FYI

Health Tip: Parenting Adopted Teens

-- Teenagers often struggle with questions of identity. For adopted teens, the struggle may be harder than it is for their non-adopted peers.

When dealing with questions of identity, the Children Welfare Information Gateway suggests:

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Health Tip: Treating Rashes

-- Children often visit the pediatrician for skin rashes. From viruses to allergies, rashes have a multitude of causes.

To ease discomfort, KidsHealth tells parents:

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Health Tip: Reducing Risk of Salmonella

-- From fruits and vegetables to chicken and pork, salmonella bacteria can make their way to a variety of foods. However, because contaminated foods often look and smell normal, detection can be difficult.

To help prevent Salmonella infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

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Health Tip: Eat Healthier at Work

-- Overeating on a regular basis can lead to weight gain. About 25 percent of adults eat 1,300 calories weekly from food they buy or get free at work, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.

The academy recommends limiting these workplace snacks:

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Health Tip: Treating Head Lice Safely

-- More than 6 million American children aged 3 to 11 get head lice each year. Because children often play closely, lice can travel from child to child.

For children with head lice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises parents:

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Health Tip: Cold Sores 101

-- Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV), a contagious germ. Although some people show no symptoms, others develop unpleasant sores on the mouth or lips.

Normally, cold sores will go away on their own within a few weeks.

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Health Tip: Snake Bite First-Aid

-- About 8,000 of the 45,000 snake bites in the United States each year are caused by venomous snakes.

But most traditional first-aid methods do more harm than good, the World Health Organization says.

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Health Tip: Managing Insomnia

-- A good night's sleep is important for physical and mental health.

Long-lasting sleep problems can increase your risk of anxiety or depression, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

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Health Tip: HPV Vaccine

-- The human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical, throat, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer.

To reduce your child's risk, the American Cancer Society encourages the vaccine.

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