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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Flu vaccine benefits
The flu vaccine prevented more than 6 million cases of influenza and about 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012–2013 flu season, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Older adults at risk for malnutrition and may not know it
More than half of the older adults in a new study were malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. Here's what to do to help.
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Protect yourself from medical errors
Patients have a key role to play in making health care safe.
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Options for independent living in later life
Consider your choices.
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Strength training for seniors
Strength training can help you stay strong and active as you age.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Got asthma? Get a flu shot
Doctors recommend the shot every fall for people with asthma.
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Number of smoke-free homes reaches 83 percent
Lighting up is now forbidden in most U.S. homes—except for those where smokers live.
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Allergy alert: Ragweed season is upon us
Cooler fall days mean increased sneezes and misery for people with ragweed allergies. Here's what to do about it.
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Asthma: A guide to inhalers and nebulizers
Inhalers and nebulizers are important tools for managing asthma and other airway diseases.
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Allergies or a cold? How to tell the difference
Allergies and colds can produce similar symptoms, but answering a few questions may help you tell the two apart.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Arthritis and the flu
Protecting yourself from the flu should be a priority if you have a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
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Juvenile arthritis at school
How to help your child succeed.
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Understanding polymyalgia rheumatica
PMR is a common cause of muscle aches and stiffness in older adults.
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Living with rheumatoid arthritis
Six things you can do to help control the disease.
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Arthritis quiz
Test your knowledge about arthritis.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Researching cancer treatment options
How to make sure the information you find is reliable.
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Teen tanning raises risk for skin cancer
Risky business: Teens who tan indoors or skip the sunscreen when they're outdoors are raising their risk for skin cancer.
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How to help when your partner has breast cancer
Communication is the key to any healthy relationship, and that’s doubly true after a cancer diagnosis.
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Make the most of your mammogram
A few simple steps can help ensure accurate results.
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Breast cancer quiz
Test your knowledge about breast cancer.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Helping kids cope with stress
Nine things parents can do.
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Measles is back in America, but there's a simple solution
Measles is making a comeback in the United States, mostly among the unvaccinated.
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Kids' favorite foods may be too salty
Kids' diet trends suggest it's never too early to adopt a low-sodium diet.
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When cyberbullying hurts, family dinners can help
To help adolescents deal with cyberbullying, teach them to be smart online—and eat more family dinners.
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Pets in the classroom: What health experts recommend
Does your child share a classroom with a furry friend? Help make it a safe, positive experience for everyone.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Driving with diabetes
Taking a few precautions can help you stay safe on the road.
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Workplace stress and diabetes linked in new study
A high-stress job might raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by 45 percent, researchers said.
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Diabetic eye disease: Types and treatments
Early diagnosis and treatment can help preserve your vision.
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Diabetes: You don't have to swear off sweets
The occasional sweet indulgence can be a part of a healthful diet—even for someone with diabetes.
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How diabetes affects teeth
Uncontrolled diabetes can harm your teeth and gums.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Chikungunya—a painful mosquito-borne disease—hits United States
Chikungunya is showing up in the United States. Follow these tips to avoid it.
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Measles is back in America, but there's a simple solution
Measles is making a comeback in the United States, mostly among the unvaccinated.
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Ramen alert! The case for going easy on this classic college fare
Parents: Does your college student seem to live on instant noodles? Learn how to help your scholar get high marks in nutrition.
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Sleep drunkenness may affect 1 in 7, new study says
Confused or hostile when you first wake up? That could be a sign of a little-discussed but common sleep disorder.
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Smokers: Quitting is easier with medication, counseling
An approach that pairs medication with automated phone calls and counseling raises smokers' odds of quitting.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Healthy changes to make when you have heart disease
Even if you already have heart disease, it’s not too late to make important lifestyle changes and improve your health.
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Gaining just 5 extra pounds could raise blood pressure
A 5-pound weight gain may not seem like much, but researchers found that this increase can have a negative effect on blood pressure.
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Heart disease, stroke loosen their deadly grip in U.S.
Heart disease and stroke causing fewer U.S. deaths and hospitalizations, study shows.
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Atrial fibrillation: Taking stroke risk to heart
About 15 to 20 percent of strokes are linked to atrial fibrillation, a condition that affects the heart.
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Risk factors for stroke and how to control them
What you can do to help protect yourself from stroke.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Depression may look different in men
Men are less likely than women to get treated for this chronic and dangerous disease.
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Male-pattern baldness increases risk of aggressive prostate cancer
Baldness may be linked to prostate cancer, but only for men with a certain type of hair loss, researchers found.
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Depression and prostate cancer a deadly mix, researchers say
Men who are depressed tend to deal with prostate cancer less aggressively than those who aren't depressed, a study finds.
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How to help when your partner has breast cancer
Communication is the key to any healthy relationship, and that’s doubly true after a cancer diagnosis.
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Breast cancer in men
Breast cancer isn't common among men, but it can happen.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
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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Gut bacteria could make you crave junk food
A lack of willpower might not be the reason you scarf down snacks. Instead, the culprit could be hungry gut bacteria.
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Ramen alert! The case for going easy on this classic college fare
Parents: Does your college student seem to live on instant noodles? Learn how to help your scholar get high marks in nutrition.
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When it comes to trans fats, nutrition labels can be deceiving
What's the best way to avoid harmful trans fats? Read ingredient lists
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Infographic: Standing leg lifts
Learn an exercise that can help improve balance.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Are you at risk for breast cancer?
Many things may raise your risk for getting breast cancer. Discover what they are.
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Exercises, lifestyle changes can help tame incontinence
Urinary incontinence is no laughing matter. But nonsurgical treatments can have you smiling again.
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Potassium can reduce stroke risk, new study shows
Go bananas! A new study shows high potassium intake can reduce stroke risk for older women.
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7 tips for using cosmetics safely
Whether you’re looking to cover gray, lengthen lashes, create on a sunless tan, or cover up unsightly acne, you’ll want to be sure your cosmetics won’t harm your eyes or skin.
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Women: Beating the blues
Though women are more likely to have depression than men, many do not seek help
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