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Swallowing disorders are becoming more common. Some chefs are now whipping up nutritious recipes that are not only easy on the throat, but help restore the joy of eating. Left: Pureed satay chicken with edamame, shaped into the form of a drumstick. Right: Pureed fruit and yogurt set with agar agar — Australian chef Peter Morgan-Jones calls it an ideal finger food for those with dysphagia. Matt Jewell/HammondCare hide caption

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Signs declare the calorie counts for sandwiches and other grab-and-go items at a Starbucks in Washington, D.C. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Now That Calorie Labels Are Federal Law, Will We Eat Less?

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A box of food prepared at a food bank distribution in Petaluma, Calif. The state ranks near the bottom in enrolling people for food assistance. To change that, it's taking lessons from its robust Medi-Cal health insurance program, which targets much the same population. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Signs hung up in front of a vacant lot in Weeksville, Brooklyn, in 2014 by members of 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant lots in New York City and advocates for community stewardship of th at land. Murray Spenser Cox hide caption

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Irn Bru is known as Scotland's "other national drink." But the beloved bright orange soft drink is a sugar bomb, so its makers have reformulated it to comply with a new U.K. sugar tax. Andrew Milligan /PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Och, No! Some Scots Cry As Their Beloved Soda Gets A Less Sugary Revamp

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Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache." Maria Dattola Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

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Caleb Torres, a senior at George Washington University, says he ran out of grocery money his freshmen year, so he began skipping meals. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Food, Housing Insecurity May Be Keeping College Students From Graduating

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A tray of gluten-free pastries. For people with celiac disease, incidental ingestion of gluten can lead to painful symptoms and lasting intestinal damage. Two new studies suggest such exposure may be greater than many realize, even for those following gluten-free diets. JPM/Getty Images/Image Source hide caption

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Cutting back up to 25 percent of your calories per day helps slow your metabolism and reduce free radicals that cause cell damage and aging. But would you want to? VisualField/Getty Images hide caption

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You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories, Scientists Say

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Mindfulness gurus Geneen Roth and Ed Espe Brown have long championed the idea that how we relate to food affects other aspects of our lives. In new super-personal essay collections, they reassess their past self-help advice. Neil Webb/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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DMG Foods, the Salvation Army's first supermarket, offers discount groceries to nutritional assistance beneficiaries and anyone else who walks through the door. dmgfoods.org hide caption

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Salvation Army Opens Its First-Ever Supermarket, In Baltimore

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A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of the surface of the human tongue. Taste buds are shown in purple. Doctors have known that as people pack on the pounds, their sense of taste diminishes. New research in mice suggests one reason why: Inflammation brought on by obesity may be killing taste buds. Omikron Omikron/Getty Images/Science Source hide caption

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Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

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Evidence Indicates Cyclists May Age Better Than Those Who Don't Bike

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A 19th-century scientist who told cooks to stop adding flour at the end of cooking traditional Norwegian porridge faced the wrath of a nation. Kjerstin Gjengedal/Getty Images hide caption

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Harnessing the power of wearable devices, data, education and a peer support group, people with prediabetes can lose weight and fend off the disease. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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This Chef Lost 50 Pounds And Reversed Prediabetes With A Digital Program

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It's one thing to track your heart rate, pulse or other movements with a smart watch or other consumer electronics, researchers say, but quite another to rely on the device to diagnose a disease. martin-dm/Getty Images hide caption

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Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

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