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Just because certain maladies are “common” doesn’t mean you have to fall victim, too. Share these tips for how to prevent conditions that shorten our lives, cause us pain, or make us plain miserable, and you’ll take a big step toward fighting the diseases that are most likely to affect your loved ones.

A warm scarf is just as important as a winter hat. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that in mice cells, the cold virus reproduced more frequently in the cooler temperatures of the nasal cavity than in the lungs, where it's warmer. And when you breathe in cold air, the cells in your airway aren’t as effective in fighting off the virus. To keep cold symptoms at bay, wrap a thick scarf over your nose when you go outside in cold temperatures.

Eat your biggest meal earlier in the day to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Scientists at the University of California San Diego examined the daily food journals of more than 2,000 women. They found that the women who ate more between 5 p.m. and midnight had higher blood levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that is associated with increased breast cancer risk. (C-reactive protein is also linked to other killers such as colon cancer and lung cancer.) In fact, for every 10 percent more calories eaten in the evening, C-reactive protein increased 3 percent—numbers that should put any midnight snack craving to bed.

Go to bed earlier. You might reduce your risk of high blood pressure. A study in the American Journal of Hypertension looked at the shut-eye habits of more than 70,000 men and women. Turns out that people who slept less than 7 hours a day were significantly more likely to have high blood pressure. But don't let yourself sleep the day away: Spending more than 10 hours a day asleep was also associated with a greater risk of hypertension.

Curb your drinking on sunny days. An Italian meta-analysis compared data from 16 skin cancer studies, including more than 6,000 cases of skin cancer. The researchers discovered that men and women who imbibed an average of more than one alcoholic drink per day increased their risk of skin cancer by 20 percent. Blame acetaldehyde, a byproduct created when your liver metabolizes alcohol. Scientists believe that acetaldehyde generates free radicals, damaging DNA on top of the damage caused by UV rays, and may even activate signalling pathways that lead to tumor formation.

Eat yogurt during allergy season. Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that people who consumed probiotics, which help the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut, reported improved seasonal allergy symptoms over people who took a placebo. Doctors aren’t sure why it works, but several types of gut bacteria are known to produce proteins that provide beneficial effects throughout your body. Not a fan of yogurt? Try other probiotic foods like sauerkraut, miso soup, kombucha beverages, or probiotic supplements.

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