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Take your pick of apple history and trivia

Though apples are enjoyed across the globe, many people associate apples with the United States of America. That's in spite of the fact that the first apples were cultivated on the opposite side of the world from North America in Asia.
 
There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples that produce various characteristics for flavor and appearance. Apples are often a topic of discussion in the fall, when many trees produce their largest bounties of fruit. Autumn is a good time of year to take a closer look at apples, and explore some of the most popular varieties for picking and eating.

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Tips to get kids more excited about eating right

Childhood obesity is reaching record heights across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 41 million children were obese or overweight as of 2014.
 
Obesity is an all-too-familiar problem for parents, many of whom are aware of the long-term threat that childhood obesity poses to their sons and daughters. According to Let's Move!, an initiative launched by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama that's dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity, obese kids are more likely to become obese as adults than youngsters who maintain healthy weights throughout their childhoods. In addition, obese children may be at greater risk for cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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Explaining atrial fibrillation

In late 2013, the World Health Organization released results from a data analysis that examined atrial fibrillation and its prevalence across the globe. The results were troubling, indicating that 33.5 million people worldwide have the condition.
 
If those figures don't raise an eyebrow, that's likely because few people are familiar with atrial fibrillation, in spite of its prevalence. A broader understanding of atrial fibrillation, often referred to as AF, may help people reduce their likelihood of developing the condition.

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Keeping Hispanics heart-healthy

Cardiovascular disease continues to threaten people from all walks of life. People of all ethnic backgrounds are susceptible to cardiovascular diseases, but Hispanics should pay particular attention to their own increased risk for illnesses that affect the heart.
 
The American Heart Association notes that Hispanics face elevated risks of cardiovascular disease compared to non-Hispanics due to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Hispanics comprise one of the largest ethnic segments of the United States, and are expected to constitute as much as 29 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, based on predictions made from U.S. Census Bureau data and information from the Pew Research Center.

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Help your body bounce back after cancer treatment

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy can take a toll on patients' bodies. Though the side effects vary depending on the type of cancer and the treatment being administered, cancer patients may experience both short- and long-term consequences related to their treatments, leaving many with some work to do once their treatments have proven successful.

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