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Health Tip: When Canning Food at Home

-- Canning food is a long-standing tradition in many households and a perfect way to enjoy the freshness of summer foods year round.

But improper canning can lead to nasty consequences, such as botulism, a potentially deadly illness produced by a germ Clostridium botulinum.

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Health Tip: Avoiding Lyme Disease

-- Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bite of an infected tick.

Here are suggestions to reduce your risk of Lyme disease, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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Health Tip: Regain Your Appetite

-- Eating can be a chore if you don't have the appetite.

Food may be a lot less appealing if you're sick or taking certain medications. But it's still important to eat a balanced diet.

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Health Tip: Understanding Mono

-- Once you contract mononucleosis, the virus behind it stays in your body, the Nemours Foundation says.

In fact, about 95 percent of adults have the virus inside them, Nemours says.

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Health Tip: Learn Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

-- As summer weather heats up, it is important to recognize symptoms of heat stroke.

Normally, you regulate your body temperature by sweating. But in some cases, the body's temperature-control system is overtaxed and your temperature rises too quickly.

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Health Tip: Create a Food Allergy Plan

-- If you've been diagnosed with a food allergy, it is important to develop a food allergy plan so you and others know what to do in an emergency.

Milder symptoms of food allergy include itching, sneezing, hives or rashes. More severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or swallowing, may indicate a life-threatening emergency, the Food Allergy Research and Education website says.

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