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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
How the heat affects seniors
Older people are among those at greatest risk for heat-related illnesses.
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Antacids with aspirin may cause serious bleeding
FDA issues warning after 8 patients hospitalized.
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Add midlife fitness to your stroke prevention plan
Being physically fit at midlife may help you avoid a stroke later, even if you have other risk factors, a study finds.
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Dementia: Why living without a diagnosis may be dangerous
Knowing for sure helps patients and families address serious safety risks.
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Infographic: Garden safety
Gardening is a great way to boost your wellness, but make sure to plant seeds for safety before you get in the dirt.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Avoiding and treating insect stings
Learn how to avoid insect stings and what to do if you get stung.
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Peanut products a safe choice for most infants
They may help reduce allergy risk and won't hurt breastfeeding or growth.
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Traveling with allergies and asthma
Traveling to different parts of the country may expose you to different—and maybe more—allergens and asthma triggers than you're used to.
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Sinus trouble can be a real headache
Differentiating sinus pain from other types of headaches isn’t always easy.
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Quiz: Hay fever
If you have hay fever, what are you actually allergic to? Test your smarts about seasonal allergies with this quiz.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Gardening with arthritis
Don't let arthritis keep you from enjoying your garden.
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Another red flag for taking opioids
Compared to other therapies for pain relief, using opioids to treat chronic pain increases the risk for early death.
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Taking care of arthritic joints
Self-help tips for people with osteoarthritis.
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Your aching hands: Is it arthritis?
Arthritis in the hands and wrists makes even the simplest tasks a challenge. But there are things you can do to ease the pain.
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Infographic: Osteoarthritis symptoms and facts
About 1/3 of Americans age 65 or older have osteoarthritis. Do you know how to recognize symptoms and risks of this common condition?
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Infographic: Sun safety
Sun exposure is a preventable skin cancer risk factor.
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Study predicts 20 million cancer survivors by 2026
There are about 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. And that number is only growing.
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Close to 1/2 of cancer deaths may be preventable, study finds
Researchers suggest that many cancer cases could be avoided by taking on 4 healthy habits.
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Skin: Understanding actinic keratosis
Some skin lesions may warn of increased cancer risk.
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Grilling with an eye toward good health
Tips for avoiding health hazards when you grill.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Summer safety for kids
5 safety zones parents should keep in mind this summer.
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Good news, bad news in childhood obesity
Survey finds decline in weight problems for some age groups, increases for others.
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Study: Teens are engaging in less risky behavior, overall
Results from the government's 2015 survey of risky behavior in high school students are in, and its findings may surprise you.
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Vaping could be a gateway habit
Using e-cigarettes raises the risk that older teens will move on to cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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Have kids, will travel
Tips for taking your kids on vacation.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes: Taking care of your skin
Up to 1/3 of people with diabetes are eventually affected by skin conditions ranging from itchiness to serious infections.
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New guidelines for type 2 diabetes: Consider weight-loss surgery
In a major shift in medical thinking, new guidelines make room for weight-loss surgery as a standard diabetes treatment.
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Surgery for severe obesity
Two types of surgery can help people who are severely obese lose weight.
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How diabetes damages the body
When not properly controlled, diabetes can cause complications from head to toe.
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Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
Answer a few questions to learn more about your risk factors for the most common form of diabetes.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Are you at risk for a heart attack?
Many risk factors can be changed to help lower your chances of having a heart attack.
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The hidden heart risks of long-term shift work
Working odd hours and skimping on sleep may increase your risk of heart disease.
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After a transient ischemic attack, aspirin may cut stroke risk
A study suggests that aspirin may work best immediately after a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which may warn of a future stroke.
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A guide to cardiac rehabilitation
Growing stronger, adopting a healthy diet, making lifestyle changes and learning about heart disease are important goals of cardiac rehabilitation programs.
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Quiz: Women and heart attacks
Should women worry about heart attacks? Take this quiz to find out.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Safe grilling
The key to safe and tasty grilled food is cooking each item to the right temperature.
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Experts urge screening as syphilis rates hit 20-year high
A national group of health experts is urging that anyone at high risk for infection have a blood test for the dangerous disease.
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Protect your back when you travel
Your back can take a beating when you travel. Here's how to avoid the pain.
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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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Infographic: Screening tests
Screening tests can help you find and head off health problems early.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Produce safety: Avoid foodborne illness
Tips for safely handling produce.
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Whole grains greatly lower risk of disease
Graze on whole grains and lower your risk of heart disease and other illnesses.
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Potential salmonella, staphylococcus risk prompts vitamin recall
Pharmavite is voluntarily recalling several of its Nature Made vitamins over concerns about salmonella, staph bacteria risks.
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The nutrition facts label is getting a makeover
Updates to the nutrition facts label could help Americans make better food choices.
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Exercise, hot weather can be a dangerous mix
Have fun outdoors, but stay cool.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Urinary tract infections: A common problem for women
Learn more about the symptoms and treatment.
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Migraines linked to stroke, heart attack risk
Women who have migraines may also have a higher risk for heart disease.
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Healthy lifestyle can help overcome breast cancer risk factors
Change your breast cancer risk with these 3 lifestyle choices.
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Menopause relief—without hormone therapy
Acupuncture can reduce hot flashes and night sweats by over 30 percent, study shows.
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Sunburn: More than just red skin
Sunburn is a warning sign that your skin has sustained serious damage.
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