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Health Tip: How Diet and Exercise Affect Cancer Risk

-- Of course, you should quit smoking. But poor diet, being overweight and not getting enough exercise also are risk factors for developing cancer, the American Cancer Society says.

Being overweight or obese raises your risk of cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, pancreas and kidney, the cancer society warns.

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Health Tip: Comparing Different Diets

-- Diets that stress calorie restriction versus those that stress fasting seem to be all the rage. But what's the difference?

With a calorie-restriction diet, you reduce the number of calories you typically consume in a day. This type of diet should allow you to cut calories without depriving your body of essential nutrients, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says.

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Health Tip: Help Create a Healthy Community

-- Where you choose to live can affect your health.

Nearby parks and woods can help boost your health, while close highways and thoroughfares can trigger air pollution and road noise that can take your health down a notch.

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Health Tip: Celebrate a Healthier Holiday

-- The holidays are typically full of tempting meals and desserts. The downside is the resulting weight gain.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sugests how to keep holiday weight gain at bay:

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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Mental Health

-- A healthy mental attitude helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices, the National Library of Medicine says.

But more than half of American's are diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in life, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Ice Skate Safely

-- Ice skating is a fun winter activity, and it's also great exercise.

The National Safety Council suggests how you and your loved ones can skate safely:

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Health Tip: Understanding Eczema

-- If your child has eczema, anything that aggravates the child's skin can worsen symptoms, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

While everyone's triggers may be different, common ones include dry air, sweat and stress. As a child grows older, triggers may change.

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Health Tip: Improve Your Sleep Habits

-- Sleep is a complex biological process that helps you process new information, stay healthy and feel rested, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Not getting enough sleep can trigger illness, poor performance in daily activities, memory loss and other health concerns, the agency adds.

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Health Tip: Understanding Bottlemouth Syndrome

-- Bottlemouth syndrome is a form of tooth decay that affects babies and young children. It is caused by prolonged drinking of sugary liquids from a bottle.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children are at greater risk of bottlemouth if they are put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.

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