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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Seniors: Be smart about medicines
There are many good reasons to "take as directed" by your doctor.
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FDA approves unique flu vaccine to help protect seniors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Fluad, a flu vaccine that may offer extra protection to those 65 or older. Here's what to know.
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Cold-weather safety for seniors
Cold weather can present special challenges for older adults.
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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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Coping with coughs
A cough is a protective reflex action that helps clear your airways.
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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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How the lungs work
A person at rest breathes about 12 to 15 times per minute.
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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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What is asthma?
Learn how it affects the lungs.
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Asthma quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Exercising when you have arthritis
Staying active can reduce arthritis pain and strengthen joints and muscles.
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What is psoriatic arthritis?
Learn the basics about the disease and its treatments.
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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 and the weather
Does cold weather make arthritis worse?
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
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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New cooling cap may help prevent hair loss from chemo
Chemotherapy often causes hair loss. But a new device may help breast cancer patients keep their hair.
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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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Infographic: Benefits of quitting smoking
Learn how your health will improve after you give up smoking.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Helping kids avoid the flu
What parents can do.
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Oral and armpit temperature readings aren't the most accurate
You may know mercury thermometers are out and digital are in. But do you know the most accurate way to take a temp?
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Too sick for school?
When to keep your kids home.
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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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Infographic: Tip-over prevention
Tip-over accidents send a child to the hospital every 24 minutes. Is your furniture well-secured?
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
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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Type 2 diabetes means higher heart risks for women
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and men in the U.S., but the risk is worse for women with diabetes, even compared to men.
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Infographic: Diabetes superfoods
A look at some foods that have the nutrients needed for good diabetes management.
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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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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Preventing the flu when you have heart disease
If you have heart disease, the flu can cause serious complications.
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Cholesterol: Only some are getting control
Many Americans have ideal cholesterol numbers, CDC research shows. But some lag behind, and researchers might know why.
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Adults with heart defects have higher stroke risk
Adults with congenital heart defects (CHD) are more likely to have a stroke, a new study finds. Learn how to live well with CHD.
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Diagnosing heart disease
A look at some of the tests doctors can use to detect and diagnose heart trouble.
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Heart health: What is a stress test?
An exercise stress test can show how well your heart performs and detect problems that can be treated.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Men: Tips for a longer and healthier life
Guys can increase their chance of a long, healthy life in plenty of ways, starting with not smoking, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight
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CDC: Gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia cases increase
The numbers of 3 types of sexually transmitted infections are rising, CDC said. Are you at risk? Find out if you are, as well as what screenings you may need.
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Overcoming barriers to exercise
Discover how to overcome the hurdles that keep you from exercising regularly.
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Home, clean home
Routine cleaning and disinfecting helps reduce household germs.
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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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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Infographic: How to picture proper portions
Do you know how much is too much? Find out how to recognize an appropriate serving size.
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12 steps toward a healthier diet
A look at some simple things you can do to eat more healthfully.
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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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Room for snacks?
Snacks can be part of a healthy diet.
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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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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
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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Adults aren't taking backseat safety seriously
We tell our kids to buckle up. But many adults don't wear their seat belts when they ride in the back. And some have paid a hefty price because of it.
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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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Cervical cancer 101
What it is and how it's prevented and treated.
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Infographic: Fish and pregnancy
Pregnant women should eat 8 to 12 ounces of fish per week. But what kinds of fish are safe?
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