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Health Tip: Using Aloe Vera

-- Aloe vera is a plant that has been widely used for its healing abilities, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says.

Topical aloe vera is likely to be safe and helpful for psoriasis and certain skin rashes, the center says.

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Health Tip: Drinking Alternative Milks

-- Many alternative milk products are available on supermarket shelves, including milks made from soy, rice, almond, coconut and oats.

These products may not have the same nutritional value as dairy milk, says the Dairy Council of California.

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Health Tip: Living with Hypochondria

-- Hypochondria is a preoccupation with physical health. People with the condition obsess on physical symptoms and take them as signs of serious illness, despite lack of medical evidence.

People with the condition do not purposely create these symptoms, says MedlinePlus. For those living with hypochondria, talk therapy can be helpful.

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Health Tip: Napping Do's and Don'ts

-- A nap can improve mood, performance and alertness, says Mayo Clinic. But sleeping at the wrong time or for too long can backfire.

Mayo suggests the best way to nap:

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Health Tip: Treating the Chills at Home

-- The chills refers to an episode of shivering, along with paleness and feeling cold. Most commonly, the chills are associated with fever, says Mount Sinai Hospital. They are the body's way of producing heat when it feels cold.

To treat the chills at home, Mount Sinai recommends:

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Health Tip: Avoiding Anemia

-- Anemia is a blood disorder characterized by a shortage of either red blood cells or hemoglobin.

It can leave people feeling frequently exhausted and sluggish, says the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Health Tip: Fatigue in Older Adults

-- For older adults, being tired here and there may be common, says the National Institute on Aging. Illness, medication, emotional distress, poor sleep habits, alcohol and junk food are some of the many possible causes of fatigue.

To feel less tired, the agency suggests that older adults:

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Health Tip: Donate Blood Safely

-- Donating blood generally is safe, says Mayo Clinic. New, sterile equipment should be used for each donor.

To have a safer blood-donation experience, Mayo suggests:

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Health Tip: When to Consult a Dietician

-- A registered dietician can partner with you to develop a safe and realistic eating plan, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Whether you want to lose or gain weight, or to simply maintain your health, there are many reasons to seek the help of an RDN. They include:

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