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Prevention

Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.
Vaccines are the best defense against several diseases that can be dangerous or lead to serious complications. When you and your children get vaccinated, you’re not only protecting yourselves. You’re also doing your part to prevent the spread of these diseases to others. Some people can’t receive vaccines due to their age or health conditions, and they rely on the rest of us for protection.
For safety's sake, look through your home often. Keep an eye out for not-so-obvious hazards.
Time for hobbies, travel, and family may be what you imagine when you think of retirement. What you may not imagine is that your health can take a nosedive once you leave the daily grind.
Winter can be the season for indulging in cookies and hibernating on the couch. Or it can be the season for savoring a bowl of vegetable soup and taking a walk in your coziest jacket. The choice is yours. If you like the sound of the second option, here are some tips to help you stay on course.
The long, warm days just seem to invite kicking back and having fun. The last thing you want is for health problems to spoil your plans. These tips will help you stay healthy so you can make the most of the sunshine season.
You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu shot.
Here are some helpful tips for understanding the air in your house and the air-quality appliances that can alter it.
Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention
Putting babies to sleep on their backs has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS. One unexpected side effect: Many infants now have a flattened head.
Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking
Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well being.
A look at specific things that may increase your chance of having breast cancer.
Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.
Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
With drinking water, it's important to consider not just the water itself, but how that water gets to you.
Every year, thousands of Americans injure their eyes or damage their vision. Follow these guidelines to help protect yourself and your family.
Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.
Like many people, you may struggle for a good night's sleep. A daytime nap may seem like a good way to recoup some of that lost slumber. But you may be dozing at your own risk.
Men are missing opportunities to detect and address medical problems in their early stages, when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health.
Older adults may have dental concerns that can’t be totally taken care of with just brushing and flossing.
The number of older people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.
After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature -- especially heat -- as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Women often perceive heart disease as an older person's disease that need not concern them until menopause.
Ask anyone who has ever suffered through it: The flu hits much harder than a cold―and some symptoms can linger for up to three weeks. Not to mention there can be possible complications, such as pneumonia. To avoid being sidelined by a flu bug this year, there’s one simple step you can take: Get a flu shot.
Evidence is mounting that people with periodontal (gum) disease may be more at risk for heart disease and stroke.
It’s the day before a big event—your grandkids’ visit, the charity event you helped plan, a speech you’ve carefully prepared. Do you see things going well? Or are you certain the world will fall apart? How you answer may end up influencing your good health.
Overall, cosmetics and personal care items are considered safe. But that doesn't mean that there aren't risks associated with their use, particularly if you don't use them correctly.
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions.
The less unnecessary stress you put on your joints, the less likely they are to wear out prematurely.
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