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Year of Awareness: Autism

Michele Iallonardi speaks to her son Jackson, 12,

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As a young elementary school teacher in her early 20s, Michele Iallonardi’s knowledge of autism was limited.

“What I knew about autism back then was like, your kid seems fine and then all of a sudden, they have autism.”

For Iallonardi, that limited understanding changed suddenly when her son Jackson was diagnosed with autism; he was just 2 years old.

“At around 12 months, I brought...

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Vacation pre-tanning: Does it really help prevent burning?

Self-tanners don't provide any real protection against burns

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As schools let out for spring break and families head to warmer, more tropical beach locales, a popular question arises in pre-vacation planning: to tan or not to tan?

Something of an urban legend, getting a "base tan" before vacation is said, by some, to help you reduce the risk of burning once you are basking in the sun.

The Daily Apple set out to find out whether the idea is based...

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Oralair, new hay fever medication, approved by FDA

Seasonal overlap could mean extra misery for people

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Attention all hay fever sufferers: relief may now be as simple as dissolving a tablet under your tongue once a day.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new medication, Oralair, to treat hay fever caused by certain grass pollens in people ages 10 through 65.

Containing a freeze-dried mixture of  Kentucky bluegrass, orchard, perennial ryegrass, Sweet vernal grass...

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Living with autism: Share your experience

As April is Autism Awareness month -- and

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Are you a person living with autism, or a caregiver to a child or adult with the disorder? No matter what your connection to autism is, if you have a story you'd like to share, we'd love to hear it.

April is Autism Awareness month -- and The Daily Apple will highlight the cause in this month's installment of our Year of Awareness series. Reports show that autism spectrum disorder is estimated...

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Tequila ingredient aids in weight loss, study says

K Pacho Cocina and Tequila in New Hyde

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Break out the shot glasses, it looks like National Tequila Day may be coming early.

At a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, a study was presented that shows  that agavin, a sweetener created from the same plant used to make tequila, possesses a number of health benefits.

Researchers found that agavins can help lower blood glucose levels for those suffering from type...

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Woman's plan to give 'obese' kids a note instead of Halloween treats blasted on social media

For those kids who one Fargo woman deems

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A woman who said she's going to give "moderately obese” kids a finger-wagging note for their parents this Halloween instead of sweet treats is being scolded on social media.

The unnamed Fargo, N.D. woman said on a radio show she believes “it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ‘cause all the other kids are doing it.'"

Touting...

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Summer health hazards: Mosquito bites and diseases

There were 28 reported cases of West Nile

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An unfortunate byproduct of warmer weather, biting insects, namely mosquitos, have crept up next to ticks onto our list of summer health hazards on Long Island.

Dr. Bruce Hirsch, a physician at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset who specializes in diseases associated with biting insects, first spoke with us about ticks and has moved on to address the problems involving mosquito populations...

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Summer health hazards: Tick bites and diseases

Lyme disease affects a human’s body in stages,

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With recent attention on new tick-borne illnesses, these persistent pests slide easily onto Long Island’s list of summer health hazards. “Long Island is beautiful and it’s very hospitable and it’s a very nice place to live -- particularly if you’re a tick, because you don’t have to pay real estate taxes if you’re not a human being,” said Bruce Hirsch, a physician at North Shore University Hospital...

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Diet soda as a weight-loss aid? Maybe not

Diet Cokes in an ice chest at a

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Diet sodas and other noncaloric, sweetened drinks are go-to options for 30 percent of health conscious consumers in the United States.

But a new study out of Purdue University shows that these popular drinks may not be the solution in the fight against obesity and other health problems.

“Although it seems like common sense that diet sodas would not be problematic, that doesn't appear...

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UrgentRx: An entirely new take on OTC medications

A new line of OTC drugs, sold in

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For as long as he can remember, Jordan Eisenberg’s father carried aspirin tablets wrapped in cellophane in his wallet as a preventive measure for heart attacks.

As an adult, Eisenberg, 31, picked up on the habit, packaging antihistamines (to combat his allergy to most raw fruits and vegetables) rather than aspirin.

The only problem, Eisenberg said, was sitting down.

“For years...

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