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Health Tip: Best Grains And Starchy Veggies for Diabetics

-- Diabetics should choose whole grains over other starchy foods because whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, the American Diabetes Association says. Processed foods with white flour and added sugar should be avoided.

The ADA stresses the need to read product nutrition labels, saying you should look for these whole-grain ingredients:

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Health Tip: Relieve Ear Pressure While Flying

-- The feeling of pain or popping in your ears during a flight is a common reaction to altitude-related changes in cabin air pressure.

The air in the middle ear passes to the Eustachian tube. This connects the nose with the middle ear and allows your body to maintain a proper balance of air pressure on both sides of the ear drum.

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Health Tip: Avoid Baby Sleep Positioners

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents against the use of baby sleep positioners.

While these products may purport to prevent an infant from rolling, the products can lead to suffocation, the FDA says.

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Health Tip: Flu Shot 101

-- Every winter, many Americans become sick with the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot each year, particularly people with weakened immune systems and those at increased risk for flu's complications.



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Health Tip: Recognizing Sepsis

-- Sepsis is the body's deadly response to an infection that lurks in the tissues and organs.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States get sepsis each year, and at least 250,000 die from it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Health Tip: Make Exercise a Habit

-- Too many exercise plans fail because daily life gets in the way. But if you include it in everyday activities, you are more likely to see positive results.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests:

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Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer

-- Since people with cancer typically have a weakened immune system, they may be at greater risk of contracting foodborne illness.

Radiation and chemotherapy often weaken the body's immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against germs and disease.

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Health Tip: Identifying Vascular Dementia

-- Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia, behind Alzheimer's disease.

Vascular dementia typically occurs after a stroke, but it can occur for other reasons.

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