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Health Tip: Say Goodbye to Split Nails

-- Split fingernails, medically called onychoschizia, affect more women than men.

The condition typically is caused by repeated wetting and drying of the nails, and tends to worsen in low humidity and during dry winters.

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Health Tip: What to Do if You Scratch Your Eye

-- If your eye hurts, you feel like there's something stuck in your eye or you have tearing or redness, you may have scratched your eye.

If you think that's the case, the American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests:

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Health Tip: Protect Your Skin

-- Healthy skin habits can make you look younger and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

While ointments, creams and eye serums can mask the effects of aging, nothing beats a good skin-care routine, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

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Health Tip: 4 Steps to Manage Diabetes

-- Every year, 1.7 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and other health problems, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Choosing Athletic Shoes

-- Wearing athletic shoes that don't fit can lead to injury, pain and poor performance.

The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society suggests how to select the right shoes:

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Gum Disease

-- Gum disease is a common problem that can lead to bad breath, swollen gums and tooth loss if untreated.

Most people don't show signs of gum disease until they're in their 30s or 40s. But getting older doesn't automatically mean you'll get gum disease. Daily dental care and regular visits to your dentist can lessen your risk.

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Health Tip: Caring for a Minor Burn

-- Most minor burns can be cared for at home without requiring a trip to the emergency room.

Each year, more than 500,000 people seek help for minor household burns, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

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Health Tip: Using Bug Repellent

-- When the weather warms, we tend to spend more time outside with six-legged creatures that feast on our blood.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests how to prevent bug bites by applying insect repellent:

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Health Tip: Eat Fish Twice Weekly

-- Eating fish twice a week reduces your risk of a heart attack or stroke, the American Heart Association says.

The AHA recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of non-fried fish, or about 3/4 cup of flaked fish, every week.

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Health Tip: Manage Bed Wetting

-- Some 5 million children in the United States wet the bed, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Although most kids are potty trained by age 4, bedwetting may still be a problem for about 20 percent of 5-year-olds, 10 percent of 7-year-olds and 5 percent of 10-year-olds, the group says.

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