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articles by: Dr. Brent

Win Prizes for Your Best Garden Recipe!

When we first conceptualized America's Oldest Largest Garden Party, the idea was to inspire as many backyard gardeners as we could. We had no idea that the little monthly contests originating from the…

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Are Tattoos Toxic?

Q: Is the ink from tattoos dangerous for my health? A: Thereís very little evidence that tattoo ink is hazardous to your health (unless you count the mental stress that comes from the regret of hav…

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Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?

Q: I talk on my cellphone a lotÖ am I at risk for getting brain cancer (or any kind of cancer) from my frequent use? A: Like a lot of things in science, this is a controversial subject because the …

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What’s the Most Beneficial Food?

Q: If you had to chose one food that everyone should incorporate into their diet what would it be? A: This is a loaded question, as I always encourage people to eat a well-balanced diet. However, t…

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Are Airplanes Really Full of Germs?

Q: Is the air in an airplane really full of germs? A: If you donít know this by now, you should.†Germs are everywhere, and if you get a bunch of people in a small space for a prolonged period of ti…

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Are Rusty Pipes Dangerous?

Q: My pipes are old and I sometimes see a bit of rust in the water. Is this dangerous to my health? A: Rusty water is usually a problem with older, unlined cast-iron pipes. There are no known healt…

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Are Petting Zoos Safe?

Q: Is it safe to take my kids to a petting zoo? Iíve heard horror stories about children getting sick and dying after feeding the animals. A: Petting zoos provide opportunities for children and adu…

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Is the Air in Nail Salons Dangerous?

Q: Is it dangerous to breath the air in a nail salon? A: The products used in nail salons usually contain solvents and other chemicals that may have adverse health effects on workers and† customers…

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Are Public Restrooms Dangerous?

Q: How concerned should I be about getting diseases from using public restrooms? A: Germs are EVERYWHERE, but you shouldnít let that fact make you paranoid. (In fact one study showed that there wer…

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Can I Overuse Antibiotics?

Q: Whatís MRSA, and does it have anything to do with the overuse of antibiotics? A: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a mutated form of the common Staph bacteria. The mutation l…

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about Dr. Brent

As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at drbrent@care2.com

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