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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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U.S. life expectancy reaches record high, report says
Lifespans stretch to record lengths in the United States, but top causes of death remain the same, report shows.
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Know the signs of Alzheimer's disease
Some small memory lapses are a normal part of the aging process. But when someone forgets the names of family members or what the car keys are for, it may be a sign of an underlying problem.
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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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Stress-busting tips for Alzheimer's caregivers
Keep yourself healthy so you can care for your loved one.
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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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Expected bump in enterovirus cases not a cause for alarm, CDC says
A new CDC test for enterovirus D68 aims to improve tracking of the respiratory illness that's affecting kids across the U.S.
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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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Understanding food allergies
It only takes one bite to cause a health emergency.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Baby boomers: When the diagnosis is arthritis
It may seem like you're too young for arthritis, but increasingly, this disease is something baby boomers have to cope with.
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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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Knee pain: Arthritis
Know what to try when moving hurts.
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Parenting with arthritis
Arthritis doesn't have to keep you from being an active, involved parent.
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What is rheumatology?
The branch of medicine that addresses diseases of the joints, muscles, bones and connective tissues.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Lung cancer: Causes and symptoms
To reduce your chances of developing lung cancer, avoid every risk factor you can.
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Tobacco use might increase risk of oral HPV
Tobacco might mess up your mouth. Beyond yellowing teeth, it might also increase the risk of oral HPV, which can cause mouth warts and even cancer.
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Changes in skirt size linked to breast cancer risk
Favorite skirt getting too tight? It might be more serious than just needing a new size. It could mean having a higher risk for breast cancer.
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Infographic: Benefits of quitting smoking
Learn how your health will improve after you give up smoking.
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Infographic: What's in cigarette smoke?
Arsenic, formaldehyde and lead are a few of the substances found in cigarette smoke.
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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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Sofas aren't a safe place for babies to sleep
That sofa is comfy for you, but it could be dangerous for your infant. Cuddling up on the couch can increase the risk of SIDS, according to researchers.
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Distracted walking: 4 in 10 teen pedestrians come too close to cars
Teens have the highest pedestrian death rate among all youth, and a new study may have clues as to why.
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Are drugs, tobacco and alcohol losing their cool among kids?
Teenagers have slowed their use of cigarettes, illicit drugs and alcohol between 2002 and 2013, but teen substance abuse hasn't disappeared.
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These 12 medications send thousands of kids to hospitals yearly
Each year, more than 9,000 children outwit child-resistant medication packaging and end up in the ER. Find out which drugs cause the most trouble.
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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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Many adults miss needed diabetes screening
Older than 45? Then it's time to get screened for diabetes.
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Fewer people getting diabetes, study suggests
Overall, rates of diabetes diagnoses are slowing. But what, if anything, does that mean for you? Learn what may still put you at risk.
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Traveling with diabetes
What you need to know before you go.
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Type 2 diabetes: An introduction
Healthy habits can help you prevent this disease and its complications.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
U.S. life expectancy reaches record high, report says
Lifespans stretch to record lengths in the United States, but top causes of death remain the same, report shows.
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Happy feet: Group nature walks may lower stress
A walk in the woods with some sole-mates can boost everyone's spirits.
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Coming up short: Less than half of Americans get flu vaccine
Though it’s advised for almost everyone, less than half of all the people in the United States got a flu vaccine last year.
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Changes in skirt size linked to breast cancer risk
Favorite skirt getting too tight? It might be more serious than just needing a new size. It could mean having a higher risk for breast cancer.
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Waistlines keep expanding, even as obesity rates hold steady
The number of obese Americans may not be increasing, but waist sizes are inching up and creating higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
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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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Social support may improve recovery for younger heart attack patients
Lend a heart attack survivor a hand. Your support can help younger heart attack patients recover.
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Heart attack: Calling 911 can improve time to treatment
How you get to the hospital during a heart attack can determine how well you survive it, a study confirms.
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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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Infographic: Sodium sources
Foods don't have to taste salty to be high in sodium.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
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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Many adults miss needed diabetes screening
Older than 45? Then it's time to get screened for diabetes.
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Coming up short: Less than half of Americans get flu vaccine
Though it’s advised for almost everyone, less than half of all the people in the United States got a flu vaccine last year.
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Screening out men's major health threats
Routine screening tests can help detect health problems in their early stages.
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Food safety for the holidays
Make proper food handling a holiday tradition.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Infographic: Turkey safety
Get an idea of how long it will take to safely thaw and cook a turkey.
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Trying to eat better? Close access to a grocery store may help
Trapped in a food desert? That could derail your efforts to eat healthier, suggests one study.
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Stand more, and your body may thank you
Couch potatoes, especially older ones, may be shortening the lifespan of their cells.
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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.
Women: Protect yourself from heart disease
Make a plan to help reduce your risk.
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5 lifestyle choices that help lower women's stroke risk
Ladies: Could you be headed for a stroke? A new study reveals how lifestyle choices may help you avoid one.
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Changes in skirt size linked to breast cancer risk
Favorite skirt getting too tight? It might be more serious than just needing a new size. It could mean having a higher risk for breast cancer.
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Gynecological exams: Important for every woman
Sometimes called "well-woman exams," these annual visits help keep you in good health.
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Infographic: What's in cigarette smoke?
Arsenic, formaldehyde and lead are a few of the substances found in cigarette smoke.
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