FYI

Health Tip: Flu 101

-- About 10 percent of Americans get the flu each year, mostly as the weather turns colder.

While for most people the flu is a major inconvenience but a minor health threat, for older adults and others with weaker immune systems, the flu can be life-threatening.

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Health Tip: Dance Your Way to Better Health

-- Exercise is good for your body and your mind, experts say.

Scientists have found that areas of the brain that control memory and planning and organizing skills tend to get stronger with exercise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

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Health Tip: Stay Safe Near a Train Crossing

-- Every three hours, someone in the United States is involved in an accident with a train, the National Safety Council says.

There are about 212,000 railroad crossings in the United States. To help avoid an accident at a train crossing, the council suggests:

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Health Tip: Treat Flea Infestation on Your Pet

-- Fleas thrive in hot and humid temperatures. So depending on where you live, fleas can be a year-round problem or a seasonal worry.

Adult fleas are no bigger than a sesame seed, making them difficult to spot. And they can easily jump from one pet to another, or even to a person.

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Health Tip: Suggestions For Healthier Aging

-- Many factors influence how we age, ranging from dietary choices and physical activity to health screenings and managing risk factors for disease.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests these steps to promote healthier aging:

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Health Tip: It's Never Too Late to Exercise

-- If you are middle aged and out of shape, it isn't too late to get active and improve your health, the American Heart Association says.

A study in the journal Circulation showed that heart stiffness -- a potential precursor to heart failure -- decreased for middle-aged men who engaged in two years of the right kinds and amount of exercise.

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Health Tip: Be Aware of Autumn Driving Hazards

-- Autumn is a particularly dangerous time to be out driving. The days are getting shorter, the weather can be unpredictable and wet leaves frequently cover the roads.

The American Association of Retired Persons suggests these Autumn driving tips:

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Health Tip: Keep Ticks Away

-- If you want to lower your risk of getting Lyme disease, keeping ticks away is your best bet.

Lymedisease.org offers these suggestions for reducing the tick population near your home:

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Health Tip: Treating Plantar Warts

-- Plantar warts stem from a common virus and are formed on the bottoms of your feet.

You increase your risk of infection by walking in bare feet in public showers or locker rooms, the American Orthopaedic Food & Ankle Society says.

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Health Tip: Using a Home Fireplace

-- Many homeowners enjoy relaxing by a hot fire at the end of a cold day.

But a crackling fire can lead to a disaster, especially if there are small kids at home and some basic safety rules aren't followed, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

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