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Health Tip: Planning a Stress-Reducing Vacation

-- Not all vacations are created equally. Studies show that the happiness gleaned from a vacation is dependent on how stressful it is, says Harvard Business Review.

It found that 94 percent of people have as much or more energy after a positive trip.

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Health Tip: Brain Games for Seniors

-- Many doctors encourage seniors to use brain fitness games as a means to help deal with dementia, Alzheimer's and other cognitive diseases, says SeniorLiving.org.

While research remains inconclusive, there appears to be a correlation between brain games and brain health.

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Health Tip: Baby's First Tooth

-- For most babies, the two front teeth appear first, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Though babies won't develop teeth for months, it's important for parents to know how to care for them.

The academy mentions these additional facts:

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Health Tip: Understanding Eye Gunk

-- Eye gunk, known medically as rheum, is the crust that forms in the corners of your eyes when you wake up in the morning.

Sleep crust is a mix of mucus, skin cells, oils and tears shed by the eye during sleep, says the University of Utah.

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Health Tip: Handling Job Burnout

-- Job burnout is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion. Often, job burnout is accompanied by a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity, says Mayo Clinic.

When dealing with job burnout, Mayo Clinic suggests:

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Health Tip: Broken Toe Care

-- Toe bones are typically small and fragile. That's why these bones can break after dropping something heavy on them or even stubbing a toe, says MedlinePlus. Usually, a broken toe is not a serious injury and can be cared for at home.

To care for a broken toe at home, MedlinePlus suggests:

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Health Tip: Why You Yawn

-- Yawning typically occurs when you feel sleepy or bored, says Cleveland Clinic.

People do not yawn because the brain needs more oxygen, the clinic notes in dispelling a common myth. Instead, yawns allow us to regulate both air pressure in our ears and brain temperature.

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Health Tip: Gum Disease Risk Factors

-- The leading cause of gum disease is plaque, says the American Academy of Periodontology. However, other factors can affect the health of your gums.

The academy mentions these risk factors for gum disease:

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Health Tip: Pregnancy and Amusement Park Rides

-- Pregnant women should not ride roller coasters or other jarring rides at the amusement park, says the American Pregnancy Association.

The rapid starts and stops and jerky motions that characterize these rides can lead to premature separation of the placenta, the group says. Premature separation has occurred among many women in car accidents.

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