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    As a parting gift, a few things to think about

    As I look over the hundreds of articles that I have written, I realize that I will no longer have this chance to regularly inform you, caution you or nag you into protecting yourself and staying healthier

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    Dr. Yu offers to-do list as she bids farewell

    As I look over the hundreds of articles that I have written, I realize that I will no longer have this chance to regularly inform you, caution you, or nag you. So I will leave you with this list of things to think about, things that you can do to stay healthy.

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    Prescription drug abuse is the elephant in the room

    The county's secure medicine take-back program is just one of several partnerships in the community that help prevent drug abuse. And it collected more than 5,500 pounds of meds last year – about the weight of an elephant.

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    Ways to ward off the 'D' word

    Gastrointestinal illnesses can be caused by a lot of different germs, but most are preventable by handling and preparing food properly, testing water supplies, and frequent hand washing.

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    HEALTH MATTERS: Test your well water every year

    For those of us who have our own wells, we are responsible for the safety of our own drinking water. There is no requirement for testing, but it is a good idea to test your drinking water regularly. The health department recommends testing for bacteria once a year and for nitrate at least every ...

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    Understanding the foundations of recovery from addiction

    At one time or another, many individuals become addicted to a substance. Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. But if you or someone you love has made or considered the decision...

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    DR. YU: Back-to-school immunization clinic set for Sept. 21

    It's the time of year when schools help to keep communities healthy by checking to make sure that children have their required immunizations. Children who are not up to date on their immunizations are required to get the vaccines within 30 days of the beginning of school, or have a signed waiver...

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    DR. YU: Seek out safer school supplies

    With so many safety concerns, school supplies may not even appear on the safety radar, but we can make safer choices about what we provide our kids to start school. One of the biggest chemical concerns in school supplies is a type of plastic made out of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC.

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    DR. YU: Stay out of lakes with algae blooms

    Warm sunny days can lead to algae blooms in South Sound lakes. If you visit a lake and notice a bright green color or thick scum along the shore, stay out of the water. Some blue-green algae produce toxins that can cause illness in humans and kill pets, fish, and other animals.

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    Tips for keeping potluck foods safe

    Potlucks can be a yummy way to gather with friends. But the Health Department's most frequently reported diseases through the summer months are gastrointestinal illnesses, such as vomiting or diarrhea. These illnesses can easily spread to others in the community, either person to person, or through...

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