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Summer picnics and parties may be filling up your calendar this month. We've got tips to keep you safe from insects and eating healthy while you’re enjoying the summer fun.

Also in this issue, learn about the supplement melatonin and how it is used for insomnia, as well as a National Jewish Health study working to determine if text messaging can help teens improve medication adherence.

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Health-e-Feature: Nutrition

Snacking Can Be Healthy
BroccoliHealthy snacking can help you with weight loss, to satisfy hunger, and to boost your mood and energy throughout the day. Our simple tips can set you on the path to healthy snacking.

Maintain Nutrition while Taking Steroids
Some people with chronic lung disease take steroid pills on a regular basis, which can have an impact on your diet. Learn more about how steroids interfere with certain nutrients and how you can compensate for this in your diet.

Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Black Beans and Coconut-Lime Rice and Mango Slices
SalmonThis healthy and delicious pairing of fish, black beans, brown rice, and mango will provide your diet with a lean, but powerful protein punch, as well as important omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamin A.

Disease Information

Tips to Avoid Insect Stings
Insect stings can be common during summer months, which can be dangerous for people who have insect-sting allergies. You can take some simple precautions to help minimize exposure for your allergic loved ones, such as wearing protective clothing, avoiding strong smelling lotions or perfumes, and covering food or drinks. 

Recent Research

Can Text Messaging Improve Medication Adherence?
TextingResearchers at National Jewish Health are conducting a study to test whether health information and medication reminders via text message will boost adolescent’s adherence to asthma medication regimens.

Ask an Expert:

Question: Is melatonin a good treatment for insomnia?

Answer: Many people take a melatonin supplement (available as an over-the-counter dietary supplement) as an aid to help them sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally by the brain and assists with regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. When taken before bedtime, it is believed to signal the brain that it's time to be sleepy. Clinical research has shown that melatonin may lessen sleep problems associated with insomnia related to circadian rhythm sleep disorders. As with any over-the-counter medication or supplement, check with your healthcare provider before taking it.

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July 2011

Jamie Hanley"Dr. Fleischer gave me my food back" 
By the time Jamie Hanley was 3 and a half years old, the list of foods she couldn’t eat had ballooned to 16. Then, the Hanleys found the National Jewish Health Pediatric Day Program. Learn more about Jamie’s story and how the Hanleys are raising money for the Child Life Program. Read Jamie’s Story.


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