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Don't travel with bed bugs

As travel season begins, be sure not to bring bed bugs with you from your vacation destination. Bed bugs can be found anywhere from campsites to five-star hotels, said Candy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. Some people transport bed bugs with them back to their homes without knowing it, she said. To reduce the risk of these hitchhiking pests, the pest management association recommends inspecting a hotel room before unpacking, including pulling back bed sheets and inspecting mattress seams. After returning home, vacuum and inspect suitcases before bringing them into your home. If you think you may have brought bed bugs with you, seek professional pest control assistance.

Mindfulness helps health

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Mindfulness can help people to stay healthy, said Julie Potiker, author of "Life Falls Apart but You Don't Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos." When you are working out or going for a walk, open up all your senses to fully experience your movement and your environment. You will appreciate your body and your surroundings, which will result in a more complete experience. Eat and drink slowly and savor the tastes and aromas, which generally results in eating less. When you are frustrated, acknowledge your frustrations and remind yourself that you are smart and resilient.

AMA supports LGBTQ community

Fatal attacks against transgender people prompted the American Medical Association, at its annual meeting in Chicago, to adopt a plan to bring national attention to violence against the transgender community. Fatal anti-transgender violence in the United States is on the rise and most victims have been black transgender women, said Dr. S. Bobby Mukkamala, an AMA board member. The AMA plan calls for forming partnerships with other organizations to educate the public about these hate crimes, advocating for consistent collection and reporting of data on hate crimes, advocating for stronger law enforcement policies regarding interactions with transgender individuals and increasing access to mental health treatment.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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