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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Be a safety-savvy grandparent
How to make your home a safe haven for your grandkids.
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Overdose a danger for prescription opioid users
Opioids are powerful painkillers—but an overdose could send you to the emergency department.
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Alone for the holidays
Keep your season bright even if you're on your own.
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Protect yourself from crime this holiday season
A few simple precautions can deter theft.
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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.
Asthma: Take steps to avoid respiratory infections
Studies show that most asthma flare-ups are caused by viral infections such as colds and the flu.
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Overweight kids with asthma misinterpret symptoms, study says
Confusion over asthma symptoms may mean overweight children use more rescue meds than necessary, says a new study.
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Foods may cause reaction in people with latex allergies
Even handling some foods could cause problems.
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Understanding latex allergy
Latex products can cause allergic reactions.
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Shell shock: Peanut allergies
Peanut allergies are rare but dangerous.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Traveling with arthritis
Don't let joint pain keep you at home.
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Psoriatic arthritis increases heart attack risk
Psoriatic arthritis can cause swollen fingers and toes, fatigue, and pain and swelling in joints. But now, a new study links it to another, deadly risk.
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What is psoriatic arthritis?
Learn the basics about the disease and its treatments.
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When pain won't go away
Learn to control pain so it doesn’t control you.
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Massage therapy for arthritis pain
For some people, massage may provide just the right touch for pain relief.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Coping with cancer during the holidays
This year, try to find peace and happiness in old and new ways without overtaxing yourself.
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Many women missing vital step to prevent cervical cancer, says CDC
Screenings can help prevent cervical cancer. But a new CDC report says not enough women are getting tested.
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Diet and cancer prevention
No single food or eating plan can prevent cancer, but a healthy diet overall may help cut your risk.
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Cigars aren't safe
All forms of tobacco can hurt you.
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Understanding chemotherapy
Chemotherapy, which uses drugs to destroy cancer cells, may be used alone or with other treatments for cancer.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Make holidays safe for kids
Have a safe holiday with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Obese kids likely to stay obese in high school
Obese children are at risk for becoming obese adolescents, suggesting a need for healthy weight management early on.
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Family meals may help kids keep from packing on pounds
Could eating more meals together be the key to preventing obesity? Maybe so, suggests a new study.
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Many kids given medications incorrectly, study says
Caregivers are making many mistakes when giving medicine to kids, according to a new study, but there are simple ways to protect your child.
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Too sick for school?
When to keep your kids home.
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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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Diabetes: Nearly 8 million U.S. adults don't know they have it
Have you been tested for diabetes? If not, you may be unaware of your risk for cardiovascular disease and other complications.
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Testing for diabetes
Why it's important to learn your blood sugar level.
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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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Infographic: Diabetes superfoods
A look at some foods that have the nutrients needed for good diabetes management.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
FDA gives swift OK to new meningococcal vaccine
A new vaccine may help prevent outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis B—a potentially deadly health risk.
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Synthetic marijuana causes increase in teen emergency visits
Is your teen into Spice? If you think they're talking about food, think again. This synthetic marijuana is easy to get—and incredibly dangerous.
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Cola or water? The choice could help prevent kidney stones
Kidney stones are painful. New clinical guidelines for treating them suggest a painless treatment that has no harmful side effects: hydration.
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Family meals may help kids keep from packing on pounds
Could eating more meals together be the key to preventing obesity? Maybe so, suggests a new study.
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We're still eating too much of the bad fats, study finds
Consumption of trans fat and saturated fat is dropping, but it's still higher than recommended for heart health.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
How to shake a salt habit
10 creative ways to cut back on sodium.
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Twice-a-year doctor visits tied to better blood pressure control, study finds
Checking in with a doctor regularly can mean better blood pressure control—and that can limit risk for serious health issues.
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Heart disease deaths drop in southern U.S.
Over the last 40 years, many southern states have improved heart health. But there's still more work to be done, experts say.
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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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Infographic: Heart attack symptoms
Chest discomfort is the most common symptom, but there are others as well.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Men and stress
Learn how to recognize stress, and what you can do about it.
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Cola or water? The choice could help prevent kidney stones
Kidney stones are painful. New clinical guidelines for treating them suggest a painless treatment that has no harmful side effects: hydration.
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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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Take a new approach to New Year's weight loss
Long-term lifestyle changes are key to keeping off the pounds.
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Infographic: Avoid holiday fires
Tips for making sure your decorations aren't a fire hazard.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Avoid holiday weight gain
Nine tips for enjoying holiday festivities without putting on pounds.
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We're still eating too much of the bad fats, study finds
Consumption of trans fat and saturated fat is dropping, but it's still higher than recommended for heart health.
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Teens don't want to walk 5 miles for a sugary soda
When it comes to consuming sugary drinks, teens who know better choose better.
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Room for snacks?
Snacks can be part of a healthy diet.
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Food safety for the holidays
Make proper food handling a holiday tradition.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Holiday stress: How to cope
You can't avoid stress, but you can take steps to make sure it doesn't ruin your holidays.
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Many women missing vital step to prevent cervical cancer, says CDC
Screenings can help prevent cervical cancer. But a new CDC report says not enough women are getting tested.
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Stress affects men's, women's hearts differently
A new study may motivate many women to reduce stress—and prevent heart health problems in the process.
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Avoid holiday weight gain
Nine tips for enjoying holiday festivities without putting on pounds.
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Infographic: Avoid holiday fires
Tips for making sure your decorations aren't a fire hazard.
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