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Health Tip: Treating Spider Bites

-- Most spider bites do not fully penetrate human skin, so they tend to only cause a mild reaction.

But if the bite is from a brown recluse spider or a black widow, it will cause a much more serious reaction that requires immediate care, the Nemours Foundation says.

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Bone Fractures

-- More than 53 million people in the United States have osteoporosis or are at higher risk due to low bone mass, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

If you're at greater risk of osteoporosis, how can you reduce your chances of developing a bone fracture? Here are the agency's suggestions:

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Health Tip: Treating Heat-Related Illness

-- High summer temperatures pose a particular risk for the elderly, the National Institute on Aging says.

Because of poor circulation and other factors, older people typically are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion.

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Health Tip: Prevent Bed Bugs at Home

-- Bed bugs are excellent at hiding in the seams of chairs, in and around the bed and in the folds of cushions, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

The agency suggests how to prevent bed bug infestation at home:

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Health Tip: Use Tampons Safely

-- Tampons -- cylindrical devices used to stem a woman's menstrual flow -- are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as medical devices.

The FDA offers these tips for safe tampon use:

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Health Tip: Performing the Heimlich Maneuver

-- Choking is the 4th-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, the National Safety Council says.

The Heimlich maneuver is an effective way to help a person who is choking, but is not recommended for children under age 1.

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Health Tip: What's the Difference Between Delirium and Dementia?

-- Delirium is a significant change in mental status, usually occurring during times of illness or stress, Health in Aging.org says.

Delirium -- typically characterized by difficulty concentrating, changes in behavior or temperament, and an abrupt change in a person's activity level -- may be difficult to distinguish from dementia. But Health in Aging says delirium may be treatable if caught early enough.

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