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    It’s a hot summer day, the kids are splashing in the pool, and the smell of chicken sizzling on the backyard barbie is making your mouth water. You’re dying to grab it off the grill before it’s done, but doing so could mean you’re done. The skin might look charred and crispy on the outside, but that’s no indication it’s fully cooked on the inside.

    Undercooked meat has been the source of many a food-borne illness, since it can harbour parasites and bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter or E. coli that will fizzle the sizzle of your party pronto. “The knowledge of food safety has increased over the years, and standards are increasing every day within the industry,” says Susan Watson, registered dietician and owner of nutrition coaching and counseling company A Little Nutrition in Winnipeg. “As we learn more about how to keep people safe, we want to educate more.”

    Watson says you can still enjoy your steak medium-rare, as long as the outside is cooked and the inside has not been

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    Perhaps you go “aww” when you see a Mommy & Me class with all the little ones decked out in their miniature swim caps, goggles, arm floaties and swimsuits at your local swimming pool.

    But you should really be going “ick” if those little swimmers happen to be wearing “waterproof” diapers. Because it turns out there is no such thing as a truly waterproof diaper, according to Nicholas Ashbolt, a professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

    “No child should be wearing a diaper in a pool,” said Ashbolt in a phone interview with Yahoo Canada.

    That’s because if a totally adorable little one happens to pee or poo in the pool there is a high likelihood of totally unadorable urine or fecal matter leaking out in to the water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. echoes the professor’s standpoint saying on their website: “The use of swim diapers and swim pants might give users, parents, and pool staff a false sense of security regarding fecal

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  • By Alison Coldridge | Yahoo Lifestyle UK

    Lauren Holsten was outraged when a photography studio Photoshopped images of her 18-month-old daughter, Lexi, so that her birthmark wasn’t visible. 

    Lauren, 20, took Lexi to have a photo taken at a professional photo stand in The Forum shopping centre in Kent and upon collecting the snapshots a fortnight later was dismayed to find that the pics had been edited to remove Lexi’s birthmark.

    Lauren was horrified to see the photography studio had edited out Lexi's birthmark. [SWNS]

    The toddler has a strawberry mark (or harmangioma) on her right cheek, which is a surprisingly common birthmark – and one that tends to disappear on its own. The raised, soft lump is made up of extra blood vessels and affects around one in 10 babies. 

    They can crop up anywhere on the body, but most commonly appear on the face, head and neck. Birthmarks like this tend to appear on newborns and grow to their maximum size by around the time the child’s nine months old. Most do

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