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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
How alcohol affects seniors
Drinking alcohol in any amount can pose special risks for older adults.
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Fall injuries more likely in seniors taking blood pressure drugs
Seniors who take blood pressure medicines should talk to their doctors about how to reduce their risk for falls.
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Is dry, itchy skin a natural part of aging?
How to smooth and soothe dry skin.
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Should you be tested for hepatitis C?
These risk factors deserve attention.
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Foot fungus blues
A change in nail color could signal a fungal infection.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Coping with airborne allergens
Reduce your exposure to pollen, mold, dust and pet dander.
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Spring allergies: How bad will this year be?
Allergies are affecting more people today than in years past, but that doesn't necessarily mean each year's allergy season is worse than the last.
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When your eyes are allergic
Allergens can bug your eyes too.
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Understanding allergic asthma
Learn more about the most common form of asthma.
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Asthma triggers
Find out what can cause an asthma attack.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Arthritis and your feet
Learn what might be done when arthritis affects your feet.
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General anesthesia linked to more falls after knee replacement
Regional anesthesia offers better pain control, quicker rehabilitation and may even decrease falls after knee surgery, a study found.
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Arthritis: How much exercise is too much?
Know when to say when.
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Talking with your doctor about arthritis pain
Describing arthritis pain to your doctor is an important part of your care.
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What is reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome)?
Reactive arthritis is a rare but treatable form of this debilitating disease.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Immunotherapy: Helping your body fight cancer
How the body's immune system can help stop cancer.
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Colon cancer rates drop 30 percent as colonoscopy use triples
"These continuing drops in incidence and mortality show the lifesaving potential of colon cancer screening," said Richard C. Wender, MD, of the American Cancer Society.
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Spike in oral cancers in young adults may be linked to HPV
The number of young adults with cancers of the tongue, tonsils, throat and soft palate rose by 60 percent between 1973 and 2009, a study found.
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Cancer pain: Listen to your body, talk to your doctor
Living with cancer doesn't have to mean living with pain.
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Chemotherapy: Coping with hair loss
Know what to do when the treatment that saves your life steals your hair.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Child abuse: How to recognize it and what to do
You can help protect a mistreated child.
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E-cigarettes spur kids to smoke more, not less
E-cigarettes and regular cigarettes often go hand in hand for teens.
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Chronic bullying causes long-lasting problems
Researchers found that the effects of bullying compound over time: Children who experience chronic harassment by their peers have substantially worse health problems than other children.
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Depression, cholesterol and HIV tests should be routine for kids
Concerns about rates of childhood obesity and adolescent suicide are among the reasons for adding new tests to wellness checkups.
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So long, soda: kids getting caffeine kicks from coffee, energy drinks
Young people are getting less of their caffeine intake from soda. But that's not necessarily a good thing.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes and your feet
What you don't feel can hurt you.
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Diabetes in pregnancy may signal heart disease in future
"Pregnancy has been under-recognized as an important time period that can signal a woman's greater risk for future heart disease," said Erica P. Gunderson, PhD, MS, MPH, lead author of the study.
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Insulin basics
Managing levels of this hormone is a key to controlling diabetes.
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Tired, achy legs might signal peripheral arterial disease
This common disorder can be serious, but it's often overlooked.
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Check your risk for peripheral arterial disease
Do you have unexplained leg pain or numbness? It may be a sign of peripheral arterial disease.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Colon cancer rates drop 30 percent as colonoscopy use triples
"These continuing drops in incidence and mortality show the lifesaving potential of colon cancer screening," said Richard C. Wender, MD, of the American Cancer Society.
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Struggling to eat less salt? Learn to use herbs, spices
People who learned how to flavor foods with spices and herbs instead of salt cut way back on their sodium intake, a study found.
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Angry outbursts sharply raise risk for heart attack, stroke
The risk for a heart attack or stroke was 17 times higher in the hour following intense anger, the study found.
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E-cigarettes spur kids to smoke more, not less
E-cigarettes and regular cigarettes often go hand in hand for teens.
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Obesity rates remain high among children and adults
There's been essentially no change in rates of obesity from 2003–2004 through 2011–2012, according to a CDC study.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
How emotions can affect your heart
Look into your heart—your emotions may be stirring up trouble.
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Angry outbursts sharply raise risk for heart attack, stroke
The risk for a heart attack or stroke was 17 times higher in the hour following intense anger, the study found.
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Depression hinders recovery after heart attack
The American Heart Association urges that depression be considered a risk factor for poor outcomes after a heart attack and that people with depression be referred for mental health treatment.
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Stroke risks rise and fall with weather, study suggests
Cold weather and high humidity appear linked to higher rates of stroke hospitalizations and deaths, according to a study presented at the International Stroke Conference 2014.
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Transient ischemic attack: A stroke warning you should heed
Taking action when a warning stroke happens can help prevent a later stroke.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Stress on the job
Too much stress at work can take a physical and mental toll.
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Angry outbursts sharply raise risk for heart attack, stroke
The risk for a heart attack or stroke was 17 times higher in the hour following intense anger, the study found.
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Doing damage: Alcohol and your liver
Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of serious, long-term liver disease in the United States.
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Do you have a drinking problem?
Take a short quiz to find out whether you may have a problem with alcohol.
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Infographic: Treating sports injuries
Mild strains and sprains can benefit from initial treatment at home using the R.I.C.E. method.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Returning to exercise after an injury
Rushing back to activity before you have time to heal can put you at risk for re-injury and possibly an even longer downtime.
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Struggling to eat less salt? Learn to use herbs, spices
People who learned how to flavor foods with spices and herbs instead of salt cut way back on their sodium intake, a study found.
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High-intensity training can be fast road to fitness or injury, experts warn
High-intensity interval training promises fast fitness results, but it isn't safe for everyone.
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Nutrition Facts Label set for healthy, helpful makeover
Among the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Label is making serving sizes reflect how much of the product people actually eat, even if that's the whole package.
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Good sports need good shoes
Careful selection of athletic shoes may prevent injuries.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Alcohol's gender gap
Drinking may be especially dangerous for women.
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Vaginal prolapse surgeries equally effective
About 300,000 women undergo surgery for vaginal prolapse each year.
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Women's sex habits in midlife hold steady with age
"Women may not need to achieve orgasm to feel sexually satisfied after a sexual encounter as long as the intimacy is there," said lead author Holly N. Thomas, MD.
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Shoe shopping: It’s all about fit
To reduce your risk for foot problems, it's important to choose shoes that fit well.
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Escaping from domestic violence
No one deserves to be abused.
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