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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Why you should care about your cholesterol
Three reasons to know your levels.
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Seniors who get proactive about vision loss can cut depression risk in half
Depression often accompanies macular degeneration. But a new study highlights steps seniors can take to prevent it.
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Could your coffee habit be to blame for bothersome hot flashes?
Researchers suggest that cutting caffeine may help you avoid menopause misery.
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Intermittent claudication: When walking makes legs ache
A possible sign of troubled arteries.
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Check your risk for peripheral arterial disease
Do you have unexplained leg pain or numbness? It may be a sign of peripheral arterial disease.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Count asthma absent
Tips for helping kids avoid asthma problems in the classroom.
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Safety alert: Allergies and driving may not mix
When allergies act up, it's more than just miserable. Untreated allergy symptoms might affect your driving skills.
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Food allergy or intolerance: What’s the difference?
Food intolerance is sometimes mistaken for an allergy, but it's not as serious.
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Does your child have asthma?
What to expect when you take your child to the doctor.
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Asthma quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Alternative treatments for arthritis
What to know before you try alternative medicine for arthritis.
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Rheumatoid arthritis: Does lifestyle trump genetics?
Family history plays an important role in who develops rheumatoid arthritis, but a collection of lifestyle factors may also hold sway.
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Is your knee pain a nightmare?
Nighttime is not the right time for knee pain. In fact, nocturnal knee aches can mess with your sleep—and your quality of life.
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Over-the-counter pain medicines: Use them safely
Over-the-counter pain medicines are generally safe, but it's important to use them as directed.
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Pain quiz
Test your knowledge.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Medical radiation: A cause for concern?
Worries about radiation shouldn't keep you from getting a test you need, but it is a good idea to take steps to minimize your exposure.
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Added pounds may mean added risk of 10 types of cancer
Colon, breast and kidney cancers—these are only a few of the cancers associated with extra pounds.
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Aspirin and cancer prevention: A new job for an old remedy
A daily aspirin may help protect against certain cancers, but check with your doctor before adding this common OTC remedy to your health care routine.
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Many cancer survivors struggle to quit smoking, study says
For many cancer survivors, the urge to light up lingers, even though quitting could boost their health.
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Check your risk for prostate cancer
Several factors can increase your risk of prostate cancer. But knowing your risk can help you and your doctor make a plan to protect you.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Crib safety basics
How to make your child's sleep environment safe.
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More moms are breastfeeding, but there's still room for improvement
There's good news in CDC's 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card, but no A-plus yet. Read about the progress made and what still needs to happen.
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What you need to know about the 2014–2015 flu vaccine
CDC has released vaccine guidelines for the 2014–2015 flu season, and there are a few small changes in store. Find out what they are.
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HPV vaccines work, but too few kids get these shots
CDC says the HPV vaccine is vital. So why are so many kids missing out on this protection?
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Helping kids succeed at school
10 things parents can do at home to help kids do well in class this year.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes: Keep your cholesterol under control
Many people with diabetes also have high cholesterol levels.
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Diabetes and depression: They often go hand in hand
Dealing with diabetes care can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Here's what to do about it.
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Peripheral arterial disease: Screening can save lives
Early detection can help protect your health.
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Lifestyle changes help manage peripheral arterial disease
When artery disease affects your legs, it's not too late to make healthy changes.
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What is peripheral neuropathy?
This common problem is caused by damaged nerves, usually in the hands and feet.
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Health news
Recent research findings and health updates.
Sugar-sweetened drinks: They're weighing us down
When it comes to overall good health, water wins for hydration.
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What you need to know about the 2014–2015 flu vaccine
CDC has released vaccine guidelines for the 2014–2015 flu season, and there are a few small changes in store. Find out what they are.
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Preventive care works, but many adults are missing out
A report suggests that many adults tend to skip routine shots and other potentially lifesaving care, even when they have insurance.
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Pound it! Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes
Want to stay healthy? Trading your handshake for a fist bump could mean exposure to fewer germs.
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To lower blood pressure, eat these bacteria, study suggests
Beyond digestion: Probiotics may also help lower blood pressure, research suggests.
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Heart health
Information on heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Losing weight when you have high cholesterol
Weight control is an important part of cholesterol control.
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Learn two ways to eat better and improve your cholesterol
These two tips can help you keep your cholesterol in a healthy range and lower your risk of heart disease.
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Salt: A major global health hazard
Too-high salt consumption causes more than a million cardiovascular deaths each year. Ready to cut back?
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Short, slow running sessions still great for your heart
Think you don't have time for exercise? Think again! Even 5 minutes of running every day could keep your ticker ticking longer.
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Cholesterol quiz
Test your knowledge.
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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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Cyclists: Scary study about prostate cancer deserves a closer reading
An observational study found a link between prostate cancer and cycling. But the results need further interpretation before you hop off your bike for good.
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Understanding benign prostatic hyperplasia
This problem is common among older men, but it's also highly treatable.
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Prostate cancer: What's family got to do with it?
Men with a close family history of prostate cancer face an increased risk for the disease.
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Check your risk for prostate cancer
Several factors can increase your risk of prostate cancer. But knowing your risk can help you and your doctor make a plan to protect you.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Diet and cholesterol
Five food choices that can help you control your cholesterol levels.
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Short, slow running sessions still great for your heart
Think you don't have time for exercise? Think again! Even 5 minutes of running every day could keep your ticker ticking longer.
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Portion warning: Dish it up and you're likely to gobble it down
We eat nearly everything we serve ourselves, a study finds. Could that explain why the nation is packing on pounds—and offer clues on how to fight obesity?
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Choosing a healthful cooking oil
The healthiest cooking oils are generally those made from plants such as corn, canola, olive, safflower, soybean and sunflower.
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Infographic: Know your fats
Some fats are healthier than others.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
5 things women should know about cholesterol
Unhealthy amounts of cholesterol in the blood are a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
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Could your coffee habit be to blame for bothersome hot flashes?
Researchers suggest that cutting caffeine may help you avoid menopause misery.
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Menopause may bring a change in cholesterol levels
Cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease as women get older.
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Women: Get a leg up on PAD
Too often, peripheral arterial disease goes unnoticed in women.
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Women's health quiz
Test your knowledge about women's health.
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