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Health Tip: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?

-- Tetanus shots are recommended starting in infancy and continuing every ten years after age 5, the American College of Emergency Physicians says.

But most adults don't get boosters until they step on a rusty nail or suffer a deep and dirty wound, the group acknowledges.

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Health Tip: Understanding Tonsillitis

-- If your child has had repeated bouts of tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils), he or she probably is a candidate for a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery), the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils -- infection-clearing organs at the back of the throat -- swell as a result of a viral or bacterial infection. This can lead to trouble swallowing or even trouble breathing.

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Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers

-- Traditional soaps are made by combining fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye. Most body cleansers, however, are actually synthetic detergent products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

There are very few pure soaps on the market today, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Manage Stress

-- It's common to be frequently stressed. When faced with a stressful situation, according to the American Cancer Society, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense and your brain uses more oxygen.

If your stress lasts too long, however, it can harm your health.

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Health Tip: Ski and Snowboard Safely With Your Kids

-- Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to keep your family active during the cold winter months.

But as with any winter activity, you should avoid prolonged exposure to the cold by scheduling breaks to go inside and warm up.

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Health Tip: Balance Moves for Older Adults

-- Balance exercises can help prevent falls, especially among older adults. But before you begin any exercise program, always consult your doctor.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these common balance exercises for active older adults:

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Health Tip: When Arthritis Strikes Your Feet

-- If you have intense pain in your feet, arthritis may be the cause of your woes.

Arthritis leads to swelling and pain in the cartilage and lining of the joints. If these symptoms affect your feet, it's probably time to visit a podiatrist, the American Podiatric Medical Association says.

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Health Tip:Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis

-- Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that can lead to scarring in air sacs within the lungs. This can make breathing difficult.

Most cases of the disease have no known cause, and its severity varies from person to person.

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Health Tip: Sleep's Effects on Diabetes

-- Lack of sleep is an often overlooked risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the National Sleep Foundation says.

Chronic sleep deprivation leads to less insulin production and increased production of stress hormones, the foundation says. Over time, too much glucose stays in the bloodstream and increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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