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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Cold-weather safety for seniors
Cold weather can present special challenges for older adults.
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It's not too late to get a flu vaccine
Flu season typically doesn't peak until between December and February—which means there's still time to guard against the virus.
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Infographic: 5 steps to clean hands
Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
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Taking blood thinners safely
If you've been prescribed blood thinners, there are things you need to know in order to stay safe while taking them.
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Is there a cure for the wintertime blues?
Seasonal affective disorder can make winter a season of sadness.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Allergic to indoors
What to do when your allergies happen at home.
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Cracking car windows doesn't reduce secondhand smoke risk
Smoking in a car exposes your fellow passengers to chemicals linked to cancer, heart disease and lung disease, according to a study.
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Coping with dust mite allergies
It's impossible to completely get rid of dust mites, but you can take steps to help limit your contact with them.
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Understanding contact dermatitis
Inflammation of the skin that results in an itchy or painful rash, red bumps, and sometimes even blisters.
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Medications to treat asthma
The proper medications can help you breathe easier if you have asthma.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Arthritis and the weather
Does cold weather make arthritis worse?
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Exercising when you have arthritis
Staying active can reduce arthritis pain and strengthen joints and muscles.
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Types of surgery to treat arthritis
Arthritis surgery can ease joint pain and stiffness.
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A guide to arthroscopy
Many people with joint problems are candidates for arthroscopic surgery.
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Arthritis 101
Questions and answers about arthritis.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Heading off cancer
What you can do.
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Cracking car windows doesn't reduce secondhand smoke risk
Smoking in a car exposes your fellow passengers to chemicals linked to cancer, heart disease and lung disease, according to a study.
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Chemotherapy: How to protect yourself from infection
If you're receiving chemotherapy, it's vital that you learn how to avoid infections and what to do if one occurs.
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Caring for yourself after cervical cancer
After treatment ends, healing begins.
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Cervical cancer quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Avoiding illness at school
Tips to help your child avoid illnesses, from food poisoning to the flu.
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Parents: Prevent the spread of this serious virus this winter
RSV can pose serious health complications for babies and children. That's why preventing infection is so important, says CDC.
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Got a kid with a cold? Be careful with medicine
Over-the-counter medicines can't cure a cold—and some can send young kids to the hospital.
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Helping kids avoid the flu
What parents can do.
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Winter workouts for kids
The days are short and the weather's cold, but kids still need exercise.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes and the flu: A dangerous combination
People who have diabetes are at increased risk for complications if they get the flu.
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Diabetes: Caring for yourself during routine illness
Illnesses such as colds and the flu can affect your blood sugar levels.
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Diabetes: Taking charge of eye disease
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in American adults.
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Treating diabetic foot wounds
Check your feet daily for signs of trouble and get treatment for any problems right away.
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Diabetes and air travel
Review the guidelines before taking diabetes supplies on an airplane.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Keep blood pressure in mind before using decongestants
Have high blood pressure? Make sure you know the risks of over-the-counter medications, especially during cold and flu season.
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Calling it quits: Adult smoking rate hits all-time low in U.S.
Fewer American adults are smoking than ever before, and those that do smoke are cutting back.
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Reduce stress by checking email less
How long can you resist reading and replying to the latest work email? Doing so might help you lower stress levels.
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9 out of 10 heavy drinkers don’t have alcoholism, says CDC
Most heavy drinkers aren't dependent, says CDC. However, too much alcohol can still harm your health.
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Signs point to fierce flu season, experts say
This year's flu vaccine isn't as potent as experts hoped it'd be, but it's still a must.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Winterize your heart
Some people's hearts need extra care when the temperature drops.
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Taking pain meds with blood thinners ups risk of bleeding among those with atrial fibrillation
If you have atrial fibrillation and take both a blood thinner and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, your health may be in jeopardy.
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Why you should care about your cholesterol
Three reasons to know your levels.
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Make a heart attack action plan
It could be a lifesaving move.
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Preventing the flu when you have heart disease
If you have heart disease, the flu can cause serious complications.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Overcoming barriers to exercise
Discover how to overcome the hurdles that keep you from exercising regularly.
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Reduce stress by checking email less
How long can you resist reading and replying to the latest work email? Doing so might help you lower stress levels.
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9 out of 10 heavy drinkers don’t have alcoholism, says CDC
Most heavy drinkers aren't dependent, says CDC. However, too much alcohol can still harm your health.
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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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Infographic: Screening tests
Screening tests can help you find and head off health problems early.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Infographic: Healthy shopping on a budget
How to fill up your cart without emptying your wallet.
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Smartphone users may need more than MyFitnessPal to lose weight
Without motivation, smartphone applications may not be the answer for people who want to lose weight, according to new research.
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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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How to stop mindless eating
Almost all of us unknowingly overeat—and usually not out of hunger or even because what we’re eating tastes particularly good.
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How many calories can you burn with exercise?
Calculate how many calories you're burning with your exercise program.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Getting ready for an intimate exam
Preparing your mind for tests on private body parts.
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Reduce stress by checking email less
How long can you resist reading and replying to the latest work email? Doing so might help you lower stress levels.
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How metabolism affects your weight
Burning more calories—even at rest—is possible. Your metabolism holds the key.
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Cervical cancer 101
What it is and how it's prevented and treated.
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Infographic: Screening tests
Screening tests can help you find and head off health problems early.
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