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Wellness Made Easy: The Real Basics of Better Health

The basics of wellness -- eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and practicing healthful habits -- can help you live a longer, healthier life. Adopting even one of the following components of good health and better self-care can improve your well-being. Embracing all of them will yield significant benefits.

Your Lips Need Protection

Your skin contains oil that protects it from drying out and from extreme temperatures, but your lips do not.

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.

Smile! Are You Eating Healthy?

If you're not eating right, you may be at risk for problems with your teeth and mouth. Bad eating habits can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

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.

Healthy Changes for Staying Young

Time takes its toll on a body, but you don't have to sit back and let the effects of aging take place without a fight.

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.

What Can My Pharmacist Do for Me?

Today's pharmacists counsel you on how to use your medicine correctly and help protect you against overdoses and dangerous drug interactions.

Taking Care of Yourself After Childbirth

Your body continues to change after delivery. Coping with these changes while you adjust to caring for a new baby can present a challenge.

How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You

Although most insects are just nuisances, some can threaten our health.

Winter's Cool Advice: Watch Out for Hypothermia

Anyone who doesn't dress warmly enough or gets overheated then chilled while outside risks developing hypothermia.

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.

Vaccine Offers Hope for Children’s Earaches

Earaches are common during childhood, but a vaccine can ease the pain for thousands of kids.

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.

Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific

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.

Strategies to Living the Life You Want

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.

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.

Optimize Your Health and Happiness

Staying healthy mentally and physically isn't simply a matter of good genes. It's a proactive project that lasts your entire life.

Sound Advice for a Healthful Pregnancy

Bringing a new life into this world is a big responsibility. Even seemingly simple things—like soaking in a hot tub or being around people who are painting—could affect your baby.

How to Prevent Osteoarthritis

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

Posture Pointers for Preventing Pain

Good posture can help your body function at its best. It promotes movement, efficiency and endurance, and contributes to an overall sense of well-being. It can also help prevent chronic aches and pains that can require medical attention.

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.

How to Prevent and Relieve Digestive Problems

Just as simple things can upset your digestive system, simple changes can help. The following tips can help prevent or relieve digestive ills.

A Prescription for Good Health

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

Keep Your Noggin Fit with Brain Exercise

Active thinking pumps extra blood into your brain. Getting more blood to the brain is an important way to counteract the effects of aging.

Health Precautions When You Travel by Air

Straight Talk on Posture

Good posture can enhance your appearance, confidence and self-esteem. It also relieves overcrowding of internal organs caused by slouching.

Brush Up on Toothpaste

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

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.

Pregnant? Why You Should Know About Lead

If you're pregnant, it's just as important for you to stay away from lead as it is to protect your children from it.

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.

Stroke Awareness for All Ages

Strokes occur when something interferes with the normal flow of blood to the central nervous system. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer.

How You Can Avoid Aggressive Drivers

Seniors: Keep Key Documents Handy

How can you ensure you'll get the medical services you need in the future? Gather what documents you might need to get those services now. It helps to have a record of the names and addresses of your health care providers, the dates of your office visits, and hospitalizations.

Maintain a Healthy Weight for a Lifetime

Which is more important to you -- being able to wear the jeans you wore five years ago, or being able to move better, have more energy and improve your health?

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.

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

Older Moms, Healthy Babies

The fact is that most women in their 30s and 40s have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. To ensure a healthy pregnancy, you should do what any woman should do: Prepare for your baby with healthy lifestyle choices. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and learn what you can do to prevent potential problems.

Good Oral Health Practices

Brushing twice a day will help get rid of plaque, the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Recognizing Medication Tampering

No packaging system is completely safe, so it's important that you check for signs of tampering whenever you buy or use a medicine.

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.

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.

A Winter Cold: Not Inevitable

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

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.

Why Your Doctor Uses Medical Imaging

If you're scheduled for an X-ray or imaging test, here are some things you should know about various procedures, what they're used for and any risks involved.

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.

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.

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.

Keeping an Eye on Your Bones

Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children

Each fall you hear that the flu threatens senior citizens and folks with chronic ailments. But the rate of hospital stays is highest in another group—young children.

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.

Your Child and Vitamin D

Shunning milk and the sun is more and more common for children, and the result is a lack of vitamin D.

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.

Steps Women Can Take to Reduce Their Diabetes Risk

Type 2 diabetes can be especially deadly for women. Of the nearly 16 million Americans with diabetes, more than half are female.

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.

Women's Guide to Staying Healthy

Women can't always stay healthy and prevent disease. But by having certain screening tests and practicing healthful behaviors, they are more likely to live long, healthy lives.

Build Your Bones with Exercise

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

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.

Put Up a Food Fight Against Disease

Here's food for thought on dietary changes that can help you prevent several serious conditions.

What to Do About a 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?

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.

Immunization Update for Older Adults

This guide can help you determine if you need to be immunized. Talk with your health care provider to be sure your immunizations are up to date.

The Healthy-Bones Diet

The right amount of calcium in your diet helps maintain your bone strength, reducing your risk for osteoporosis.

Focusing on Folate

If you're a woman of childbearing age, one of the B vitamins -- folate -- is especially critical.

How Much of a Threat Is Bird Influenza?

Influenza, with its fever, aches, fatigue and threat of complications, seems a uniquely human illness. But the flu, caused by a virus, can infect animals and birds, as well.

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.

Taking Time for Tea

In recent years, scientists have conducted tests on tea to better understand what its health benefits may be.

Striking a Match: Ideal Doctor/Ideal Patient

Your health is so central to who you are, so important to how well you function and enjoy life, your doctor can be one of your most valued life 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.

Oral Health and Asthma

If you have asthma, does your dentist know? This is important for good oral health, especially if you use a corticosteroid inhaler.

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.

Keep Your Kidneys Working Well

Your kidneys are your body's filters. They remove waste and excess fluid from your blood.

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.

Answers to Questions About HPV

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

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

On the Barbecue, Charred Is Barred

Researchers have found that cooking muscle meats -- beef, pork, poultry and fish -- at high temperatures may pose a risk for cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sound Advice for MP3 Users

Experts say today's small music players pose a big risk of hearing loss. One reason: The "earbuds" used with iPods and other MP3 players fit into the ears, not over them.

Stop the Spread of Germs at Work

Illnesses such as the flu and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. They’re usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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.

People with Asthma 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.

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.

How to Avoid Sports Injuries

Sports injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if all athletes — professionals and amateurs — followed essential safety, conditioning, and preventive strategies.

HIV Prevention Is Still Important

New drug treatments can delay the effects of AIDS and are helping patients live longer. But the reality is that no medicine can cure AIDS or the virus that causes it, HIV. Once inside the body, HIV destroys immune system cells, making it difficult to fight off illness.

Five Minerals We All Need

Chances are you know you need minerals such as calcium and iron. But five lesser-known minerals also deserve your attention.

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.

Little League Goes to Bat for Safety

Pitchers ages 10 and under can throw no more than 75 pitches a game. After that, they can't pitch until they rest for four days.

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.

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.

Shake the Salt Habit

Americans consume two to three times more salt or sodium than is healthy.

The World's Best Anti-Cancer Diet

In your quest to reduce your cancer risk, don't overlook the obvious: Improving your diet can play a substantial role in preventing the disease.

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.

Men’s Health Essentials

The leading causes of death for American men are heart disease and cancer—two diseases that can largely be prevented by adopting a few essential healthy habits.

Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

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

Good Sources of Antioxidants

The most important antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, including beta carotene.

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.

How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma

With the right asthma action plan, most children with asthma can live full and active lives.

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.

Why Childhood Immunizations Are Important

Vaccinations not only protect your child from deadly diseases such as polio, tetanus, and diphtheria, but they also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing dangerous diseases that used to spread from child to child.

International Travel Quiz

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

Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention

Evidence is mounting that a healthful diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat -- or don't eat -- may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

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.

For Older Adults: What Screenings Do You Need?

When should you have your cholesterol checked? Be screened for colorectal cancer? Here's a timeline for screenings and checkups.

Keep an Eye on These Symptoms

It’s important to be aware of a number of signs that can alert you to a serious health problem. Check out these symptoms that shouldn't be ignored.

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

Prevention