Health

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Antibiotics are Not Always the Answer During Cold and Flu Season

Most infections that circulate during cold and flu season are viral, not bacterial. Though sometimes it can be difficult to determine which is which, or the best means of treating your symptoms.

Mesothelioma body scan
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Mesothelioma Info: What You Need to Know About This Cancer Linked to Asbestos

You may have heard of mesothelioma from a law ad on television, or you or someone you know may have unfortunately been diagnosed. But what exactly is mesothelioma?

Pills in Hand
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Saving at the Pharmacy Counter: How to Lower Your Prescription Drug Costs

If you're a budget-conscious consumer, you're always on the lookout for new ways to reduce your expenses on everything from insurance to groceries to utilities. But did you know that you can also lower the amounts you pay for prescription drugs?

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How to Head Off Head Lice at the Start as Kids Go Back to School

As parents around the country send their kids back to school for another year, few think about the problems they may soon face as a result, including one widespread bug that is the bane of parents everywhere: head lice.

Dogs
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How to Check for Fleas and Get a Handle on your Flea Problem

It goes beyond pets and enters into the realm of family. When they hurt, we hurt and we want to do whatever we can to make them feel better. So, what do we do when our furry little friends are under siege from a tiny army of fleas?

Acetaminophen
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How to Protect Yourself Against Over-the-Counter Drug Tampering

U.S. nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are among the most safely packaged consumer products in the world. Most of these OTC products, by law, are sealed in tamper-evident packaging for your protection. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a 100-percent tamper-proof package.

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Here's How to Dispose of Old and Unused Medications Properly

Whether it's a prescription painkiller or something over-the-counter, you should properly dispose of old and unused medications to prevent them falling into the wrong hands where they can have potentially harmful effects.

Scam Alert
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Tip-Offs to Rip-offs: Don't Fall for Health Care Product Fraud Scams

You'll never see scam warnings on health products, but that's what you ought to be thinking when you see certain claims often used by scammers trying to prey on people who want easy solutions to difficult health problems.

Don't Forget These Spots When You Put on Your Sunscreen This Summer
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Don't Forget These Spots When You Put on Your Sunscreen This Summer

As we move into summer, it's not only important to know how to properly apply sunscreen, but also where to apply it! You might forget to apply sunscreen in some very important places, risking severe skin damage.

Avoid Putting Sunscreen on Infants If Possible, Instead Opt for Shade
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FDA: Avoid Putting Sunscreen on Infants If Possible, Instead Opt for Shade

You're at the beach or pool, slathered in sunscreen. Your 5-month-old baby is there, too. Should you put sunscreen on her? Not usually. A baby's skin is much thinner than that of older children and adults.

summer sun skin protection
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Before You Head Outside, Protect Your Skin From The Sun

Although everyone is aware of skin cancer and the role of sunscreen in helping to prevent it, the details that will save lives are often surprising, even to savvy consumers. Here are the things you need to know!

grapefruit
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Grapefruit Can Cause Serious Problems with Certain Medications

Grapefruit can have serious consequences when taken with certain medications. Currently, there are more than 50 prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can have negative interactions with this fruit.

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Thinking of Joining a Gym, Health Club, or Fitness Center? There Are Some Things You Should Know

Many consumers across the country join a gym to lose weight, get in shape, or just to feel better. Unfortunately, many of them end up unhappy with both the physical and financial results of that decision.

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Colder Weather Means That It's Time to Add Some Moisture to Your Home

With the summer humidity behind us, North Carolina residents across the state are bracing for the cold, dry air of winter. This dry air, which can quickly drop from an ideal rage of 30 to 50 percent to around 10 percent, often leads to sore throats, itchy skin, dry eyes and other ailments. A humidifier can help bring up these humidity levels and ease some of your problems.