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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Protect yourself from crime this holiday season
A few simple precautions can deter theft.
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Dementia screening not recommended
There’s not enough evidence that routinely screening older adults for signs of cognitive impairment would improve their lives or significantly help their families and caregivers, according to a systematic review of research.
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Eat well during middle age, be well in 70s
Women on a Mediterranean-style diet at midlife are 46 percent more likely to be alive and healthy in their 70s than their unhealthy-eating peers, a study found.
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Alone for the holidays
Keep your season bright even if you're on your own.
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Spotting health fraud
Fraud not only hurts your pocketbook, it could put your health in jeopardy as well.
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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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6 common allergy myths debunked
“Many early medical beliefs have been proven to be incorrect as research has advanced,” said David Stukus, MD, in a presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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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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What is allergic contact dermatitis?
When you're allergic to things you touch.
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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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When pain won't go away
Learn to control pain so it doesn’t control you.
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Exercising when you have arthritis
Staying active can reduce arthritis pain and strengthen joints and muscles.
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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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What is psoriatic arthritis?
Learn the basics about the disease and its treatments.
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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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Vitamin supplements don't appear to prevent cancer or heart disease
"There is not enough evidence to determine whether you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer by taking single or paired nutrients, or a multivitamin," said Michael LeFevre, MD, co-chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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Almost one-third of adults skip colon cancer screening
Colon cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer death in both men and women. Screening tests can find the disease in its earlier, more treatable stages.
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Check your risk for colorectal cancer
Some risk factors for colorectal cancer you can change; others you can't. But even for risk factors you can't modify, just being aware of them may help you and your doctor decide when and how often you should be screened for the disease.
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Cigars aren't safe
All forms of tobacco can hurt you.
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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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Free apps teach kids the importance of sleep
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine hopes the stories in the apps will help kids understand how important a soothing sleep environment is and encourage them to develop the good sleep habits that support a healthy life.
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Parents: Do you know what your child is watching?
From television to computers, cellphones to tablets, the average 8- to 10-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day using various types of media, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Chaos at home may harm children's health
"Children need to have order in their lives. When their life is chaotic and not predictable, it can lead to poorer health," said study author Claire M. Kamp Dush.
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Using car seats safely
10 questions to ask about car seats.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
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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Type 2 diabetes: Control, prevention should be a family affair
"For people living with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes, family support is critical to staying healthy," according to the National Institutes of Health.
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Lifestyle changes can help high-risk people avoid type 2 diabetes
Changes in multiple behaviors can help people lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. But for people who already have the disease, comprehensive lifestyle modifications may not be superior to changes in diet and exercise alone, according to a study.
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Weight may predict heart disease risk in people with type 2 diabetes
Looking at body mass index scores may help predict whether a person who has type 2 diabetes will develop heart disease, a study suggests.
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Hypoglycemia: A sugar issue
Low blood sugar can be a hazard for people who have diabetes.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Malaria cases in U.S. rise to 40-year high
A total of 1,925 cases of malaria were reported in 2011, with five deaths resulting from the disease or related complications.
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FDA moves to reduce trans fats in processed foods
"Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the American diet could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD.
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Almost one-third of adults skip colon cancer screening
Colon cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer death in both men and women. Screening tests can find the disease in its earlier, more treatable stages.
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Most bariatric surgery benefits remain 3 years later
Many people lose significant amounts of weight and see big health improvements, but results vary widely in long-term study.
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Term pregnancy redefined as minimum 39 weeks
The latest research has found that babies born between 39 weeks and 40 weeks, 6 days are healthier than those born earlier or later.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Infographic: Heart attack symptoms
Chest discomfort is the most common symptom, but there are others as well.
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Medication, healthy lifestyle the focus of new cholesterol guideline
“The likely impact of the recommendations is that more people who would benefit from statins are going to be on them, while fewer people who wouldn’t benefit from statins are going to be on them,” said Neil J. Stone, MD, chair of the panel that wrote the guideline.
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For heart health, focus on overall diet and exercise patterns
Rather than fretting over occasional indulgences, people should focus on their overall diet and exercise patterns.
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Vitamin supplements don't appear to prevent cancer or heart disease
"There is not enough evidence to determine whether you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer by taking single or paired nutrients, or a multivitamin," said Michael LeFevre, MD, co-chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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Flu vaccine may help protect against heart attack, stroke
People at high risk for serious cardiovascular problems may be able to lessen that risk with an inexpensive, safe, yearly flu shot, according to a study.
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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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Testosterone therapy may raise heart, stroke risk
Older men who took testosterone were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke or to die within a study’s three-year period.
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Handwashing can keep you healthy
Regular handwashing is a simple, effective way to protect yourself from germs.
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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.
Infographic: How many calories are in your drink?
Your beverage could carry more calories than you think.
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For heart health, focus on overall diet and exercise patterns
Rather than fretting over occasional indulgences, people should focus on their overall diet and exercise patterns.
Read more
Lifestyle changes can help high-risk people avoid type 2 diabetes
Changes in multiple behaviors can help people lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. But for people who already have the disease, comprehensive lifestyle modifications may not be superior to changes in diet and exercise alone, according to a study.
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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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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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Uterine fibroids take toll on women
Although uterine fibroids can seriously disrupt their lives, women often wait years before seeking help, a study found.
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Avoid holiday weight gain
Nine tips for enjoying holiday festivities without putting on pounds.
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Hair loss help for her
Men aren't the only ones who face hair loss.
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Infographic: Avoid holiday fires
Tips for making sure your decorations aren't a fire hazard.
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