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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Are better health and personal fitness on your to-do list this year? Is purchasing a new gym membership part of that plan? 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.

Sick Child Sneeze
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Neti Pots Can Bring Relief but Also Serious Sinus Infections if Not Used and Cleaned Properly

Whether it's the dry winter air that makes your sinuses irritated or the seasonal allergies that wreak havoc on your breathing, nasal irrigation can bring soothing relief. Among the popular devices on the market is the neti pot, which looks like a tea pot and allows water to flow through and rinse your sinuses. But these devices, when not used properly, can cause some nasty infections.

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Check Out These Plants Before Buying Expensive Equipment if You Want Better Indoor Air Quality

It's a fact that indoor air quality can very quickly go from good to poor, especially during those times of the year when doors and windows are closed around the clock. Unfortunately, many of us overlook the importance of indoor air quality and its effects on our health and even allergies. Rather than rush out to buy expensive air purifiers, consider the best plants that work as natural air purifiers.

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What Is Radon and Why Is Testing for This Deadly Element Often Required Prior to a Home Closing?

Anyone who has purchased a home has probably been offered or even been required to have a radon test performed before closing can proceed. But you may have wondered what radon is and why the test is even necessary. Radon is a naturally-occurring chemical element and the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Testing for it is very simple and mitigation methods can prevent it from becoming a health issue.

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Most Online Pharmacies Are Really Fake Websites Selling Illegal, Tainted or Counterfeit Drugs

Thanks to the Internet, you can buy practically anything today from the ordinary to the exotic. Buying medications is no exception. You can find nearly any medication you want with a quick search. Unfortunately, nearly all online web pharmacies are illegal, selling not only controlled substances that can't be purchased online but also dangerous counterfeit and tainted medications.

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Older Adults Should Be Mindful of Certain Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication Safety Tips

We typically take more medication as we get older, increasing the chances of side effects and drug interactions. As we age, physical changes can affect the way medicines are handled by our bodies, leading to potential complications. So regardless of age, we need be mindful when taking medications, herbal preparations, and supplements to avoid drug interactions, side effects and dangerous complications.

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Reusable Grocery Bags: Great for the Environment but Can Make You Sick if They Are Contaminated

If you are like many grocery shoppers, you use reusable grocery bags to lessen your impact on the environment. Taking advantage of these heavy duty bags makes it easier to move your groceries from cart to car and then inside your home. But there's a hidden danger many people don't know about when it comes to these bags. Depending upon what you carry in these bags, you can be putting your health at risk.

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It's Probably Not Cancer: Self-Diagnosis Using Online Medical Information Is Rarely Reliable

Modern technology has put a wealth of information of all types at our fingertips, so it's little wonder that we turn to Google at the first sign of a problem. Unfortunately, when we self-diagnose our medical concerns with the help of online resources such as search engines and WebMD, we are often inaccurate. The result is a sense of panic about a medical condition that in all likelihood doesn't apply.