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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Take a shot at beating the flu
Vaccination can help you stay healthy during flu season.
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Eye disease limits travel, may increase isolation in older adults
Every additional line that a person with age-related macular degeneration can't see on an eye chart shortens their travels by about 1/4 mile, a study found.
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4 questions to help prevent falls
Nearly 8 million people—most of whom were 65 and older—sought emergency care for falls in 2010. Many of those falls could have been prevented.
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Need health insurance?
Buying it might be easier and cheaper with the new insurance exchanges.
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5 questions to ask when shopping for a health plan
Things to consider as you weigh your options.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Got asthma? Get a flu shot
Doctors recommend the shot every fall for people with asthma.
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Food allergies: A target for school bullies
Nearly half of kids age 10 and older say they have been harassed about their food allergies, even to the point of having a dangerous food being pressed to their skin.
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Understanding food allergies
It only takes one bite to cause a health emergency.
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Don't be idled by asthma: Treat it and play
Exercise-induced asthma can be serious, but it doesn't have to keep you from being active.
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Allergies or a cold? How to tell the difference
Allergies and colds can produce similar symptoms, but answering a few questions may help you tell the two apart.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Arthritis and the flu
Protecting yourself from the flu should be a priority if you have a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
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Living with rheumatoid arthritis
Six things you can do to help control the disease.
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Juvenile arthritis at school
How to help your child succeed.
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Getting ready for joint replacement surgery
Planning ahead can help ensure that you have a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
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A guide to arthroscopy
Many people with joint problems are candidates for arthroscopic surgery.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Are you at risk for breast cancer?
Many things may raise your risk for getting breast cancer. Discover what they are.
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Mammograms do save women's lives, study finds
More than 70 percent of women who died of breast cancer had not undergone mammography within two years before diagnosis. Half who died were under age 50.
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Endometrial cancer: 3 of every 5 cases are preventable
An update to a 2007 report on preventing endometrial cancer found that being overweight is a major risk factor for the disease.
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HPV vaccine may lessen rates of mouth, throat cancers
HPV causes almost all cervical cancers, but it also is linked to oropharyngeal cancers—which occur three times more often in men than in women.
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Cancer quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Bullying: Not just child’s play
Bullying isn't a benign rite of childhood; it's a potentially serious problem that parents should address.
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Kids should get flu shots as soon as possible
"Influenza virus is unpredictable, and what's most important is that people receive the vaccine soon, so they will be protected when the virus begins circulating," said Henry Bernstein, DO, lead author of an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Exercise, diet habits improving in young people
Young people are making healthier choices like exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables—but they may need to do more before obesity rates start to decline.
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Measles cases on rise, mostly due to anti-vaccine beliefs
Measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but shots are still needed to protect against instances of the virus being brought in by world travelers.
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Preventing SIDS
Prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by putting babies to sleep on their backs.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes: Should you count carbohydrates?
Carbohydrate counting is one tool you can use to help control blood sugar if you have diabetes.
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Diabetes in Hispanics and Latinos: An epidemic that calls for healthy action
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month, and a federal health agency is urging that population to celebrate a healthy life by talking to their doctor about diabetes.
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Lower your diabetes risk with more whole fruits, less fruit juice
A study found that some fruits seem to be more effective against developing type 2 diabetes than others. Blueberries, for example, were tops.
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How diabetes affects teeth
Uncontrolled diabetes can harm your teeth and gums.
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Testing for diabetes
Why it's important to learn your blood sugar level.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Exercise, diet habits improving in young people
Young people are making healthier choices like exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables—but they may need to do more before obesity rates start to decline.
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Flu season brings more vaccine options
It's time to protect yourself against the flu—whether you choose the traditional three-strain vaccine or a new one that protects against four flu strains.
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Antibiotic resistance 'one of the most serious health threats we face'
Joint replacements, organ transplants and cancer therapies are in jeopardy as the list of almost-untreatable infections grows.
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Measles cases on rise, mostly due to anti-vaccine beliefs
Measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but shots are still needed to protect against instances of the virus being brought in by world travelers.
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E-cigarette use climbing among kids
Nearly 2 million middle school and high school students acknowledge use of e-cigarettes, according to a nationwide government survey.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Healthy changes to make when you have heart disease
Even if you already have heart disease, it’s not too late to make important lifestyle changes and improve your health.
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Heart attack without chest pain more common in women than men
Chest pain is the most common sign of sudden blockage of blood and oxygen to the heart, but different symptoms can signal an emergency as well.
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Nearly 1 in 4 deaths from heart attack, stroke are avoidable
More than half of preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease occur among people younger than 65, according to a CDC report.
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Make a heart attack action plan
It could be a lifesaving move.
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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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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Depression may look different in men
Men are less likely than women to get treated for this chronic and dangerous disease.
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Circumcision rates dropping for American boys
Circumcision rates are lowest in the western U.S. (about 40 percent) and highest in the Midwest (nearly 70 percent).
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5 questions to ask when shopping for a health plan
Things to consider as you weigh your options.
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How to help when your partner has breast cancer
Communication is the key to any healthy relationship, and that’s doubly true after a cancer diagnosis.
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Breast cancer in men
Breast cancer isn't common among men, but it can happen.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
A guide to vegetarian diets
A carefully crafted vegetarian eating plan offers health benefits.
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Exercise, diet habits improving in young people
Young people are making healthier choices like exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables—but they may need to do more before obesity rates start to decline.
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Exercising when you're overweight
Getting fit is good for you, no matter your weight or size.
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Recipe revival: How to make your favorite meals healthier
Simple steps for improving the nutritional value of your favorite recipes.
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How many calories do you need each day?
Learn how many calories you need each day to maintain your weight.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Are you at risk for breast cancer?
Many things may raise your risk for getting breast cancer. Discover what they are.
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Heart attack without chest pain more common in women than men
Chest pain is the most common sign of sudden blockage of blood and oxygen to the heart, but different symptoms can signal an emergency as well.
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Mammograms do save women's lives, study finds
More than 70 percent of women who died of breast cancer had not undergone mammography within two years before diagnosis. Half who died were under age 50.
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Women: Beating the blues
Though women are more likely to have depression than men, many do not seek help
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Need health insurance?
Buying it might be easier and cheaper with the new insurance exchanges.
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