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Health Tip: Microwave Safely

-- Microwave ovens, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, should be safe to use without risking exposure to unhealthy amounts of radiation.

Burns -- from hot containers, overheated food or boiling liquids -- are another story.

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Health Tip: Understanding the Teenage Brain

-- The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It's the center of learning, and is responsible for processing sensory information and directing the body's responses.

The teen brain is still maturing, though it's more resilient, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health says.

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Health Tip: If You're 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

-- The American Cancer Society's new colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that people at average risk start screening at age 45. That's a drop of five years from the former guidelines, which recommended the first screening at age 50.

In lowering the age recommendation, the society cited rising numbers of colorectal cancer cases among younger Americans.

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Health Tip: Shingles 101

-- Shingles is a painful rash that is caused by the herpes zoster virus, the same one that causes chickenpox.

After triggering chickenpox, the virus may lay dormant inside the body and re-emerge as shingles, typically after a person reaches age 50.

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Health Tip: Caring for Your Epi-Pen

-- An epi-pen may be a lifesaving injection for a person with severe allergies. But the device must be cared for and stored properly.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) suggests how to care for your epi-pen:

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Health Tip: Recognizing Hearing Loss in Infants

-- If an infant has hearing loss, it can affect the child's ability to develop speech, language and social skills, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

An infant's first hearing screening is recommended typically within the first month of life.

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Health Tip: Asbestos Tips For Homeowners

-- Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is found in rock and salt. The fibers are strong and heat-resistant, so they have been used in construction materials for insulation and to prevent the spread of fire.

But the fibers can be released into the air during demolition and building repair, increasing a person's risk of developing lung disease.

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Health Tip: Prevent Recurrence of a Fungal Infection

-- A fungal infection most commonly develops on the feet, nails, groin and hands. Effective treatment is needed to prevent recurrence.

When a fungal infection recurs, it is typically because the immune system doesn't recognize and attack the germ as foreign to the body, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology says.

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