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  • 5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook

    5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook You're a careful parent who steers children away from things that could harm them. But hidden threats lurk in every house—sometimes where you least expect the...

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Colds and the Flu

    5 Ways to Avoid Colds and the Flu You don't want to spend this winter battling a runny nose, a nagging cough, or a fever. But colds and flu come with the season, right? They don't have to. Try this a...

  • 6 Vital Nutrients Women May Be Missing

    6 Vital Nutrients Women May Be Missing Women's diets often fall short in vital minerals and vitamins. A woman's physiology can make it harder to hang onto some nutrients, too. Women also are more lik...

  • A Good Walk Can Make You Young

    A Good Walk Can Make You Young What would you do to take 20 years off your age? The answer may be as simple as walking, says Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D. "Starting at the age of 20, we lose about 1 perce...

  • A Must-Know Guide to Drug-Drug Interactions

    A Must-Know Guide to Drug-Drug Interactions Drug-drug interactions can occur when you are taking more than one medication or drug. One medication can interfere with or alter the effects of one or mor...

  • A Prescription for Good Health

    A Prescription for Good Health Many people have a prescription for long-lasting health and well being. It goes like this: Stay physically active, challenge your mind, and stay involved with others. S...

  • A Prescription for Health in Menopause

    A Prescription for Health in Menopause The best approach to menopause is to follow a healthy regimen. That includes dealing with smoking, nutrition, exercise, weight management, and stress reduction....

  • A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

    A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination. Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu immunization is too much trou...

  • A Winter Cold: Not Inevitable

    A Winter Cold: Not Inevitable For most people, catching the common cold is a common part of winter. Children have three to eight colds a year; adults get two to four. Although colds cannot be prevent...

  • Adult Immunizations: Are You Up To Date?

    Adult Immunizations: Are You Up to Date? Although children receive the majority of the vaccinations, adults also need to stay up to date on a range of vaccinations, from the flu to tetanus to varicel...

  • Air Filters, Dehumidifiers, and Humidifiers

    Air Filters, Dehumidifiers, and Humidifiers Here are some tips for understanding the air in your house and the air-quality appliances that can alter it. Air filters Purpose: Air-filtration systems pu...

  • Air Pollution Can Break Your Heart

    Air Pollution Can Break Your Heart Most people know air pollution can hurt your lungs and make it tough to breathe. But a growing body of research shows air pollution can be as bad or worse for your ...

  • All About Sunscreen

    All About Sunscreen Summertime. Beach time. Long hours in the sun. Before you head out to the white hot sand, you'll want to pick up some sunscreen. But should you buy SPF 15? SPF 30? How about 45? S...

  • Answers to Questions About HPV

    Answers to Questions About HPV The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, with more than 20 million Americans currently infected, acc...

  • Anti-Aging Hormones: Do They Work?

    Anti-Aging Hormones: Do They Work? Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could look and feel years younger just by taking a supplement? The makers of "anti-aging" hormone supplements would like you to beli...

  • Are You Frenetic About Genetics?

    Are You Frenetic About Genetics? The headlines that greet every genetic advance can split people into two camps: Those who use the news to support a fatalistic view that healthy living isn't worth it...

  • As You Age, Be Aware of B12 Deficiency

    As You Age, Be Aware of B 12 Deficiency Are you short on stamina? Is your memory fuzzy? Don't assume it's just part of aging. Feeling tired, in a funk, or confused can point to problems you can solve...

  • Assess Your Goals Year-round

    Assess Your Goals Year-round If you set professional goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, don't forget to take a look at what you have and haven't accomplished as the year progresses. Con...

  • Attention Men: Doctor Knows Best

    Attention Men: Doctor Knows Best Men who think they're too "macho" to seek medical help could end up making more trips to the doctor's office in the long run. By waiting to see a physician, a man's p...

  • Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers

    Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers Many people associate allergies with springtime, but ragweed pollen and outdoor molds that arrive in the fall bring just as much misery. More than 35 million Americans ...

  • Avoiding Joint Injuries

    Avoiding Joint Injuries Most sports-related injuries involve damage to the joints. Common joint injuries include a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, overextended elbow, and damaged knee ligaments. Fortu...

  • Babies Need 'Tummy Time'

    Babies Need 'Tummy Time' Nearly 15 years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first recommended that parents put their babies to sleep on their back. That simple piece of advice cut the deat...

  • Brush Up on Toothpaste

    Brush Up on Toothpaste Selecting toothpaste can be confusing. With different brands promising everything from whiter smiles and fresher breath to fewer bacteria and less tartar, how do you know which...

  • Build Your Bones with Exercise

    Build Your Bones with Exercise Your bones contain about 99 percent of the calcium in your body. Every day your body also uses calcium to help nerves and muscles function, and to help blood clotting. ...

  • Cancer Screening: Beating Your Fears for Good

    Cancer Screening: Beating Your Fears for Good Many people, it seems, avoid cancer screenings, even if they schedule yearly physical exams. One reason is inconvenience. Another reason is fear. However...

  • Childhood Immunizations: Get the Facts

    Childhood Immunizations: Get the Facts If you are the parent of a young child, you may be confused about the safety of immunizations. You may have heard that vaccines cause life-threatening side effe...

  • 'Choose My Plate' Shapes a Healthier Senior Diet

    'Choose My Plate' Shapes a Healthier Senior Diet What do bananas on your cereal, onions in your chili, and pears for your dessert have in common? They're great ways to get the fruits and vegetables y...

  • Contraception: Many Options

    Contraception: Many Options About half of all pregnancies in this country are unplanned, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For a woman who wants to plan when she b...

  • Curb Antibiotic Abuse in Children

    Curb Antibiotic Abuse in Children Your child has a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat, and a fever, so you go to the pediatrician. The doctor knows a virus caused this infection, which will just run ...

  • Debunking 10 Aging Myths

    Debunking 10 Aging Myths Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting, and productive lives well into their later years. But that’s not what we usually hear about. Instead, the emphasis is often on...

  • Digital X-Rays Give Dentists the Big Picture

    Digital X-Rays Give Dentists the Big Picture For years, an X-ray at the dentist's office went pretty much the same way. The dentist or an assistant would put a wooden or cotton block in your mouth, t...

  • Don't Get Burned by Tanning Salons

    Don't Get Burned by Tanning Salons Looking for a great tan this summer but hoping to play it safe? Many sun-worshippers who know the dangers of unprotected sun exposure want healthier options. But if...

  • Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted

    Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted Imagine what life would be like if you couldn't see well. Reading might not be possible. Watching a movie could be tough. Focusing on the face of a loved one could dr...

  • Drinking Water Quality and Safety

    Drinking Water Quality and Safety When you turn on the tap for a glass of water, do you ever wonder about the quality or safety of that water? With drinking water, it's important to consider not just...

  • Drugs: Read Fine Print to Avoid Side Effects

    Drugs: Read Fine Print to Avoid Side Effects Pat awoke one recent morning with cold symptoms. She reached into her medicine cabinet for a well-known over-the-counter cold remedy she had often used in...

  • Easy Ways for Older Adults to Prevent Falls

    Easy Ways for Older Adults to Prevent Falls Each year thousands of older men and women are disabled, sometimes permanently, by falls that result in broken bones. Yet small changes in homes and lifest...

  • Easy Ways You Can Safeguard Your Sight

    Easy Ways You Can Safeguard Your Sight Every year, thousands of Americans injure their eyes or damage their vision. Follow these guidelines to help protect yourself and your family. Everyday eye care...

  • Essential Eye Protection

    Essential Eye Protection Nearly one million people in the United States suffer eye injuries each year. Ninety percent of these injuries could have been prevented by wearing the proper protective eyew...

  • Exercise Ideas for Older Adults

    Exercise Ideas for Older Adults Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health. Exercise is just as important in your older years as when yo...

  • Eye-Care Essentials for Computer Users

    Eye Care Essentials for Computer Users If you spend hours each day working at a computer screen, you may experience eyestrain, blurred vision, itchy eyes, and occasional double vision. However, studi...

  • Five Minerals We All Need

    Five Minerals We All Need In the mineral world, iron tends to be featured in the nutrition limelight. But these five minerals deserve to shine as well. Chromium Chromium appears to be involved in car...

  • Five Ways to Age Gracefully

    Five Ways to Age Gracefully In recent years, an increasing amount of scientific evidence has supported the idea that people can do quite a lot on their own to lengthen their life span and to enhance ...

  • Focus on Keeping Your Spirits Up

    Focus on Keeping Your Spirits Up You know that you should eat healthy foods and get some exercise to feel good and live longer. Another key part to living longer is your mental health. Good mental he...

  • Focusing on Folate

    Focusing on Folate The B vitamins are a group of important nutrients you should include in your diet each day. If you're a woman of childbearing age, one of those B vitamins—folate—is especially crit...

  • For Healthy Eyes, Take the Long View

    For Healthy Eyes, Take the Long View Keeping your eyes healthy is important ,and if you follow basic rules for your general health, it is possible to avoid long term problems. Here are some tips: Eat...

  • For Older Adults: What Screenings Do You Need?

    For Older Adults: What Screenings Do You Need? One important component to living a long and healthy life is to get preventive health screenings for serious diseases. If your doctor finds a disease ea...

  • For Parents: Treat at Home or Call the Doctor?

    For Parents: Treat at Home or Call the Doctor? When a child complains of a sore throat, stomachache, or a headache, a parent naturally worries. You want to do whatever you can to help your child feel...

  • For Seniors: Don’t Brush Off Dental Care

    For Seniors: Don’t Brush Off Dental Care Older adults may have dental concerns that can’t be totally taken care of with just brushing and flossing. Your dentist may have talked with you about the den...

  • For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat

    For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature—especially heat—as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-relate...

  • For Women: Take This Risk to Heart

    For Women: Take This Risk to Heart Cardiovascular disease is women's top killer. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLB), eighty percent of women between the ages of 40 and ...

  • For Your Heart's Sake, Lower Your Cholesterol

    For Your Heart's Sake, Lower Your Cholesterol There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than ...

  • Free Your Home of Asthma Triggers

    Free Your Home of Asthma Triggers Many of the things that trigger asthma symptoms can be found in your home. So the first step to controlling asthma is finding and removing these triggers. This will ...

  • Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate?

    Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate? If you have a parent or sibling with heart disease, cancer, or some other serious and possibly inherited ailment, does that mean you're doomed to the same fate...

  • Get to the Heart of Oral Health

    Get to the Heart of Oral Health Did you know that research shows a link between gum disease and heart disease and stroke? It’s true. Evidence is mounting that people with periodontal (gum) disease, a...

  • Good Oral Health Practices

    Good Oral Health Practices You know the drill--it's what you hope to avoid with regular brushing and flossing. Brushing twice a day will help get rid of plaque, the main cause of tooth decay and gum ...

  • Good Sources of Antioxidants

    Good Sources of Antioxidants Antioxidants are substances found in food. They may help block damage to cells in the body caused by free radicals. Free radicals are substances formed during normal body...

  • Grow Older in Good Health

    Grow Older in Good Health No pill or potion can guarantee you a long life filled with good health. Modern science has discovered, however, that people who follow certain commonsense health practices ...

  • Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus

    Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus A vaccine can protect babies from rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants. Before the rotavirus vaccine, rotavirus accounted for up to 272,000 em...

  • Guarding Against Medical Scams

    Guarding Against Medical Scams From television infomercials touting the latest medical "cures," to mail-order schemes and newspaper and television ads that promise better health and a longer life wit...

  • Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific

    Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific You can help reduce the effects of aging by following this simple advice: Take care of yourself. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians ...

  • Health Precautions When You Travel by Air

    Health Precautions When You Travel by Air Q. How can I improve plane travel? A. Most people don't have any problems when they fly, but it's possible to make airplane travel safer and more comfortable...

  • Healthy Changes for Staying Young

    Healthy Changes for Staying Young Time takes its toll on a body, but you don't have to sit back and let the effects of aging take place without a fight. There are things you can do to control the agi...

  • Healthy Secrets: Avoiding the Ravages of Age

    Healthy Secrets: Avoiding the Ravages of Age The process of aging is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Although your genes seem to be the most important influence, there are some ...

  • Help Your Children Breathe Easier

    Help Your Children Breathe Easier Here's something that can take your children's breath away: the air they breathe. Air pollution hurts infants and children more than adults, studies show. Kids' lung...

  • Help Your Mate Stay Healthy

    Help Your Mate Stay Healthy Kathy's doctor recently told her she should lose weight or she would be at risk for health problems. Her husband, Joe, has been at his wits' end because Kathy continues to...

  • High Blood Pressure Glossary

    High Blood Pressure Glossary High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a complicated disease. Studies have shown that people who understand the condition are more likely to stick with their treatment ...

  • HIV Prevention Is Still Important

    HIV Prevention Is Still Important True or false: Now that drugs are available to treat HIV infection, AIDS is not much of a threat for most Americans. The answer is false. HIV/AIDS experts worry that...

  • Home Remedies: What Works? What Doesn’t?

    Home Remedies: What Works? What Doesn't? You might like the idea of treating common health problems with home remedies. In some cases, such as putting cool cucumber over your eyes as a beauty treatme...

  • How Much of a Threat Is Bird Influenza?

    How Much of a Threat Is Bird Influenza? Influenza, with its fever, aches, fatigue and threat of complications, seems a uniquely human illness. But the flu, caused by a virus, can infect animals and b...

  • How to Assess Your Risk for Chronic Disease

    How to Assess Your Risk for Chronic Disease It’s good to step back now and then and ask yourself: Are my habits reducing or increasing my health risks? Is there more I could be doing to reduce my ris...

  • How to Avoid Sports Injuries

    How to Avoid Sports Injuries Sports injuries happen when you exercise or play sports. Although not every sports injury can be prevented, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Sk...

  • How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You

    How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You Does your picnic turn into a swat-fest? Is your fishing trip a mosquito-infested nightmare? Then brace yourself for summer's sting. Although most insects are just nu...

  • How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

    How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions. Assuming most Americans are familiar with ...

  • How to Make the Move from Crib to Bed

    How to Make the Move from Crib to Bed Moving your child from the crib to a first bed is a milestone event. But more than the bittersweet emotional concerns, your priorities will be safety and a healt...

  • How to Manage Prehypertension

    How to Manage Prehypertension Prehypertension is a new term that alerts people to the very real risk of developing chronic high blood pressure if they don't take timely steps to improve their lifesty...

  • How to Prevent and Relieve Digestive Problems

    How to Prevent and Relieve Digestive Problems Just as simple things can upset your digestive system, simple changes can help. The following tips can help prevent or relieve digestive ills. See your h...

  • How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Hairs

    How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Hairs An inflammation or infection of the hair follicles, called folliculitis, can occur anywhere on the skin or scalp. Folliculitis, also known as ingrown hairs, res...

  • How to Prevent Back Pain at Work

    How to Prevent Back Pain at Work People who work in certain occupations, such as nursing, are likely to have back pain. But so can folks who work in an office every day if they don’t take proactive s...

  • How to Prevent Osteoarthritis

    How to Prevent Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA), sometimes called degenerative arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. In OA, the cartilage that covers the bones in a joint thins and, in s...

  • How to Reduce the Effects of Aging

    How to Reduce the Effects of Aging No need to search for a secret formula to erase the effects of getting older. You already have the power to keep yourself feeling young for years. Keep moving Inact...

  • How You Can Avoid Aggressive Drivers

    How You Can Avoid Aggressive Drivers Incidents of road rage—those times when drivers act out their anger behind the wheel by trying to hurt another driver or a pedestrian—are becoming more frequent. ...

  • How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma

    How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma If you have a child with asthma, you know how frightening wheezing, coughing, and other asthma symptoms can be. Some children eventually outgrow asthma, but i...

  • Immunization Update for Older Adults

    Immunization Update for Older Adults Vaccines aren't just for children. Every year, thousands of American adults become ill, are disabled, or die of diseases that could have been prevented by vaccine...

  • Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children

    Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children Each fall, you hear that influenza threatens older adults and folks with chronic ailments. Most years, it's true that the death rate from the flu peaks in tho...

  • International Travel Quiz

    How Much Do You Know About International Travel and Health? Test your knowledge of how to stay healthy when traveling abroad. 1. International travel may require prophylactic medicines and vaccines. ...

  • Keep an Eye on These Symptoms

    Keep an Eye on These Symptoms If you're constantly worried that every headache or spot on your skin means you've been stricken with a dreaded disease, get your facts straight so you can stop panickin...

  • Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

    Keep Kids Safe from Bugs Lyme disease. Rocky Mountain spotted fever. West Nile virus. Flying fiends and crawling critters can spread such diseases with a bite. Few cases put kids' lives at risk, say ...

  • Keep Your Kidneys Working Well

    Keep Your Kidneys Working Well Your kidneys are your body's filters. They remove waste and excess fluid from your blood. People who have high blood pressure and diabetes are at higher risk for kidney...

  • Keep Your Noggin Fit with Brain Exercise

    Keep Your Noggin Fit with Brain Exercise The dog ran. The dog barked. The dog raced. What else did the dog do? That many seem like a silly question. But the act of thinking up verbs to go with nouns ...

  • Keeping an Eye on Your Bones

    Keeping an Eye on Your Bones Many of us start to think about osteoporosis as we approach our senior years. After all, that's when bone loss occurs, right? Wrong. Doctors tend to treat patients with o...

  • Keeping Your Liver Healthy

    Keeping Your Liver Healthy Some parts of your body provide constant reminders that they're on the job. You can feel your heart beating and your lungs filling with air when you take a breath. One of y...

  • Know Your Family's Health History

    Know Your Family's Health History You have mom's hair and dad's height. That's great, but genes can also pass down chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Learn your fami...

  • Little League Goes to Bat for Safety

    Little League Goes to Bat for Safety Baseball is known for timeless traditions, but some modern retooling may help keep young players safer. That's why Little League Baseball has amended the rules fo...

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight for a Lifetime

    Maintain a Healthy Weight for a Lifetime How do some people lose weight and keep it off? How do some people avoid the natural tendency to gain weight as they age? If you have achieved your weight los...

  • Making Changes to Avoid Heart Disease

    Making Changes to Avoid Heart Disease Your heart is a vital organ that keeps your body functioning. Unfortunately, many people don't treat it that way. They may not realize that their daily habits an...

  • Making Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy

    Making Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy The millions of Americans diagnosed with heart and cardiovascular diseases can benefit from making healthy choices in their day-to-day lives. Follow a healthy diet...

  • Mammograms: What Every Woman Needs to Know

    Mammograms: What Every Woman Needs to Know Mammograms can detect many breast cancers before anyone can feel them. When breast cancer is found in its earliest stages, the majority of patients survive ...

  • Men’s Health Essentials

    Men’s Health Essentials Many men like to think they’re invincible, especially when their health is concerned. The facts tell a different story. The leading causes of death for American men are heart ...

  • Milestones in Medicine

    Milestones in Medicine A visit to the doctor often calls for routine procedures to prevent, diagnose, or treat an illness. The doctor might check our pulse, draw blood for analysis, give us a flu sho...

  • Mold Can Affect Your Health

    Mold Can Affect Your Health Indoor molds can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or bathrooms. When mold is present: Walls and ceilings are discolored and show signs of mold gr...

  • No Sweat? No Good!

    No Sweat? No Good! In the heat of summer, it's important to exercise with caution and pay attention to your body. Even if you're fairly well conditioned, overdoing it may lead to heat cramps, heat ex...

  • Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention

    Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention Evidence is mounting that a healthy diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat -- or don't eat -- may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteop...

  • Older Moms, Healthy Babies

    Older Moms, Healthy Babies If you are older than age 35 and planning to have your first baby, you may have concerns about becoming pregnant later in life. You may have heard that a woman's risk for c...

  • Olympian Advice on Preventing Sports Injuries

    Olympian Advice on Preventing Sports Injuries Neither Olympians nor weekend warriors are immune to tendonitis, ankle sprains, low back problems, and knee pain. Although common, these injuries often c...

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease Most Americans eat too much fat--and too many calories. That, along with a lack of exercise, has led to an epidemic of obesity and diabetes and contribu...

  • On the Barbecue, Charred Is Barred

    On the Barbecue, Charred Is Barred Many foods seem to taste better hot off the grill. But there's a dilemma facing those of us who love to barbecue in warm weather. Researchers have found that cookin...

  • Optimize Your Health and Happiness

    Optimize Your Health and Happiness Staying healthy mentally and physically isn't simply a matter of good genes. It's a proactive project that lasts your entire life. Like a finely tuned machine, your...

  • Oral Health and Asthma

    Oral Health and Asthma If you have asthma, does your dentist know? This is important for good oral health, especially if you use a corticosteroid inhaler. Corticosteroid inhalers are medications used...

  • Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

    Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk Osteoporosis is a disease that causes rapid thinning of bones. Over time, this weakens the bones and can make them more likely to break. About 10 million Americans ha...

  • People with Asthma Need Yearly Flu Shot

    People with Asthma Need Yearly Flu Shot Getting the flu can be serious business for people with asthma. The flu can leave you susceptible to serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. That’s why it’s impo...

  • Pets and People: The Health Connection

    Pets and People: The Health Connection Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, loved dogs, yet he never mentioned them in his research. Only recently have scientists begun to analyze the way we...

  • Pets Fill a Special Role in Seniors' Lives

    Pets Fill a Special Role in Seniors' Lives Having a pet can be a boon to body and soul—especially as we age. Seniors can benefit greatly from pet ownership Pets offer companionship, something to nurt...

  • Planning Ahead for Travel Emergencies

    Planning Ahead for Travel Emergencies Whether you're headed for the beach, the outback, or the big city for your summer vacation, you should add a few more items to your to-do list so that you are fu...

  • Play It Cool in the Hot Tub

    Play It Cool in the Hot Tub What's more relaxing than a good soak in a hot tub? Hot water sure makes you feel great, but hot tubs and whirlpools can sometimes be dangerous—and even deadly. Let's take...

  • Posture Pointers for Preventing Pain

    Posture Pointers for Preventing Pain Good posture can help your body function at its best. It promotes movement, efficiency and endurance, and contributes to an overall sense of well-being. It can al...

  • Pregnancy and Oral Health

    Pregnancy and Oral Health Throughout pregnancy, women may worry about their waistlines and fret about food. You take prenatal vitamins, see your doctor frequently, get regular exercise, and avoid alc...

  • Pregnant? Why You Should Know About Lead

    Pregnant? Why You Should Know About Lead Along with a new crib and new toys, many expecting parents get their baby's room ready with a new coat of paint. But before you strip the walls of the old pai...

  • Preparing for Severe Winter Weather

    Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Severe winter storms can be dangerous, even deadly. They can include blizzards, freezing rain, ice, sleet and dangerously low temperatures and wind-chill factors. ...

  • Preventing Falls One Step at a Time

    Preventing Falls One Step at a Time Although it's impossible to prevent all falls, you can help keep yourself safe as you grow older by improving your balance and employing "fall-proofing" behaviors ...

  • Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

    Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime...

  • Primer: Smokeless Tobacco

    Primer: Smokeless Tobacco Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says. A person who ...

  • Protect Your Child from Medical Errors

    Protect Your Child from Medical Errors Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury for American adults, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine. A medical error can occ...

  • Protecting Yourself Against Medical Errors

    Protecting Yourself Against Medical Errors Every year, thousands of Americans die because of medical errors. Such errors can occur anywhere in the health care system and can involve medicines, surger...

  • Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers

    Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers Body-jarring moves are part of the game for football players, wrestlers, and others who play contact sports. They're also the most common cause of stinger...

  • Put Up a Food Fight Against Disease

    Put Up a Food Fight Against Disease You can't change your family medical history, which may put you at increased risk for chronic disease, heart disease, or cancer. But you can fight back against suc...

  • Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

    Putting Disease Risk into Perspective Are you terrified you might get mad cow disease? Does news of E. coli outbreaks make you swear off spinach salads for life? True, a few people will get those ill...

  • Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse

    Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse Physical violence is just one form of domestic abuse. If you have a partner who verbally humiliates you, demands all your attention, blames you for everything ...

  • Recognizing Domestic Violence

    Recognizing Domestic Violence Domestic violence is behavior someone uses to control a spouse, partner, date, or elderly relative through fear and intimidation. It can involve emotional, sexual, and p...

  • Recognizing Medication Tampering

    Recognizing Medication Tampering Over-the-counter and nonprescription medicines are packaged so you can easily notice signs of tampering. Improved packaging includes the use of special wrappers, seal...

  • Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer

    Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer Common myths about breast cancer abound, relayed through word of mouth and the Internet, often frightening women unnecessarily. Despite the rumors, you can't get ...

  • Relaxation Techniques That Really Work

    Relaxation Techniques That Really Work Everyone experiences stress and its effects. Short-term effects of stress include headaches, shallow breathing, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and upset stomach....

  • Retired? It's Time to Join the Club

    Retired? It's Time to Join the Club Congratulations! You're retired, the kids are grown and at last you can do what you want. So what are you going to do with all that spare time? "We encourage peopl...

  • Save Your Child From Injuries

    Save Your Child From Injuries Every day, injuries send 25,000 children to emergency rooms. Simple precautions could head off most of those trips. "The biggest thing is prevention," says Rick Blum, M....

  • Senior Centers: A Range of Opportunities

    Senior Centers: A Range of Opportunities Did you know that senior centers offer much more than a hot meal and bingo? "Today's senior centers are changing, and many place a strong emphasis on healthy ...

  • Seniors: Keep Key Documents Handy

    Seniors: Keep Key Documents Handy If someone asked your adult children when you last saw a doctor, could any of them answer? What if you were asked for a list of specialists you've seen in the last f...

  • Shake the Salt Habit

    Shake the Salt Habit Too much salt in your diet can lead to high blood pressure and other health problems. But salt, or sodium chloride, is hard to avoid. It’s in just about every processed or packag...

  • Six Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    Six Symptoms You Should Never Ignore Some people rush to the doctor's office every time they feel a little ill. Others try to tough it out and hope the problem will go away. In either case, there are...

  • Skin, Eyes and the Sun

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  • Sleep and Your Child

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