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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Seniors and surgery
Age alone shouldn’t keep you from having surgery.
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Friends help seniors handle a loss
Families can help older people handle a loss, but friends may provide a different, and more effective, type of support.
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Too many adults asleep at the wheel, CDC says
A CDC survey suggested drowsy driving is somewhat common. Learn how to spot the signs when you're behind the wheel.
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Safe driving for seniors
Tips for staying safe behind the wheel as you get older.
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Seniors: Be smart about medicines
There are many good reasons to "take as directed" by your doctor.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Helping your child cope with asthma
Learn how parents can help children deal with the emotional side of the disease.
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Common asthma treatments may affect kids' growth
Long-term relief, shorter stature? New study shows some asthma meds might steal inches away from a child's potential height.
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Where there's wildfire, there's health risk
CDC warns that wildfire smoke can do more than just get in your eyes. It could have a far-reaching health impact.
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Control pollution from home heating and cooling systems
How to keep your indoor air clean.
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When asthma acts up
During an asthma flare-up, changes inside your lungs bring on breathing troubles.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Arthritis: Getting a good night's rest
Quality sleep is especially important if you have arthritis.
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Make a plan for managing arthritis pain
A pain management plan may make living with arthritis easier.
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Juvenile arthritis: Signs and symptoms
Juvenile arthritis often affects the knees, hands and feet.
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Treating rheumatoid arthritis
Improved treatments mean people with this autoimmune disease have a better outlook than in the past.
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Understanding gout
This painful joint disease typically starts with swelling in the big toe.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Watch for warning signs of cancer
Knowing what to look for may be an important first step in defeating the disease.
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Fitness helps women survive breast cancer, but many skip workouts
Women often cut back on workout routines after they're diagnosed with breast cancer, according to a new study.
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Signs and risks of head and neck cancers slide right by most Americans
Successful head and neck cancer treatment can hinge on early diagnosis, but most Americans don't recognize signs of the disease.
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Understanding carcinoid tumors
These tumors are often called "cancer in slow motion" because they grow so slowly.
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Check your risk for skin cancer
Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in the United States. While the disease can affect anyone, some people are more vulnerable than others.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Back to school: A parent's checklist
Things to do before school starts.
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Be smart about giving kids liquid medicine: Lose the spoon
There's a safer way to give your kids liquid medication. See if you're up to speed
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Risks for SIDS change as babies grow: Are you prepared?
Researchers uncovered different risks for sudden infant death syndrome depending on infant age. Their work could help you make sleeping safer for your little one.
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The results are in: Vaccines really are safe for kids
After an exhausting review of the evidence, researchers say that vaccines aren't linked to health problems like autism or leukemia.
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Even low levels of lead may be bad for kids
A study suggests there may be no safe lead level for kids—but there are plenty of things you can do to lower your kids' risk.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Disaster planning especially important for people with diabetes
If you have diabetes, planning ahead can help make sure a natural disaster doesn't turn into a medical emergency.
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Diabetes and depression: They often go hand in hand
Dealing with diabetes care can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Here's what to do about it.
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Diabetes at school
Make sure your child's diabetes management continues in class.
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Teens and diabetes
Tips to help teens keep diabetes under control.
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Diabetes quiz
Test your knowledge about diabetes.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Sitting still and still gaining: What's behind the obesity epidemic?
Too much sitting—not too much eating—may stand behind a rising tide of obesity in America, researchers said.
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Just one tick bite could lead to multiple infections
Here's one more reason to take tick-bite prevention seriously: Many bugs are infected with multiple germs.
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Are your drinking habits putting your life at risk?
Alcohol use is responsible for 1 of every 10 working-age adult deaths, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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FDA warning could change your acne-busting plans
Rare but serious side effects have been linked to certain OTC acne products.
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So-called 'stomach flu' may actually be norovirus
Norovirus is highly contagious—but there are plenty of ways to reduce your risk of catching it.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Medicine management tips for people with heart disease
Dos, don’ts, whys and how-tos for taking heart medicine as prescribed.
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Heart patients leery of changes in pill shapes, colors
New pharmacy, new pill appearance. Subtle shifts like this could have a big effect on people who need medications for heart disease.
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Blood pressure kiosks: Should you rely on them?
Step away from the blood pressure kiosk. FDA says testing at retail stands isn't always accurate.
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Medicines important after a heart attack
Medicines can help you heal after a heart attack.
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Taking blood thinners safely
If you've been prescribed blood thinners, there are things you need to know in order to stay safe while taking them.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Eight steps men can take to improve their health
Take action now to help ensure a healthy future.
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Are your drinking habits putting your life at risk?
Alcohol use is responsible for 1 of every 10 working-age adult deaths, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Cutting out alcohol
Try these tips to help you stay sober.
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Sunscreen basics
Learn how sunscreen can help save your skin.
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Exercise, hot weather can be a dangerous mix
Have fun outdoors, but stay cool.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Grilling with an eye toward good health
Tips for avoiding health hazards when you grill.
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Your restaurant meal is probably still too salty
Less sodium in restaurant meals? Take that promise with a grain of salt, report suggests.
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Sitting still and still gaining: What's behind the obesity epidemic?
Too much sitting—not too much eating—may stand behind a rising tide of obesity in America, researchers said.
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Summer produce: What’s in season?
A look at some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season this summer.
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How to get the most nutrients from your produce
The way you store and prepare fruits and vegetables can influence how many vitamins and minerals you get from them.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Working mothers and stress
Tips to help you unwind.
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Dreading your pelvic exam? New guideline may hold good news
Annual wellness checkups offer women many benefits, but according to the American College of Physicians, some women don't need pelvic exams during those appointments.
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Fitness helps women survive breast cancer, but many skip workouts
Women often cut back on workout routines after they're diagnosed with breast cancer, according to a new study.
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Women: Coping with persistent adult acne
Acne is supposed to be a high school concern. But for many women, it's a problem they continue to face as adults.
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Medicines can make skin sun-sensitive
Certain medicines can make skin more vulnerable to damage or allergic reactions when exposed to sunlight.
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