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Health Tip: Preventing Bronchitis

-- Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tube lining, says Mayo Clinic. People who have bronchitis often cough up thick, discolored mucus. Though complications are rare, bronchitis can lead to pneumonia in some people.

To help prevent bronchitis, Mayo suggests:

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Health Tip: Muscle Strain Risk Factors

-- Pulled muscles occur frequently in athletes. Most strains respond well to nonsurgical treatments, however, some strains can result in partial or complete tears, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The academy mentions these risk factors for muscle strain:

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Health Tip: Hurricane Readiness

-- An important part of hurricane readiness is collecting supplies that will help keep your family safe, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Before a hurricane, the CDC suggests that you:

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Health Tip: Controllable Stroke Risk Factors

-- More than 750,000 people have a stroke each year in the United States, says Cleveland Clinic. But as many as half of all strokes are preventable, the clinic says.

Risk factors that are under all or partial control include:

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Health Tip: Gaining Weight

-- Being underweight may be associated with health problems such as anemia and fertility issues, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The academy mentions healthier ways to gain weight:

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Health Tip: Managing Reactive Hypoglycemia

-- Reactive hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar after a meal, says Mayo Clinic. The condition has a variety of causes, from drinking alcohol to metabolic disorders.

People with reactive hypoglycemia may have symptoms including weakness, shakiness and lightheadedness.

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Health Tip: Service Animal Rights

-- Service animals, typically dogs, are trained to perform tasks for people with a disability.

These animals are generally allowed in any public area, including businesses and hospitals, says the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Health Tip: Taking a Mental Health Day

-- Taking a mental health day allows you to care for your mental health, something that's often overlooked, the Gooden Center says.

Here are the center's signs that you may need a mental health day:

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Health Tip: Your Changing Voice

-- Puberty can be a confusing and frustrating time for boys as their voices change. The larynx, also known as the voice box, grows during puberty because of bursts in testosterone. The growth and strengthening of the vocal cords help make the voice deeper.

As your body adjusts to the change, your voice may crack or break, but this only lasts a few months, says KidsHealth. Everyone goes through puberty at different times, so some kids' voices change earlier and some change later.

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Health Tip: Understanding Color Blindness

-- Color blindness is a vision deficiency that affects the perception of color, says the National Eye Institute.

People with color blindness aren't aware of differences among colors that may be obvious to those with normal vision. Sometimes, people who have color blindness aren't aware of their condition unless they're tested.

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