FYI

Health Tip: Manage Stress

-- It's common to be frequently stressed. When faced with a stressful situation, according to the American Cancer Society, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense and your brain uses more oxygen.

If your stress lasts too long, however, it can harm your health.

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Health Tip: Ski and Snowboard Safely With Your Kids

-- Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to keep your family active during the cold winter months.

But as with any winter activity, you should avoid prolonged exposure to the cold by scheduling breaks to go inside and warm up.

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Health Tip: Balance Moves for Older Adults

-- Balance exercises can help prevent falls, especially among older adults. But before you begin any exercise program, always consult your doctor.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these common balance exercises for active older adults:

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Health Tip: When Arthritis Strikes Your Feet

-- If you have intense pain in your feet, arthritis may be the cause of your woes.

Arthritis leads to swelling and pain in the cartilage and lining of the joints. If these symptoms affect your feet, it's probably time to visit a podiatrist, the American Podiatric Medical Association says.

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Health Tip:Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis

-- Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that can lead to scarring in air sacs within the lungs. This can make breathing difficult.

Most cases of the disease have no known cause, and its severity varies from person to person.

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Health Tip: Sleep's Effects on Diabetes

-- Lack of sleep is an often overlooked risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the National Sleep Foundation says.

Chronic sleep deprivation leads to less insulin production and increased production of stress hormones, the foundation says. Over time, too much glucose stays in the bloodstream and increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Health Tip :Preparing for Surgery

-- To prepare for a visit with your surgeon before an operation, it helps to have a list of questions and concerns ready.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests what to ask:

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Health Tip: Online Pharmacies You Should Avoid

-- Online pharmacies may be an affordable alternative to a big-box pharmacy store, but it is important to make sure the online pharmacy you select is safe.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mentions these warning signs of an online pharmacy that you should avoid:

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Health Tip: Prevent Exposure to Lead

-- Lead exposure has been linked to problems including reduced IQ, focus and academic performance. So every effort should be made to prevent lead exposure in the home, particularly among children.

Lead-based paint was banned for use in American homes in 1978, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. But older homes may still pose a danger.

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