Prevention

Insomnia

Insomnia is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.

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.

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.

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.

How to Help Prevent Osteoarthritis

You can’t fully prevent osteoarthritis. But you can help lessen daily stress on your joints. This can make it less likely that osteoarthritis will happen, or get worse.

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.

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.

Making Changes to Prevent Heart Disease

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

What You Can Do to Prevent Atherosclerosis

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

What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations

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

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.

Taking Good Care of Your Eyes

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

For Men: Healthcare Providers Are Good for Your Health

Men are missing the chance to find and treat health problems in their early stages, when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health.

Dehydration

Dehydration and heat stroke are 2 very common heat-related diseases. They 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.

Blood Donations and Blood Banking

Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking

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 Children's Mouth and Teeth

Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old. Here's what you need to know.

You Can Head Off Stress Fractures

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

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.

Understanding Cocaine and Crack

Cocaine use ranges from once in a while to nonstop. There is no safe way to use the drug.

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.

Migraines: Should You Take Preventive Medication?

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

Treating a Minor Sports Injury

Here's what you need to know about treating a minor sports injury such as a twisted ankle, shin splint, or strained muscle.

What You Can Do About Dog Bites

Dogs are responsible for 85% to 90% 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 fully taken care of with just brushing and flossing. Here's what you should know.

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.

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.

Sports-Related Injuries

What is a contusion? A sprain? A strain? Find out more about these common sports injuries.

Safety for You and Your Child

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

Sleep and Your Child

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

Air Pollution

Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome greatly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or all three.

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.

Primer: Smokeless Tobacco

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

How to Stay Healthy at Work

Here are measures you can take to protect yourself from the flu at the office.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease

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

Traveling with a Chronic Condition

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

Get to the Heart of Oral Health

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

How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

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

Relaxation Techniques That Really Work

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

What Are the Health Effects of Air Pollution?

A look at some of the major air pollutants, and how they can affect you.

Preventing Eye Strain at the Computer

If you spend hours each day working at a computer screen or other devices with screens, you may suffer from symptoms of eye strain. Eye strain is a common problem, but you can take steps to reduce your discomfort.

Rotavirus Infection in Children

Rotavirus is a contagious virus that causes nausea and diarrhea. It is the leading cause of severe infectious diarrhea in children.

Overview of Sleep Problems

There are many types of sleep disorders. They can interfere with health and quality of life. Sleep problems can range from insomnia to snoring.

Low Back Pain

Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

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

For Seniors: Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted

The number of older 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.

A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

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

Use Your Medicines Wisely

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

When to Call Your Child's Healthcare 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 healthcare provider's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't need medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the healthcare provider?

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.

Moving Your Toddler from Crib to Bed

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

Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

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

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.

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.

The Physical Power of Social Support

Certain behaviors may help safeguard you from illness and disease. These include exercising regularly and sleeping enough. Here may be another: staying socially connected. It may well do your body good.

For Adults: To Nap or Not to Nap?

Like many people, you may struggle for a good night's sleep. A daytime nap may seem like a good way to recoup some of that lost slumber. But you may be dozing at your own risk.

Pap Tests for Older Women

Older women still need health checkups and screening tests, including regular gynecological exams.

New Advice on Opioid Overdoses

In an effort to reduce opioid-related deaths, the U.S. Surgeon General recently released a public health advisory on the use of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

Preventing Sports Injuries in Your Young Athlete

Balls. Bats. Bruises. Sports injuries are common in young athletes. But the physical demands, equipment, and skills needed for each sport are different. It’s important to know what to look out for in which sport to protect against injury.

The Path to Wellness

You’ve probably heard of the term “wellness.” But have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Wellness is about becoming healthier in all parts of your life. It’s about having a healthy body and mind.

Sunscreen 101: How to Choose the Best Sunscreen

If you’ve shopped for sunscreen lately, you’ve seen firsthand the dizzying array of products. Which product is right for you?

5 Lifestyle Habits May Increase Life Expectancy

Factors Such as Diet, Limited Alcohol Proven to Add 10+ Years to Life

Your Preteen or Teen Still Needs Vaccines

Planning playdates may not be on your parenting to-do list anymore. But with preteens and teens, there’s something you still need to do: Make sure they’re vaccinated.

5 Ways to Protect Your Bone Health

Your risk of getting osteoporosis increases with age. But taking good care of your bones can help them stay stronger.

Fall Back into Old (Healthy) Habits

If you slacked off on your wellness habits during cookout and pool party season, it’s time to fall back into a healthier routine.

Preserve Your Aging Joints

Joint replacements are safe and effective, but there’s an alternative: taking steps to care for the joints you already have. Be kind to your joints by:

Get Healthy Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

It’s an annual tradition: Every year around this time, you start fretting over finding the perfect gift that will show how much you care. This year, why not give the gift of healthy living?

6 Health Screenings to Help Men Prevent Disease

Don’t let heart disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions sneak up on you.

You're Not Too Young to Think About Bone Density

If you are a woman in your 30s or 40s, you may think that you don’t need to worry about your bone strength. Yet after age 30, you’ve already passed your peak bone mass. Your actions now can help protect your bones and decrease your risk of getting osteoporosis in the future. Here’s what to do.

Set Goals the S.M.A.R.T. Way

Take a moment and think about some of your goals. Maybe you want to find a job you love, eat better, save money, or improve your fitness levels, for example. If you’ve set goals in the past, but failed to meet them, know that this time can be different. When you set goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method, you give yourself the tools needed to be successful. S.M.A.R.T stands for:

Take the Lead in Colorectal Screenings

Let’s face it: It’s nice to be in control. It feels better when we choose vegetables over fries. Or when we opt to take a walk instead of spending another hour on the couch. This positive attitude regarding choice also applies to medical care. According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people who have a choice about what type of colorectal cancer screening they undergo are more likely to follow through with testing than those whose health care providers choose for them.

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