FYI

Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Norovirus

-- Norovirus is a highly-contagious germ that triggers vomiting and diarrhea. It tends to lurk in confined areas, such as on cruise ships and in college dorms.

Each year in the United States, norovirus causes up to 21 million illnesses, about 70,000 hospitalizations and as many as 800 deaths.

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Health Tip: Preparing For Endurance Exercises

-- The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests performing endurance exercises as you age.

This type of exercise benefits your cardiovascular system, lungs and circulatory system. Examples include walking, jogging, swimming and biking.

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Health Tip: How a Cochlear Implant Works

-- A cochlear implant is a small, electronic device that when surgically placed under the skin, stimulates the nerve endings in the cochlea to provide a sense of sound to a person who is severely hard of hearing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves of the use of cochlear implants in people aged 1 year and older.

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Health Tip: Staying Safe in a Parking Lot

-- More than 50,000 vehicle accidents occur in parking lots and garages each year, leading to about 500 deaths and more than 60,000 injuries, the National Safety Council says.

It pays to be especially careful during the holidays, when drivers are increasingly distracted by the hustle and bustle of the season.

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Health Tip: 11 Harmful Effects of Smoking

-- Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke.

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, it may cause many other health problems among women:

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Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

-- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), common in the winter months, is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight.

Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, irritable, lacking energy, sleeping a lot or having cravings FOR sweet or starchy foods.

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Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia

-- Pneumonia is a lung infection that most often spreads through coughing, sneezing or touching.

Most people recover in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be deadly, especially among people with weaker immune systems.

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Health Tip: Understanding Family Cancer Syndrome

-- Family cancer syndrome is caused by an abnormal gene that is passed down from the preceding generation.

Only about 5 percent to 10 percent of all cancers are thought to be caused by genetic mutations, the American Cancer Society says.

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