Health Tip: Identify Bug Bites

-- Hot summer weather and long days spent outside are the perfect combination for bug bites.

But it may be difficult to figure out which type of bug was responsible.

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Health Tip: How Drought Can Harm Your Health

HealthDay News) -- Drought conditions occur when it doesn't rain for an extended period.

The lowered water supply can trigger wildfires and dust storms, which increase the amounts of small particles that float in the air. This can irritate the bronchial passages and lungs, worsening existing respiratory problems and raising the risk of respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Health Tip: Dispelling Myths About Diabetes

-- On behalf of the millions of Americans living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says it wants to dispel some common myths about the disease.

The ADA cites these examples:

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Health Tip: Fight Frequent Fatigue

-- It is normal to be tired now and then. But if your fatigue doesn't end after a good night's sleep, there may be underlying health concerns, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says.

Certain medications, medical problems and emotional health issues can trigger feelings of frequent exhaustion, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Getting a Second Opinion Before Surgery

-- Before having major surgery, it may be helpful to get a second opinion on whether the procedure is medically necessary.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests getting a second opinion if your doctor says you need non-emergency surgery.

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Health Tip: Help Manage Stress

-- Feelings of stress and anxiety can make it difficult to cope with everyday life.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers these suggestions:

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Health Tip: Studying Overseas

-- Spending a semester in another country can be an incredible experience, but it doesn't come without risk of travel-related illness.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips to prepare for a semester abroad:

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Health Tip: Avoid Mosquito Bites

-- Mosquito bites may be more than just an itchy annoyance -- they also can transmit deadly germs that cause diseases such as Zika, West Nile or dengue, the U.S. National Institutes of Health warns.

Mosquito-borne illnesses kill about 725,000 people worldwide each year, the agency says.

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