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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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Seniors: It's not too late to start a workout routine
Walking for more than an hour weekly and taking part in strength and balance training can help seniors avoid disability.
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Colorectal cancer screening for seniors: Better late than never
Older adults who've never been screened for colorectal cancer may still benefit from getting the test, a study shows.
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Medicines can make skin sun-sensitive
Certain antibiotics, antihistamines and pain relievers can make skin more vulnerable to damage or allergic reactions when exposed to sunlight.
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Yard and garden safety
Take precautions while you're working in the yard.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
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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Vitamin D not a miracle treatment for asthma, researchers say
Researchers hoped the sunshine vitamin would boost asthma control for people with low levels of vitamin D, but it didn't happen.
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A dusty house may be good for your infant, study suggests
Dust in the house during a baby's first year of life could help protect him or her from allergies and asthma later, according to a study.
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Smoking? Not in this vehicle, please!
It's time for people, especially those with asthma, to insist on riding in vehicles that are smoke-free, a study concluded.
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Avoiding and treating insect stings
Learn how to avoid insect stings and what to do if you get stung.
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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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Walk your way to improved knee health
A new study shows you may be able to walk away from arthritis-related knee problems—literally.
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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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Understanding rheumatoid arthritis
When the immune system attacks the joints.
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Questions to ask about arthritis surgery
Find out what you should know before surgery.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Infographic: Sun safety
Sun exposure is the most preventable skin cancer risk factor.
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Colorectal cancer screening for seniors: Better late than never
Older adults who've never been screened for colorectal cancer may still benefit from getting the test, a study shows.
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Patience might be the best prostate cancer treatment
Early-stage prostate cancer? Active surveillance might be better than surgery or radiation.
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Breast cancer: Researchers want longer tamoxifen treatment times
Extended treatment may help women beat a specific type of breast cancer.
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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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Go fish! New moms and kids should eat 2 to 3 servings weekly
Mercury warnings have scared pregnant women into eating little or no fish, but that means moms and babies are missing out on important nutrients.
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Delaying vaccination may boost childhood seizure risk
Tots may hate shots. But they’ll thank you later. Get vaccinations on schedule to decrease your little one’s risk of seizure.
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How to get kids to try fruits and vegetables
Practical tips for parents.
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Biking with baby
Biking with a baby on board requires special skills and precautions.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes: Taking care of your skin
Up to a third of people with diabetes are eventually affected by skin conditions ranging from itchiness to serious infections.
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Do you have diabetes and not know it?
More than a quarter of U.S. adults who have diabetes don't realize they have it. Learn the risk factors to find out if you're one of them.
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Exercise is vital in the fight against gestational diabetes
Having diabetes during pregnancy increases a woman's odds for developing type 2 diabetes later on. But regular exercise could help.
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Sleeping soundly (and safely) with diabetes: Technology points the way
Nighttime blood sugar control can be elusive for some, but new technology could provide an answer.
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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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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Xanax abuse sends thousands to emergency rooms each year
More than 100,000 people a year end up in the hospital from misusing alprazolam. Don't be one of them—use and dispose of alprazolam and other prescription drugs properly.
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Marijuana isn't a harmless high, study shows
Marijuana can be especially harmful to young people's developing brains.
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Think tanning beds are totally safe? The FDA disagrees
FDA calls sunlamps, tanning beds and booths "moderate risk" devices and puts them under its control.
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Take heart: Even temporary weight loss has health benefits
Drop some pounds and you’ll lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes—even if you regain weight later in life, a study found.
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How just one night of heavy drinking could hurt you
A night of heavy drinking could give you more than a hangover. Too much alcohol can also flood your blood with bad bacteria.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Diagnosing heart disease
A look at some of the tests doctors can use to detect and diagnose heart trouble.
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Take heart: Even temporary weight loss has health benefits
Drop some pounds and you’ll lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes—even if you regain weight later in life, a study found.
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Can't get pregnant? Check your cholesterol levels
High cholesterol could put parenthood out of reach for some couples, a study suggests.
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Living with a cardiac pacemaker
Pacemakers are reliable and safe. But there are a few things you need to know to keep your pacemaker working well.
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Understanding cardiac arrest
Know the risks and how to respond.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Men: Make time to discuss prostate cancer screening with your doctor
Screening for prostate cancer has pros and cons. Men need to talk with their doctor about what's best for them.
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Patience might be the best prostate cancer treatment
Early-stage prostate cancer? Active surveillance might be better than surgery or radiation.
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How just one night of heavy drinking could hurt you
A night of heavy drinking could give you more than a hangover. Too much alcohol can also flood your blood with bad bacteria.
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Drink up! Making sure you get enough water
Water and other fluids are especially important during exercise or warm weather.
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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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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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Researchers focus on red meat in breast cancer study
Switching out that hamburger for a chicken sandwich might lower your risk for breast cancer, a study suggests.
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Go with your gut! Exercise builds up healthy intestinal bacteria
The combination of extreme exercise and an extreme diet leads to a healthy diversity of gut microbes.
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Exercise, hot weather can be a dangerous mix
Have fun outdoors, but stay cool.
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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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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
7 surprising ways you may be sabotaging your diet
Some of the things you do to try to lose weight may actually keep you from shedding extra pounds.
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Small iron pill makes a big difference for women with heavy periods
Periods are never a picnic, but having a very heavy flow can make things even tougher. Can a simple supplement help you feel better?
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Can't get pregnant? Check your cholesterol levels
High cholesterol could put parenthood out of reach for some couples, a study suggests.
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Women and bladder control
Bladder control problems are common in women, but they're also usually treatable.
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Infographic: Sun safety
Sun exposure is the most preventable skin cancer risk factor.
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