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    In Good Health : Women's health : Preventive Care


      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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?

      • 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.

      • How to Assess Your Risk for Chronic Disease

        Here are ways to help you fine-tune your lifestyle to promote optimum health.

      • Know Your Family's Health History

        To find out what your family risks are, ask people on both sides of your family. Start with your parents, siblings and children.

      • Older Adults and the Common Cold

        Cold and flu season is hard on everyone, but for older adults who may have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it’s especially challenging.

      • Pregnancy and Oral Health

        Regular dental checkups and cleanings, along with brushing and flossing often, are important for a healthy mouth and a health pregnancy.

      • Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

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

      • Six 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.

      • Special Vaccine Requirements

        Review your immunization history with your healthcare provider and be sure that children over the age of 2 are on schedule with their vaccine series.

      • What Vaccines Should You and Your Family Have?

        Specific vaccine recommendations vary depending on your age, where you live, and the risk factors you have.

      • Women's Healthcare Guidelines

        Get regular checkups, preventive exams, and immunizations. Learn about disease prevention and ask your healthcare provider for specific information regarding your needs.

      • 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.