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Health Tip: Screening for Cancer in Older Adults

-- Though a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help prevent cancer as you age, you shouldn't ignore cancer screening tests, the American Cancer Society warns.

Otherwise, you may not realize that you have the disease until it's too late, the society says, stressing that early-stage cancer doesn't always have obvious symptoms.

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Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Appendicitis

-- Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the appendix. It can be life-threatening if ignored and the appendix ruptures.

More than 5 percent of people in the United States will develop appendicitis at some point during their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says.

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Health Tip: Healthy Teeth May Signal Healthy Heart

-- Your teeth may be a good indicator of your heart health, the American Heart Association says.

A recent clinical study focusing on tooth loss during midlife found that people who lost two or more teeth during the trial had a 23 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Health Tip: Living With Cardiomyopathy

-- Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that causes the heart to become enlarged, rigid or thicker.

As the condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker and is less effective at pumping blood, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says.

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Health Tip: Relieve Your Blister, Corn or Callus

-- Blisters, corns and calluses have at least one thing in common: they're triggered by the friction of two surfaces rubbing against each other.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how to care for these skin issues:

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Health Tip: Recognize Early Signs of Autism

-- Autism may be detected at an early age by paying attention to your baby's social and language skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

But all children who have autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will not have the same symptoms or severity, the academy notes.

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Health Tip: Understanding Allergy Blood Testing

-- Allergy testing may be recommended for people who suspect they react to allergens such as animal dander, food, dust or pollen.

When you have an allergy, your immune system treats this type of harmless substance as a threat. To fight this perceived threat, your immune system makes antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE), the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

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Health Tip: If You're Pregnant and Have Diabetes

-- Women who have diabetes should take precautions to ensure that both mother and baby stay healthy throughout pregnancy.

High maternal blood sugar can harm the developing baby, resulting in birth defects or miscarriage. This is especially true during the first few weeks of pregnancy, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says.

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Health Tip: Understanding Dermal Fillers

-- Dermal fillers can help smooth out smile lines and crow's feet, or plump up lips and cheeks that have lost their fullness.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of dermal fillers as medical devices. Examples include collagen injections, hyaluronic acid gel or Poly-L-lactic acid.

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Health Tip: When to Wash Your Hands

-- Hand washing with soap and warm water is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests washing your hands at these key times:

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