Health Tip: Find the Best Places to Nap

-- While napping can't replace a good night's sleep, it can offer a quick recharge in the midst of a busy day.

The National Sleep Foundation says a nap shouldn't be longer than 30 minutes, to prevent a groggy feeling when you wake up.

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7 Household Items That May Fight Age Spots

-- Age spots are small brown patches that can develop on your hands and face as you grow older. They can be caused by sun damage or changes in hormone levels.

While there are more sophisticated and expensive ways to diminish age spots, you can also dim them using things that may lurk in your kitchen.

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Health Tip: Prevent Constipation

-- Although constipation is more common in older adults, it can occur at any age.

Potential causes for the condition include: diet that lacks fiber, insufficient exercise, misuse of laxatives, medical conditions, use of certain medications and an urge to hold in a bowel movement.

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Health Tip: Using Diabetes Equipment

-- Millions of Americans living with diabetes use a blood glucose meter to keep track of their blood sugar. Since these are medical devices, they are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA offers these suggestions when using a blood glucose meter:

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Health Tip: What Could Be Behind Achilles Tendinitis

-- Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, often develops from repetitive stress to the tendon when you work your body too hard.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says specific causes of Achilles tendinitis include:

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Health Tip: How You May Benefit From a Standing Desk

-- Standing desks are the fastest-growing employee benefit in the United States, recent research from the Society for Human Resource Management finds.

A standing desk allows you to either stand up or sit while you work at your desk. It can be as simple and inexpensive as placing your computer monitor on top of a box or a stack of books, or it can be as elaborate and pricey as a customized platform that adjusts height with the push of a button, the American Cancer Society says.

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Health Tip: Quit Smoking

-- Smoking is associated with 1 in 5 deaths in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The agency suggests these methods that may help you quit:

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Health Tip: Manage Political Stress

-- Political change may be a source of stress and anxiety, research from the American Psychological Association confirms.

About 2 in 3 Americans say concern about the future of their country is a cause of significant stress. Moreover, 57 percent of Americans say they are stressed by the political environment.

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