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Health Tip: Keep Diabetic Feet Healthier

-- People who have diabetes often have foot problems that, if severe enough, can lead to amputation of a toe or the entire foot.

But by taking care of your feet every day and by watching your blood sugar carefully, diabetics can help prevent these problems, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says.

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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration?

-- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss among people 50 and older, the U.S. National Eye Institute says.

AMD damages the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina that's needed for sharp, central vision (seeing objects that are straight head). It can interfere with daily activities such as driving, reading, writing, cooking or seeing faces.

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Health Tip: Keep Your Gut in Good Condition

-- Everything you eat goes through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Eating a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables will help keep your gut in good condition, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

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Health Tip: Identify Bug Bites

-- Hot summer weather and long days spent outside are the perfect combination for bug bites.

But it may be difficult to figure out which type of bug was responsible.

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Health Tip: How Drought Can Harm Your Health

HealthDay News) -- Drought conditions occur when it doesn't rain for an extended period.

The lowered water supply can trigger wildfires and dust storms, which increase the amounts of small particles that float in the air. This can irritate the bronchial passages and lungs, worsening existing respiratory problems and raising the risk of respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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