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Fast Facts: Anthrax 101

Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by a bacteria that can lie dormant in soil for decades. While anthrax occurs most often in humans handling animals (or animal products) infected with the bacteria, there have been several instances of anthrax being used as a bioterror agent. There has been a lull in anthrax coverage in recent years, but it remains an extremely dangerous bioterrorism weapon that should remain top of mind.

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Internet a tool, not replacement, for physician

We’re using the Internet more than ever – checking email, reading up on the latest news and sports scores, even obtaining health information. But regardless what we find about a malady or illness that may be affecting us or someone else, going online does not replace a personal consultation with a physician, says the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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How to prepare for a hurricane

When preparing for a hurricane, the most important thing to know is your geographical risk. By knowing if you live in a flood-prone area, or where the best elevation is in your neighborhood, you can better plan for an emergency.

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Baby blues or something more?

Ever heard of baby blues? It’s not the color you’re painting the nursery. More than 70 percent of women show symptoms of unexplained tearfulness, feelings of being let down, and a decreased appetite after delivering a baby.

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Advil, Aleve and Tylenol: What’s the difference?

Advil, Aleve and Tylenol are all common over-the-counter pain-relievers and fever-reducers that are often viewed as interchangeable. However, there are certain situations when one medication may work better than the others. To help navigate when to choose which of these common over-the-counter medications, Dr. Potter offers some information about each pain and fever-reducer.

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6 tips for better sleep

Getting a good night's rest can be pretty challenging. Even if you know you're tired, sometimes falling asleep feels like an impossible task. This guide contains six easy tips for those of you that struggle with insomnia or other annoying sleep issues. Find out what you're doing that could be hindering you body's ability to shut down at night.

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Cheers to your health: How alcohol affects your body

Summer is just around the corner, which means parties, vacations and holidays. With these fun, relaxing events, it’s not uncommon to unwind and celebrate with a drink in hand. Moderation is key in most things, but is especially important when it comes to consuming alcoholic beverages. A couple of drinks can leave you feeling in a comfortable place, but have you ever wondered what effects overindulging in alcohol can have on your body immediately, or even a few years down the line?

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A beginner’s guide to working out

Physical activity is important and can bring with it a plethora of health benefits. However, for people who are just getting into the habit of regular exercise, it can be difficult to determine where to begin. There are a few tactics and tips people can use to help them fit activity into their day and make it a regular occurrence.

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The ultimate guide to contraceptives

Choosing a contraceptive that’s right for you can be difficult. With more than 10 to choose from it can be a daunting task trying to understand how age, lifestyle and personal preferences should or could play into your decision. This guide explores a variety of available options and ultimately helps you determine which contraceptive is right for you and your body.

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