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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Aging independently
Plan ahead to maintain independence as you grow older.
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3 ways to help keep your aging brain agile
Although the evidence isn't strong, a group of scientists points to three steps you can take that may help keep your brain sharp.
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Hearing aids can be spendy, but there's another option
A pair of hearing aids can cost $4,700. But for some with hearing loss, this more affordable device may work just as well.
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Drink up! Making sure you get enough water
Water and other fluids are especially important during exercise or warm weather.
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Medicines can make skin sun-sensitive
Certain medicines can make skin more vulnerable to damage or allergic reactions when exposed to sunlight.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
When asthma acts up
During an asthma flare-up, changes inside your lungs bring on breathing troubles.
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Helping your child cope with asthma
Learn how parents can help children deal with the emotional side of the disease.
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Sinus trouble can be a real headache
Differentiating sinus pain from other types of headaches isn’t always easy.
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Control pollution from home heating and cooling systems
How to keep your indoor air clean.
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Allergies 101
Learn the causes of allergies, the treatments and how to cope.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Taking care of arthritic joints
Self-help tips for people with osteoarthritis.
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Your aching hands: Is it arthritis?
Arthritis in the hands and wrists makes even the simplest tasks a challenge. But there are things you can do to ease the pain.
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Spot the signs of arthritis in kids
Just like adults, kids can get arthritis. When you know the signs to watch for, you'll know when to get help.
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Get rid of pain medicine you don't need
Properly disposing of any unused pain medicines reduces the risk that they'll be misused by someone who finds them.
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Diagnosing arthritis
The first step toward treating the disease.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Infographic: Cancer by the numbers
Learn about the lifetime risk a man or woman has of developing or dying from specific types of cancer.
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Couch potatoes face increased risk of kidney and bladder cancers
People who rarely exercise may be at a higher risk than those who get a least some weekly exercise.
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Many people fail the sunscreen test
Sunscreen can help protect your skin from cancer. But only if you use it correctly.
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Check your risk for skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. While the disease can affect anyone, some people are more vulnerable than others.
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Quiz: Cancer
Is old age a barrier to cancer treatment? Get the answer to that question and more by taking this quiz.
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Children and parenting
Tips for keeping kids healthy.
Quiz: School lunches
Forget the junk-food stereotype: Today's school lunches offer variety and nutrition, with children's health in mind.
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Back to school: A parent's checklist
Things to do before school starts.
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Letting go of your college-bound child
You may not be truly prepared for the intensity of your feelings when your child leaves home for college.
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Lead levels in baby teeth linked to autism
Exposure to toxic metals just before and after birth may raise the risk of autism.
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Infographic: Backpack basics
Don't let your backpack weigh you down. Take a look at how to choose a sturdy backpack and carry it safely.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes at school
Make sure your child's diabetes management continues in class.
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Teens and diabetes
Tips to help teens keep diabetes under control.
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Disaster planning especially important for people with diabetes
If you have diabetes, planning ahead can help make sure a natural disaster doesn't turn into a medical emergency.
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Type 1 diabetes: An introduction
Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented, but it can be controlled.
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Diabetes: Taking charge of eye disease
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in American adults.
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Heart health
Information about heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Living a heart-healthy life
Healthy habits can help prevent heart disease.
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Try heart-healthy produce this summer
Not sure what to pick up at the farmer's market? Get inspired with this color-coded graphic.
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Eating healthy fats can lower cholesterol as much as taking a statin
Swapping one type of fat for healthier ones can have the same impact on your heart as a cholesterol-lowering drug.
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See someone in trouble? Don't wait to start CPR
A drowning person is more likely to recover if you start CPR before help arrives.
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Healthy habits can lower blood pressure in African Americans
Even making a few lifestyle changes can make a difference.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Grilling with an eye toward good health
Tips for avoiding health hazards when you grill.
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Study: Dads treat sons, daughters differently
Gender may subtly sway how dads interact with daughters and sons from a very young age.
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Exercise, hot weather can be a dangerous mix
Have fun outdoors, but stay cool.
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Infographic: Hydration facts
Don't wait to hydrate. Find out if you're getting enough water—and how to get your share.
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Protect your back when you travel
Your back can take a beating when you travel. Here's how to avoid the pain.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
It's zucchini time! Yep, you've got too much. Now what?
Get inspired with these 8 creative ways to enjoy summer's super-abundant squash.
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Decadent descriptions make veggies more appealing
Researchers labeled the same vegetable dishes with four different names and found out the right words can make a big difference between ho-hum and yum.
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A growing number of adults take dangerously high doses of vitamin D
High doses may raise your risk of falls, fractures and certain cancers.
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Video: How to clean fruits and vegetables
Washing fresh fruits and veggies can help get rid of bacteria.
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Produce safety: Avoid foodborne illness
Tips for safely handling produce.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Urinary tract infections: A common problem for women
Learn more about the symptoms and treatment.
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Hormone therapy: Take it or leave it?
New guidelines aim to clear up the confusion about menopausal hormone therapy.
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Women turn to friends and family to help decide about cancer care
When women learn they have breast cancer, they're likely to turn to their closest allies to help make decisions. And that's a good thing.
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Recognize sun-damaged skin
Although you can't see them, the sun's ultraviolet rays can do a number on your skin.
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Planning for pregnancy
One of the best ways to increase your chances of having a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby is to take certain precautions before you conceive.
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