FYI

Health Tip: Soothing Baby During Teething

-- Teething is a normal part of an infant's life, but it doesn't come without some pain and discomfort.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions against applying medication directly to the gums. Products such as the numbing agent benzocaine may not be effective and may be dangerous, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Say Goodbye to Split Nails

-- Split fingernails, medically called onychoschizia, affect more women than men.

The condition typically is caused by repeated wetting and drying of the nails, and tends to worsen in low humidity and during dry winters.

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Health Tip: What to Do if You Scratch Your Eye

-- If your eye hurts, you feel like there's something stuck in your eye or you have tearing or redness, you may have scratched your eye.

If you think that's the case, the American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests:

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Health Tip: Protect Your Skin

-- Healthy skin habits can make you look younger and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

While ointments, creams and eye serums can mask the effects of aging, nothing beats a good skin-care routine, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

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Health Tip: 4 Steps to Manage Diabetes

-- Every year, 1.7 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and other health problems, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Choosing Athletic Shoes

-- Wearing athletic shoes that don't fit can lead to injury, pain and poor performance.

The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society suggests how to select the right shoes:

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Gum Disease

-- Gum disease is a common problem that can lead to bad breath, swollen gums and tooth loss if untreated.

Most people don't show signs of gum disease until they're in their 30s or 40s. But getting older doesn't automatically mean you'll get gum disease. Daily dental care and regular visits to your dentist can lessen your risk.

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