FYI

Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Latex Allergy

-- An allergy to latex is quite common. So much so that your doctor or dentist may ask you if you have one before you have any type of examination.

The American Dental Association identifies these possible symptoms of a latex allergy:

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Health Tip: Finding Safe Shoes for the Elderly

-- As you age, you are at greater risk of falling. To compensate, you should wear shoes that can minimize your risk.

The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to select stable and comfortable shoes:

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Health Tip: Don't Spread Infectious Disease

-- While playing organized sports is a great way to get exercise, buses and locker rooms may be perfect breeding grounds for infectious disease.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep your team healthier:

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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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