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Choosing and Using Insect Repellents

Protecting yourself from insect bites is important. Insect bites are itchy and uncomfortable; additionally, they can spread diseases like West Nile or Zika viruses (mosquitoes) and Lyme (ticks). How should I choose an insect repellent? Choose an insect repellent based on the amount of time you need protection. How long a product works depends on the…

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Tips for Getting to a Healthy Weight

About two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, so it’s easy to see why so many people want to lose at least a couple of pounds, and sometimes more. Losing weight is not easy. We have fast-paced lives, and time for exercise and preparing healthy meals can be hard to come by; however, if you put your mind…

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Surviving Shift Work

About one in five people work during the evening or night, or in early morning hours. Some are “night owls” and adjust easily, but many people get sleepy during work time or are unable to sleep between work shifts. This can lead to accidents, mistakes at work, and moodiness or being irritable. There are some…

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What You Need to Know About IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects more than one in ten people. People with IBS have symptoms such as bloating, cramping, gas, abdominal pain, and either diarrhea or constipation.   What causes IBS? The cause of IBS isn’t clear. What is known is that your stress level and the foods you eat may affect your symptoms.…

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What You Should Know about Unapproved Drugs

I’ve heard that unapproved drugs are being sold in the U.S. Is this true? Yes, it is true. Most drugs on the U.S. market have been approved by the FDA; however, some medications, mostly older ones, have not. These unapproved drugs were being sold BEFORE the current FDA approval process began about 50 years ago.…

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How to Kick the Smoking Habit

Why should I quit smoking? Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Smoking can cause cancer, lung disease, heart disease, and many other health problems. Secondhand smoke can be dangerous too. It can cause lung cancer and heart disease in adults. It can make asthma worse or…

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What You Need to Know About Benzodiazepines

What is a benzodiazepine? Benzodiazepines (ben-zoh-die-az-uh-peens) or “benzos” are a type of sedative. They are often used for sleep, or to treat anxiety or muscle spasms. They have other, less common uses too. Are benzodiazepines safe? Like all medications, benzos have risks. These risks include: • Feeling sleepy, dizzy, clumsy, or confused; this can cause…

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Tips for Correct Use of Inhalers

Inhaler devices deliver medicine directly into the lungs. This is different from most pills or shots, which send medicine into the whole body. It is important for you to use your inhaler correctly so the medicine works best. Are all inhalers the same? There are different types of inhaler devices. One main type is called…

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Strategies for a Good Night’s Sleep

What Is Insomnia? Insomnia is a common problem. People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. A lack of sleep can cause people with insomnia to be sleepy during the day. Sometimes insomnia only lasts for a short time, or it can last for a long time. Insomnia can affect your work, school, social…

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