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Ten Tips for Safer Winter Sports

Winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey and sledding are great ways to stay active, but they can also lead to injury. Reduce your risk during your favorite winter activity by taking these precautions: 1. Stay active; while winter’s chill encourages hibernation, staying active and keeping muscles in condition is important for safely participating in winter activities. 2. 

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Address Asthma and Its Symptoms

Asthma is a condition in which airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. Asthma can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing and wheezing along with shortness of breath. Asthma sufferers experience it in varying degrees; for some it is a minor nuisance, for others, it interferes with regular activities and sometimes leads to a severe, even to a 

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Say “NO” to Mono

Infectious mononucleosis, or “mono,” is caused by the Epstein–Barr virus and is contagious. Mono is spread from person to person through contact with saliva. It’s nicknamed “the kissing disease” because it can be spread through a quick peck on the lips. It also spreads through coughing, sneezing, or when people share something with spit on it (like a straw, drinking 

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What Can You Do About the Flu?

Replacing Myths with the Facts can help. According to Harvard Health Publishing, here are 10 common myths about the flu, and the facts: Myth: You can catch the flu from the vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus that can’t transmit infection. So, people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick 

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Tackle fall sports injuries with R.I.C.E.

Minor sports injuries can be managed at home and should get better in a few days. The best home care is to use the R.I.C.E. treatment plan: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest Immediately stop using the injured area. Sometimes 24 to 48 hours of rest will make a big difference in overall recovery. It could be that the area you injured will need 

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Avoid the Sting of Mosquito-Born Illnesses

To protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika virus disease and West Nile virus infection, use insect repellent that contains one of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE—only for people older than 3 years old), para-menthane-diol (PMD), 2-undecanone, and IR3535. Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age. 

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The Heat is On

(and with it, heat exhaustion and heatstroke) Hot weather and exercise are the main causes of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The heat index is not the same as the temperature—the index measures the air temperature plus the effects of humidity. A heat index of 90°F or higher is dangerous. Don’t go outside when the temperature and heat index are high. 

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