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Your Health - Bugged by The Flu or Other Ailments?

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3 Ways Good Nutrition Protects and Heals

As another flu epidemic tears through the U.S., the nation appears almost defenseless.  From flu shots to healthy habits such as hand washing and covering the mouth when coughing, no remedy is infallible.

One of the best bets against getting the flu, experts say, is eating healthier. Good nutrition, according to the American Dietetic Association, can help you avoid the flu by boosting the body's immune system. 

6 Things You Need to Know About This Flu Season

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Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common this season. H3N2-predominant seasons have tended to be more severe. However, other flu viruses are circulating too, contributing to serious illnesses. This season, the highest hospitalization rates have been in people 65 years and older, followed by people 50-64 years, then children 0-4 years of age. About 90% of influenza A-related hospitalizations in people 65 and older have been associated with H3N2 virus infections. About 20% of influenza A-related hospitalizations in people 50-64 have been associated with H1N1 virus infections.

Spotting Elder Abuse - Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

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From a distance, it can be hard to assess the quality of your family member's caregivers. Ideally, if there is a primary caregiver on the scene, he or she can keep tabs on how things are going.

Perhaps you have already identified friends or neighbors who can stop in unannounced to be your eyes and ears. Sometimes, a geriatric care manager can help.

3 Ways Parents and Family can Cope when a Child has a Deadly Disease

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When a child is stricken with a deadly, little-known disease, the home can suddenly feel like a lost sailboat in a stormy sea. Waves of emotion overwhelm what had been a serene, happy place, and each family member faces challenges of how to move forward.

News of the diagnosis can take everyone off-guard, including the parents. Knowing their role is to always be in control, they find their world turned upside-down. But somehow, they must cope and help the terminally ill child and the siblings do the same.

National Drug Facts Week - Shatter the Myths

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When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.  National Drug Facts Week began in 2010 by National Institute on Drug Abuse scientists to promote educational events and opportunities for teens to learn about drug use and addition.  Follow the hashtags #drugfacts or #NDAFW this week to shatter the myths surrounding drug use.