Health Information

  • Pets Fill a Special Role in Seniors' Lives

    Having a pet can be a boon to body and soul--especially as we age. Pets can relieve stress--which may help explain why studies have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia, the term for having trouble sleeping at night, is one of the most common sleep complaints. About one in three adults has bouts of insomnia that last a few days at a time.

  • When to Call 911, Your Doctor, or the Hospital

    The 911 emergency response system, a hospital emergency room, and your doctor are your choices when you need prompt medical help.

  • Air Filters, Dehumidifiers, and Humidifiers

    Here are some helpful tips for understanding the air in your house and the air-quality appliances that can alter it.

  • Pets and People: The Health Connection
  • Drugs: Read Fine Print to Avoid Side Effects

    If you want to be fully informed, you should read the fine print connected with any drug that you intend to use.

  • Tips for Driving After Age 60

    A person's ability to drive isn't based on age alone. Age-related changes in vision, physical fitness and reflexes, however, may be reasons to reevaluate your abilities behind the wheel.

  • Play It Cool in the Hot Tub

    What's more relaxing that a good soak in a hot tub? Hot water sure makes you feel great, but hot tubs and whirlpools can sometimes be dangerous -- and even deadly.

  • Easy Ways You Can Safeguard Your Sight

    Every year, thousands of Americans injure their eyes or damage their vision. Follow these guidelines to help protect yourself and your family.

  • Preparing for Severe Winter Weather

    Knowing how to prepare for a storm, and what to do during and after one, can help keep you and your family safe.

  • Healthy Secrets: Avoiding the Ravages of Age

    You can't stop the aging clock, but research shows you can at least slow it down.

  • How to Prevent Osteoarthritis

    The less unnecessary stress you put on your joints, the less likely they are to wear out prematurely.

  • Preventing Sports Injuries

    Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.

  • Focus on Keeping Your Spirits Up

    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.

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Women suffer more frequent and severe symptoms from STDs. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

  • Making Changes to Avoid Heart Disease

    Your heart is a vital organ that keeps your body functioning. Unfortunately, many people don't treat it that way. They may not realize that their daily habits and lifestyle can overwork and damage their heart. So, take care of your heart and yourself. Start by making the following lifestyle changes.

  • What You Can Do to Prevent Atherosclerosis

    Atherosclerosis can be devastating, causing strokes, heart attacks and death. The good news is that you can take steps to protect yourself from this disease.

  • What Every Parent Should Know About Vaccinations

    Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.

  • Twelve Weeks to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    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 cardiovascular heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.

  • Guarding Against Medical Scams

    These tips will help you reduce your risk of being ripped off and putting your health in danger.

  • Taking Good Care of Your Eyes

    Often, people with vision problems wait far longer than necessary or sensible before getting an eye examination. Everyone should have a regular exam every year or two.

  • A Prescription for Health in Menopause
  • Protecting Yourself Against Medical Errors

    Every year, thousands of Americans die because of medical errors. Such errors can occur anywhere in the health-care system and can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment and lab reports.

  • For Men: Doctors Are Good for Your Health

    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.

  • Dehydration and Heat Stroke

    Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life threatening if left untreated.

  • Drinking Water Quality and Safety

    With drinking water, it's important to consider not just the water itself, but how that water gets to you.

  • Is It a Virus or a Bacterium? Know the Difference

    Knowing whether your infection is caused by a virus or a bacterium makes a difference in how it is treated.

  • Blood Donations/Blood Banking

    Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking

  • Lower Your Cholesterol

    High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined.

  • Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

    Factors that appear to raise a woman's risk for breast cancer include advancing age, family history, benign breast conditions, and a late menopause.

  • Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

    Mental stress does more than diminish your sense of well-being. It also can increase your risk for heart disease.

  • Care of the Mouth and Teeth

    Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.

  • Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

    Many products seek to prevent bug bites, but products containing DEET (usually listed on labels as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are quite effective.

  • Five Ways to Age Gracefully

    In recent years, an increasing amount of scientific evidence has supported the idea that people can do quite a lot on their own to lengthen their life span and to enhance the quality of life as they age. Here are five steps to take every day that can promote healthy aging and boost longevity.

  • You Can Head Off Stress Fractures

    A stress fracture occurs when you increase the length or intensity of your workout too quickly.

  • For Women: Take This Risk to Heart

    Women often perceive heart disease as an older person's disease that need not concern them until menopause.

  • How to Manage Prehypertension

    Prehypertension is a new term that alerts people to the very real risk of developing chronic high blood pressure if they don't take timely steps to improve their lifestyle habits.

  • Recognizing Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is behavior someone uses to control a spouse, partner, date or elderly relative through fear and intimidation.

  • Protect Your Child from Medical Errors

    A medical error can occur when something that was planned for medical care doesn't work, or when the wrong plan was used in the first place.

  • For Healthy Eyes, Take the Long View

    There's a lot you can do to head off eye problems, including following a healthy diet and getting regular eye checkups.

  • Understanding Cocaine and Crack

    Cocaine use ranges from occasional to compulsive. There is no safe way to use the drug.

  • Preventing Falls One Step at a Time

    Although it's impossible to prevent all falls, you can help keep yourself safe by improving your balance and employing "fall-proofing" behaviors.

  • Making Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy

    The millions of Americans diagnosed with heart and cardiovascular diseases can benefit from making healthy choices in their day-to-day lives.

  • Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

    Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they have advanced symptoms, which may include a broken hip or wrist, low back pain or a hunched back.

  • Skin, Eyes and the Sun

    Using sunscreen, covering up and wearing sunglasses that block UV rays will help you enjoy the sunshine safely.

  • Migraines: Should You Take Preventive Medication?

    For some people, taking medication every day can help prevent migraines and make them less painful when they occur.

  • Treating a Minor Sports Injury

    Whether it's a twisted ankle, a shin splint or a strained muscle, when should you see a doctor for a sports injury?

  • Jog or Walk? Both Boost Your Health

    Walking is easier on your joints, but jogging burns calories more quickly.

  • What You Can Do About Dog Bites

    Dogs are responsible for 85 to 90 percent of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.

  • Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

    When you're behind the wheel, you may believe that you can stop yourself from falling asleep, but you can't. You may not even know you've dozed off.

  • For Seniors: Don't Brush Off Dental Care

    Older adults may have dental concerns that can't be totally taken care of with just brushing and flossing.

  • Take Action to Beat Heart Disease

    Even if you already have atherosclerosis or have had a heart attack, there's a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.

  • Making a Good Match: Working with Your Health Care Provider

    Are you and your health care provider a good fit? Your health is important to how well you function and enjoy life, so your health care provider can be one of your most valued partners.

  • Babies Need 'Tummy Time'

    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.

  • Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers

    Stingers occur when the shoulder and head go in opposite directions, the head is moved quickly to one side, or the area above the collarbone is hit.

  • Avoiding Joint Injuries

    Common injuries include a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, overextended elbow and damaged knee ligaments. Fortunately, you can take steps to help prevent joint damage.

  • Understanding Alcohol's Effects

    The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have.

  • Preventing Injuries--How You Can Help Your Child

    You can help your child by being prepared and preventing injuries from occurring. It is important to take charge of your child's health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe.

  • Sleep and Your Child

    Without enough shut-eye, children are more likely to struggle with their school studies, do poorly on the playing field, and suffer depression.

  • Air Pollution

    Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

  • Metabolic Syndrome

    Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.

  • For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat

    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.

  • Liver: Anatomy and Functions

    Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

  • Primer: Smokeless Tobacco

    Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe.

  • Exercise Goals for Healthy Living

    You know it's important to stay active but still find yourself falling back on old habits. What can you do? Planning for exercise isn't hard if you make it a priority.

  • Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse

    Physical violence is just one form of domestic abuse. If you have a partner who verbally humiliates you, demands all your attention, blames you for everything that goes wrong or threatens to harm you or your children, you're also being abused.

  • Understanding Prehypertension

    Prehypertension is a term that alerts people to the risk of developing chronic high blood pressure if they don't take timely steps to improve their lifestyle habits.

  • How to Stay Healthy at Work

    Because the 2009 H1N1 flu virus spreads from person to person, it is possible to catch the virus at work. Here are measures you can take to protect yourself at the office.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease

    Omega-3s are a beneficial and essential form of fat, one that your body needs but can't make.

  • Traveling With a Chronic Condition

    Any trip requires advance planning so you can be comfortable and lower your risk for worsening symptoms.

  • Get to the Heart of Oral Health

    Evidence is mounting that people with periodontal (gum) disease may be more at risk for heart disease and stroke.

  • How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

    Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions.

  • Relaxation Techniques That Really Work

    To keep stress at a minimum and reduce its effects on your life, you need to find and practice healthy ways to manage it.

  • What Are the Health Effects of Air Pollution?

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks five major air pollutants that cause significant health effects: ground-level ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide and microscopic particles called particulate matter.

  • Eye-Care Essentials for Computer Users
  • Rotavirus Infections

    Detailed information on rotavirus, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Overview of Sleep Problems

    Sleep is essential to physical and emotional health. Adequate sleep may also play a role in helping the body recover from illness and injury.

  • You Can Choose to Have a Healthy Life

    Each year, two out of every three deaths in the United States are caused by cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. That figure could be significantly reduced if Americans made healthier food choices, got more exercise, and stopped smoking.

  • Low Back Pain

    Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.

  • The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

    If you are what you eat, that's particularly true for your teeth and gums. When you drink and munch starchy foods, you're not only feeding yourself, you're feeding the plaque that can cause havoc in your mouth.

  • Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted

    The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.

  • 5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook

    For safety's sake, look through your home often. Keep an eye out for not-so-obvious hazards.

  • What You Must Know About Suicide

    In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness--especially depression--is to blame.

  • A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

    You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.

  • Use Your Medications Wisely

    Although most medications are safe when you take them the right way, some drugs can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, bleeding, irregular heartbeats, and other side effects in some cases.

  • Aspirin and Your Heart: Should You or Shouldn't You?

    Although aspirin is a common over-the-counter medication, it's not appropriate for everyone.

  • Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

    The way we gauge the peril a given disorder poses is called risk perception.

  • Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate?

    Although inheriting certain genes might boost your chances of contracting a disease, it's rarely a sure thing. Often, your lifestyle and environment can join with disease-prone genes to make a potential disease a reality.

  • Explore Your Genes: Create a Family Health History
  • When to Call Your Child's Health Care Provider

    For parents of a newborn, first-time parents, or any anxious mom or dad, it may be hard to tell a true health threat that needs a doctor's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't require medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the doctor?

  • How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?

    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.

  • Your Toddler: Moving from Crib to Bed

    Moving your child from the crib to a first bed is a milestone event. But more than the bittersweet emotional concerns, your priorities will be safety and a healthy sleep routine.

  • Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

    You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.

  • Debunking 10 Aging Myths

    Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting, and productive lives well into their later years. But that's not what we usually hear about.

  • Exercise Ideas for Older Adults

    Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.

  • International Travel Quiz

    Answer this one: How far in advance of your overseas trip should you visit your doctor for vaccinations?

  • Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    Some symptoms may indicate the possibility of a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately by a health care provider.

  • Home Remedies: What Works? What Doesn't?

    Can cranberry juice help prevent a urinary tract infection? How about cucumbers for puffy eyes? Read on to find out more about home remedies.

  • Pregnancy and Oral Health