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Health Tip: Suggestions For Healthier Aging

-- Many factors influence how we age, ranging from dietary choices and physical activity to health screenings and managing risk factors for disease.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests these steps to promote healthier aging:

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Health Tip: It's Never Too Late to Exercise

-- If you are middle aged and out of shape, it isn't too late to get active and improve your health, the American Heart Association says.

A study in the journal Circulation showed that heart stiffness -- a potential precursor to heart failure -- decreased for middle-aged men who engaged in two years of the right kinds and amount of exercise.

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Health Tip: Be Aware of Autumn Driving Hazards

-- Autumn is a particularly dangerous time to be out driving. The days are getting shorter, the weather can be unpredictable and wet leaves frequently cover the roads.

The American Association of Retired Persons suggests these Autumn driving tips:

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Health Tip: Keep Ticks Away

-- If you want to lower your risk of getting Lyme disease, keeping ticks away is your best bet.

Lymedisease.org offers these suggestions for reducing the tick population near your home:

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Health Tip: Treating Plantar Warts

-- Plantar warts stem from a common virus and are formed on the bottoms of your feet.

You increase your risk of infection by walking in bare feet in public showers or locker rooms, the American Orthopaedic Food & Ankle Society says.

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Health Tip: Using a Home Fireplace

-- Many homeowners enjoy relaxing by a hot fire at the end of a cold day.

But a crackling fire can lead to a disaster, especially if there are small kids at home and some basic safety rules aren't followed, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

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Health Tip: Why You May Have Adult Acne

-- Acne is often thought of as a younger person's condition -- a symptom of the transition from childhood to young adulthood.

But some people in their 30s, 40s and 50s still have acne, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

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Health Tip: Considering Genetic Testing For Cancer?

-- Of all cases of cancer, only 5 to 10 percent are thought to be strongly related to an inherited gene mutation, the American Cancer Society says.

While most people do not need to have predictive genetic testing, the society says testing is worth considering if you have:

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Health Tip: Know the Risks of Chicken Pox

-- Chicken pox used to be a rite of passage for young children. But with the development of the chicken pox vaccine, the vast majority of kids avoid this itchy and painful illness.

While most people who develop chicken pox will recover completely without issue, it can be serious -- and even deadly -- for babies, teens, even adults, as well as pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health Tip: Protect Your Food From Hurricane Threats

-- Lengthy power outages are often unwanted headaches left in the wake of hurricanes and other severe storms.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following ways to prepare for unpredictable weather by having key supplies available:

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