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Getting diagnosed with a serious illness that requires a lot of medical intervention is an extremely stressful experience. There’s a lot to navigate, and as the friend, family member or even casual acquaintance of someone going through a difficult health scenario, you want to help ease the burden, not make it worse. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t say to someone who is ill.

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My father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 10 years ago. His tremor is noticeable and my daughter has known there is something that makes her Papa's hands shake. For years, my wife and I chose to leave it at that because no other symptoms have been apparent to her, and she has not asked.

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Everyone's coming down with something at work and you can't afford to take a sick day. That, or you just don't want to catch it yourself. While there's not much you can do once you fall ill, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk and, hopefully, dodge the bug altogether.

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A tap bought from Aldi by 12,000 Aussie households can contaminate water with up to fifteen times the safe limit for lead, according to reports. The ACCC has warned of the supermarket chain's "Spiral Spring Mixer Tap", urging customers to avoid avoid drinking or cooking with water from it.

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The worst food poisoning I ever had was a few days after returning from a weekend getaway with friends. When I finally dragged myself out of the bathroom after 24 hours of hell, an email from one of my besties was waiting for me: "Is everybody else feeling OK? I know our dinner together was a few days ago so I'm sure it's not that, but I just wanted to check."

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It's hard to know what to say when a friend is dealing with a really awful illness or loss. And a lot of the things we blurt out may end up sounding more hurtful than we mean them to. That's why we love this series of cards that say what sick and grieving people really want to hear.

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Dear Lifehacker, According to Metamucil and other high-fibre products, I'm supposed to squeeze out a Number 2 once per day to remain "regular". Personally, I don't go that often and I don't seem to be suffering for it. So here's my question: Is remaining "regular" actually important to my health, or is it just a ploy to sell supplements I don't need?

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Imagine this: You’re an elite athlete, and you’ve spent years working towards your shot at Olympic glory. You’ve trained hard, been totally dedicated to your sport and now, here you are in Rio, getting ready for the pinnacle of your sporting career. It’s your time to shine. But suddenly, without warning, you are hit with stomach cramps. It’s not nerves – it’s more intense than that. Vomiting and diarrhoea kick in. Slowly and devastatingly, your chances of success go down the toilet.

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iOS: There are few things more nerve-wracking for a parent than a sick or feverish child, and if your doctor tells you to wait it out, that's what you have to do. Luckily, Feevy is a new iPhone app that will help you track your child's temperature and progress, and report back to your doctor if things change.

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Dear Lifehacker, After doing my research and crunching the numbers, I've purchased a brand new family car -- a Subaru Forester. One factor I didn't consider is the potential toxicity of the "new car smell". I can't find any recent research in this area, but I wanted to know: Are 2016 cars still susceptible to the same problem? Will the new car harm my infant baby? Am I going into overdrive and worrying about a non-issue? Also, if new car smell is dangerous, how can I reduce or eliminate the risks?

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Cold and flu season has arrived for the year, and it's time to go digging through the archives for our best tips on how to combat it. Research shows there's a way you can potentially halve your chances of catching a cold -- though it's not as easy as it sounds.