthma Attacks?

In a word, yes. Air pollution can trigger symptoms in a variety of respiratory illnesses, not least of all asthma. As we move into the warmer summer months in the Twin Cities, some Minnesotans may experience the effects of poor air quality, especially if they reside in the metro area. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Ozone Pollution and Your Health

If you’re like me, you’ve heard conflicting things about ozone. Some scientists are concerned that the hole in the atmospheric layer of ozone will harm us, while others warn against the hazards of having too much ozone in the air closer to the Earth’s surface. Both groups of scientists are right: While high-altitude ozone provides […]