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Health stories for Feb. 14, 2013

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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 14, 2013 -

A box of chocolates is a popular Valentine's Day gift, and it may also be good for the heart.

Cocoa flavanols are known to support cellular and metabolic activities in the body.

It also helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow through the body for people with coronary artery disease.

Flavanols are only found in dark chocolates.

So milk chocolates and white chocolates won't have the same benefits.


One thing you don't want to give your sweetheart on Valentine's, allergies.

So stay away from flowers since the most popular ones, including roses and gardenias, are known to cause nasal allergies.

Know what's in the candy since milk, eggs and nuts are common food allergies.

Also, beware of scented oils and creams since they can cause people to break out in rashes.


Some foods are bad for your heart.

There are simple things you can do to help from being a victim of heart disease.

Avoid trans fats, which are found in meats and dairy products.

They raise your bad cholesterol as well as lower your good cholesterol.

Saturated fats have similar effects and are found in full fat dairy products.

Cutting back on salt intake can help lower your blood pressure.

And eating less sugar can help you reduce your risk of getting cardio-vascular disease.

Heart disease kills a person every 39 seconds.


There's a call for the government to identify how much sugar is too much to add to your drinks.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to identify a level of sugar considered safe.

It also asks the FDA to tell the food industry to cut back on sugar in baked goods, breakfast cereals and frozen desserts.

That's the same group that wanted buttered popcorn banned from movie theaters.


An eye implant helps people with a rare disorder, see again.

The FDA approved the Argus 2 retinal prosthesis system.

It takes the place of damaged cells inside the eye.

The device does not fully restore vision, but may allow people to detect light and dark.



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