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Health Tip: Indoor Tanning

-- Tanning beds and sun lamps can cause serious long-term skin damage, says the American Cancer Society. Indoor tanning exposes the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays -- the cause of most skin cancer.



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Health Tip: Minimizing Shortness of Breath

-- Shortness of breath is marked by difficulty breathing or intense tightening in the chest. Medical problems, strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, obesity and high altitude can all trigger shortness of breath, says Mayo Clinic.

To keep chronic shortness of breath at bay, Mayo Clinic suggests:

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Health Tip: Relaxation Techniques for Stress

-- Stress is a normal physical and emotional reaction to changes in life. However, long-term stress can contribute to digestive issues, headaches, sleep disorders and other health problems.

Relaxation techniques can help release tension and counteract stress, says the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). These techniques incorporate breathing and pleasing thoughts, to help calm both mind and body.

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Health Tip: Recognizing Heat Exhaustion

-- During very hot weather, the body's ability to cool itself down is compromised, says the U.S. National Weather Service.

As the body dehydrates, losing important fluids and salts, you or someone you know may develop heat exhaustion.

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Health Tip: Diarrhea in Kids

-- Diarrhea typically is not a sign of a serious illness in children, says KidsHealth.

But it's important to make sure that if your child has diarrhea, lost fluids and nutrients are replaced.

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Health Tip: Working in Extreme Heat

-- Outdoor workers are more likely to become dehydrated and have heat-related illnesses, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends that people working in extreme heat:

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Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean

-- Keeping the kitchen clean can prevent sickness and improve the quality of health for you and your guests, says Wake Forest University. Many foodborne illnesses can be avoided with some extra care.

To help maintain cleanliness, the school suggests:

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Health Tip: Causes of Dry Eye

-- Dry eye affects millions of adults in the United States, says the National Eye Institute.

In a healthy eye, tears keep the surface moist. Without this lubrication, people may feel a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation.

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Health Tip: Treating a Bunion

-- A bunion is a bone-like bump that forms at the base of the big toe, says Mayo Clinic.

It may form when the big toe pushes against the next toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to stick out.

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