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Health Tip: Milk and Its Sell-By Date

-- The date printed on your milk carton is not an expiration date, it's the milk's sell-by date, says the Dairy Council of California. It may be safe to drink milk a few days after the sell-by date.

The Dairy Council of California encourages consumers to:

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Health Tip: Cleaning Reusable Water Bottles

-- Reusable water bottles often have become part of our everyday gear. But because germs thrive in moist environments, it's important to clean the bottles properly, says the Water Quality and Health Council.

Here are the council's suggested alternatives:

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Health Tip: Avoiding Cholera

-- Cholera causes 95,000 deaths around the world each year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All travelers and residents in areas where cholera is occurring should take precautions to protect themselves and family members.

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Health Tip: Preventing a Hernia

-- A hernia occurs when part of the body protrudes through the wall of muscle or tissue that contains it, says Cleveland Clinic.

From weakened muscles to repeated strains of the abdominal and groin areas, a hernia has a variety of causes.

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Health Tip: Understanding Mononucleosis

-- Mononucleosis, sometimes called mono, has a group of flu-like symptoms that are usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

People who have been infected with EBV will carry the virus for the rest of their lives, says KidsHealth. Those who have mono symptoms may not get sick from the virus or have those symptoms again.

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Health Tip: Cast Care

-- Broken bones and injured tendons or ligaments can cause significant pain. Casts and splints are designed to help relieve this pain by limiting movement, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To care for your cast properly, the AAFP offers these suggestions:

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Health Tip: Dementia and Driving

-- Dementia is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills.

Because the progression of dementia varies, deciding when a person is no longer able to drive safely can be difficult, says the National Center on Caregiving.

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Health Tip: First Aid for Fainting

-- Fainting occurs when the brain temporarily doesn't receive enough blood, says Mayo Clinic.

Fainting may have no known medical cause, or it can be a sign of a serious disorder. Because of this, always treat fainting as a medical emergency, Mayo says.

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Cut the Fat for Lunch

-- Your kids had a good summer. You were able to get them away from the TV and outside to play for lots of exercise. But now, they're back to school and you want them to keep off the pounds.

The Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati says lunches provided by many schools are loaded with fat. Packing a lunch for your kids is a healthy alternative, so you can control the amount of food. And include fruit and low-fat snacks, instead of potato chips.

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