FYI

Health Tip: Do You Have Athlete's Foot?

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal skin disease that leads to pain and itch, notably between the toes.

The warm, moist and dark environment created by our footwear is an ideal breeding ground for fungus. The germ often lingers on pool decks and in public showers.

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Health Tip: Identifying Chicken Pox

-- While chicken pox is not as common as it used to be, youngsters and unvaccinated adults are still at risk.

The highly contagious disease is caused by the varicella zoster virus.

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Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

-- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home -- often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says.



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Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

-- Carbon monoxide (CO) is routinely called a "silent killer," since the toxic gas is odorless and tasteless.

More than 400 people die each year in the United States from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and more than 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to CO exposure, the CDC says.

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Health Tip: Four Common Types Of Acne

-- Acne is typically caused by the clogging of hair follicles by debris from skin cells, skin inflammation, oily secretions and certain bacteria.

The American Skin Association identifies these common types of acne and their causes:

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Health Tip: Is Your Baby Teething?

-- Most babies are born with 20 teeth below the gum line, but the process of teething typically doesn't start until about 6 months of age.

Most teeth will come in before the child turns one, with the molars coming in by age three.

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Health Tip: Preventing Food Allergies While Dining Out

-- If you have food allergies and plan to eat out, it's important to remember that the beverages you drink may also be a source of the sniffles or more serious reactions.

The American Academy of Food Allergy Asthma & Immunology offers these suggestions:

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Health Tip: Design a Non-Toxic Nursery

-- After spending nine months making sure everything you eat is good for your growing baby, you'll want to create a nursery that's soothing and safe.

Your baby typically will sleep for up to 16 hours a day for the first two years of life.

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