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'Health & Safety' Stories

Celebrating the 4th with Fireworks? What to Know
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(SPM Wire) For many Americans, Independence Day is incomplete without fireworks. But it’s important to keep in mind that the most spectacular displays are those that are conducted safely.

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Top Tips for Sandal-Ready Feet
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(StatePoint) Simple sandals, trendy wedges or peep-toe heels -- no matter what warm-weather shoe you prefer, they all have one thing in common -- showing off your feet. And for many women, well-groomed feet can translate to a greater sense of confidence during sandal season.

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Get Tire Savvy to Help Your Family Stay Safe on the Road
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(StatePoint) Today’s cars come with some impressive features. But no matter what up-to-date tech your car boasts, it’s your tires that connect it to the road, playing a crucial role in safety and performance.

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More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need to Know
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(StatePoint) From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

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Natural Ways to Support Infant Health During Pregnancy
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(StatePoint) In the last 10 years, scientists have learned that having enough beneficial gut bacteria is a critical component of overall health. Now, research shows that ensuring newborns have sufficient exposure to probiotic bacteria during infancy and early childhood can give them a head start on lifelong wellness.

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How to Best Cope with Summer Heat: Be Weather Ready
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(StatePoint) Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared.

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How to Manage the Symptoms of Menopause
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(StatePoint) Menopause is often associated with troublesome symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, yet even more serious health issues may be part of this life stage, such as heart disease.

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Are You Still on Track to Achieve Your 2017 Resolutions?
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(StatePoint) With 2017 about halfway over, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your goals and objectives, and take action if necessary to get back on track.

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Doctor’s Orders: How to Protect Your Skin this Summer
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(StatePoint) The summer can really take a toll on skin, when more of it is exposed to sun, bugs and poisonous plants.

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What to Know about Your Tuna Sandwich
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(StatePoint) Americans love their tuna. Indeed, the U.S. is the largest market for canned tuna in the world. But according to experts, much of the nation’s canned tuna is not produced sustainably or ethically.

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Great Outdoors Month: Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Adventure
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(StatePoint) Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we would like.

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Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision
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(StatePoint) While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision. The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence.

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What to Do to Stop Unwanted Phone Calls
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(StatePoint) Whether you use a landline, mobile phone or both, you’ve likely received those pesky robocalls -- phone calls that use a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message. As a consumer, here is what to know about this common annoyance to your home or personal line.

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Top Tips for Incorporating Fitness into Your Routine
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(StatePoint) Staying active doesn’t just keep a waistline in check, it benefits every part of the body, including the brain.

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Why Experts Say High-Speed Internet Access Matters to Families and Businesses Nationwide
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(StatePoint) In the same way the telephone brought new opportunities for business development and economic prosperity to America’s heartland decades ago, experts say that today, expanding broadband to every part of the country will have positive impacts on all communities nationwide. In short: no matter where you live it’s important that all Americans -- including those in more remote areas -- have broadband access, too.

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Tips for Protecting Your Family Against Bug Bites
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(StatePoint) From hikes to picnics to relaxing in the hammock, nothing ruins summer fun quite as fast as bug bites. Unfortunately, bug bites are more than just a nuisance. They can trigger allergic reactions in some people, and may transmit diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

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New Tips to Ease Recovery from Addiction
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(StatePoint) Those recovering from an addiction know what a major challenge the process can be on the body and mind, as well as on the wellness of friends and family supporting your endeavor.

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Moms: Common Reasons You May be Packing on Pounds
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(StatePoint) A pizza crust here, a chicken nugget there. Can eating leftovers off your child’s plate really add up? The answer is yes. Eighty-one percent of moms with kids under 18 admit to eating off their kids’ plates before, during or after a meal. What’s more, one in three say they eat less healthfully now than they did before they became a parent, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Nutrisystem by Harris Poll.

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5 Simple Ways to Naturally Relieve Bloating
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(StatePoint) Bloating is not only uncomfortable, but it can be particularly inconvenient when you want to look and feel your best in the summer.

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Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teens and Young Adults
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(StatePoint) Warm weather means more young drivers on the road as they head to summer jobs, parties and embark on road trips. Often, young drivers feel invincible, but they shouldn’t take their safety for granted.

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6 Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease That May Surprise You
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(StatePoint) Those familiar with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are likely aware of the disorder’s most visible symptoms, including slower movements, impaired balance, rigidity/stiffness and involuntary shaking. However, Parkinson’s, which is a neurodegenerative brain disorder, can cause a range of non-motor symptoms, which can bring about a new set of challenges for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

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Women: The Key to Urinary Health Starts with the Gut
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(StatePoint) As most women who have suffered urinary health issues know, such conditions can be irritating and uncomfortable. Luckily, there are practical steps you can take to naturally support your urinary tract.

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Tips to Refresh Yourself this Season
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(StatePoint) For a happier, healthier you, take some time to clean and clear your body and mind. Here are five great ways to give yourself a mid-year refresh.

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New Ways to Safeguard Skin Year-Round Before and After Spending Time Outdoors
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(StatePoint) A day outdoors can be enjoyable, but keep in mind that this UV exposure can take its toll on skin health.

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Protect Your Money: There’s an App for That
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(StatePoint) Since the credit card made its debut as an alternative to cash over 50 years ago, more Americans are using debit or credit cards as a primary payment method than ever before. In addition to the convenience and simplicity of using a card, another reason they have become increasingly popular is because they offer certain protections for consumers.

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Top Tips for Allergy Management
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(StatePoint) Allergy symptoms can lead to a major disruption in quality of life. And unfortunately, they affect a lot of people. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis (also commonly known as hay fever), according to the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

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Make Your Home Safer in Wicked Weather
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(StatePoint) Wicked weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared will offer you, your family and your home greater protection. Here is what to know.

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5 Great Ways to Reduce Stress
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(StatePoint) The constant juggle of work, family and other responsibilities can cause anybody to feel stressed. And stress is not only unpleasant, it can have negative ramifications on your health, including stomach upset, fatigue, headache and even depression and drug abuse, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Checklist: 5 Camping Essentials for a Safe and Enjoyable Adventure
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(StatePoint) More than 30 million Americans camp in tents yearly, according to the Outdoor Foundation. As with any outdoor adventure, having the necessary equipment is crucial.

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Outdoor Enthusiasts: Tips to Prevent Bites and Burns
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(StatePoint) Nearly half of all Americans participate in at least one outdoor activity each year, according to statistics from the Outdoor Foundation. And while many of those exercising outdoors take necessary precautions to reduce their risk for injury, they are not always as dedicated to skin protection.

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Do You Practice Safe Sun Habits?
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(StatePoint) Summertime is all about trips to the pool, beach and park. And it also means time spent in the sun.

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How to Help Meet Your Retirement Income Goals
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(StatePoint) Most Americans care about enjoying a financially comfortable retirement, yet almost two in five people express concerns over whether they will have enough money to live the lifestyle they want, according to new research on savers from Greenwald & Associates and CANNEX.

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5 Helpful Hints for a Clean and Clutter-Free Home
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(StatePoint) Papers piling up? Toys taking over?  If your home is more cluttered than clean, you’re not alone -- 85 percent of homeowners say that organization and storage is the most desired feature in a home, according to OrganizedLiving.com.

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3 Ways Seniors Can Get More from their Smartphones
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(StatePoint) With the rapid pace of new developments in smartphone technology, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes, especially if you grew up in an era when phones were attached to a cord.

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Smart Home Innovations to Make Your Home More Comfortable
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(StatePoint) Innovations in smart technology continue to make our lives easier -- and now that extends to appliances and amenities for added convenience and control. Here are three to consider.

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Smart Tips to Prevent Identity Theft
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(StatePoint) More than 13 million U.S. consumers fall victim to identity theft each year, according to Javelin Strategy and Research, with more than $15 billion stolen. Fortunately for consumers, many of these crimes are preventable.

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What to Know if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant
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(StatePoint) The journey to parenthood is not always easy. For some, it is definitely a harder process. But there are many natural steps you can take to boost your fertility, say experts.

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Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Life
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(StatePoint) When constantly struggling to juggle the unending daily responsibilities of both work and family life, trying to squeeze in time to exercise can be a daunting task.

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8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Trash Can
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(StatePoint) While nearly all municipalities or waste haulers provide trash carts and cans, most let residents and businesses use more as needed.

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Giving up Your Favorite Activities to Pay for Medical Bills?
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(StatePoint) After the work day is over and the long list of household chores is completed, there are important things young adults want to do with their free time. Whether it’s gut-busting hilarity at the new comedy club or sweating out those toxins at the hottest yoga class in town, these activities cost money. However, when the unexpected happens and you’re faced with going to the hospital, there is a chance your finances will be impacted.

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How to Keep Lips Healthy and Hydrated
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(StatePoint) Lips can be especially susceptible to the elements, leaving them dry and chapped. To keep your pucker healthy and hydrated, consider the following tips from the makers of Carmex lip balms, and Dr. Neil Sadick, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist.

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Tips to Make Lasting Healthful Changes to Your Eating Habits
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(StatePoint) Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy eating habits? Remember that small changes, made over time, can add up.

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Coffee Can Be Good or Bad for Your Health: What to Know Now
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(StatePoint) A majority of Americans drink coffee daily, with an average of about three cups a day, according to Harvard School of Public Health.

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Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'
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(StatePoint) Parents and caregivers may be underestimating the importance of dental care for children’s “baby teeth.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 63 percent of children ages two to four see the dentist at least annually.

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Creative Gardening Tips
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(StatePoint) Gardeners often focus on the science of their hobby: how much water and sunlight their plants need and how to improve soil quality and keep pests at bay. But there can be a lot of artistry behind the craft as well -- from how you harvest and enjoy flowers to how you convert unused spaces of your home into a viable indoor edible garden.

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Natural Tips to Beat Seasonal Respiratory Health Challenges
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(StatePoint) Spring and summer can be particularly difficult times of year for those with respiratory health challenges, when simple activities like gardening, walking the dog and reading a book on the patio can cause itching, wheezing, sneezing and trouble breathing.

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Garden-to-Table Tips for Growing and Cooking Your Own Produce
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of fresh fruits and 20 percent of fresh vegetables in the US are imported, according to FoodSafety.gov. This means that your food traveled long distances to get to your plate. To better enjoy fruits and vegetables, many families are now growing their own at home.

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Shopping Smarter to Help Your Household Routine
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(StatePoint) If you follow awards shows to learn about the best movies and music, why not do the same to learn about the household products your family uses on a daily basis?

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3 Ways Seniors Can Save on Prescriptions This Year
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(StatePoint) If you signed up for a new Medicare plan during Open Enrollment, it’s important to understand how your prescription drug costs may be affected. Even if you did nothing to alter your coverage, some features of your plan may have changed for 2017. 

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What to Know about Eye Health
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(StatePoint) Did you know that doctors now recommend that children as young as six months old should have their first comprehensive eye exam? And not only is correcting vision problems crucial for happiness and success, but an eye exam can detect such health problems as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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5 Heart Healthy Habits
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(StatePoint) Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. While there are many risk factors involved that are beyond one’s control, a healthy lifestyle can make a big difference.

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Surprising Factors Impacting Car Buyers' Decisions
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(StatePoint) While make and model are still dominant factors on car lots, today’s consumers have a new set of priorities, thanks to increasingly sophisticated in-vehicle technologies being offered in new cars.

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5 Things to Know if Someone You Love is Addicted to Painkillers
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(StatePoint) Fifty-two people die every day from opioid overdoses nationwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 12 million U.S. residents used prescription painkillers non-medically in the past year.

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Great Tips to Get in Shape and Stay in Shape
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(StatePoint) Losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle top millions of people’s list of goals. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to set a goal than it is to actually achieve it, so it’s important to have a game plan if you want to see results. Here are some sustainable tips to help you lose weight and feel great!

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Five Morning Tips to Prepare for the Day
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(StatePoint) Are most of your mornings spent running out the door with breakfast in-hand, and applying your makeup on-the-go? It’s easy to snooze, and rush all the way to work – but building a routine that gives you a calm and efficient morning can make you feel more prepared to take on your day. If you haven’t nailed it yet, don’t fret.

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Realistic Tips for Busy Moms
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(StatePoint) Time is perhaps the most coveted thing moms have and it's crucial to manage it effectively for you and your family.

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What to Know Before Taking Vitamins or Supplements
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(StatePoint) As Americans look to improve their health, many will turn to vitamins and supplements as part of their healthier routines. However, experts stress the importance of understanding the potential interactions supplements can have with medications and some brands of medical test results.

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What to Know About Treating Common Illnesses
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(StatePoint) For short-term conditions that come on quickly like the common cold, to chronic conditions such as arthritis or allergies, homeopathic medicines are among the safest types of drugs, say experts.

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