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  • 10 Reasons to Keep Fit as You Age

    "Physical activity has been engineered out of our daily lives," laments an expert on preventing disease. "We used to rake leaves by hand and walk to the market. Now we have leaf blowers and take the car everywhere." So here is a list of 10 reasons why you should make physical activity a part of your everyday life.

  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe
  • 11 Ways to Raise a Healthy Child

    Now that you’ve brought your baby safely into the world, there are some important things you should know to help you keep your little one healthy, safe, and happy throughout the formative years.

  • 12 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 heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.

  • 5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck

    Although neck pain can be the result of stress, age, or injury, it is most often associated with poor posture.

  • 5 Food Fallacies

    Should you skip breakfast if you want to lose weight? Is all fat bad for you? Find out the answers to these and other questions about food.

  • 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.

  • 5 Key Mistakes Parents Make With Car Seats

    Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that three out of four children too small for seatbelts are incorrectly restrained in car seats or booster seats.

  • 5 Tips for Controlling Your Child's Asthma

    If you have a child who has asthma, there's a lot you can do to help keep the asthma under control. Here are five key suggestions to consider.

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Colds and the Flu

    You don't want to spend this winter battling a runny nose, a nagging cough or a fever. Here's what to do.

  • 6 Vital Nutrients Women May Be Missing

    Here are nutrients that women are often deficient in, either because they lose too much of a nutrient, don't get enough of a nutrient, or both.

  • 7 Steps to Happiness at Your Health Club

    Before joining a health club, shop around. Choose two or three that you want to investigate, then take these seven steps before you sign up.

  • 8 Mistakes Heart Patients Make

    The way you respond to a heart attack can make a profound difference in what happens to you in the future.

  • 8 Ways to Avoid Common Self-Care Mistakes

    Treating common illnesses at home isn't complicated. Even so, doing it safely requires knowledge and a willingness to follow the rules.

  • 911 Basics: Responding to a Heart Attack

    Chest pain could be simple indigestion or a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack, and knowing how to respond, could save a life. The following guidelines can help you make the right decisions and take the right steps when seconds count.

  • A 7-Step Plan for Weight Loss

    The latest studies conclude that a successful weight-loss plan is a mind/body undertaking that not only involves monitoring calorie intake and expenditure, but dealing with the psychological side of weight loss and habit change.

  • A Checklist for Depression

    What's the difference between a bad case of the blues and the painful mental disorder known as depression? According to the experts, impaired functioning is usually a clear-cut indication of clinical depression.

  • A Checklist to Help You Spot Hearing Loss

    Parents and pediatricians should know how to detect hearing problems at various stages during a child's first three years of life.

  • A Child's First Dental Visit Fact Sheet

    You can take your child at a younger age, but experts recommend taking him or her by about 12 months at the latest. The dentist can provide or recommend preventative information regarding baby bottle tooth decay, infant feeding practices, mouth cleaning, teething, pacifier habits and finger-sucking habits.

  • A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Future Obesity

    With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?

  • A Closer Look at Bruises

    Bruises are a part of life. By the time you notice a bruise, though, it's already started to heal.

  • A Closer Look at Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not a disease; it is a disorder that interferes with the normal function of the large intestine (colon) and is characterized by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

  • A Common Plastic Comes Under Scrutiny

    Polycarbonate plastic is durable, impact-resistant, and clear. It is widely used in food and beverage containers, but research has raised concerns over its health effects.

  • A Dentist Explains Root Canals

    In a root canal, the soft tissue inside the tooth's canal is removed and the space is filled with a material that's compatible with the body's own tissues.

  • A Disease Often Misdiagnosed as Asthma

    The first symptoms of AAT deficiency usually are shortness of breath, wheezing following activity, and a decreased ability to exercise.

  • A Few Tricks for Halloween Treats

    It's important to encourage good eating habits, while allowing kids to enjoy the fun of the holiday.

  • A Food Lover's Guide

    Here's your guide to the best foods to nourish you, as well as those foods best left for that occasional need to indulge in guilty pleasures.

  • A Fowl Choice: Make It Turkey

    In your grocer's case, you'll find whole turkeys and parts — fresh, frozen, and smoked. You'll also see ground turkey, turkey cutlets, turkey hot dogs, turkey sausage, and turkey burgers.

  • A Fresh Look at Common Skin Problems

    Skin problems such as pimples, blackheads, rashes, and oily skin are common in both teens and adults. But you don't necessarily need a dermatologist to treat them.

  • A Good Walk Can Make You Young

    Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises someone can do.

  • A Grandparents' Guide to Home Child-Proofing

    Whether they are coming for an afternoon or a week, taking some steps before your grandchildren arrive can help keep them safe during their visit. Consider these guidelines.

  • A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs

    Here's a look at some of the more common medicinal herbs. Most herbs have not been thoroughly tested for effectiveness or interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs or foods.

  • A Guide to Cooking With Herbs

    If you're just getting started with herbs, go at it gradually. Experiment with one or two herbs at a time. For freshness, purchase herbs that have been newly dried, and buy in small amounts.

  • A Guide to Eyeglass Lenses

    Eyeglasses can be prescribed for a range of vision problems, from nearsightedness to farsightedness to the diminished vision of advancing age.

  • A Guide to Healthier Eating

    You should cut back on foods that have only limited nutritional value, that are overprocessed or that contain too much fat, salt, sugar and refined white flour.

  • A Guide to Jogging Strollers

    Jogging strollers come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match almost anyone's needs, including parents with twins or children with physical disabilities.

  • A Heads-Up for Football Safety

    Coaches should tell players not to tackle or block with their heads or run head-down with the ball.

  • A Healthier Hero

    Whether they're called subs, hoagies, heroes or grinders, long sandwiches stuffed with a variety of ingredients are a favorite lunch choice.

  • A Healthier Pasta Carbonara
  • A Healthy Kitchen Makeover

    From the food you stock in the freezer to the silverware you put on the table, your kitchen is your partner in health. When you fill your kitchen with the right tools and foods, you reap the benefits.

  • A Healthy Weight for Life

    The “secret” to maintaining a healthy weight is not found in any magic diet or weight loss system. In fact, it’s no secret to it at all. You just need to take in about the same amount of calories that your body uses up.

  • A Holiday Help Guide for Stepfamilies

    No one is fond of change, and big changes during the holidays can be particularly difficult to cope with for everyone involved.

  • A Kids' Asthma Journal

    Do you want to gain better control over your asthma? Put it in writing!

  • A Lesson on Portion Size

    Most Americans trying to manage their weight are aware that they should choose lower-calorie, lower-fat foods. Portion sizes are another important factor in weight control.

  • A Look at Senior Nutrition

    Although older adults still need plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fiber, they need to add or subtract a few things from the diet they followed earlier in life.

  • A Must-Know Guide to Drug-Drug Interactions

    Drug-drug interactions occur when one drug interacts or interferes with another drug. Such interactions are dangerous because they can alter the way one or both of the drugs act in the body. They can also cause unexpected side effects. The following information can help you avoid drug-drug interactions.

  • A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Child Care

    As a parent of a young child, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing who will care for your child while you’re at work.

  • A Positive Step Toward Fitness

    The way you think about exercise can be the crucial factor in sticking with your fitness program.

  • A Prescription for Good Health

    For long-lasting health and well being, stay physically active, challenge your mind and stay involved with others.

  • A Prescription for Health in Menopause
  • A Primer for Preschooler Safety

    Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Here's an ABC that you and your children can recite together.

  • A Question of Taste -- Or Is It Smell?

    Our taste buds are important, but smell seems to play a bigger role. Most people who complain of loss of the sense of taste are surprised to learn they are actually having problems with their sense of smell.

  • A Quick Look at Reflexes

    What happens when your healthcare provider taps on your knee with a rubber mallet? Your leg kicks forward, seemingly on its own. And in a sense, your leg has a mind of its own — in your spinal cord.

  • A Rational Diet for Bodybuilders

    Many of today's generation of musclemen are told by nutritionists and bodybuilding experts that well-balanced meals will offer enough protein for all but the most intense exercisers.

  • A Real 8-Minute Fitness Routine

    Eight minutes in the morning -- that's all it takes to help launch you toward a fitter, trimmer lifestyle.

  • A Recipe for Food Safety

    Although most foodborne illness stems from raw animal foods -- such as eggs, meats and dairy products -- fruits and vegetables may carry germs, too.

  • A Red Face Could Signal Rosacea

    Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, people with fair skin who blush easily may be at the greatest risk for it.

  • A Red Face Could Signal Rosacea

    Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, people with fair skin who blush easily may be at the greatest risk for it.

  • A Safety Checklist for Parents

    You can help keep your children safe by following these precautions.

  • A Serious Look at Fainting

    Fainting is a loss of consciousness, falling down or needing to lie down, followed by spontaneous recovery. Fainting by itself is not a problem, but it could be a sign of a serious health condition.

  • A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

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

  • A Strategy for Scars

    To reduce scarring, keep the skin area out of the sun. Ultraviolet rays can darken your scar, making it more noticeable.

  • A Warning on Medicinal Herbs

    Herbal remedies may be popular, but just how many of the hundreds of herbs on the market act on the body isn't clear.

  • A Weighty Issue: Childhood Obesity

    Childhood obesity is more prevalent in the Northeast, followed by the Midwest, South and West. It is also more prevalent in cities than in rural areas.

  • A Winter Cold: Not Inevitable

    Although colds cannot be prevented -- or cured -- you can take precautions to reduce the chance of infection.

  • A Woman's Guide to Beating Heart Disease

    Surveys show fewer than one in 10 women perceive heart disease as their greatest health threat. But it's the nation's number one killer, and women are its prime target.

  • A Woman's Guide to Cancer Screenings

    You run two miles every other day and lift weights twice a week. You've been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat. You don't smoke. When it comes to your health, you figure you've got everything covered. But when was the last time you saw your doctor for a health screening?

  • Ability to Concentrate Isn't What It Used to Be

    With today's world filled with flashing images of MTV, quick news reports, and fast-food restaurants on every corner, are we capable of concentrating as well as we used to?

  • About Balance and Safety

    A balance disorder is a disturbance of the inner ear that can make you feel unsteady or like you’re moving or spinning.

  • About High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is a sneaky ailment. The condition has no symptoms that you can see or feel. Having your blood pressure checked is the only way to know if it is high.

  • Act Now to Cut Your Health Care Bills

    It's important to reduce your medical expenses. Even if you have health insurance, you pay a percentage of every health care bill you incur.

  • Action Plan for Osteoarthritis

    Taking arthritis medication is important, but what you do for yourself, including exercising, doing relaxation exercises and managing your emotions and attitudes, is just as crucial to your ability to lead an active, productive life.

  • Activity Can Help Control Diabetes

    Being active is a great way to help control diabetes. Exercise helps lower your blood sugar.

  • Acute Severe Asthma

    Asthma can be unpredictable, but it is important to recognize the difference between a minor flare-up and an attack that could be life-threatening.

  • Adding Up the Benefits of Calcium
  • ADHD Drugs Safe, Experts Say

    Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face a tough choice: whether to medicate their children or not.

  • Adjusting Your Attitude About Menopause

    Today's women understand that menopause is not a disease. It is a normal event; a passage from one stage of life to another.

  • Adopting a Pet--Cats and Dogs

    If you've been thinking about adding a cuddly new cat or dog to your household, take some time to think about what type of pet will best suit you, your family and your lifestyle.

  • Adult Immunizations: Are You Up To Date?

    Immunizations aren't just for children. Adults need immunizations, too. Ask your doctor which of the following shots you may need.

  • AEDs: High-Tech Help for Heart Attacks

    Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is turning up far from hospitals. Some schools and public buildings already have AEDs.

  • After Delivery, Taking Care of Yourself

    Having a baby is a life-changing experience, and there's no way to know just how exhilarating and challenging the first few months can be.

  • After Rehabilitation: Here Are Some Tools

    Recovering people can use the tools they learn in rehab to begin the intense challenge of avoiding relapse.

  • Age and Asthma

    Many people think of asthma as a childhood disease, but it often occurs as a new condition in older adults.

  • Age Doesn't Matter for Yoga

    More than ever before, Americans older than 65 are turning to yoga for exercise. What is yoga, and why is it so popular? Yoga is a series of stretches and poses done with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. And since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of age or fitness level.

  • Aging Eyes and Glasses

    As your eyes age, their lenses become less flexible, and they slowly lose their ability to focus. It's an ongoing, lifelong process called presbyopia, which you begin to notice between ages 40 and 45.

  • Air Bags and Kids

    A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 12 years old, air bags can be dangerous.

  • 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.

  • Air Pollution Can Break Your Heart

    Most people know air pollution can hurt your lungs and make it tough to breathe. But a growing body of research shows air pollution can be as bad or worse for your heart.

  • Alcohol and Older Adults

    Many older adults enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching the game on TV. In fact, half of Americans ages 65 and older drink alcohol. Having a drink now and then is fine—as long as you don’t overdo it.

  • Alcohol and Your Heart

    Alcohol may have some health benefits, including lowering the risk for heart disease, but it may also lead to abusive drinking and other diseases.

  • Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic

    The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. About 10 million adolescents drink alcohol. In fact, minors drink 19 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States.

  • All About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people older than 60.

  • All About Aging Eyes

    Do you know the difference between normal changes in vision that occur with age and abnormal changes caused by age-related eye disease? Here are some answers.

  • All About Blood Pressure Medication

    Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.

  • All About Child Passenger Safety

    Installing your child's car seat properly and using it every time your son or daughter rides in the car is one of the best ways to help keep him or her safe in case of an accident.

  • All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

    According to the American Heart Association, there are five main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.

  • All About Color Blindness

    Most people with color blindness -- also called color vision deficiency -- can see certain colors. Usually, the difficulty involves distinguishing between shades of red and green.

  • All About Color Blindness

    Most people with color blindness—also called color vision deficiency—can see certain colors. Usually, the difficulty involves distinguishing between shades of red and green.

  • All About Endocrine Hormones

    Hormones, which are chemical signals, affect growth, metabolism, blood pressure and even behavior.

  • All About Gallstones

    Gallstones are rocklike substances that form inside the gallbladder, a sac-shaped organ that is on your right side, just under the liver.

  • All About Generic Medications

    Every year, more than 400 million prescriptions are filled with generic medications in the United States.

  • All About Genetically Modified Foods

    The first genetically modified food product for human consumption was a tomato, which went on the market in 1994.

  • All About Hair

    Are you going bald? Which conditioner should you use? Here are the answers to these and other questions about your head of hair.

  • All About Hip Replacements

    If hip pain limits your ability to walk, work, or perform simple activities, you may want to talk to your doctor about a hip replacement.

  • All About Kidney Stones

    A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney out of substances normally dissolved in the urine.

  • All About Kidney Stones

    A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney out of substances normally dissolved in the urine.

  • All About LSD

    LSD, also called acid, is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens or psychedelic drugs.

  • All About Melatonin

    Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your circadian rhythm, or the 24-hour cycle of biological processes called your "internal body clock."

  • All About Menopause
  • All About Muscle Cramps

    Muscle cramps -- involuntary muscle contractions -- are common. But even though they can be quite painful, they don't cause damage.

  • All About Sunscreen

    If you're confused by the numbers and types of sunscreen, welcome to the club. Many Americans, it seems, are so confused by sunscreens that they don't even use them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that only about 30 percent of adults regularly use sunscreen.

  • All About the Stomach

    Your stomach's starring role is as an organ essential for digestion. The stomach breaks down all the food you eat.

  • All About Viruses

    Viruses are familiar from the common diseases they cause: colds and flu, for instance. But what are they, and how do they cause sickness?

  • All About Work-Related Asthma

    Occupational asthma is a lung disease in which the airways overreact to dust, vapors, gases, smoke or fumes that exist in the workplace.

  • All About Your Nails

    Did you know that fingernails grow faster than toenails? Or, that nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter?

  • All Family Time Is Quality Time

    Quality time should be woven into our lives. As our children get older and slip away, we need to stop worrying about the extraordinary and think more about the ordinary."

  • All Fats Are Not Created Equal

    You need to consume some fat to maintain good nutrition, but many Americans eat more fat than they need.

  • All Kinds of Problems Beset Your Nails

    About half of people with nail problems have fungal infections. For some of these people, antifungal medications may help.

  • Allergies on Vacation

    If you’re heading out of town, and you or your child has allergies or asthma, proper planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing and attacks under control.

  • Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At

    Roughly one person in four has some kind of allergy. The most common is "allergic rhinitis," which includes seasonal hay fever and year-round allergies to dust, animal dander, mold and some foods.

  • Allergy Medications and Vaccinations for Older Adults

    As you age, you should check with your health care provider about any allergy medications you take and make sure you are up to date on your shots.

  • Allergy Terms to Know

    A short glossary of asthma terms.

  • Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

    Some treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking. This approach appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment.

  • Alzheimer's Disease Quiz

    Find out more about this degenerative disease of the brain by taking this quiz.

  • Alzheimer's Disease Quiz

    Find out more about this degenerative disease of the brain by taking this quiz.

  • Among the Missing: Vitamin D

    Just when you thought you had your summertime outdoors routine down -- plenty of sunscreen, a large hat, limited exposure between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- comes the news that Americans aren't getting enough of the "sunshine vitamin" -- vitamin D.

  • An Introduction to Chinese Medicine

    More than half of Americans have used an alternative therapy instead of -- or in addition to -- Western medical treatment for their conditions. Among these therapies are acupuncture and other Chinese-medicine practices that have been used for more than 3,000 years.

  • An Rx for RSV
  • An Rx for RV Living

    More than a million people have pulled up roots and hit the road full time in recreational vehicles (RVs). If you're thinking of joining them, be sure to consider your health.

  • Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

    Whether you buy a first aid kit at a drug store or put one together yourself, make sure it has all the items you may need, such as medications and emergency phone numbers.

  • Andreas Vesalius, Father of Modern Anatomy

    Vesalius revolutionized the science of anatomy by basing his findings on direct observation of the body itself, rather than on centuries-old received wisdom.

  • Anemia Quiz

    Answer this one: What is the most common cause of anemia?

  • Anemia Quiz

    Answer this one: What is the most common cause of anemia?

  • Anger Can Raise Cholesterol Levels

    There's evidence that people who respond rigidly to anger-provoking events are likely to wind up with significantly elevated levels of heart-damaging cholesterol.

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains

    It might not make much of a storyline on a TV medical drama, but ankle sprains are one of the most common reasons for an emergency room visit.

  • Answers to Questions About HPV

    Learning about HPV can help you avoid infection and seek treatment, if necessary.

  • Answers to Questions About Your Child's Mental Health

    Although some behavior problems can be attributed to normal child development, some need professional help.

  • Answers to Your Diabetes Questions

    What causes diabetes? Scientists aren't sure, but heredity, obesity, lack of exercise and other factors play a part.

  • Answers to Your Questions About Arthritis and Exercise

    People with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.

  • Answers to Your Questions About Codependency

    Codependency is an emotional and behavioral condition. It affects a person’s ability to have healthy, mutually satisfying relationships.

  • Anti-Aging Hormones: Do They Work?

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could look and feel years younger just by taking a supplement? The makers of "anti-aging" hormone supplements would like you to believe that this is possible. But before you accept their claims and open your wallet, see what medical researchers say.

  • Antibiotics Not the Cure for the Common Cold

    Most of the time, however, a cold passes in a week, with or without the use of antibiotics. Taking these drugs does not help you get better faster. In fact, it can create problems.

  • Anxiety Disorder: When the Worrying Is Constant

    People with generalized anxiety disorder worry about their finances, their health, their jobs, world events, and the future. Their worry is often out of proportion to reality.

  • Appendicitis: Children and Teens

    Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.

  • Appendicitis: Children and Teens

    Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.

  • Are Feet at Fault for Back, Hip, and Knee Woes?

    If you are having problems with back pain, shin splints, knees or hips, look to your feet. Although these ailments might seem totally unrelated to one another, they can sometimes be linked to problems that start with your feet and how they're built, foot experts say.

  • Are You a Compulsive Shopper?

    Compulsive shoppers generally are people prone toward low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, as well as fantasizing, perfectionism and lack of sufficient social contacts, one expert says.

  • Are You at Risk in Amusement Parks?

    Thrill rides at amusement parks and traveling shows are higher, faster and wilder than ever. But are they dangerous?

  • Are You Frenetic About Genetics?

    Experts say you should pay close attention to what is, by far, the most useful genetic knowledge—your family medical history.

  • Are You Getting Enough Fruits and Vegetables Daily?

    What if you could do one simple thing to significantly improve your health? Eating at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables can do just that by reducing your risk for cancer, heart disease and stroke.

  • Artificial Teeth
  • As Snack Attacks Rise, Seek Healthy Options

    Youths of all ages from 2 through the teen years snack more often. With 13 to 14 percent of children and adolescents overweight, we can blame eating between meals for part of the trend.

  • As You Age, Be Aware of B12 Deficiency

    Getting too little vitamin B12 may leave you feeling fuzzy in your thinking and lead to numbness or tingling in your hands and feet.

  • 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.

  • Assess Your Goals Year-round

    If you set professional goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, don't forget to take a look at what you have and haven't accomplished as the year progresses.

  • Asthma Action Plan Worksheet

    Your health care team will help you fill out your Action Plan. Provide the information requested to see how well you are managing your asthma.

  • Asthma at Work

    Occupational asthma is caused by being exposed to irritants in the form of vapors, fumes, gases, particles or allergens like dust in the workplace.

  • Asthma in Older Adults

    Many people think of asthma as a childhood disease, but it often occurs as a new condition in older adults.

  • Asthma Medications and Emotional Side Effects

    Although medications can successfully treat asthma symptoms, they may also have side effects that leave you feeling jittery.

  • Asthma on Campus

    College can pose challenges for the student with asthma. New and unfamiliar living quarters, school and social stresses, and other factors can trigger a flare-up.

  • Asthma Terms to Know

    It's important to understand common terms used in asthma management.

  • Asthma: A Worsening of Symptoms

    By recognizing the early warning signs and talking with your health care provider, you can help keep little flare-ups from turning into big ones.

  • Asthma: Allergy Testing

    If you think you may have allergies, talk with your healthcare provider about getting tested.

  • Asthma: Exercising Indoors

    When the weather turns cold, it's a good idea to move your workout indoors.

  • Asthma: HFA Inhalers

    Your new inhaler is better for the environment and just as good for your asthma as your old inhaler.

  • Asthmatics Need Yearly Flu Shot

    Getting the flu can be serious business for people with asthma. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent it.

  • Athletic Shoes: Lace Them to Fit

    Simply lacing your shoes or sneakers properly, along with choosing a shoe that fits your foot correctly, can add comfort to your stride and prevent foot injuries.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults

    ADD can have a significant social impact on a person's life, affecting relationships in the family and on the job.

  • Attention Men: Doctor Knows Best

    Men who think they're too "macho" to seek medical help could end up making more trips to the doctor's office in the long run.

  • Avoid Injury Around Barbecue Grills

    Because barbecue grills are operated in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, they tend to be taken for granted. And that can lead to serious injury.

  • Avoid Injury When You Exercise

    Staying active—getting regular exercise—is one of the best ways to minimize the effects of aging. Exercise helps prevent chronic illness and loss of function in older adults.

  • Avoid Soccer Injuries in Your Kids
  • Avoid the Top Mistakes in the Gym

    Not progressing wisely—exercising too much, too hard, or too often instead of gradually working out longer and harder—is a common mistake made by many fitness enthusiasts. But it’s not the only one.

  • Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers

    If allergies bother you in the fall, you’re most likely sensitive to one or more molds, weeds, trees or grasses.

  • 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.

  • Avoiding Non-Impact Eye Injuries

    You may think wearing goggles is enough to protect your eyes, but many injuries can happen to your eyes that goggles won't prevent.

  • Avoiding Salmonella Infection

    Salmonella causes diarrhea and gastroenteritis, and, rarely, typhoid fever. It is often spread through contaminated food or water.

  • Babies and Toddlers Need Iron to Thrive

    Is your new baby getting enough iron? It’s important to know. The mineral provides fuel for growth spurts, brain development and more. Find out the exact amount your new baby needs and good food sources of iron.

  • 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.

  • Baby Blues: Mood Swings or More Serious?

    For many women, the "baby blues" pass quickly. For others, the feelings of sadness don't ease and may become worse.

  • Baby’s Emotional, Intellectual Development

    Because most brain development takes place after birth, parents have many opportunities to contribute to the brain's healthy development.

  • Balanced Ways to Attain a Healthy Weight

    Whether you have tried to lose weight on your own or with the help of a weight-loss program, the focus is too often on severely restrictive diets and unrealistic goals, nutrition experts say.

  • Basic Training: Build Your Own Boot-Camp Workout

    The secret to the trendy "boot-camp" workout is mixing calorie-burning cardio intervals with moves that build strength using the weight of your own body.

  • Basics About Your Newborn Baby's Body

    Even the best-prepared parents may be surprised by a few things that are quite normal in newborns.

  • Basketball: Make Safety a Point

    Experts say players can avoid injury by strengthening muscles through a supervised weight-training program before the season. That helps prevent injuries to knees and ankles, the most common court injuries.

  • Be Careful With Kitchen Knives

    With a few cutting-edge tips from experts who use knives for a living -- top chefs -- you can avoid the biggest danger of kitchen work.

  • Be Comfortable Walking in Cold and Wet Weather

    Don't let cold temperatures or rain deter you from your walking routine. Take weather-related precautions, and a change in the weather won't tempt you to skip your workout.

  • Be in the Know When on the Go in Winter

    If you live in an area where winter brings snow, slush and ice, the best advice about driving in these conditions is not to. But if you must venture out, be prepared.

  • Be Smart About Taking Medicines

    Prescription medicines have joined the ranks of new cars and breakfast cereals. Many of them are being marketed directly to the public through ads on television and in magazines. Some medicines get so much free publicity they don't need to be advertised.

  • Beating an Eating Disorder

    Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have risen steadily to affect nearly 10 million women (and 1 million men).

  • Bed-Wetting: Help Your Child Stay Dry at Night

    Do not become angry if your child can't stay dry during the night. Never punish or tease your child for bed-wetting. Support and patience are the keys in helping your child.

  • Being There: Advice for Expectant Dads

    Remember scenes from old movies where the husband paces around the waiting room while his wife is in labor? As a father-to-be today, you know that you can participate throughout your partner's pregnancy.

  • Bench These Six Exercise Excuses

    Some excuses—I weigh too much, I'm too old, I have too many health problems—are in themselves strong arguments for increasing physical activity.

  • Benefits of Strong Abdominal Muscles

    Strong abdominal muscles do more for you than just giving you a trim profile. They help stabilize your torso, which reduces aches and pains in your lower back.

  • Beware of Diarrhea Dehydration in Infants, Toddlers

    Poopy diapers are bad enough, but who wants to deal with baby’s diarrhea? Unfortunately the condition isn’t just a smelly mess, it’s also a health concern, because it can lead to dangerous dehydration.

  • Beware of Over-the-Counter Contact Lenses

    Contacts that aren't properly prescribed and cared for can lead to allergic reactions, bacterial infections, corneal ulcers, and corneal scrapes. Some problems can end in blindness.

  • Beware of Supplements for Kids

    Firms are advertising herbs and supplements as remedies for everything from colds and asthma to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but dietary supplements and herbal mixtures aimed at children may be a waste of money -- and a threat to their health.

  • Beyond Cholesterol

    Scientists have learned that other substances may give you and your doctor new clues about your heart disease risk. And that's good news. Coronary heart disease, in which fatty deposits build up in your arteries, is the nation's top killer.

  • Bike-Helmet Safety Smarts

    Whether on an adult or a child, a helmet that has been approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and fits correctly will cushion the head in a fall and protect it from impact with other objects.

  • Biking Your Way to Better Health

    Riding a bicycle can be an excellent fitness activity. Cyclists can burn 400 to 700 calories an hour when they're pedaling at a good pace.

  • Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People

    Binge drinkers are most likely found on college campuses, where many students consider a big game or fraternity party an excuse to drink all weekend.

  • Biofeedback: Another Way to Manage Pain

    This technique can ease migraines and tension-type headaches, as well as low back pain and fibromyalgia.

  • Blood Pressure Rising Among Children

    High blood pressure has joined type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol on a list of ailments that once struck only adults but now afflict children.

  • Blood Vessels: Your Internal Superhighway

    Every minute of every day, millions of blood cells trek through about 60,000 miles of blood vessels -- enough to stretch from New York City to San Francisco 23 times -- delivering oxygen and nutrients to every tissue. Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and two basic kinds of blood vessels: arteries and veins.

  • BMD: Another Reason to Check for Ticks

    The bite of a deer tick can pass on several diseases, including Lyme disease and Borrelia miyamotoi disease.

  • Bone Spurs Are a Thorny Problem

    Scientists believe bone spurs happen because of osteoarthritis or when the body tries to heal itself after a trauma by replacing bone.

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  • Boosting Your Mental Health

    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.

  • Break the Cycle of Repeated Accidents
  • Break Through the Alcoholic's Psychological Defenses

    The most important thing that friends and family can do for an alcoholic is to stop enabling the addictive behavior.

  • Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    The symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.

  • Breaking Yourself Out of a Rut

    A routine isn't necessarily bad; it can be comforting because it adds structure to your life and it isn't stressful. But dissatisfaction may start to gnaw at you and erode your self-esteem if you believe you want something more in your life.

  • Breastfeeding Helps Mothers and Children
  • Breathe Easy: Effective Asthma Management

    Early diagnosis is one key to effective asthma management. This helps you prevent or minimize damage to airways and lungs that accumulates over time. Once the disease is diagnosed, it's important you take control of it. Proper treatment includes seeing your health care provider regularly.

  • Bridge the Gap With Teen Grandkids

    If you want to develop a closer relationship with teen grandchildren, the key is arranging for one-on-one time, without parents in the picture.

  • Bruise Control

    We bruise when blood vessels beneath our skin rupture and bleed. As alarming as these purplish marks can be, they're usually harmless. With passing years, however, they become increasingly common with the mildest bump or blow.

  • Brush Up on Toothpaste

    Selecting toothpaste is largely a matter of personal preference, but all adults should use toothpaste containing fluoride.

  • Build Your Bones with Exercise

    You can help prevent osteoporosis by including enough calcium in your diet and exercising regularly.

  • Building a Healthier Sandwich

    If you're tired of turkey, bored by bologna and had it with ham, think about giving some va-va-va-voom to what you put in your child's brown bag.

  • Building Bonds with Your Grandchildren

    Grandparents can play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. In some families, they are the caregivers; in others, they help make lasting memories through special visits.

  • Bullies Go High-Tech

    You can now add bullying to the list of things made easier by technology. Bullies use e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging on cell phones to reach victims.

  • Bullying on the Job

    You may find bullying on the playground or in your child’s classroom. But what about in your office? About 1 in 4 American workers have been bullied on the job.

  • Business Travel Stress-Busters

    If you take a healthy attitude toward stress in your travel plans, the payoffs include improved physical well-being, mental alertness and better job performance.

  • Buying a Bike for Your Child

    Most youngsters learn the basics of pedaling, steering and braking on a tricycle or "big wheel" cycle, and around age 4 are ready to try a two-wheeler with training wheels.

  • Buying Guide: Frozen Juice and Punch
  • Buying Guidelines for Safe and Fun Toys

    Toy-related injuries send tens of thousands of children to the emergency room each year. Most injuries occur when parents give their children toys meant for older children.

  • Cancer Screening: Beating Your Fears for Good

    The good news is that being screened for cancer doesn't have to be a traumatic experience for anyone.

  • Cancer Survivor Tips

    Learning how to take care of your physical and mental health after a cancer diagnosis is the key to living your life to the fullest.

  • Cardio Workout Equipment Primer

    Here are tips to help you get the most out of your workouts when you use cardio equipment.

  • Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves

    More than 22 million Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. If you're part of this group, whether you call yourself a caregiver, or simply a good daughter or son, you know that caring for an aging parent or friend has its rewards and its trials.

  • Caring for a Child With Type 1 Diabetes

    If your child suddenly develops a fever and grows weak, tired and nauseated, the youngster probably has the flu or some other virus. But the symptoms could also be warning signs of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.

  • Caring for an Ill Loved One

    Caring for anyone is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. Here are tips to help make the task easier.

  • Caring for the Caregiver

    Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adult children, spouses, siblings, friends or neighbors, who help with daily activities such as bathing, feeding and clothing.

  • Caring for Tiny Teeth

    Make sure your baby's developing teeth are not at risk from nursing or bottle tooth decay.

  • Caring for Your Sick Child

    You should always call a doctor if you have any doubts or questions about how to take care of your sick child at home.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: It's All in the Wrist

    Do you spend your days using a computer, sorting mail or assembling small parts? If your workplace duties put stress on your wrists, you may be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Celiac Disease Can Harm Digestion

    Celiac disease, or celiac sprue, is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

  • Celiac Disease Can Harm Digestion

    Celiac disease, or celiac sprue, is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

  • Ceramics: Pretty, and Maybe Poisonous

    Certain ceramics may cause lead poisoning, and some may leach cadmium into food and drink.

  • Cesarean Doesn't Mean Forever

    Many women who have had cesarean births can attempt to deliver vaginally if no risk factors are present.

  • Checking Your Own Blood Pressure

    Did you know you can purchase your own blood pressure monitor and check the reading yourself at home?

  • Cheerleading Safety

    A safe cheerleading program will include direct adult supervision, proper conditioning, skills training and warm-up exercises.

  • Chicken Soup: Good for the Body and the Soul

    Feeling a cold coming on? Serve up chicken soup, with some noodles. Feeling well? Try a robust soup, with lots of colorful vegetables, chunks of chicken and big noodles.

  • Child Health Emergencies

    A good guideline to follow is that a medical emergency is any time your child has an injury or illness you believe threatens his or her health or may cause permanent harm.

  • Child Safety for All Ages

    Some safety hazards apply to all children. But many problems are especially dangerous for children at a particular age or stage of development. Keep these precautions in mind as your children grow.

  • Childhood Immunizations: Get the Facts

    If you are the parent of a young child, you may be confused about the safety of immunizations.

  • Children and Cholesterol

    If you, your parents or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55, you should have your child's cholesterol tested.

  • Chilling Meat: It's All About Safety

    From the farm to the store, meat and poultry products must be chilled -- and kept chilled, packaged and handled properly so it will be safe for consumers to buy. Several government agencies have the responsibility to assure the food's safety. In the home, food caretakers must do their part to store, handle and cook meat and poultry right so it's safe to eat.

  • Chilling Tales From the Freezer

    Foods shouldn't stay frozen indefinitely. In fact, some foods -- like bacon -- shouldn't be kept in the freezer for much more than a month.

  • Chlamydia Can Lead to Infertility

    A lot of us don't realize that chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause no symptoms, meaning you could have an STD and not know it.

  • 'Choose My Plate' Now Tailored to You

    Many of us used the old Food Pyramid for years to help make sure we were following a balanced diet. Its replacement, Choose My Plate, was introduced in 2011.

  • 'Choose My Plate' Shapes a Healthier Senior Diet

    It is important to control the portion size of even nutrient-rich foods to avoid consuming too many calories. Most people need fewer calories as they grow older and their activity level decreases.

  • Choosing a Hospital

    You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort.

  • Choosing a Safe Weight-Loss Program

    The not-so-secret secret to weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. This can be done safely and effectively by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

  • Choosing and Using Leafy Green Veggies

    There's a world of greens available that offers you more nutrients than iceberg lettuce. In fact, more than 300 kinds of greens are available in the United States in a variety of flavors.

  • Choosing the Right Group Fitness Instructor

    The best group fitness instructors make exercise fun and help you improve your conditioning by appropriately challenging you according to your fitness level.

  • Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery

    Picture being able to accomplish only half as much each day as you used to—with nothing obvious to account for your exhaustion. That's life for people suffering from CFS.

  • Clear the Way for a Fitness Program
  • Cleft Palates Can Be Repaired, Overcome
  • Clinical Guidelines for Heart Failure

    As a patient, understanding the basics of the guidelines can help you take a more active role in your treatment.

  • Clinical Trials: Should You Participate?

    Being involved in a clinical trial has risks and benefits. Being informed and asking lots of questions can help you make a decision.

  • Close the Door on Intimate Partner Violence

    CDC defines intimate partner violence as actual or threatened physical or sexual violence, or psychological and emotional abuse, directed at a spouse, former spouse, current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, or dating partner.

  • Cold Sores: A Common Complaint

    Most people who get cold sores were infected with HSV1 before age 20, usually by kissing someone with the virus.

  • Common Injuries of the Shoulder

    The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.

  • Common Questions About Corticosteroids

    Here's where to find out more about these important asthma medications.

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  • Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer

    Although concussions range from mild to severe, they're all serious injuries that can harm the way the brain works.

  • Conditioning Strategies for Peak Athletic Performance

    Invest some time at the gym to get your muscles in peak condition.

  • Contact Lens Safety Tips

    If you wear contact lenses, it's important to follow your eye care provider's instructions on wearing and disinfecting them.

  • Contraception: Many Options

    For a woman who wants to plan when she becomes pregnant, there are many choices.

  • Controlling Type 2 Diabetes With a Healthy Lifestyle

    A healthy lifestyle will help you attain and maintain a healthy weight, manage your blood glucose level, lower blood pressure if you have high blood pressure, reduce stress and improve your mood.

  • Cooking Temperatures and Safe Food Handling
  • Cool Facts About Cold Cuts
  • Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking

    Many teenagers still think smoking is cool. Here are some tools to help parents stay diligent in keeping their kids from smoking.

  • COPD and Summer Heat

    Becoming overheated can put people with COPD at risk for serious illness. Stay cool this summer with these tips.

  • COPD Remains Widely Undetected

    COPD develops slowly, and people are often not diagnosed with it until their 50s, when the disease has greatly affected their lung function.

  • COPD: A Quit-Smoking Plan

    The first step is to choose a quit date and mark it on your calendar.

  • COPD: Boost Your Strength with Exercise

    Check with your health care provider about the level of strength training that makes sense for you, and keep some ground rules in mind.

  • COPD: Coping with Stress

    Life can be full of stress sometimes, especially when you’re managing a health condition like COPD.

  • COPD: End-of-Life Care

    What kind of care would you want if you were no longer able to speak for yourself?

  • COPD: Finding the Hidden Joys of Exercise

    Exercise can help reduce COPD problems, such as shortness of breath and limits on your activity level.

  • COPD: Good Nutrition Is Important

    Eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. Big meals fill up your stomach, which can press on your lungs and make breathing harder.

  • COPD: Heartburn Is Common

    It’s possible to take medications that control stomach acid to help relieve the symptoms of GERD.

  • COPD: Home from the Hospital

    Here's what to do to help prevent another flare-up—and stay out of the hospital.

  • COPD: Managing Sodium and Potassium Intake

    Two nutrients that are critical to keep in check when you have COPD are sodium and potassium. Here are tips on how to watch your intake of them.

  • COPD: Medicines for Maintenance

    Maintenance medicines work for an extended time after you take them.

  • COPD: Safe Oxygen Tips

    If you use oxygen to help manage the symptoms of COPD, be sure to handle it with care.

  • COPD: Tips for Easier Dressing

    When you have COPD, even getting dressed can sometimes seem like a challenge.

  • COPD: When Symptoms Get Worse

    Be aware of the early warning signs of change, such as more frequent symptoms or the onset of a new symptom.

  • Coping with Chronic Pain

    Effective pain treatments are available. You can also take steps yourself to ease ongoing discomfort.

  • Coping with Food Allergies

    Although many people believe they have a food allergy, true food allergies are not that common.

  • Coping with Food Cravings

    Some people experience food cravings only now and then, while others have them daily or weekly.

  • Coping with Miscarriage

    A pregnancy ended by miscarriage can be a traumatic loss. Unfortunately, it’s one that many women experience. Knowing how to deal with your feelings and find support can help you cope during this difficult time.

  • Coping with PMS

    PMS symptoms occur one to two weeks before your period and may be severe enough to interfere with your normal daily activities.

  • Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens

    A common ingredient in many cough and cold remedies has become a popular substance to abuse by teenagers searching for a cheap, easy high.

  • Could a Nutrition Expert Help You?

    If you need to change your eating habits for the sake of your health, have you considered talking with a registered dietitian (RD)?

  • Could Medication Be Causing Weight Gain?

    The most common prescription medications to cause weight gain include drugs that treat depression, heartburn, bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

  • Could That Stomachache in Your Child Be Appendicitis?

    A "tummy ache" is a common complaint in children. Usually, it's nothing serious.

  • Could This Be Perimenopause?

    A generation ago, hot flashes, irregular periods, and mood swings would have been labeled menopause or “the change of life.” Today, your doctor is more likely to call this perimenopause, a new term for the transitional years leading up to the end of menstruation.

  • Could Your Child Have a Drug Problem?

    Before assuming your child is taking drugs, find out if something else may be causing him or her to behave unusually.

  • Counting Liquid Calories

    When counting calories, don’t forget the ones you drink. For many people, these so-called liquid calories can make or break an effort to lose pounds successfully.

  • CPR Training and You

    If you know CRP, you could make the difference between life and death for a stranger or someone in your family.

  • Creating a Home Gym

    For many people, a home gym works better than an actual gym because they don't have to travel to it.

  • Creating a Positive Body-Image

    Does something about your body bug you? Maybe you believe you'd be happier if only you were thinner, taller, shorter, more muscular -- whatever.

  • Cross-Cultural Adoptions Raise Sensitive Issues

    As the parent of an adopted biracial/bicultural child, it's important to acknowledge that your child is different. The goal is to help your child feel a sense of pride about his or her culture and race so it becomes a positive part of his or her identity.

  • Curb Antibiotic Abuse in Children

    Antibiotics are not necessary for the majority of infections seen in the pediatrician's office.

  • Curbing Mental Health Costs

    Mental health care can be expensive even for people with health insurance. Here are ideas on ways to save.

  • Cut Your Cholesterol, Without Drugs

    People with a strong genetic predisposition to high cholesterol need medication to control cholesterol. But a lot of us don't.

  • Cutting Calories and Fat When Eating Out

    To better control your calorie intake you need to know how much you eat. But if you're like most Americans, proper serving sizes are a mystery, thanks to mega-burgers, biggie fries and saucer-sized bagels.

  • Cycling Safely

    Many biking accidents could be prevented if riders protected themselves with the right equipment and maintained their bikes with safety in mind.

  • Dancing Is the Star

    Besides being fun, dance offers a range of benefits—physical, mental, and social—that other activities can't match.

  • Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

    The basics of implant surgery haven't changed much in decades, but the materials dentists use have improved markedly.

  • Dental Sealants Shield Against Tooth Decay

    Children with sealants have 50 percent less tooth decay than children without sealants, dental experts say.

  • Dentistry: It's Not the Same Old Drill

    A revolution in dentistry is spawning new devices and products, from laser "drills" to high-tech toothpaste and mouth rinses.

  • Depressed Kids Need Help

    Teen depression is a serious illness. The benefits of getting help, including taking medications if needed, far outweigh the potential risks.

  • Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

    In general, only about 3% of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20% to 30% of people in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.

  • Deskercise for the Office Bound

    Many office workers are doing simple exercises at their desks, with surprisingly healthy benefits.

  • Diabetes and Sensitive Topics

    Diabetes affects every part of your life, and it can create problems that aren’t easy to talk about with your healthcare provider.

  • Diabetes Tops Child Obesity's Health Risks

    Children who weigh too much face a broad array of health problems, with type 2 diabetes leading the list.

  • Diabetes: Take Care from Head to Toe

    For people with diabetes, eyes and feet can be potential trouble spots. You should have an eye exam and a foot exam every year.

  • Diabetic Skin Troubles

    About one-third of people with diabetes get a skin problem sooner or later. Fortunately, most problems can be prevented or easily treated.

  • Diet Traps That Keep You From Losing

    With all the diets out there to choose from these days, it's hard to know which ones are legitimate and which are diet fads.

  • Diet Traps to Avoid

    Making and following a weight-loss plan that includes balanced meals and exercise can help you attain a healthy weight.

  • Digital X-Rays Give Dentists the Big Picture

    Digital technology has spread to the dentist's office. Somewhere between 10 to 30 percent of dentists have forgone film, choosing instead digital X-rays that come with a number of advantages.

  • Discovering Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy

    Diabetic autonomic neuropathy usually occurs after a person has had diabetes for at least 20 years or has had poor control of blood sugar.

  • Diseases from Your Pets, Both Common and Exotic

    Whether you have a turtle or a parrot or a tabby cat, the best prevention against disease is cleanliness.

  • Dispelling Myths About Autism

    An autistic child may not speak or may simply mimic sounds, is prone to bizarre gestures and often rejects physical contact.

  • Do I Really Need a Fire Extinguisher?
  • Do You Have a Family Disaster Plan?

    Your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter is a great place to start.

  • Do You Need a Daily Vitamin Supplement?

    Daily vitamin and mineral supplements are an option for people who don’t get enough essential nutrients through the foods they eat.

  • Does Exercise Deliver for Skin Care?

    While facial exercises may not give you better skin, overall body exercise probably will.

  • Does Your Child Have a Make-Believe Friend?

    Having a make-believe friend is a normal part of your child's growth and usually happens between ages 3 and 6.

  • Doing Your Part to Help Prevent Drunken Driving

    Just about everybody loves a party. But if your party menu includes alcohol, be a smart host and insist that your guests to play it safe on the way home.

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  • Do-It-Yourself Safety

    Thousands of people visit hospital emergency rooms each year for injuries linked to yard and garden equipment, home workshops, or cleaning and painting supplies.

  • Don’t Let Asthma Triggers Dampen Spring Fever

    Don’t let your asthma triggers dampen spring fever. You can still enjoy the season by managing your exposure.

  • Don't Forget the Fiber in Your Low-Carb Diet
  • Don't Forget to Remember

    Your memory is built in three basic steps. Before you can remember something, you have to learn it.

  • Don't Get Burned by Tanning Salons

    If you're looking for a safe way to tan, a tanning booth or salon is not the answer, experts say.

  • Don't Ignore Dry Eyes

    The condition called dry eyes may feel a sand-like grittiness that can range from mild to severe.

  • Don't Miss Out on These 5 Nutrients

    You've heard of vitamin C and calcium. But have you gotten the word on all the other nutrients you need for a healthy diet?

  • Don't Rule Out Adult-Onset Asthma

    Women are more likely than men to have asthma. Women also have more asthma attacks.

  • Don't Rush into Cataract Surgery

    Surgery is necessary only when vision reaches a point that, even with prescription lenses, a person is unable to see well enough to do the things he or she wants to do.

  • Don't Sell a Short Kid Short

    Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, doctors say.

  • Don't Swallow Your Emotions
  • Don't Wince—Root Canals Help Save Your Teeth

    What is a root canal? It’s a procedure in which your dentist or an endodontist removes the source of tooth pain—the inflamed pulp tissue inside canals deep in the tooth.

  • Do's and Don'ts for Grandparents

    Tips for getting the most from your relationship with your grandchildren.

  • Dress for Success--and Your Health

    For women, ill-fitting, irritating, or otherwise inappropriate clothing and accessories could contribute to health issues ranging from back pain to crooked toes to eye infections.

  • 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.

  • Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road

    No matter how good a driver you are, high speeds or impaired or careless driving by others can place you in danger.

  • Driving Safely on Your Family Vacation

    When traveling by car, your chances for arriving safely increase with a healthy respect for the realities of the highway.

  • 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.

  • Dry Mouth: It's a Warning Sign

    A dry mouth may not sound like a health threat. But that parched feeling can cause tooth decay and gum trouble, as well as discomfort when eating or speaking.

  • Earlier is Better to Catch Hearing Loss

    Many experts urge hearing tests before newborns leave the hospital. Every year, several thousand babies with hearing problems are born in the U.S.

  • Ease the Pain of Muscle Cramps

    Cramps do not mean there is a problem with the muscle itself; rather, experts believe they happen when the fluid and electrolyte imbalance catches up to you or when a nerve overstimulates a muscle.

  • Easing a Child’s Fears and Anxieties About Medical Procedures

    Before your child undergoes any medical treatment, it is critical for you to have a full understanding of the diagnosis, procedure and options available. This will help you manage the fears and anxieties your child may feel.

  • Easy Ways for Older Adults to Prevent Falls

    Many older people fall because of unsafe surroundings at home. Use these suggestions to safeguard against some likely household hazards.

  • Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Medications

    If you have more than two medications to manage, consider getting a pill organizer -- a special container marked with the days of the week. Besides housing multiple medications, a compartmentalized organizer can be useful for keeping track of the medications you've taken.

  • 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.

  • Eat Alone? Make Your Meals Nutritious

    Dinner parties, cooking for a crowd, fixing the family meal -- those are easy compared with the challenges of cooking for one. If you live alone, chances are you don't give your meals a lot of thought or preparation.

  • Eat Well, for Your Children's Sake

    You can tell your children how to eat well, but experts say it's better to show them. Children must learn from their parents and caregivers to value themselves, eat nutritiously, and get proper exercise and rest.

  • Eating Disorders in Men

    Boys and men have eating disorders, too. Males make up 5 to 15 percent of patients with anorexia or bulimia and 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder.

  • Eating on the Run

    Most people find it easier to stick to a healthy diet when they’re at home and can plan their meals. But eating in restaurants, in your car, or at your desk is often a reality of modern life.

  • Eating Raw Clams: Is It Risky?

    The FDA notes that shellfish, especially mollusks, are more likely to cause foodborne illness than fish because shellfish pump water through their bodies.

  • Eating the Right Foods for All-Day Energy

    If your blood glucose drops too low -- which can happen if you go too long without eating -- you're going to feel lightheaded and lethargic.

  • Eating Well When You Have Cancer

    If you have cancer, eating the right kinds of foods can help you feel better and stay stronger. This means foods and beverages that contain vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat and water.

  • Eating Without Heating

    With a little imagination, some basic provisions and a refrigerator, you can prepare a satisfying dinner for four that will make you the star of the patio on a hot summer night.

  • Eczema in Kids: Annoying, but Treatable

    A scaly, red, itchy, dry rash can show up in the first weeks of life. It signals a vexing but treatable skin problem called atopic dermatitis (AD), often known as eczema. Most children outgrow AD, but in some cases, it may recur in the teenage years or in adulthood.

  • Emergency Care: When Is It the Right Choice?

    You may think of the ER as a source of the most immediate medical attention, but if your situation is not a real emergency, this isn't true.

  • Emergency Symptoms for People Who Use Insulin

    Under certain circumstances, people who take insulin can have symptoms that require immediate action and, in some cases, tre