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Handling an Allergic Reaction.

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People can experience allergic reactions to things such as animal dander, bee stings, chemicals, and foods, which can result in hives, itching, rash and other symptoms. The National Library of Medicine recommends these first aid steps for mild-to-moderate reactions: calm and reassure the person having the reaction; try to identify the allergen and have the person avoid additional contact with it; if the person develops a rash, apply a cool compress and hydrocortisone; and watch the person for signs of ...

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Natural Ways to Soothe a Cough.

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Symptoms of a cough can often be treated or remedied by doing the following: stay hydrated to help thin mucus; inhale steam; use a humidifier to loosen mucus; use cough drops or lozenges; gargle with saltwater; use an extra pillow to elevated your head at night; don’t smoke or inhale secondhand smoke; avoid irritants such as dust, perfumes, or pollutants; use honey as a suppressant, and use ginger to soothe throat inflammation.

WebMD, October 2019

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New Tool Can Predict Five-Year Risk of Kidney Disease.

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The Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium has developed a new risk calculator tool that can predict how likely you are to develop chronic kidney disease within five years based on variables such as age, blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose levels. When caught early, kidney disease progression can be slowed or stopped with proper treatments and lifestyle changes.

Journal of the American Medical Association, November 2019

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Healthy Lifestyle May Dramatically Cut Cancer Risk.

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The World Cancer Research Fund notes that 30-50% of all cancer cases could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, eating a plant-based diet, not smoking, and limiting fast food, sugar-sweetened drink, red meat, and alcohol intake.

Visceral Medicine, August 2019

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Sleep Tips for Kids

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To help kids get a good night’s sleep, the National Sleep Foundation recommends the following: remove TVs, computers, and gadgets from your kid’s bedroom; avoid large meals before bedtime; develop a regular bedtime routine; set firm bedtimes and wake times; make sure the bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and temperate; help kids quiet down a few hours before bedtime; and finish heavy studying, texting, or video games earlier in the evening.

National Sleep Foundation, October 2019

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