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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Living with osteoporosis
If you have osteoporosis, you can take steps to protect your bones, reduce your risk for fractures and help ensure that you live an active life.
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Control blood pressure, cut risk for second stroke by half
"It’s not enough to control blood pressure some of the time," said Amytis Towfighi, MD, lead author of the study.
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What makes caregivers happy? Doing things that make them happy
Stroke caregivers are happier when they carve out time for activities they enjoy, and their positive mood is good for the family member they are caring for, a study found.
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Older, wiser, sleepier?
Tips for getting the rest you need.
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Depression and seniors
The blues aren't a normal part of growing older.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Hay fever: A sneeze on the breeze
Spring is here. Has your nose sprung a leak?
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Children's eczema: An itch that persists into adulthood?
Children diagnosed with atopic dermatitis will probably need periodic treatment throughout their lives, a study finds.
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Stress, sneeze, repeat: Study links stress to allergy flare-ups
Stress doesn't cause allergies. But people with allergies seem to have more symptoms during times of emotional stress, a study found.
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Take an active role in your asthma control
Don't let asthma slow you down.
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Using a peak-flow meter
Find out how well your lungs are working.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
A guide to arthritis medications
A variety of different medications can help ease arthritis symptoms.
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The emotional side of arthritis
Take steps to cope with the emotional effects of arthritis.
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Taking care of arthritic joints
Self-help tips for people with osteoarthritis.
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Arthritis: Simplify your life
Choosing to simplify your life by setting priorities and changing your lifestyle can help you better manage arthritis.
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What is total joint replacement?
Learn when it's used and how it's done.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Talking to a friend or relative who has cancer
Knowing when to talk, what to say and how to listen.
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Urine test can predict the return of bladder cancer
A urine test was able to detect the recurrence of bladder cancer with about 80 percent accuracy, a much higher rate than current, more invasive tests.
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Skin cancer 101
Find out how to prevent and detect skin cancer, and how doctors treat it.
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Skin shouldn't soak up too much sun
Tips for avoiding melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
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Infographic: Skin cancer signs
Checking your skin can help you spot skin cancer early. Your doctor can tell you how often to do a check.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Protect kids from sunburn
Sunburns during childhood are linked to skin cancer in adulthood.
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Candylike laundry packets keep poison help lines ringing
Inside the brightly colored detergent packets are toxic chemicals that have hurt thousands of young children.
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Mean or nice? Toddlers form opinions based on your face
Children as young as 3 years old form opinions about people's character traits based solely on appearance—just like adults do, a study found.
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Say goodnight: Getting your child to sleep
How to make bedtime easier.
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Infographic: Sleep needs
How many hours do you need each night?
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes: Keep an eye out for high blood pressure
As many as two out of three adults with diabetes also have high blood pressure.
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Tips for buying diabetes supplies
The right supplies can make controlling your blood sugar easier.
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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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Monitoring diabetes at home
Do you know your blood sugar level?
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Diabetes: Protect your mental health
Maintaining good emotional health is an important part of keeping diabetes in check.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
1 in 6 Americans poisoned by food last year, CDC estimates
Progress against E. coli infections has stalled since 2011, and illness from eating raw oysters is on the rise.
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Poison centers report dramatic rise in e-cigarette calls
E-cigarettes can cause poisoning if the liquid in them is ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin or eyes.
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Nerve-racking finding: Antianxiety drugs raise risk for death
Medications that reduce anxiety and aid sleep are linked to an increased risk for death, a study finds. But its authors are quick to note that there's no proof the drugs caused the deaths.
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Ick! Old tick learns new trick to make people sick
A tick already known to transmit several diseases to humans may be responsible for spreading a new virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Stroke: 1 minute faster treatment adds more than 1 healthy day
Every 15-minute delay in treating stroke robs the person of an entire month free of disability, a study found.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Infographic: Stroke warning signs
Learn the signs and know how to respond.
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Control blood pressure, cut risk for second stroke by half
"It’s not enough to control blood pressure some of the time," said Amytis Towfighi, MD, lead author of the study.
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The types of stroke
All strokes disrupt blood flow to the brain, and all strokes are medical emergencies.
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How high blood pressure affects the body
High blood pressure can damage your heart, brain, eyes and other organs.
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Infographic: Inside a blood pressure reading
Learn what the numbers mean.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
When men battle brittle bones
Osteoporosis can affect men too.
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Experimental therapy helps paralyzed men move again
Four men who had been paralyzed were able to voluntarily flex their toes, ankles and knees after electrical stimulation of their spinal cords.
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Insomnia linked to increased stroke risk
Here's a study finding that might keep you awake at night: People who have insomnia appear to be more likely to experience a stroke or a transient ischemic attack than those who sleep well.
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Sleep apnea: What you need to know
This serious—but treatable—sleep disorder affects an estimated 18 million Americans.
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Do you have a sleep disorder?
Answer a few questions about your sleep habits to determine if you might have a sleep disorder.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
The DASH diet vs. hypertension
Adopting this special eating plan can pay big dividends in your long-term health.
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Salads could help you avoid an early death (if you eat enough)
The average American eats three servings of fruits and vegetables daily, falling far behind a study's recommendation of consuming seven or more.
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The benefits of strength training
Working out with weights speeds up metabolism and helps you burn calories.
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How your diet can affect arthritis
If you have arthritis, it's important to eat right and maintain a healthful weight.
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Infographic: The cost of dining out
Find out how many calories the average restaurant dish contains.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Why women should know about stroke
Six out of every 10 stroke deaths occur in women.
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New technique makes uterine fibroid treatment easier on women
Choosing a different artery as an entryway may make treating uterine fibroids easier and less painful for women.
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Labor in water OK, but underwater birth unsafe for baby
Using a birthing pool may help women in the early stages of labor, but giving birth under water could put some babies' health at risk.
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Blood pressure control important for women
Paying attention to your blood pressure can make a big difference in your health.
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Osteoporosis: Battling brittle bones
Prevention is the key to protecting yourself from this bone-weakening disease.
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