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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Seniors: Any age is a good age to quit smoking
Why quitting makes sense for seniors.
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Adults urged to make sure their vaccines are up-to-date
The American College of Physicians is urging adults to roll up their sleeves and get their annual flu shot—and, at the same time, make sure all of their other immunizations are up-to-date too.
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Causes and risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers are still trying to find out what causes Alzheimer's disease, but they have some leads.
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Finding the right nursing home for your loved one
Doing some homework ahead of time can help you make the right choice.
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Arthritis and the weather
Does cold weather make arthritis worse?
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Don’t let allergies, asthma ruin your winter holidays
Indoor allergies are a problem for millions of Americans every winter.
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What is allergic contact dermatitis?
When you're allergic to things you touch.
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How the lungs work
A person at rest breathes about 12 to 15 times per minute.
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Cigarettes: No. 1 enemy of lungs
Smoking is the direct cause of several diseases.
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Lungs quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
When pain won't go away
Learn to control pain so it doesn’t control you.
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Eating cherries may lower risk for gout attacks
In a study, people who ate cherries lowered their risk of a gout flare-up by more than one-third.
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Exercising when you have arthritis
Staying active can reduce arthritis pain and strengthen joints and muscles.
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Get in the swim of things with water exercises for arthritis
Water is a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.
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What is psoriatic arthritis?
Learn the basics about the disease and its treatments.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
There's no safe way to smoke
Light cigarettes, social smoking will also harm your health.
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Pap tests still important, but not needed as often as previously thought
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is joining other medical groups in recommending that women get Pap tests once every three to five years depending on their age and risk factors. That's less often than previously recommended.
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Daily multivitamin may lower men's cancer risk
Researchers said that the benefits of the multivitamins were modest and their use should only be considered in conjunction with other steps known to reduce cancer risk, such as stopping smoking and getting regular exercise.
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Lung cancer: Causes and symptoms
To reduce your chances of developing lung cancer, avoid every risk factor you can.
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Lung cancer quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Talk to your kids about smoking
You can help your children stay smoke-free.
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Extra sleep helps kids behave in class, study says
Increasing kids’ sleep time by just 30 minutes a night leads to better behavior in school, a study shows.
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Magnets still a threat to kids despite warning labels
Warning labels on high-powered magnet sets have been ineffective at stopping children from swallowing the magnets and suffering serious injury, a study presented at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition found.
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Tips for safe toys
You can help ensure your child's safety by choosing safe toys, taking care of toys and providing proper supervision.
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Too sick for school?
When to keep your kids home.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes management: Plan ahead for healthy holidays
Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to miss out on holiday treats.
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Scam phone calls target people with diabetes
In the scam phone calls, people are offered diabetes supplies in exchange for their Medicare or financial information.
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Spotting health fraud
Fraud not only hurts your pocketbook, it could put your health in jeopardy as well.
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Diabetes and air travel
Review the guidelines before taking diabetes supplies on an airplane.
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A guide to insulin pumps
If you have diabetes, using an insulin pump may be a convenient way to manage your blood sugar.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Take dramatic new research findings with a grain of salt, study says
The results of studies that find a very large effect from a new product or treatment rarely hold up in future research, a study found.
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Guard against foodborne illness: Check labels on juice and cider
According to the FDA, taking two simple steps can help protect consumers from foodborne illness spread through untreated juices.
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Adults urged to make sure their vaccines are up-to-date
The American College of Physicians is urging adults to roll up their sleeves and get their annual flu shot—and, at the same time, make sure all of their other immunizations are up-to-date too.
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Postmenopausal hormone therapy not recommended for disease prevention, task force confirms
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has confirmed its advice that postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to try to prevent osteoporosis, heart disease or other chronic health conditions.
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Consumers warned about risks of buying medication online
Less than 3 percent of online pharmacies meet state and federal laws, according to a report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Heart-healthy holiday eating
With a little planning, you can make the holiday season a delicious and healthy time.
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Americans' cholesterol levels getting better, study finds
Average levels of total cholesterol and bad cholesterol dropped between 1988 and 2010, while levels of good cholesterol rose, according to the study.
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Antioxidant in tomatoes may help lower stroke risk, study suggests
A study conducted in men found that those with the highest amounts of the antioxidant lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than men with the lowest amounts.
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A dangerous duo: Diabetes and heart disease
Learn how to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke when you have diabetes.
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Cigarette smoking and heart attack
There are several ways cigarette smoking can damage your heart.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Do you need a multivitamin?
A multivitamin can help fill nutritional gaps, but it's no substitute for a well-balanced diet.
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Daily multivitamin may lower men's cancer risk
Researchers said that the benefits of the multivitamins were modest and their use should only be considered in conjunction with other steps known to reduce cancer risk, such as stopping smoking and getting regular exercise.
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Flavonoids in plants may help prevent prostate cancer
Flavonoids are found in plant-based foods, such as oranges, grapefruits, tea, grapes, strawberries, onions and cooked greens.
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Look out for prediabetes
Simple screening can uncover this reversible precursor to diabetes.
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How quitting smoking helps your health
As soon as you stop smoking, your body starts healing.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Six reasons why we gain weight
Successfully losing weight may begin with knowing why you gain weight.
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Guard against foodborne illness: Check labels on juice and cider
According to the FDA, taking two simple steps can help protect consumers from foodborne illness spread through untreated juices.
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Antioxidant in tomatoes may help lower stroke risk, study suggests
A study conducted in men found that those with the highest amounts of the antioxidant lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than men with the lowest amounts.
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Eating right when you have diabetes
Getting started on a healthy eating plan is especially important after you've been diagnosed with diabetes.
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Exercising when you have diabetes
Exercise can be good for people with diabetes, but it’s important to put safety first.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
How metabolism affects your weight
Burning more calories—even at rest—is possible. Your metabolism holds the key.
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Pap tests still important, but not needed as often as previously thought
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is joining other medical groups in recommending that women get Pap tests once every three to five years depending on their age and risk factors. That's less often than previously recommended.
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Negative news stories stress women out more than men, study says
In a study, women who read negative news had higher stress levels during a subsequent difficult task than women who read neutral news stories. Men weren't affected by negative news in the same way.
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Study compares incontinence treatments for women
Oral medications and injections of Botox can each offer women relief from urge incontinence, according to a National Institutes of Health clinical trials network study.
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Maintaining a healthy weight after you quit smoking
If you watch what you eat and stay active, you can keep your weight in check after you quit smoking.
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