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Traveling With Pets? What to Know
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(StatePoint) Do your upcoming travel plans include pets? Whether you’re flying to an exciting destination or hitting the road, these suggestions can make the journey easier for animals and humans alike.

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season and Other Storm Emergencies?
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(StatePoint) Hurricane season is in full swing, running from June through November. Unfortunately, no one can stop a tropical storm or hurricane from happening and both types of weather events are increasingly impacting larger portions of the U.S. However, there are steps you can take that will help you weather a storm and better ensure the safety of your family.

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Back-to-School Checklist for Families with Asthma
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(StatePoint) For the more than 6 million children in the U.S. living with asthma, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Accounting for nearly 14 million lost school days each year, asthma is one of the main illness-related reasons that students miss school.

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The Ultimate Summer Dining Out Guide: 10 Tips for a Healthier You
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(StatePoint) With summer, comes BBQs, beach days and dining out with family and friends. And if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy lifestyle, a big part of being successful is having the freedom to enjoy the things you love and not feel deprived. Strike the right balance with this ultimate summer dining out guide from Mandi Knowles, dietitian for South Beach Diet.

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Making the Most of Local Produce
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(StatePoint) Fresh, local produce is in its prime, making now the perfect time to take part in the farm-to-table movement. Whether you join a community supported agriculture (CSA) group or shop at your local farmers’ market, it’s easy to taste the elevated flavor profile of just-picked fruits and veggies.

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Must-Know Health Tips for Summer Vacation
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(StatePoint) More than half of Americans are planning to take a vacation this summer, according to a Bankrate survey. While these excursions are meant to be fun and relaxing, road trips and long flights can lead to health risks that you know about, like jet lag, and some you may not be familiar with, such as leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Experts advise travelers to take precautions for a healthy travel experience.

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4 Tips for Managing Asthma
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(StatePoint) Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for millions of Americans throughout their lifetime. While there is no cure for asthma, with proper management, 26 million Americans, including more than 20 million adults living with asthma, can lead a normal, healthy life. With personalized asthma management and the right support, those living with asthma can stay healthy and safe. 

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Don't Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet
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(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds.

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How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident in Your Community
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(StatePoint) Active shooter incidents are rare. You are 700 times more likely to die in a car crash, for example, than from an active shooter event, according to the National Safety Council. However, these terrifying events are on the rise. Experts say that being prepared can save lives.

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Family’s Veggie Intake
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(StatePoint) Nutritious, delicious and low-calorie, vegetables should be the star player of all your meals. But sometimes providing veggies for your family can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to boost your veggie intake, and it all starts in your grocery store’s freezer aisle.

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New to Parenthood? Smart Tech Can Help
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(StatePoint) Being a new mom or dad can be tough. But smart tech is revolutionizing the way parents care for their little ones, alleviating common parenting worries, such as sickness, the baby sleeping through the night and proper feeding.

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4 Top Tips to Battle Summer Colds
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(StatePoint) Warm, sunny weather doesn’t mean the risk for catching a cold disappears. Unfortunately, colds can happen at any time of year and can really ruin much anticipated summer plans.

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9 Things All Drivers Need to Know About Their Tires
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(StatePoint) Today’s cars are packed with impressive features. Stability control. Ride assist. Ever-more-powerful engines. But no matter what technology makes its way into your car -- it’s your tires that connect it to the road, making their construction and maintenance critical for safe, effective driving.

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Tips to Stay Safe in Summer Weather
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(StatePoint) Getting outdoors this summer? Keep in mind that weather patterns can be extreme at this time of year, introducing new safety hazards. Get weather-ready in the following ways.

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How to Find the Right Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes This Summer
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(StatePoint) Your time outside can quickly lead to an increased risk of exposure to dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause a sun spot on the white of the eye called a pinguecula. These may look yellow in appearance and cause irritation over time. Moreover, long-term exposure to harmful UV rays can cause the formation of cataracts, leading to blurred vision and can ultimately require cataract surgery to correct.

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Slim Down Tips for a Healthier Summer
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(StatePoint) Summer means BBQs, beach time and swimsuits, but it could also mean a change in eating habits and not necessarily for the better. Many people work hard throughout the winter in hopes of losing weight before summer, but when summer arrives, they abandon their healthy lifestyle and risk gaining weight.

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Want to Quit Smoking? How to Find Help
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(StatePoint) Quitting smoking is almost never simple or easy, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s one of the most important steps you can take for your health. Luckily, there are several ways to get assistance to quit smoking.

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Are We Winning the War on Cancer? What to Know
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(StatePoint) New cancer cases and deaths are both predicted to rise over the next two decades, according to the latest World Cancer Report. Despite billions of dollars of investment in research, survival gains for the most common forms of cancer are still measured in additional months of life, not years.

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How New Technology is Improving Treatment of Strokes
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(StatePoint) For patients experiencing ischemic stroke -- the leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- the time it takes to receive treatment is critically important for avoiding irreversible brain damage. While getting evaluated by a specialist used to take up to several hours, new in-ambulance technology being tested by hospitals nationwide is helping patients get evaluated within minutes.

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How to Care for Your Eyes as You Age
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(StatePoint) As we age, our bodies don’t perform as well as they once did, and vision is no exception. However, early detection and treatment of eye problems and diseases through an eye exam is the best way to protect your eyes and overall health.

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5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Create Great Dental Habits
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(StatePoint) That first wiggly tooth indicates a new childhood milestone -- loss of the first “baby” tooth. While this is often a time for cute photos and a visit from the tooth fairy, it should also be an opportunity to reinforce the importance of good oral care with children so that their new permanent teeth stay healthy and last a lifetime.

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3 Tips to Meet Your Retirement Goals
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(StatePoint) People are living longer, fuller lives than ever before, which means retirement plans need to stand the test of time. With this in mind, it makes sense to review your financial plan and make necessary tweaks to set yourself up for success.

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Tips to Save You from Sticky Outdoor Situations
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(StatePoint) When it comes to outdoor adventures, tape is at the top of most gear lists for its wide variety of uses -- from torn tents to broken fishing poles to ripped hiking gear. No matter if you’re an avid outdoorsman or an occasional adventurer, here are a few tape tips and ideas that are sure to stick.

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What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes
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(StatePoint) Suffering from itchy, watery eyes? You may have ocular allergies or you could have another issue entirely, such as chronic dry eyes. Experts say that getting the correct diagnosis is the only way to treat symptoms properly.

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5 Ways to Reduce Everyday Stress
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(StatePoint) Deadlines, responsibilities, bills -- there are so many causes of stress in our lives. Unfortunately, stress can take a negative toll on one’s health and wellness, particularly if it goes unaddressed for too long. Indeed, common effects of stress include headaches, stomach upset, anxiety, sleep problems and more, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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5 Ways to Take Good Care of the Environment
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(StatePoint) Good environmental stewardship begins with individual choices. Here are five ways to celebrate the natural world and get involved in short- and long-term efforts to protect the environment.

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Are Your Home Furnishings Good for the Planet and Your Family?
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(StatePoint) More consumers are interested in selecting products that are good for the planet and their families, than ever before. While many understand what organic food is, confusion still exists when it comes to home furnishings. Simply put, what you bring into your home directly impacts the health and welfare of your family in terms of exposure to chemicals of concern, indoor air quality and comfort.

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Buying Tires for Your Car? What to Consider
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(StatePoint) Purchasing new tires for your car can be frustrating: an average of two hours is spent researching tires and 89 percent of all consumers experience some sort of buyer’s remorse, according to a consumer study by Cooper Tires.

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Understanding Your Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis
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(StatePoint) Anything that keeps the blood from circulating properly can cause a clot, including injury, illness, lack of movement, certain inherited conditions and lifestyle factors. Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a large blood clot that forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body. Knowing the symptoms of DVT could help save your life. For more information, visit clearingtheclot.com.

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4 Facts About Seafood and Your Health
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(StatePoint) We hear a lot about the important nutrients in vegetables and fruits, but the health benefits of eating seafood regularly aren’t always in the spotlight. It should be a no-brainer when it comes to seafood, which is packed with omega-3s. Yet, most Americans only eat one serving of seafood a week.

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What to Ask Your Doctor About Parkinson’s Disease
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(StatePoint) Talking to your doctor about any health concern can be tough, particularly when symptoms catch you by surprise or cause concern. And when it comes to Parkinson’s disease (PD), experts say there are many symptoms that often go unreported at doctor’s appointments, making them difficult to diagnose and treat.

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