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Aging
Health information especially for seniors.
Alone for the holidays
Keep your season bright even if you're on your own.
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Why your drugs need a checkup
The more medicines you take, the greater your risk for harmful interactions.
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Sniff test: Loss of smell may signal dementia risk
Research reveals that an inability to smell could be linked to cognitive decline.
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Many older adults rely on sleep aids, poll shows
Seniors think poor sleep is normal, and many self-medicate instead of talking to their doctor.
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Seniors: Any age is a good age to quit smoking
Why quitting makes sense for seniors.
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Allergies and asthma
Information on sneezing, wheezing and other breathing problems.
Don’t let allergies, asthma ruin your winter holidays
Indoor allergies are a problem for millions of Americans every winter.
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Babies exposed to certain allergens have lower asthma risk
A new study says infant exposure to pet allergens can help prevent asthma.
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Coping with dust mite allergies
It's impossible to completely get rid of dust mites, but you can take steps to help limit your contact with them.
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How to use a peak flow meter (infographic)
A peak flow meter can help measure how well your lungs are working. See how to use one.
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Cigarettes: No. 1 enemy of lungs
Smoking is the direct cause of several diseases.
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Arthritis
Information on arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints.
Infographic: Osteoarthritis symptoms and facts
About 1/3 of Americans age 65 or older have osteoarthritis. Do you know how to recognize symptoms and risks of this common condition?
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Arthritis: Getting a good night's rest
Quality sleep is especially important if you have arthritis.
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Questions to ask about arthritis surgery
Find out what you should know before surgery.
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Quiz: Arthritis and food
How can foods affect arthritis, and which ones should you avoid?
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Understanding gout
This painful joint disease typically starts with swelling in the big toe.
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Cancer
Information about cancer types, treatments and prevention strategies.
Expensive oral chemo drug goes generic, but the price stays high
Generic drugs should lower health costs, but this oral chemotherapy drug is still unexpectedly expensive.
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Lung cancer: Causes and symptoms
To reduce your chances of developing lung cancer, avoid every risk factor you can.
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Lung cancer in nonsmokers
Even people who don't smoke can develop lung cancer.
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What's in cigarette smoke? (infographic)
Arsenic, formaldehyde and lead are a few of the substances found in cigarette smoke.
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Quiz: Secondhand smoke
Think you know the risks of secondhand smoke? Test yourself with this quiz.
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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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A risky position: Parents don't always put babies to sleep on their backs
Just 44 percent of parents always followed this advice to reduce SIDS risk, a study finds.
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Home, clean home
Routine cleaning and disinfecting helps reduce household germs.
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Talk to your kids about smoking
You can help your children stay smoke-free.
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E-cigarettes (quiz)
Is your e-cig safer than a pack of smokes? Find out the facts in this quiz.
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Diabetes
Helpful tips for people with diabetes.
Diabetes (Quiz)
What's one of the biggest health threats facing the U.S. today? Find out and get the facts with this quiz.
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Seniors with type 2 diabetes have higher fracture risk
Even if seniors with type 2 diabetes have normal or high bone density, their fracture risk is increased.
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Weight-loss surgery works long-term
More than a decade after having gastric bypass surgery, many people stayed slimmer. And they reaped other important health benefits, a new study shows.
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Diabetes: Should you count carbohydrates?
Carbohydrate counting is one tool you can use to help control blood sugar if you have diabetes.
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Food label facts for people with diabetes
If you have diabetes, you may want to pay special attention to food labels.
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Heart health
Information about heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
Heart-healthy holiday eating
With a little planning, you can make the holiday season a delicious and healthy time.
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Stopping daily aspirin can be risky for the heart, study says
If you're taking aspirin daily, quitting could have risks. Your doctor can help you understand the pros and cons.
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Why you shouldn't toss your sleep apnea treatment
A new sleep study suggests that not using your CPAP device could boost diabetes and heart risks.
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Aspirin and your heart
Not just for headaches anymore, aspirin can be a lifesaver.
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How to do hands-only CPR
Learn how to step in and save a life with hands-only CPR.
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Men's health
Health information especially for men.
Avoid holiday fires (infographic)
Tips for making sure your decorations aren't a fire hazard.
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3 common STIs hit record high
More than 2 million cases of these STIs were reported in the U.S. in 2016.
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Diet changes might nix the need for reflux meds
Switching to a plant-based diet yields the same benefits as medications without any of the unpleasant side effects, a new study found.
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The cost of smoking
Find out how much a smoking habit is costing you.
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Infographic: Smoking's damage to the body
Smoking cigarettes can do a lot of bad things to your body, but that damage can sometimes go sight unseen. Take a deeper look into the health hazards of smoking.
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Nutrition and fitness
Tips for eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.
Recipe revival: How to make your favorite meals healthier
Simple steps for improving the nutritional value of your favorite recipes.
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Study: Sitting too long ups risk of death
Are you off your feet for more than an hour at a time? You may have a higher risk of death.
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What's for dinner? Pumpkin!
Squash your hunger with this low-calorie, high-nutrient veggie.
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Video: How to cut an onion
Learn the basics of safe slicing and dicing.
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Turkey safety (Infographic)
Get an idea of how long it will take to safely thaw and cook a turkey.
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Women's health
Health information especially for women.
Avoid holiday weight gain
Nine tips for enjoying holiday festivities without putting on pounds.
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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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Domestic violence remains a life-threatening issue
CDC reports high homicide rates at the hands of current and former partners. Take these steps to stay safe.
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3 common STIs hit record high
More than 2 million cases of these STIs were reported in the U.S. in 2016.
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Fireplace safety: Master these fireside tips (video)
Watch this video for six tips for a warm, safer experience.
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