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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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Health Tip: Why You May Have Adult Acne

-- Acne is often thought of as a younger person's condition -- a symptom of the transition from childhood to young adulthood.

But some people in their 30s, 40s and 50s still have acne, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

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Health Tip: Considering Genetic Testing For Cancer?

-- Of all cases of cancer, only 5 to 10 percent are thought to be strongly related to an inherited gene mutation, the American Cancer Society says.

While most people do not need to have predictive genetic testing, the society says testing is worth considering if you have:

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Health Tip: Know the Risks of Chicken Pox

-- Chicken pox used to be a rite of passage for young children. But with the development of the chicken pox vaccine, the vast majority of kids avoid this itchy and painful illness.

While most people who develop chicken pox will recover completely without issue, it can be serious -- and even deadly -- for babies, teens, even adults, as well as pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health Tip: Protect Your Food From Hurricane Threats

-- Lengthy power outages are often unwanted headaches left in the wake of hurricanes and other severe storms.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following ways to prepare for unpredictable weather by having key supplies available:

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Health Tip: 10 Signs of Alzheimer's

-- Nearly 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, the Alzheimer's Association says.

The association lists 10 warnings signs of Alzheimer's:

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Health Tip: Making Ugly Scars Scarce

-- Just about everybody has a scar or two. Although scars can't be eliminated, there are ways to minimize their appearance, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

The academy recommends a consultation between the patient and a dermatologist to decide the best treatment.

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Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain

-- About 80 percent of Americans will have lower back pain at some point in their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates.

Lower back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation that renders a person unable to move.

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