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UMN expert: Sunscreen might not be as effective as you think

The sun is shining and summer has finally arrived. But before heading out for a long day at the beach, a University of Minnesota expert wants you to take a closer look at your sunscreen. A recent Consumer Reports study found 43 percent of sunscreens do not meet the SPF claim on their label and could be putting your skin at serious risk.

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Expert perspective: New sleep guidelines for children announced

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Sleep is critical to the overall growth and development of infants, children and teens. But how much sleep is enough? The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently released a set of guidelines that outlines how much sleep children should be receiving at different ages.

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Online eye exams? See through the hype

More and more websites are popping up claiming to provide online eye exams. They’re quick, easy and free. You don’t need to go anywhere; you can take a test right from your home. It can sound appealing, but these types of eye tests should be approached with caution, says UMN ophthalmologist Josh Olson, M.D.

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Essential oils safety: You may be using them wrong

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When it comes to essential oils, there’s no shortage of health claims – from weight loss to immune system fortification and renewed mental clarity. But one thing’s certain: you’re probably using them wrong.

Health Talk explored myths surrounding aromatherapy, essential oils safety and identified some do’s and don’ts for integrating them into your care.

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UMN expert: Gluten free diets not as healthy as you think

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Although millions of Americans are cutting gluten out of their diets with the belief that it is a healthier dietary choice for themselves and possibly their children, they may actually be causing more harm than good. According to a recent MinnPost article and commentary in the Journal of Pediatrics, gluten free diets are not only a waste of money, but can also be unhealthy.

University of Minnesota expert, Catherine Larson, weighs in.

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Expert perspective: California to raise legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21

According to a recent article in Yahoo news, California Governor Jerry Brown approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

California is hoping that increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco will lower the addiction rate of nicotine. According to Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry who focuses on tobacco addictions and cancer prevention, young people are more susceptible to addictions because their brains are still developing.

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