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  • Preventing Poisonings: Know the Latest Threats

    Possible toxins are all around you. Some you may pick out right away, such as a pesticide. Others may not seem as harmful—a household cleaner or medicine. But when ingested by accident or not used in the right way, these products can be poisonous.

  • Looking for the 'Right' Diet?

    Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach. You’ve probably heard of these popular diet programs. You may even be considering one to help you lose weight. So which one should you choose, if any? A recent review of past studies may give you some invaluable insight.

  • Don’t Dismiss That Pap Test

    Cervical cancer can be a crafty disease. It can grow unnoticed in your body. The best way to outwit it is with a Pap test. This screening tool can find the disease early, when it’s easier to treat. Unfortunately, some women are still not taking advantage of it, says a recent report.

  • Take a Bite of Wellness! Eat More Fruits and Veggies

    Remember that old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, fruit and its food-group cousin—vegetables—may help fend off the blues, too. A recent study suggests that eating more of both may actually boost your mental health.

  • The Potential Threat of Thirdhand Smoke

    Scientists have been looking at the dangers of secondhand smoke for years. It’s been linked to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other health problems. But they’ve only started to study the potential threat of thirdhand smoke.

  • Finding Reliable Health Information Online

    The Internet can be a treasure trove of health information. But how much of it can you trust? A recent study suggests it may depend on what you are searching for. Being a savvy online user can help you find credible content.

  • Sleep and the Aging Brain

    Sleep is an essential part of life. Without it, your body—and mind—don’t work up to par. That may be especially true as you age. A recent study suggests that older adults who sleep better think better overall.

  • Keep Home Canning Safe

    Summer can be fleeting—its warm embrace lingering for too short a time. Canning is one way you can capture some of the season. The flavors of your garden can last well into winter and beyond. But make sure you do it right to prevent food poisoning.

  • Be Smart About Water Safety

    Warmer weather sends many people into the water. That makes summer a high time for drowning. Fortunately, the latest research shows the number of drowning deaths is falling. But not for all age groups. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones this season.

  • Obesity and Falls: A Risk Factor for Older Adults

    Obesity is linked to many health woes. The list includes heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Here’s one you may have never thought of, though: falling. At least for older adults, being obese may actually make falls more likely.

  • Another Stop-Smoking Benefit: Better Mental Health

    Lung cancer. Heart disease. Asthma. Smoking can lead to these and many other health problems. But in case you need another reason to not light up, consider this: Quitting may improve your mental health.

  • Is Antibacterial Soap Worth the Lather?

    The simple act of washing your hands with plain soap can have an important effect on your health. It can help ward off germs—no special soap required. In fact, lathering up with antibacterial soap may not impart better germ protection. Its active ingredient may also do more harm than good.