Wellness Library

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.

Where's the Wisdom in Wisdom Teeth?

Often these teeth are troublemakers that decide to turn crooked, refuse to grow in completely, or become misshapen.

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.

Sounding Off About Coughs

Coughs, those mini-explosions in your throat, are valuable weapons in your body's self-defense arsenal. Their assignment: keep airways clear by quickly expelling intruders from the lower respiratory system -- principally your throat and upper lungs. If dust, fluid, viruses, bacteria or even tumors block any part of this region, your cough reflex takes explosive action.

Feeling 'Pins and Needles' Is a Circulation Problem

Having a limb fall asleep and then feeling pins and needles is more common if you have poor circulation.

Your Lips Need Protection

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

Getting a Start on Solid Foods

As a child approaches 4 to 6 months of age, most mothers begin to worry about when to start solid foods.

On the Road in Retirement

No matter where you travel, plan ahead for health care when you're on the road.

It's Time to Veg Out

Vegetables are good sources of fiber, and they're chock full of vitamins and minerals.

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.

How to Prevent, Treat Choking on Toys

Although people know toys can be dangerous, injuries can still occur.

Eye Examinations

During an eye exam, an eye doctor reviews your medical history and completes a series of tests to determine the health of your eyes.

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.

Room for Mushrooms

Are you a "fungophobe"? That's what mushroom lovers call people who are afraid to eat mushrooms. True, some wild ones are deadly -- but that's no reason to fear the rich variety of fresh and dried mushrooms popping up in supermarkets.

Dental Sealants

Detailed information on dental sealants

Finding the Best Day Care for Your Child

Is it almost time to go back to work? The idea of leaving your baby with strangers might be hard to swallow. But finding good day care doesn’t have to be difficult, if you follow this advice.

Too Much Juice?

Fruit juice contains a lot of natural sugar, so drinking too much can cause obesity, stunted growth, digestive problems and tooth decay.

Preparing Your Daughter for Changes

A young girl's first period should not happen out of nowhere; it should never be a complete surprise.

Vegetarian Kids

Most nutrition experts and dietitians say that children of any age -- even infants -- can safely follow a vegetarian diet, according to the Nemours Foundation. But some planning is involved to ensure that children receive the proper nutrients, especially if their diet does not include eggs and dairy products.

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.

Teens and Talk: What's a Parent to Do?

At the parent-teen communication gap, a simple parent-child conversation just isn't simple anymore. That's because when kids get to be teenagers they think differently than children.

How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child

Ask a parent to name the greatest health threat to children and you'll hear about drinking or drugs. Rarely will anyone cite obesity -- even though it can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Making the Most of Family Moments

The time you spend with your children each day doesn't have to be scripted or scheduled. In fact, if you set aside only specific times as "family time," it puts a lot of pressure on both you and your kids.

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.

Why the Doctor Treats Snoring Seriously

The movies and television depict snoring as funny, even hilarious. But snoring is no joke: It's a medical problem that can have serious health and social implications.

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.

Trampoline Troubles

Trampolines are popular. Thousands of children are rocketing skyward, and trampoline injuries are also on the rise.

Knees Are Casualties of Women's Sports

Active women are at least twice as likely to suffer serious knee injuries as men, but it's not just athletes who are at risk.

Smoking Adds Another Wrinkle to Aging

Everybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.

Preventing Broken Bones

Bones are tough and resilient, but if you push them hard enough—if you fall on a hard surface, for instance—they can crack or break.

What Kids Drink Is Important

The best beverages for your child are milk and water. Soft drinks add a lot of sugar and calories to a child’s diet.

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.

What the Inside of Your Nose Reveals

Doctors usually don't look inside your nose unless they have a specific reason. Usually, they are looking for an infection or allergy. Sometimes, they're looking for other sources of your breathing problem, such as a deviated septum, the term doctors use to describe a misalignment of the cartilage that runs down the center of your nose.

Working Out in the Cold

Cold weather doesn't have to put a freeze on your outdoor exercise program. If you take precautions, you can still work out when the weather turns chilly.

Smoking and Gum Disease

Do you have healthy gums? You may kiss them goodbye if you're a smoker.

Staying Fit the Old-fashioned Way

The major culprit behind the U.S. decline in physical activity may be our own high-tech and increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

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.

Periods, Pregnancy, Menopause—And Sleep

Researchers aren't sure why women seem to have more trouble sleeping than men, but they have noticed that women have the most difficulty when hormone levels fluctuate.

Sunburn

Detailed information sunburn, including symptoms and treatment

Urinary Incontinence in Children

Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting, or accidental urination in children who should be able to control their bladder. Girls usually have bladder control before boys do. The diagnosis of enuresis is for girls older than 5 and for boys older than 6.

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.

When Your Child Says, 'I'm Sick'

Do you keep her home or send her off to school?

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults

Detailed information on whooping cough, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Anatomy of the Endocrine System

The endocrine system includes not only the pancreas—the organ involved in the development of diabetes—but also the pituitary, thyroid, and other glands.

Vitamin Supplement Advice

If you eat a varied diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, you're likely to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need.

Voice Disorders

When the vocal cords don't vibrate normally, it can cause voice disorders such as problems with pitch, volume, tone.

Why the Doctor Asks for a Urine Sample

Few tests can match the routine urine analysis for telling your doctor what's going on inside your body.

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.

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.

Is It an Allergy or a Cold?

This information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) can help you determine if you're suffering from allergies or a cold.

Using Allergy Medications

Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.

All About Blood Pressure Medication

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

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.

How to Bathe Your Baby

As a new parent, you may find "tub time" a bit scary. Here are some suggestions on how to make it less stressful.

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.

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.

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.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Facts

The ear consists of three areas—the outer, middle, and inner ear. The nose is the organ of smell and is part of the peripheral nervous system. The throat is a ring-like muscular tube that acts as the passageway for air, food, and liquid.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

Here are some tips for deciding what to do when a child awakens with a health complaint and you must determine whether the complaint is serious enough to warrant a sick day.

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.

Pills: Make Them Go Down Easy

Sometimes a pill gets stuck. That tends to happen at the ring of muscles at the top of the esophagus.

Sports Injuries: When to Call the Doctor

Sports injuries can be either acute traumatic, which require immediate medical care, or chronic overuse injuries.

Preventing the Midafternoon Slump

Many people experience late-in-the-day energy lags, but you can take steps to prevent them.

Kids in the Kitchen: Let Them in on the Fun

Here are recipes that fit the bill for teaching some baking basics and setting some good nutrition patterns early. All you'll need are some simple tools and tolerance for a few spills. These recipes are safe for a child to make (with adult help) and are practically foolproof.

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.

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.

Don't Forget to Remember

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

Say Cheese the Low-Fat Way

As a word, "cheese" always brings a smile for photographers. As a food, it brings lots of flavor to breakfast omelets, luncheon sandwiches or dinner entrees. It's got plenty of bodybuilding protein and bone-building calcium, as well.

What to Do if You Get Something in Your Eye

Fight the impulse to rub furiously until the dust or dirt is gone. You might scratch your cornea or otherwise damage your eye.

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.

The Truth About Lying

If the truth be told, most of us lie to some degree, especially when faced with an alternative like hurting someone's feelings. Some of us, however, lie so often that we stop realizing it.

The Benefits of Beans

From a health standpoint, beans are every bit as magical as the beans Jack of "Jack and the Beanstalk" fame exchanged for a cow -- and much less expensive.

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.

Hand Tool Safety

Although hand tools do not pose the same lethal threat as some power tools, they are still a factor in a high number of accidents each year.

Iron: An Important Mineral in Your Diet

Iron is a metal that is essential for life. It is a part of proteins and enzymes found throughout your body.

Why the Doctor Uses a Stethoscope

Your doctor's stethoscope is a simple device that gives him or her crucial information about your heart.

What Is Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness occurs when your senses offer your brain conflicting reports about what you're doing.

How the Nose Works

The nose on your face is just the tip of an iceberg. The important functions—breathing and smelling—actually happen mostly inside your head, in your nasal cavity.

The Do's and Don’ts for Children's Meds

There are some simple rules for using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for children. The first and most important: NEVER give any OTC medicine to children 2 years and under without a doctor's advice, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A Quick Look at Reflexes

What happens when your health care 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 spine.

A Positive Step Toward Fitness

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

Helping Children Conquer Fear

Studies indicate that almost all children report having fears. Some of the most common fears are of bugs or ghosts, and studies have shown that kids are afraid of pretty much the same things no matter where they live in the world.

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.

Your Pancreas

Pound for pound, your pancreas is one of the hardest-working organs you have. It's not very big -- about as long as your hand in an irregular tube shape. But your pancreas does two different yet equally important jobs.

Why the Doctor Looks at Your Fingernails

Did you know that at least 40 medical problems can be detected when your doctor examines your fingernails? Their color, shape and condition can tell your doctor a lot about your health.

Thyroid Gland

Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function

Letting Kids Grow Up…At Their Own Pace

As much as parents might want to hurry their little ones to the next stage of development, most children follow the same general growth and development pattern that can't be changed much.

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.

Think Before Buying a Treadmill

Before you buy a treadmill or any piece of equipment, stop to figure out what kind of exercise you enjoy.

Parents-to-Be Must Communicate

few mothers- and fathers-to-be receive training for the much more challenging and long-term tasks: becoming good parents and remaining close and loving partners in the face of new stresses and strains as their family grows.

Thirst and Dehydration

The average adult has 10 to 12 gallons of water in his or her body, accounting for 60 percent of body weight. That water plays a critical role in nearly every bodily process. And being a quart or two low can affect how you feel.

For Young Women, What's Your Stroke Risk?

Women who are obese or who have gained more than 44 pounds since they were 18 years old are about two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than lean women who have not gained a lot of weight.

Strokes and Heart Attacks: What's the Difference?

Although their symptoms and effects can be similar, strokes and heart attacks are two different medical problems.

Kids' Headaches: The Diagnosis Is Difficult

Most headaches in kids are caused by tension, not disease. Your pediatrician can determine what kind of headache your child has.

Women with Asthma Can Have Healthy Babies

Pregnant women with asthma are just as likely to have healthy, normal babies as women without asthma -- as long as their disease is kept under control.

Protect Your Eyes When Jump-Starting a Car

Auto battery accidents cause many Americans to lose their sight or suffer serious eye injuries.

Kids' Healthy Eating Not Just About Food

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers suggestions to help your child develop and maintain good eating habits and to prevent chaotic mealtimes in your home.

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.

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.

Help Your Child Find the Meaning of Sports

Win or lose, experts say, it's far more important for young people to take away from sports some lessons about self-esteem, motivation, discipline and getting along with others.

Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs or Alcohol?

Besides having trouble with school and relationships, teenagers taking drugs may display emotional extremes with irritability, anger and changes in sleep patterns.

Q and A: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness.

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.

Teens and the Self-Esteem Shield

Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are far less likely to abuse drugs or drink, compared with children who grow up without much sense of self-worth.

How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents

Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.

Is Your Child a Night Owl?

Here are tips for helping (not forcing) your grade-schooler to drift off to dreamland.

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.

Talking Sex with Your Teen

With studies showing that more than half of America's teenagers have experienced sexual intercourse by the age of 18, educating kids about sex is something all parents need to do.

Sexual Harassment's Emotional Toll

According to researchers at the American Psychological Association, nearly 50 percent of American working women will experience on-the-job sexual harassment at some point in their careers.

A Safety Checklist for Parents

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

Racket Sports: Tops in Training

Playing tennis or racquetball is a fun way to boost the intensity of your fitness program, as well as improve your balance, strength and agility.

Keeping Party Drinking Under Control

The holidays can be enjoyed without drinking alcohol. But if you choose to drink, there are responsible ways to consume alcohol.

Strategies to Fight Holiday Weight Gain

The average American gains several pounds in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This seemingly inevitable weight gain is avoidable; you can fend off added pounds during the holidays without becoming a dietary Scrooge.

Making This School Year Your Child's Best Ever

The amount of planning help a student wants differs by education level. An elementary-schooler needs plenty of help, a middle-schooler expects more freedom. But parents should find ways to stay involved.

Exercise and Target Heart Rate

The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Heart rate monitors, which monitor your heart rate while you exercise, can help you do that with ease.

Is It Too Hot To Trot?

If you're not careful, you could wind up with a case of heat exhaustion just as easily as the couch potato next door, no matter how fit you might be.

Why the Doctor Takes a Blood Sample

You probably don't enjoy giving a blood sample, but it's an important part of a physical exam. From a small sample of your blood, your health care provider can order scores of tests.

Bruises

A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by trauma to an area of the body. Sometimes, enough bleeding occurs so that a lump also forms.

Why Fat Cells Are Important

Fat cells store excess energy in the body. People who tend to become overweight aren't very good at burning up calories; instead they store them as fat.

Myths and Tips About Dressing for Winter

Here are some misconceptions about the cold, and some suggestions for staying toasty this winter.

All About Muscle Cramps

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

Why the Family Meal Is Important

When a family sits down together, it helps them handle the stresses of daily life and the hassles of day-to-day existence.

Hand Washing Prevents Hepatitis A Infection

Aside from immunization, hand washing before eating or preparing food, after using the bathroom or changing a baby's diaper remains one of the best preventions against getting or spreading hepatitis A virus.

Overview of Kidney Disorders

Detailed information on kidney conditions, including kidney function, nephrology, kidney problem causes, kidney disease symptoms, and 1 labeled, full-color anatomical illustration

The Cluster Headache: Just Like Clockwork

Cluster headaches -- called "cluster" because of their pattern of striking in groups or clusters -- hit at the same time of day for a period of weeks or months, then vanish as suddenly and as mysteriously as they appeared.

Old Makeup Can Cause Serious Eye Infections

Most cosmetics have long shelf lives, but since they can be contaminated with bacteria after only one use, it is a good idea to keep track of how long you have been using products such as mascara and eyeliners.

The Best Ways to Treat, Prevent Tendonitis

Tendonitis is your body's way of telling you, "Enough! You're putting too much stress on this muscle and joint."

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.

Night Terrors Usually No Cause for Concern

Night terrors are sudden arousals from sleep often marked by a shriek, cry or some other sound just before awakening.

Independence Day: Granting Freedom to Kids

Some kids need plenty of time to warm up and become independent, and others would leave home if you let them.

Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

The prospect of new experiences away from parents or other loved ones can be quite frightening, especially for younger children. These worries are a normal part of development for all children.

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.

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.

Turn High-Fat Recipes Into Low-Fat Dishes

It's difficult to be satisfied with grilled squash if you've grown up eating fried chicken. Fortunately, there are ways to eat a healthy diet and still enjoy your favorite foods, nutrition experts say. The secret? Prepare the foods differently.

Learning to Live with Heart Disease

Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives.

International Adoptions and Medical Needs

Understanding the medical, social and developmental issues unique to international adoption can help parents prepare for the special challenges and special needs of these children.

How Older Adults Can Prevent Hypothermia

Age lowers your ability to endure long periods of cold. You're also at risk if your response to cold is impaired by certain illnesses or medications.

Stopping Blood Pressure Drugs Risks a Stroke

Medication to control high blood pressure only works if you take it.

Why Calcium Is a Children's Health Priority

Calcium is one of the most important minerals in the body, and childhood is the critical period in life when calcium stores are laid down.

Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game

The sports that cause the most injuries are basketball, baseball, pool sports and racket sports. But any sport that involves a projectile is considered hazardous to the eyes.

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.

Remember This: Many Have Memory Lapses

Unpredictable, frustrating and, at times, embarrassing memory lapses can be common. So if frequent bouts of forgetfulness are causing you stress and worry, take note: there is most likely a simple explanation.

For Seniors: How to Prevent Falls

As you age, your risk for falling increases. More than one-third of people ages 65 and older and half of those ages 75 and older fall each year. And many falls in older adults result in fractures and other severe injuries.

Teach the Joy of Gift Giving

Here are some ideas: Adopt a family in need for the holidays. Encourage your child to pass on toys he or she has outgrown.

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.

OTC Meds and Work: Not Always a Great Combination

You may not realize that common over-the-counter drugs can cause side effects that can jeopardize your health and your ability to perform everyday activities.

The Trouble with Bullies

Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.

Solving Battles at Mealtime

Pediatricians say there are easy and effective ways to get your kids to eat well other than playing the food enforcer. Parents need to avoid the bickering and control games that make meals tense and unappetizing.

New Parents...Sore Backs

When it comes to parenting, back injury is an occupational hazard. New mothers, whose backs have just endured the stresses of pregnancy and birth, are particularly vulnerable. So are taller fathers and mothers who must bend farther than others to scoop up tots from playpens.

How to Cut Down on Drinking

It helps to understand why and when you drink if you are going to successfully reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking

Alcohol is considered a drug because it depresses the central nervous system and can disrupt mental and motor skills, as well as damage internal organs when used excessively.

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.

Protect Your Kids From Internet Crime

Youngsters spend time online messaging, chatting, searching and surfing. Although most of these Internet experiences are likely positive, parents need to be aware of the dangers to better protect their children.

Follow the Road to Safety

Exercising outdoors can be fun and enjoyable, but you should keep personal safety in mind before you head out the door.

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.

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.

An Ounce of Caution Prevents Heat-Related Illness

The four most common heat-related emergencies are cramps, fainting, exhaustion, and heat strokes. These illnesses occur when the body can no longer cool itself properly.

Growing Up Short or Heavy Can Be Difficult

When children believe they are different in some way, they feel bad. Whether because of their height or some other characteristic, they are going to be aware of differences.

Reading to Kids Helps Their Development

Research shows that reading regularly to young children, especially those between ages 6 months and 5 years, is central to their overall growth and development.

Kids' Health Concerns Ease with Age

When children are young, it's normal for them to have a variety of childhood illnesses and problems. Most go away as the child gets older.

Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands

It's hard enough to get grownups to wash up. Only two-thirds of adults wash their hands after they use the restroom, studies show.

Why Children Get Carsick -- and What to Do

Carsickness isn't really about the car. It's about the brain's ability to interpret a message based on what it senses.

Peanut Butter Is Still a Healthy Choice for Kids

Peanut butter has a lot of benefits for your kids: It's versatile, delicious, and high in protein and fiber.

Teaching Your Child to Ride a Bike

You may have learned to ride a bike with your mom or dad running alongside to keep you from falling. That method still works, but there's an alterative that separates learning to balance from the other skills needed to ride.

Your Child's Imaginary Friend…What It Means

If your child starts hanging around with an imaginary friend, enjoy the company. It's often part of a child's development and usually happens between ages 3 and 6.

When Children Say 'No' to New Foods

When it comes time to eat vegetables, do your children do the Brussels-sprout pout? Well, don't give up. It can take eight to 10 tries before children accept a new food, experts say.

Your Child: At 2 Years

Remember that "terrible twos" phase of a child's life also can be the "terrific twos." Watching your children grow and learn is an enriching experience.

How to Use a Pacifier

It seems everyone has an opinion about pacifiers. That’s because there are both advantages and disadvantages to using them. Get the full facts so you can make the right choice for your baby.

Making Rules for Children Reinforces Love

Here are several specific areas where a parent can use limits to show respect for a child's feelings and at the same time enhance the child's health.

Disorders of the Immune System

When your immune system doesn’t work the way it should, it is called an immune system disorder.

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.

When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

School avoidance syndrome, as described by doctors, is the most common cause of vague, unverifiable symptoms in school-age children and is triggered by stress, says a clinical professor of pediatrics.

Picking Snacks for Picky Eaters

Nutrition experts agree that a wide assortment of nutritionally balanced snacks served in moderation can be a healthy, essential part of a child's diet.

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.

Cesarean Doesn't Mean Forever

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

Hearing Hazards in Everyday Life

It doesn't take a thunderous rock concert to cause hearing loss. Any repeated high-volume experiences or one-shot booms can damage the delicate nerve cells of your inner ear.

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.

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.

Keep Moving to Manage Your Weight

You can lose weight by dieting, exercising, or a combination of both. Including exercise into your daily routine offers other benefits besides weight control.

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.

Let's Do Lunch

Does your lunch just happen? Is it often a last-minute decision of where to eat and whether or not you want fries with your burger? If so, maybe it's time to show lunch a little more respect.

Helping the Heart Through Cardiac Rehab

A rehabilitation program often can help heart patients live better with their disease and recover from medical procedures like surgery and angioplasty. But experts say that only 25 percent of those who could benefit from cardiac rehab are getting it.

Under the Influence...of Drowsiness

Each year, at least 100,000 vehicular crashes and 1,550 deaths are caused by drivers who are impaired by sleepiness.

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.

What Is the Sense of Taste?

Your sense of taste is brought to you by more than 10,000 little taste buds on your tongue that turn eating into a pleasurable experience.

How and Why to Keep a Training Log

A training log helps you organize and save information about your exercise routine so you can work toward your important goals.

A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

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

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 Make Tastier Veggies

Adding more fruit to our diet is easy for most of us. It's the vegetables that hang up many people.

Q and A on Generic Drugs

Although many generic drugs are made in other countries, drug makers must adhere to strict manufacturing requirements in order to distribute and sell their products in the United States.

Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes affects the way the body metabolizes, or uses, digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body.

The Skinny on Skin

The skin is your body's largest organ. It protects you against bacteria, viruses, dirt, wind, heat and cold. And it serves as a "window" to the body, alerting doctors when something is wrong.

Tips for a Low-Fat Restaurant Breakfast

Do you want to cut fat out of your diet, but not give up breakfast at your favorite restaurant? Try healthy alternatives such as Canadian bacon on your egg sandwich instead of cheese and sausage, or a bran muffin instead of hash browns.

Is Pink Turkey Meat Safe?

The color pink in cooked turkey meat raises a "red flag" to many diners and cooks. Conditioned to be wary of pink in fresh pork, they question the safety of cooked poultry and other meats that have a rosy blush.

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.

Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

While being a new Mom brings lots of joy, it also brings stress—something a crying baby can make worse. Better understanding why your baby cries can help you deal with this stress in a healthy way and help you avoid the most common form of child abuse: Shaken baby syndrome.

Why the Doctor Presses Your Abdomen

When your doctor presses on your abdomen, he or she is feeling to see if any major internal organs are enlarged or tender, making them painful to touch, which could indicate disease.

Taking Baby's Temperature

For a parent who needs to take an infant's or child's temperature, there are now three digital options.

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.

Know When a Bandage Will Suffice

The first and best thing to do with a wound is wash it with soap and cool water. If it's bleeding, elevate it above the heart.

How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You

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

Ceramics: Pretty, and Maybe Poisonous

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

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?

Refreshing Summer Meals

When the mercury is high, we all crave meals that are cool and refreshing.

How to Choose Healthy Crackers

Although most crackers live up to their pretty packages and healthy claims, some crackers contain unexpected "extras" in the form of saturated fats and sky-high sodium and calories.

Deskercise for the Office Bound

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

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.

Play It Safe With Kitchen Fires

Most fires in the home start in the kitchen, and kitchen fires can quickly turn serious.

Five Fun Fruits You Should Try

Fruit is one of nature's perfect foods. It's packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, without fat. Even though they are filling, most are naturally low in calories.

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.

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.

Performance Anxiety Can Choke Up Athletes

Anxiety can help focus and sharpen performance. For some athletes, however, the pressure of performing well takes its toll in the form of performance anxiety, which causes them to do less than their best.

Nurturing Ties With Your Grandchildren

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

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 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.

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.

Food Preservation: The Case for Irradiation

Irradiation is slowly gaining consumer acceptance as a way to make foods safer. Foods are bathed with low levels of radiation, which kills such deadly bacteria as E. coli, campylobacter and salmonella.

Giving Your Baby the Best Nutrition

How do you know your infant or toddler is getting what he needs in the food department?

Persuading Kids to Eat Nutritious Meals

It's not always easy to get your children to eat enough fruits and vegetables.

TV vs. Activity: Key Choice for Kids

New studies show that a sedentary child will likely become a sedentary adult, and a sedentary life leads to a host of health problems, from obesity to heart disease.

Protect Kids From Lead Poisoning

Although lead poisoning is often associated with the paint of older homes, children may be exposed to lead if the soldering on water pipes is new. In fact, lead may be found in many parts of a home, including soil, food or even the air.

Low-Fat BBQ: Cooking as Delicious as It Looks

Barbecuing uses healthy cooking techniques for a low-fat, healthy lifestyle -- especially when compared with frying.

Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.

Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?

Vitamin D is essential to help build strong bones and teeth. But you may not be getting enough in your diet or you don't get out in the sun much.

How Intense Is Your Workout?

Can you keep on talking while working out? Then you're exercising at a moderate intensity.

Side Effects of Medicine May Increase With Aging

Sometimes medicines can cause side effects and actually make a person feel worse. Side effects are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent side effects.

In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection

The kitchen is the "dirtiest" room in the house, according to a recent study, because people are less likely to use strong cleaners and disinfectants in that room.

Safe Food-Handling Tips

You can avoid foodborne illness by following these ideas for safe food handling and cooking.

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.

The 'Soft Teeth' Myth

Children who inherit the family trait of cavities don’t have “soft teeth,” as many people suspect. Instead, a mother’s dental history may be to blame. But with the right habits, you can help prevent cavities in your little one.

Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

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

Treating Teen Acne

Just about every teen will find at least one blackhead or whitehead on his or her skin by age 17, and some teens will develop more severe acne, which can leave scarring if not treated.

Vaccine Offers Hope for Children’s Earaches

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

Sports Eye Safety Is No Game

Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable.

Street Hockey: Good Surface, Gear Are Critical

Street hockey is popular because it's cheaper than regular hockey and can be played anywhere there is a hard surface.

We Can Head Off Teen Tragedies

Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.

Monitoring Medications

Side effects of medications are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent them.

Simple Ways to Improve Your Diet

Eating healthy can reduce your risk of illness and lengthen your life. Eating a balanced, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet reduces your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. Follow these tips to help improve your diet.

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.

Learn to Be a Smart Pharmaceutical Consumer

Prescription medications 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 medications get so much free publicity they don't need to be advertised.

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.

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.

Now Is the Time to Get Moving

As cold weather settles in for the season and the days grow ever shorter, it's tempting to put off any thoughts of becoming active.

Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars

Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood death in the United States. But when properly installed and used, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 70 percent for infants and 55 percent for toddlers.

Rating Thirst-Quenching Sports Drinks

Most sports drinks consist of water, carbohydrates in the form of sugar and small amounts of electrolytes, which are minerals such as sodium and potassium that encourage quick replenishment of fluids lost during exercise.

Give Your Energy Level a Tune-Up

Eating smaller, healthy meals distributes energy calories more evenly than large meals and keeps your blood sugar normal throughout the day.

Healthy Secrets: Avoiding the Ravages of Age

You can't stop the aging clock, but research shows you can at least slow it down.

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.

Preventing Car Crime

Vehicle thefts, carjackings and thefts of vehicle contents are common crimes. Here are suggestions that can help you prevent them.

Give Your Diet a Nutritional Tune-up

Between spending long days at work and evenings and weekends attending to personal and family concerns, few Americans have time to eat right. But you don't have to remodel your diet to improve its healthfulness.

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.

What to Do if Someone Collapses

Would you know what to do if a friend or acquaintance collapsed while you were there? Knowing how to respond in such a situation is crucial to the person's recovery.

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.

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.

Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids

The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open -- the more you talk to your children, the better chance you have of staying close when things get tough or when important issues like smoking arise.

Topic Index - Eye Care

Detailed information on eye care, including anatomy of the eye, eye care specialists, eye examinations, correcting or improving vision, low vision, eye disorders, and eye safety

Keys to Tapping Your Own Potential

Success is the business of trying to improve the things you do. Success is growing and developing. It's accepting bigger and greater challenges.

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.

Hypothyroidism and Depression

Chances are you know the difference between occasional sadness and depression. But here's a fact you may not know: Hypothyroidism, a common thyroid disorder, can cause depression.

Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce

Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.

Hypnosis: Helps Treat Pain, Other Conditions

The idea that a patient can't resist a hypnotic suggestion is just plain false. Simply put, hypnosis is a normal state of relaxed, focused attention.

Describing a Skin Condition

Detailed information on questions a physician may ask you in describing your dermatological condition and its location

Keep Your Brain Functioning

If your brain gets too much or too little of what it needs, vital processes are disrupted. When things are out of sync in your brain, it can play havoc with your thoughts and emotions. Depriving your brain of sleep, for example, will impair your ability to concentrate and make decisions.

Medication Terms You Need to Know

Use this guide of common terms used on over-the-counter labels to help you choose and use medicines correctly.

How to Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy

Brushing and flossing your teeth isn't hard to do, and doing both properly can help prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

How to Prevent Osteoarthritis

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

Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Pregnancy

You don't have to give up exercising just because you're pregnant. Most women who become pregnant can follow a modified fitness program, with their doctor's approval.

How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.

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.

What You Need to Know About Heroin

Until recently, heroin was not considered a problem among children of middle-class parents. But lately, it has been showing up in new places.

Up in Smoke: Cigars and Your Health

Most people realize that cigarettes can cause lung cancer and heart disease. But many people erroneously believe that cigars aren't harmful.

Maintaining Weight Once You've Quit Smoking

Although people generally gain weight when they stop smoking, you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds by taking steps to prevent it.

Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Alcohol

Excessive drinking can cause potentially fatal conditions, not only high blood pressure, but also damage to the brain, heart or liver; diabetes and stroke.

How to Plan for Long-Term Care

Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing.

Learning to Manage Multiple Medications

The average American older than 65 takes two to seven prescription drugs daily; managing these medications properly is essential for good health.

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.

After Rehabilitation: Here Are Some Tools

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

Stocking Your Kitchen With Healthy Foods

One way to ensure that you are able to prepare healthful meals is to buy healthful foods. If you have healthful snacks on hand, when the munchies strike, you can reach for fruits and vegetables instead of chips.

Stay Fit When You Have a Health Challenge

Working out when you have a serious illness or health problem can be challenging. But for most people who have health issues, exercising can improve their prognosis and well-being. In fact, exercise can play an important role in helping you cope with or recover from a health challenge or accident.

How to Develop a 'Can-do' Personality

What's the difference between a can-do and a won't-try person? It's usually a matter of bravery.

Car Safety

Detailed information on car safety

Ready to Exercise? Take It Inside

Here are some guidelines that can help you make the right choice when shopping for gear.

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.

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.

Strength Training Myths

Taking time each week to build your strength can help you live a more healthy and independent life. Read on to dispel myths and to get the facts about strength training.

On the Road to Recovery

Although you can get support from others, including doctors, friends, and family, you play the biggest role in your own recovery.

Diagnostic and Evaluation Procedures for Prostate Cancer

Your doctor may evaluate possible prostate problems with an annual physical and a digital rectal exam or a test for prostate-specific antigen.

A Prescription for Good Health

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

Why You Need Water

About 80 percent of the water you take in comes from the water and other beverages you drink; the remaining 20 percent comes from food.

Many Youngsters Suck Their Thumbs

Young children often suck on their thumbs. It's perfectly normal, even though some parents fret about it.

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.

Prostate Cancer

In the past 30 years, the five-year survival rate for all stages of prostate cancer combined has increased from 73 percent to nearly 100 percent.

A Child's First Dental Visit Fact Sheet

Your child should see a dentist six months after eruption of the first tooth, experts say. 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.

What You Can Do For Baby's Teething

Teething occurs when baby teeth start coming through the child's gums, usually between ages 6 months and 3 years.

All Kinds of Problems Can Beset Your Nails

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

Special Caution on Concussions

Concussions affect many athletes, but these sports injuries are the least understood.

Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything

When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective.

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.

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.

School Lunches: Going Beyond Peanut Butter

Some kids don't want to try new things in their lunch. But a variety of foods gives children a variety of nutrients and expands their palates.

Kids Need Safety Gear for In-line Skating

Having your child wear the appropriate safety gear and use common sense when skating can help reduce the risk for injury.

Is It Time for Toilet Training?

Make a potty available, show your toddler how it works, then offer gentle encouragement.

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.

Nicotine Substitutes Can Help You Quit

For many smokers, nicotine substitutes can ease withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and restlessness.

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.

Treat It Right: Food Safety

Did you know that home cooking causes more food-borne illness than restaurant food?

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.

Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Physical inactivity is just as big a risk factor for heart disease as high blood pressure and smoking are. So, be the exception rather than the rule. Here are eight ways to exercise for a healthier heart.

Talk With Your Kids About These Issues

Talking with your child about drugs, alcohol and tobacco is tough. But you can't afford to ignore these topics. Children learn about these substances and feel pressure to use them at a very young age.

Help Your Back Work for You

Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it.

More Than Just the Baby Blues

As a new mom, your body is going through lots of changes—not just physically, but emotionally, too. If you can’t seem to shake the “baby blues,” there may be a bigger issue at hand than lack of sleep. Discover the warning signs that signal help is needed.

What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse

Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith.

Solving the Breast Cancer Puzzle

Investigators report headway against breast cancer, the disease that worries women more than any other.

Is Your Child at Risk for Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver, possibly causing lifelong liver infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer and death.

Many Seniors Go Back to the Books

No matter what you like to do, now is a great time to sign up for a class so that you can explore your interests. Many colleges and other educational organizations offer special discounts to older adults. Here are some ideas about how to get started.

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.

Protect Yourself Against Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States, but many people don't know about it.

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.

How to Map Out a Safe Vacation

By thinking ahead and planning for your vacation before you go, the only surprises you'll encounter are the nice ones.

What Do You Know About Prostate Health?

Prostate cancer and other diseases of the prostate are common.

Conditioning Strategies for Peak Athletic Performance

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

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.

Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries

Most children depend on recreational and school sports for exercise and fun. But too many young athletes suffer needless injuries.

Preventing Household Poisonings

Here are tips to help prevent poisoning in your home.

Making the Transition to a Vegetarian Diet

People decide to eat a vegetarian diet for a variety of reasons. But how they make the change requires they take one of two routes -- the overnight approach or the gradual one.

Finding a Yoga Class That's Right for You

Yoga improves flexibility, increases strength, reduces stress and develops a mind/body connection.

For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds

Citing the latest research on the brain, experts say chess, Scrabble, Monopoly -- even jigsaw puzzles or tic-tac-toe -- help children build analytical, organizational and creative skills.

Make Variety a Goal in Kids' Sports

Children should avoid specializing in a sport until they reach adolescence, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Reason: for every prodigy who becomes a successful athlete, thousands of youths suffer physically or psychologically from being pushed to compete at a young age.

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.

Safety Checklist: How Does Your Family Rate?

Keeping your family safe and sound can be as easy as following simple safety rules consistently. Here's a checklist from the National Safety Council can help you maintain essential safety precautions.

Essential Guidelines for Fireworks Safety

It's best to let the professionals handle the fireworks displays. If you plan to celebrate the holiday with your own fireworks, these precautions can help prevent injuries.

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.

Five Fresh Forms of Indoor Fitness

Cold weather doesn't have to put a chill on your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside.

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.

Why Doctors Remove Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, a clear, soft structure behind the pupil that works much like a camera lens. The top cause of cataracts is aging. In fact, more people over 70 have cataracts than not.

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.

How to Manage Your 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.

What to Do if Your Child Needs Surgery

If having surgery makes you nervous, imagine how it can seem for a child. By helping the youngster anticipate and face those fears, you can ease the trauma and smooth the way for a quicker, easier recovery.

Putting the 'Fun' Back Into Fitness

Start thinking of fitness as fun. If it's something you want to do, then you'll figure out ways to find time for it.

What to Expect in the Emergency Room

A trip to an emergency room (ER) is something you or a loved one may never have to face. But it's wise to know something about emergency medicine in case the unexpected occurs.

Where to Turn for Mental Health

It's normal to feel stressed or anxious now and then. But it's time to call for help if emotional issues interfere with your life, your job or your personal relationships.

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.

Labor Pains: Reducing Your Desk-Job Ailments

If your job requires you to sit for much of the day, sooner or later you may experience pain in your back, neck, shoulder, hands or wrists.

Handling Hazardous Materials at Home

Many common household products contain chemicals that can cause injury or death if they are handled, stored or used improperly.

Warming Up to the Microwaves

Microwaves are superb for seafood and vegetables. You can cook shellfish in less than five minutes, using the bowl you'll put on the table. Vegetables keep their color, crispness and water-soluble nutrients because you can microwave them using just the water that remains after rinsing.

Scars

Detailed information on the different types of scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and adhesions

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.

Ministrokes Deserve Maximum Attention

A ministroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), is a brief episode of stroke symptoms caused by temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain. Most people suffer TIAs without realizing it.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Symptoms of tonsillitis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually.

How to Respond to a Medical Emergency

Taking a standard first-aid and CPR class can help prepare you for most medical emergencies. The National Safety Council, the Red Cross and many hospitals offer classes. The following suggestions can help you respond appropriately.

Tips for Tuning Up Your Nutrition

Eating healthier food to improve your health or reduce your waistline isn't as difficult as you may think.

Otitis Media (Ear Infection)

Detailed information on otitis media, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Teen Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

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.

The Seven Best Foods We Never Eat

Stuck in a food rut? You don't have to go far to find some overlooked food choices that are easy to prepare, pack a nutritional wallop and avoid unhealthy fats.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy uses a small camera to examine the inside of the colon. It is typically used to screen for colon cancer, and to asses other injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

Rubeola (Measles)

Detailed information on measles, including symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment

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.

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.

Treat Children's OTC Drugs With Care

Over-the-counter drugs can help ease a child's aches and pains, but you should know a few things before you pop open a bottle.

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.

Swing’s the Thing

Dance and fitness instructors say swing dancing or swing aerobics can elevate your heart rate quickly.

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?

Uterine Fibroids

Some estimates say that 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. In most cases, fibroids are benign.

Using Antibiotics Safely and Wisely

Antibiotics have been misused so much in recent years that doctors now face an alarming problem. Bacteria that once were easily controlled have become resistant to many antibiotics.

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?

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.

Exploring New Food Frontiers

Here are some new foods to try. All of them are highly nutritious and have been used in other cultures for hundreds of years.

When a Family Grieves

Learning about grief and how it affects your family can help you get through the difficult times together. It may even help your family grow stronger.

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.

Try Team Sports for Fun and Fitness

Many people find exercise more rewarding when they can share the experience with others.

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.

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?

Protect Your Hearing on the Job

If you think you don't need hearing protection at work because you're used to the steady roar of equipment or trucks, damage has already begun.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. It is a leading cause of infant death in the U.S. The causes of SIDS are unknown, but researchers have learned more about factors that can put your baby at risk. Learn which ones parents can prevent.

Think About Your Beverage

Feeling parched is usually the first reason we reach for a glass. Women need at least three quarts of water a day and men need about four quarts a day to replenish water used for vital functions.

Scoping Out Sunglasses

You may think we wear sunglasses for comfort and fashion. But here's another important reason to wear sunglasses: to protect the health of your eyes.

Work Out on the Water

With a sailboat, canoe, kayak, windsurfing outfit or pair of water skis, you can explore a whole new world of activities. Once you've embraced proper training and safety, you'll get a fine, fun workout.

Everyday Ways to Get More Activity

Moderately intense activities like walking briskly from your parked car to the mall entrance won't help you train for a sport. But they can help you get to a healthy weight and improve your overall fitness.

Using Dumbbells for a Fast and Effective Workout

Dumbbells, one of the most underrated and versatile types of exercise equipment, can help you build strength and muscular endurance.

The Facts on Fat: What a Healthful Diet Should Include

News reports on the role fat should play in your diet can be confusing. Some new studies suggest the type of fat you consume is more important to your health than the amount of fat eaten. Other recent reports contradict these findings.

How to Be a Savvy Medical Consumer

The benefits of being an active medical consumer include better health, more effective health care, and lower health costs.

How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe

Here are tips on the basics of child safety.

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.

Success Secrets of Losing Weight

The majority of dieters regain the weight they lose within five years. But they could avoid doing so by gradually changing their eating and exercise habits. Your approach to weight loss should be to make changes you can keep up for the rest of your life.

What's Good (and Bad) About Our Favorite Foods

Here are some foods whose virtues you may be overestimating and foods you can substitute for increased nutrition.

Simple Exercises to Make You Limber

Stretching is an easy thing you can do to improve your health, yet it's often the most neglected part of people's fitness regimens. Stretching can reduce your injury risk and help you become more limber, regardless of your age and physical condition.

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.

How to Cook Faster, Healthier Meals

Cooking a healthier, low-fat meal doesn't take any longer than cooking one that's high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Smart Choices: Eating Healthy at Any Age

At every stage of life, healthful eating fuels health and fitness.

Using Sports Psychology to Improve Your Fitness

Fitness has a mental component, in addition to physical challenges. Even if you're in great shape, you can encounter intellectual obstacles that can decrease your motivation and stifle your performance.

Lifting Your Way to Weight Loss

If you've tried a dozen diets but the pounds always sneak back, you may be able to lose them for good by making strength-training an integral part of your weight-loss program.

Make Sure Bunk Beds Meet Safety Rules

The bed should meet federal requirements to keep your kids safe. It's also important to set guidelines for your kids on how to use the bunk bed.

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."

Hazardous Substances Demand Your Respect

Depending where you work and the substances you handle, you may be at risk of accidental poisonings, chemical burns or suffocation. Knowing and following the right precautions can help keep you safe.

Save That Tooth!

If your child gets a tooth knocked out, find it if you can and treat it with care. See your dentist as soon as possible.

In Child Discipline, Spanking Is No Hit

Spanking in general teaches children what not to do and doesn't teach them what to do instead.

Sore Throat: Is It Strep or Viral?

Although many people assume that a sore throat means strep throat, most sore throats are not strep.

Going Bananas

For optimum eating, choose a plump, evenly colored yellow banana flecked with tiny brown specks. The specks indicate ripeness, but blemishes indicate bruising.

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.

Seven Proven Treatments for Arthritis Pain

Although there's no cure for arthritis, the symptoms can be treated effectively in many cases. Here's a look at some proven treatments.

Could Weight-Loss Surgery Save Your Life?

If you are obese, surgery to lose weight may be safer than carrying around those extra pounds. But is losing weight worth the risks associated with surgery? Take a look at the latest research.

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.

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.

Functional Foods—Hype or Health Benefit?

Many Americans are betting that "functional" foods—also called herbs, supplements, nutraceuticals or phytochemicals—can make them healthier. Whether they get what they pay for -- or more than they bargained for -- is an issue that concerns some experts.

Planning the Care of Your Aging Parents

Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.

Keeping Envy and Jealousy Under Control

When someone gets a raise or a special perk, can you say congratulations and mean it? Or do you seethe inside and think, "That really should have been mine?"

Claudication

Detailed information on claudication, including causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and a labeled, full-color anatomical illustration

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.

Balancing Food Flavors, Textures

Combining opposing flavors and textures can add interest without adding much fat. And joining sweet to sour can help reduce the amount of salt you put on food.

Is It Time for a New Joint?

Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments fail to offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.

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.

Getting the Most for Your Health Club Dollar

Joining a fitness facility is costly -- from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year. To make sure your money is well spent, manage your membership the same way you would any other significant investment -- by keeping your eye on your goals.

Vegetarian Diets: The Myths vs. Facts

Roughly 20 million Americans are vegetarians, from partial vegetarians who limit the amount of animal flesh they eat, to vegans, who eat only plant foods -- no meat, poultry, fish, dairy products or eggs.

Make Room for Versatile Rice

Rice contributes protein, some essential B vitamins, and, depending on the type of rice, fiber, vitamin E and important nutrients such as folate.

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.

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.

Sprains, Strains, Breaks: What’s the Difference?

If you've sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a "strain" or possibly even a "break." The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal.

Teaming Up with Your Pharmacist

Pharmacists do much more than count tablets and pour liquids. Their main job is to focus on the medications you take and the effect they have.

How to Fight Stress-Related Diseases

No one can avoid all stress -- and a certain amount actually is good for you. But it's always best to keep unhealthy levels in check when possible.

Sunny Self-Talk: Seeing Through the Storm

How you view any situation has a lot to do with how you feel.

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.

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.

Road Rules: Teaching Your Teen to Be a Good Driver

Teen drivers have the highest accident and fatality rates of any age group. If you're the parent of a young driver, you can help protect your child by learning about the problem and taking steps to decrease your child's risk of dying in a car crash.

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.

Goal Setting for Everyday Success

Setting goals gives direction to your life. Without goals, you can drift and go nowhere.

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.

The Dangers of Binge Drinking

Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.

The Facts About Marijuana

Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.

What You Need to Know About Hearing Aids

If your doctor recommends a hearing aid, these suggestions can help you determine which kind will suit you best.

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.

Preventing Falls

About 75 percent of all falls occur at home. Taking certain precautions and exercising to stay physically strong can prevent many of them.

Water-Safety 101: Basic Guidelines

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed in boating and swimming accidents.

Is Bursitis Busting Up the Joint?

Bursitis can make simple movements of your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee seem monumental.

Savoring the Ease of a Casserole Meal

Casseroles are all about efficiency. Making a meal in one pot means you do everything at the same time.

Endometriosis

Women with endometriosis develop tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue outside the uterus, usually on other reproductive organs inside the pelvis or in the abdominal cavity.

Should Tattoos Be Taboo?

People who are thinking about getting a tattoo should slow down and think twice.

Bone Spurs Are a Thorny Problem

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

A Winter Cold: Not Inevitable

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

Unwrap the Gift of Toy Safety

Your challenge is to find toys that your children will enjoy and that you know are safe.

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.

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.

6 Facts on Obesity

We've all heard warnings, yet many of us keep gaining weight. More than half of American adults are overweight or obese, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Varicose Veins

Detailed information on varicose veins, including causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and full-color anatomical illustrations

Why Your Health Care Provider Tests Your Blood Sugar

In adults, a screening blood sugar test is generally used to determine if your blood sugar is too high. For adults, having an elevated blood sugar usually will not give you symptoms and may indicate a pending or current problem with type 2 diabetes.

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.

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help.

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.

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.

Primer: A Parent's Guide to Inhalant Abuse

Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that produce mind-altering effects. Knowing the facts about inhalants can help you protect your children.

Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits

To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every doctor visit, using these suggestions.

Feet First: Choosing the Right Footwear for the Job and Sports

Both men and women should wear safety shoes and boots appropriate for the job and designed specifically to protect feet.

Emphysema and AAT Deficiency

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

Keeping Blood Sugar in Check

The official term for blood sugar is glucose, and having either too little or too much of it occupies the minds of people with diabetes daily -- even hourly. But keeping blood sugar at safe levels can be achieved by most patients through monitoring, diet, exercise and drug therapy.

Jog or Walk? Both Boost Your Health

Walking is easier on your joints, but jogging burns calories more quickly.

Heart Disease Risk: Cholesterol and Other Tests

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.

In Case of Emergency...Be Ready for Anything

Don't wait to think about disaster until you're dealing with one. In the hurried confusion, you're likely to miss important items as you prepare your home or leave to seek shelter.

Keep Clear of Golf's Hazards

While many view golf as a leisure activity, more golfers are becoming fitness-minded. The sport demands superior flexibility, strength and cardiovascular fitness.

Laser Surgery Can Improve Vision Problems

Laser vision surgery is a popular treatment of vision problems that eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Metabolism's Weighty Role

To stay at the same weight you were when you were younger, you just need to keep doing what you've always done—and maybe a bit more.

Glasses Can Help Even Young Children

Doctors who specialize in children's eye care say children usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. But even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.

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.

Have a Hazard-Free Halloween

Halloween safety begins at home, with the child's costume. Every part of the costume -- masks, beards, wigs and clothing -- should be made of flame-resistant material.

Even with Weight-Loss Drugs, Losing Pounds Isn't Easy

Out of the millions Americans who are overweight and go on a diet each year, many regain all or a part of the weight they lose within five years.

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.

The Road to Table Food

At the beginning of your baby’s life, milk was the only thing she needed to grow. Now she’s grown by leaps and bounds and even has teeth! You may be wondering how to introduce her to solid foods. Here’s a guide to how and when to introduce her to new foods.

Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children

Detailed information on diagnosing and evaluating heart disease in children

Unlocking the Mystery of Recurrent Miscarriage

In the past, a woman who miscarried several times might never know why it happened. Today, more and more women are finding out the causes of their recurrent miscarriages.

Taking OTC Pain Relievers

At first glance, visiting the pain-reliever section of your drugstore might just give you a headache -- if you don't already have one. After all, there are more than 150 products on the market to choose from.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a bathroom.

Your Child's Allergies: Dust Mites

Detailed information on dust mite allergens

Morning Sickness

It’s hard to think positive when you’re feeling sick and nauseous. But those common pregnancy symptoms can benefit your baby. Find out how, and what it takes to ease your symptoms.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

PMDD is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Women with a personal or family history of mood disorders or postpartum depression may be at higher risk for this disorder.

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.

The Perfectly Healthy Pumpkin

Pumpkins are packed with vitamins and fiber, and they are low in calories.

Fever in Children

When your child has a fever, the body resets its thermostat at a higher temperature. This helps the body fight off invading microorganisms.

Diet for Lactose Intolerance

Detailed information on lactose intolerance, including a list of foods that contain lactose

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.

Help for the Holiday Blues

The unrealistic expectations of the season, time and financial pressures, missing loved ones and reflecting on past events as the year comes to an end all contribute to the blues.

Treadmill Routines Make Indoor Exercising Less Routine

Here are some workout ideas to keep your treadmill workout creative.

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.

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.

Fit for the Ages

Need inspiration? Look to these five Americans who show just how physical you can get in later life.

Thriving After a Heart Attack

Over the long term, your quality of life is tied to how severe your heart attack was and how it was treated. Beyond that, any change will depend largely on you.

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.

Nuts to You!

Nuts offer valuable fiber, protein, and nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and vitamin E.

Who's Who in Health Care

This list of health care professionals, which excludes doctors, can help you understand the wide array of people called upon to render care.

What's Your Healthy Weight?

In today's society, there's much confusion over what constitutes a healthy weight. Here are some ways to find out where you stand on the weight issue.

For Good Health, Know Your Cholesterol Level

The amount of cholesterol in your blood has a lot to do with your chances of getting heart disease.

Primer: What You Need to Know About Ecstasy

Ecstasy, or MDMA -- also called "Adam," "E," or "XTC" on the street -- is a synthetic, mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties.

How to Quit Smoking, Again

Fewer than a quarter of those who attempt to quit are able to make it beyond three months before resuming smoking. Women usually find it harder to quit than do men, even though women have a higher risk of smoking-related diseases. The following suggestions can help you kick the habit, again, for good.

Family Meals: More Than Good Nutrition

If you don't have a family meal each day, it's time to get out the plates. Table time yields benefits that go far beyond food.

Lice

Detailed information on lice, including diagnosis and treatment

Indoor Air Can Cause Health Problems

Don't assume you're safe just because you're inside. The air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.

Teach Teens to Stretch

An adolescent athlete can never stretch too much, experts say. Stretching to stay flexible is vital -- particularly when a child reaches puberty and goes through a growth spurt.

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.

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Kids Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Parents can do a lot to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in their kids—even if the parents already have it.

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.

Potbellies Warn of Later Problems

The fact is, you might not care as much about looks as your wife does, but that fat around your abdomen is no laughing matter. A man's potbelly often warns of later problems ranging from heart disease to cancer, diabetes, arthritis, back pain, and sleep apnea.

Five Steps to a Safer Kitchen

Your kitchen is a hub for family life -- but it's also rife with risks. While you can't foresee every hazard, you can make the room safer.

When Exercising, Don't Skip Stretching

While it's true that stretching won't strengthen your heart or flatten your stomach, it can help you reach those goals more efficiently.

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.

How to Cut Your Hospital Bills

Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses.

Helpful Hints for a Healthy Weight

You can lose a significant amount of weight by making small changes in your eating habits that don't require record keeping or a food scale.

Make Friends with Your Meds

What makes some people sticklers for following through with their medications, and others haphazard at best?

Major Depression in Adolescents

Depression is a mood disorder that involves a adolescent's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.

Managing Prehypertension Without Drugs

Even if your blood pressure is normal or high-normal, you're still at increased risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), the condition in which your heart works too hard and the resulting forceful blood flow harms arteries.

Cardio Workout Equipment Primer

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

The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments save lives. They also can bring a variety of temporary but unpleasant side effects.

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.

Making Sense of Medical Advice

If seemingly contradictory health news has you confused, it's time to learn how to read between the lines.

Give Young Athletes Plenty of Fluids

During hot weather, if young athletes don't get enough water to replace what is lost through perspiration, they face the risk of dehydration.

Sprained Ankles Need Attention

When you sprain an ankle, one or more ligaments on the outside of your ankle become stretched or torn.

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.

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

A private advisory group's call for 60 minutes of physical activity each day are in line with the 2005 USDA Guidelines for exercise of 30 to 60 minutes. The new advice was meant to get people moving, but some experts are worried about recommending 60 minutes.

Get Help to Get Around

Many people see canes and walkers as a badge of advancing years and frailty, and go to great lengths to resist using them.

Tips for Using Home Medical Tests

Home tests can reduce doctor visits and medical costs, but you need to ask: Are they right for you?

Walk Your Way to Better Health

A growing body of research has found that a regular program of moderate exercise—such as walking—may add years to your life.

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.

Helping a Friend With an Addiction

When a friend shows signs of abusing alcohol or other drugs, it's hard to know what to do or say.

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.

Low-Vision Devices

Low-vision devices are categorized as either optical or nonoptical. Optical devices are magnifying lenses or closed circuit TV. Nonoptical devices are large-print books and talking computers.

Managing Your Medicine Cabinet

Stocking your medicine cabinet isn't difficult and doesn't take much time. You'll first want the essentials for first aid and symptom relief, rounded out with a few items that meet the special needs of you and your family.

When You Have an Eye Allergy

Eye allergies usually affect both eyes. The main symptoms of an eye allergy include itchy eyes, increased tearing, red or pink eyes, and mild swelling of the eyelids.

COPD: More of Us Are Out of Breath

You take an average of 16 breaths every minute. It's a reflex—you don't pay attention unless there's a problem. But a rising number of us literally can't catch our breath.

Street Smarts: How to Protect Yourself When Walking

Walking alone on the street—especially as a woman carrying a purse—can still be a dangerous thing to do. You can take a few easy steps to minimize your risk when walking on the street, whether it’s at night or any other time. Here are some tips.

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.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis is a hereditary and chronic skin disorder that mostly affects infants and young children, but may last until a child reaches adolescence or adulthood.

How to Properly Manage Medical Devices

Many people with chronic illnesses depend on elaborate medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers or blood-glucose monitors for their health and well-being. Countless others help their loved ones, young or old, deal with an oxygen machine, asthma medication inhaler or other device. No matter how sophisticated or simple the piece of medical equipment is, it's crucial to use and maintain it properly.

How to Find Dr. Right

Your relationship with your health care provider is one of the most important in your life.

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.

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.

Healthy Diets Overview

Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught to children at a young age.

In Children: Corticosteroids for Asthma

Daily inhaled corticosteroids are a key part of the treatment for children with mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma. "The possible side effects of medication are far less important than the known effects of untreated asthma," says William E. Berger, M.D., president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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.

Nutrition Needs in Older Adults

As we grow older and our bodies and lifestyles change, our nutritional needs change, as well.

For Seniors: How About Losing Weight Today?

Some weight gain is unavoidable, because as the body ages, body fat increases as lean muscle mass and bone mass decrease. Body weight increases until you reach age 60, when it begins to decline.

For Seniors: Is It More Than the Blues?

Although anyone can suffer from depression, it is particularly common among older adults. Depression affects 15 out of every 100 adults older than 65.

Enlist These Foods to Help Prevent Cancer

Plant foods, which contain antioxidants, may help reduce your risk for many cancers. Try to eat two to three servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables and at least six servings of whole grains every day. Be sure to make room on your plate for the following nutrition-packed foods.

Memory Boosters

Most experts agree that there is no solid proof that memory-enhancing supplements work. These products may not even contain much of their "active herbal ingredients."

Over-the-Counter Remedies for Seniors

It's easy to forget that OTC remedies are drugs that can cause side effects and affect other medications. That's why it's important to read the dosage instructions, health risks and warnings on the packaging.

Close the Door on Intimate Partner Violence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

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.

How Do You Fuel Your Workout?

Energy bars, fitness drinks, protein powders, sports supplements -- are these the best ways to power your workout?

Safety for Snow Sports

Whether you're heading for the mountain to ski or just taking your sled to the hill, you can enjoy a great day out and get some exercise at the same time.

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.

Healthy Strategies for Weight Loss

Experts say the long-term success at weight loss requires a balance between diet and physical activity.

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in five children in the United States is overweight or obese. That's twice as many overweight children as 20 years ago.

How to Stick With Your Treatment Plan

Many Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, and most rely on regular tests and treatments to be healthier, more comfortable and more productive. But many people with chronic illnesses find it daunting to keep up with prescribed treatments.

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.

Managing Hypertension with the DASH Diet

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet reduced blood pressure. This diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat and emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

Understanding Trans Fat

Research indicates that trans fat raises LDL cholesterol. You can find out how much trans fat a food contains by checking the label.

Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries

It may not be always possible to avoid injury when playing sports, especially physical contact sports, but participants can help protect themselves by properly preparing before and after a game or practice session by warming up muscles and then stretching.

What to Do After Your Diagnosis

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a serious or chronic condition, you likely have a lot of questions regarding treatment and long-term health. Here are some suggestions on how to find accurate information.

Strength-Train with Yoga

Yoga is more than a stretching regimen. It can help you build stronger muscles, as well as help you relax and focus.

When to Call the Doctor for Chronic Disease Problems

Between regular appointments, what should you do if symptoms flare up, or new ones appear?

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.

Healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People who feel they're unable to regain control of their lives because of their responses to the trauma may have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Managing Arthritis with Exercise

Exercise has important health benefits for everyone -- regardless of age and physical condition. But for people with arthritis, working out regularly, and within their limits, is critical.

How to Spot Drug Use in Kids

Although most adolescents who use drugs don't become drug abusers or drug addicts in adulthood, drug use in adolescence can put their mental, emotional and physical health at risk.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

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.

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.

Potato's Potential Lies Far Beyond French Fries

Bake it, boil it, steam it, fry it. There's no question that America's favorite vegetable is the potato. Each of us ate an average of nearly 140 pounds of potatoes.

Hospices Offer Comfort at Life's End

As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.

Help for a Child with a Cold

You want to help a child with cold symptoms feel better, but choosing among countless over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines can be daunting. Here are some guidelines that can help.

Five Mealtime Survival Tips for Harried Parents

You and your kids need to eat right. But with your busy schedule, it's tough to make sure everyone has nutritious meals and snacks. Check out these timesaving tips for preparing nutritious meals for the whole family.

Know How Your Preemie Will Grow

Premature babies may grow at a slower rate than full-term babies, but usually catch up in height and weight by 2 years of age. But premature babies are more likely to have trouble with speech, motor skills, hearing or vision.

Find Nutrients for Children in Food, Not Pills

While you want to make sure your child gets the right vitamins and minerals, it's best for kids to get all the nutrients they need from food. But there are some children who may need a supplement.

Put Peer Pressure in Its Place

Peer pressure can get the best of children and push them to do things that they don't really want to do. Parents can counter it, if they're ready to help.

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.

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.

Keeping Depression at Bay

It's important not to underestimate the dangers associated with depression, especially if you've had multiple episodes or lingering symptoms. For example, people who don't get treated for their depression have a higher risk for suicide.

Preventing a Second Heart Attack

Most Americans survive a first heart attack. By taking action, however, they can significantly reduce their chances for a second heart attack.

Strength Training at Home

Getting to the gym for a weight workout isn't always easy. That's why it pays to have weights at home as a backup, or even as a substitute.

Checking Your Own Blood Pressure

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

Helping Your Children Cope With Death

Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.

Cycling Safely

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

Options in Nicotine Therapy

By using nicotine replacement therapy to reduce withdrawal symptoms, smokers who try to quit have a better chance of succeeding.

Smoking and Asthma Don't Mix

One of the major triggers for asthma attacks is cigarette smoke. Cigarette, pipe or cigar smoke is especially harmful to people with asthma because it damages the cells in the lungs that make the protective coating lining the bronchial tubes.

Where's Your Body Fat?

It's important to note that it's not just how much extra body fat a person has, but where it is stored on the body that determines how risky the extra pounds are.

Keeping Your Anger Under Control

Learning where your anger comes from and how to deal with it can help lead to a happier, more productive life.

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.

COPD: Finding the Hidden Joys of Exercise

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

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.

Is My Asthma Medicine Working?

To make sure that you are getting the most benefit from your asthma medicines, here are questions to ask yourself.

What You Need to Know About Asthma

People with asthma need to take care of themselves to help control their symptoms and prevent serious problems.

Common Questions About Corticosteroids in Asthma

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

Know Your Peak Flow

You and your health care provider can use information from a peak-flow meter to help stop a flare-up in its tracks.

Asthma Terms to Know

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

Overcoming Exercise Barriers With COPD

Here are some common reasons people don’t exercise. Are any of these true for you?

Insulin Pump Use

Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, but some people with type 2 diabetes use them, too.

Type 2 Diabetes and Food Choices

Understanding how food affects blood glucose is the first step in managing diabetes. And following a diabetes meal plan can help keep you on track.

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 health care provider.

COPD and Summer Heat

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

End-of-Life Planning

For many people, end-of-life planning brings peace of mind and a sense of control. It also takes the burden off loved ones, because they don’t have to guess what you would want.

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.

Heart Failure: Getting the Care You Need

It’s important to ask your provider questions during your visit to make sure you understand your condition and what your treatment involves.

Living with COPD and Asthma

If you have COPD and asthma, you know that they cause similar symptoms.

Heart Failure: After Hospitalization

Here’s how you can stay healthy and prevent the problems that lead to a stay in the hospital.

How to Manage Diabetes During Illness

The stress of illness or injury can cause blood sugar to rise and make insulin less effective. This can lead to serious problems, including diabetic coma. That’s why it’s important to know what to do when illness strikes.

Understanding Kidney Disease

Too often, diabetes leads to kidney disease. But it doesn’t have to. When kidney problems are caught early, you can take steps to prevent more serious kidney disease.

Traveling with Asthma

Whether you pack a suitcase every week or once a year, you probably know that traveling takes a little extra preparation when you have asthma.

Your Child's Asthma Action Plan at School

The best way to prepare the school staff to meet your child’s needs is to develop an asthma action plan.

Help Your Teen Manage Asthma

Having asthma isn’t easy, and for most kids, neither is being a teen. Here are some common teen issues and suggestions for easing your child’s concerns.

Asthma Medications and Emotional Side Effects

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

The Connection Between Heart Failure and COPD

If you have COPD, it may be difficult to tell whether you also have heart failure (HF). This is because the two diseases have similar symptoms and common risk factors.

Heart Disease: Managing Multiple Medications

Whether you take prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine or both, there are important guidelines to follow to get the most from them.

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: Tips for Easier Dressing

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

Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

Many people with diabetes need to change their treatment plan at some point. There are advantages to this. For example, taking insulin can make it easier to manage your blood sugar.

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.

Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet

To help manage your condition, fill in the dates on which you had or will have the following tests or checkups.

Understanding Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis can start as early as childhood and can lead to many health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt

A key way to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome is to lower high blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium and salt in your diet is a great start.

What Is Cardiac Asthma?

Cardiac asthma can the same symptoms as true asthma, but the symptoms are caused by heart failure, which leads to buildup of fluid in the lungs.

Strength Training and Heart Disease

If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.

Heart Failure: Breathe More Easily

Heart failure makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood, causing shortness of breath.

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.

Heart Disease: Considering Cold Relief

Colds and the flu can be serious for people with heart disease.

What Is a Transient Ischemic Attack?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a ministroke or warning stroke, causes symptoms similar to those of a stroke.

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.

Heart Disease: Communicating with Several Providers

If you are like most people with heart disease, you have several providers who each treat you for a different health issue.

Migraines and Endometriosis

Women who have endometriosis may also be more likely to have migraines, according to a recent Italian study.

Asthma: Dealing with Your Child's School

Research shows that informed, supportive teachers and staff can play a big role in helping students manage their asthma.

Migraines and Auras

Auras may include visual disturbances (jagged lines with bright spots or flashes); temporary, partial vision loss; numbness; and tingling sensations.

Even With Asthma, You Can Kick the Habit

If you want to quit smoking but feel discouraged, don’t lose hope. Try taking a new perspective.

Spring Survival Guide for Asthma

For many allergy sufferers, pollen and mold are the main problems.

Asthma Controller Medicines - Leukotriene Modifiers

The newest drugs to join the asthma controller lineup are called leukotriene modifiers.

Potentially Harmful Remedies for Migraines

Triptans, prescription medications used to treat migraine pain, and tricyclic antidepressants, used to prevent migraine, may interact with certain herbs.

Migraine News: How’s the Weather?

More than half of migraine sufferers are affected by weather.

Migraine: It’s Time to Call the Doctor

If your migraine pattern changes or your headaches suddenly feel different, it could be a sign of a more serious medical condition.

Migraines: A Monthly Misery?

Women who experience migraines around the start of their period may be able to prevent them.

Fight Asthma with the Right Nutrition

Some experts believe that you may reduce your asthma symptoms by eating certain foods.

Heart Failure and Physical Activity

If you have congestive heart failure, you may wonder if physical activity is good for you.

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.

Help for COPD and Depression

Having a chronic condition such as COPD can lead to depression. You can get help. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms.

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.

Keep Autumn Triggers Under Control

Autumn means pumpkins, colorful leaves and, for some, worries about asthma.

Tracking Symptoms of Heart Failure

If you have congestive heart failure, knowing your body can help you manage your condition.

Know About Niacin

Along with diet and exercise, treatment to lower cholesterol may include the B vitamin niacin combined with drugs such as statins.

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves, resulting in back and leg pain.

Smoking Hurts Your Back

Smoking damages your arteries, and it’s thought that the damaged arteries in the discs and joints in your back may lead to pain and injury.

Follow Directions: Take ALL Your Medication

About half of all prescriptions are not used correctly by patients, experts say. And nearly a quarter of patients never bother to get their prescriptions filled.

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.

Measuring Your Meal

Portion sizes are bigger today, and that increase has contributed to the growing numbers of overweight or obese Americans.

Why It May Be Time to Throw Away Your Scale

Your scale may not hold the whole story on your weight. Here are other factors to consider.

Treating Chronic Pain as a Disease, Not a Symptom

After upper respiratory infections, pain is the next most common problem seen by primary care providers, one expert says.

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.

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.

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.

When to Seek Help for Your Mental Health

What distinguishes mental illness from problems of daily living is its severity or persistence over time. Mental illness includes mental disorders of thought, mood or behavior. People with a mental illness may have great difficulty with daily routines and tasks, responsibilities of family, work or school, or personal relationships.

Exercise: Before Starting an Exercise Program

It is always important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, particularly if you have certain health conditions.

Allergens: Food

Detailed information on food allergy, including food intolerance and food allergy symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Essential Self-Care for Arthritis

If you have arthritis, taking your medication and following your doctor's orders are essential. But self-care can be just as important in your daily and long-term management of the disease.

The Power of Resilience

When tragedy strikes with the death of a loved one, a serious illness or a job loss, some people fall apart, while others adapt to such life-changing events more easily. Being resilient is what makes the difference.

What Tests Does Your Newborn Baby Need?

You may think your child's first test will come in school, but it will actually happen before leaving the hospital's newborn unit. Early screening tests for babies can find problems before symptoms arise, prompting early treatment.

Keep Kids Safe in the Car

All 50 states have a combination of laws that require drivers to restrain children in car seats, booster seats, and seats belts. Specifics vary by state, based on the child's age and size.

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.

Give Bad Breath the Brush-Off

Although it's rarely a sign of a major medical problem, bad breath can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem and even social isolation.

How to Be a Happy Camper -- or Hiker

Whether you're a first-time hiker out for an easy walk in the woods or an expert camping in the wilderness, think about safety before you head outdoors.

Tap the Power of Water

When you don't drink enough water, your body can't work at its best. As dehydration sets in, you'll feel lethargic and you may have trouble thinking clearly.

Finding the Right Mix of Carbs, Proteins, and Fats

All three are essential for good health.

Use Caution with Pain Relievers

Over-the-counter pain relievers are safe and effective when used as directed. It's when a person doesn't follow the label's advice that problems may occur.

The No-Excuse 30-Minute Workout

Got half an hour? Then you have time to boost your heart health and manage your weight.

The Power of Meditation

Meditation allows you to become more awake and more deliberate about your actions. It teaches you how to respond rather than react to situations in your life.

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.

Putting Healthy Fats on Your Plate

Certain types of fats can actually help your heart, so you don't need to avoid fat altogether. Instead, watch how much and what type you eat.

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.

The Nutritious Apple

Apples are a convenient, wash-and-go fruit to eat. They are low in calories, nutritious, filling and they taste great. There's an apple variety for almost every taste.

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.

You Can Head Off Stress Fractures

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

Using Herbal Supplements? Use Caution, Too

Unlike prescription and over-the-counter drugs, supplements can make it to market without proving purity, composition, effectiveness, or even safety.

Steer Clear of Sports Supplements

Youths see their sports heroes using what seem to be magic potions, and they want to do it, too.

Lowering Cholesterol: Lifestyle Changes

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

What's in the Food You Eat?

Most food additives are safe and beneficial, experts say. What's more, they're everywhere.

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.

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.

Making the Grade on School Tests

Parents can do a lot to ease test anxiety, both in their children and themselves. Start by focusing on the learning and not the scoring.

Vegetarian Teens Need Diet Advice

If your teen wants vegetarian options, you may worry that dropping meat, poultry and fish will be unhealthy.

Health Myths and Facts

There are a number health myths where knowing the facts can make a world of difference to your health.

Using Yoga to Relieve Stress

Yoga is one of the few stress-relief tools that has a positive effect on all the body systems involved.

Exercise and Eat Smart to Keep the Weight Off

People who keep lost weight off tend to have several habits in common. Here are strategies that can help you be a successful long-term loser.

Talking with Your Doctor About Alternative Medicine

Here are suggestions that can help you work with your doctor if you choose to use alternative therapies.

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.

How to Prepare for Scheduled or Elective Surgery

People who prepare mentally and physically before their operations are likely to have fewer complications, less pain and a quicker recovery than those who don't prepare.

Make Healthy Eating a Habit

The earlier you teach children such sound habits, the more likely they are to maintain a healthy weight.

If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues

If your doctor suggests a treatment program to help your child lose weight, look for one that involves both you and your child.

Coping with Food Cravings

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

Recognizing Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is behavior someone uses to control a spouse, partner, date or elderly relative through fear and intimidation.

Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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

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.

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.

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.

Interval Training Can Spice Up a Workout

Interval training alternates short bursts of intense activity with periods of "active recovery," which means more moderate forms of that same activity.

Is an Insulin Pump for You?

Insulin pumps deliver a steady, measured dose of insulin through a flexible plastic tube called a catheter.

Understanding Cocaine and Crack

Cocaine use ranges from occasional to compulsive. There is no safe way to use the drug.

All About LSD

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

Foot Care for Walkers

Wearing the appropriate type of shoe is the most important part of foot care for walkers.

Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

The treatment goals include reducing joint swelling, relieving stiffness, preventing joint damage and maintaining joint function.

Massage Therapy for Back Pain

More than half of American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives.

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.

What's Up With Sinusitis?

Millions of Americans are affected by sinusitis every year. Even so, it's often misdiagnosed and misunderstood by people with the condition.

Appendicitis: Children and Teens

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

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.

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.

Evaluating Complementary Cancer Cures

Although some complementary and alternative methods have been scientifically proven to promote healing or reduce symptoms, many have not.

Your Child's Diabetes Care Team

Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.

Essential Eye Care for Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you can take steps to reduce your risk for vision loss or blindness.

Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

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

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.

For Older Adults: When You're Cooking for One

You can avoid nutritional problems by selecting the right foods, making mealtimes more enjoyable and adjusting your cooking habits.

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.

How Sweet Is It?

Cutting back on sugar is a smart move for many people. Luckily, there are other ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Medication Strategies During Pregnancy

No one can say for sure that a medication is safe to use while you're pregnant. But, avoiding medicines may not be a good idea, either. It may be wiser to treat an illness than ignore it.

Taking Steps Against Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot usually develops between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet.

Target Your Heart Rate for Better Health

By knowing your heart rate, you can gauge how fit you are and whether you're working out at a moderate pace.

Three Cheers for Breakfast!

Breakfast gives you energy, keeps your mind sharp and may help you to lose weight.

Build Your Bones with Exercise

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

Managing Adult Acne

Shifting hormone levels make women prone to breakouts. This is especially true if you have ovarian cysts, are pregnant or are starting or stopping birth control pills.

Strategies for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Here are some common obstacles that you may have encountered and tips for getting beyond them.

Biofeedback: Another Way to Manage Pain

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

Skin, Eyes and the Sun

Using sunscreen, covering up and wearing sunglasses that block UV rays will help you enjoy the sunshine safely.

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)?

Hypertension: Children Can Have It, Too

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.

Don't Rule Out Adult-Onset Asthma

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

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.

Planning for End of Life

You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.

Put Up a Food Fight Against Disease

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

Ways to Improve Your Workout

A proven way to improve your health is finding -- or making -- the time to exercise. But just going through the motions won't give you the health benefits you want.

Reducing the Sodium in Your Diet

Table salt sprinkled on food accounts for about 15 percent of most people's daily sodium intake. An additional 10 percent occurs naturally in foods. The remainder -- 75 percent -- comes from processed and restaurant food.

When and How to Stop Antidepressant Medication

Deciding when and how to stop taking several popular antidepressants is something you should always discuss with your health care provider.

Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care

By involving teens as full participants in their self-care, they're more likely to choose healthy behaviors throughout their lives.

Pilates: A Core Conditioning Program

Pilates is a conditioning program that strengthens the joints and muscles used in everyday actions such as walking, sitting, twisting, bending and lifting.

Treating a Minor 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.

How to Say No to Preteens

As children grow older, risks get more complex and restrictions harder to enforce.

How to Stop a Crying Baby

Some babies cry for long stretches at 3 and 12 weeks of age during steps in development when their sleep is less settled.

Making Sense of Nutrition Labels

One of the easiest tools to help you watch your weight is the nutrition label on packaged foods.

Focusing on Folate

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

Your Asthma Health Care Team

An entire team of health care experts is on hand to help people with asthma manage their symptoms and continue to live normal, active lives.

How to Be an Active Patient

People who are actively involved in their medical care stay healthier, recover quicker when they're ill and live longer, healthier lives.

Walking Works for Everyone

Walking is easy because you can do it almost anywhere and at any time. It also offers a range of health benefits.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Most females experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle. The type and intensity of symptoms vary.

How to Lower Your Financial Stress

Whether your credit card balances are soaring, or you and your partner are arguing constantly over nickels and dimes, there are things you can do to relieve financial stress.

For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants

These drugs take time to be effective. It may take weeks to know if one is helping you.

All About Generic Medications

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

Your Arthritis Health Care Team

No matter what form of arthritis you have, your role as part of your health care team can make the difference in how well you function with pain, stiffness or inflammation.

Fight Back Against Fat

obesity increases the risk for illness from 30 serious medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and several types of cancer.

The Value of a Second Opinion

If your provider suggests non-emergency surgery or a major medical test, it can be worthwhile to get a second opinion

The Healthy-Bones Diet

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

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.

Maintaining Your Personal Health Record

A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. It also can help you play a more active role in your health care.

Get in the Swim

Besides providing a good workout for your heart and lungs, water offers constant, gentle pressure on every part of the body, which, in turn, helps improve circulation from the outside in, eases joint and back pain, and increases flexibility and range of motion.

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.

Managing Midlife Weight Gain

Between the late 30s and late 40s, it's not uncommon for both men and women to gain 10 pounds.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a pregnant woman has elevated glucose levels and other symptoms of diabetes—but did not have diabetes before she became pregnant.

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.

Sweet Dreams as You Age

Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults: seven to nine hours per night, on average.

Helping Others Understand Your Migraine

You and your loved ones will benefit if they understand your condition and how best to help.

Practicing Better Posture

Good posture improves your appearance and reduces stress on muscles, joints and ligaments.

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.

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.

Basics About Your Newborn’s Body

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

Helping Someone with a Mental Illness

Caring for someone you love who is sick or disabled is never easy. When the illness affects your loved one’s state of mind, the demands placed on you can be especially difficult.

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.

Paging Dr. Mom

One of the many hats that parents wear is that of a “first responder.” When their child is sick, they are the first to assess the symptoms and treat the illness.

Ready, Set, Run!

It may not be as trendy as Pilates or power yoga, but running still delivers a great fat-burning, stress-reducing aerobic workout.

Exercise for the Ages

While regular physical activity is a cornerstone of wellness at any age, it’s during your 30s, 40s and 50s that exercise becomes especially important.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress?

For some people, frightening memories of a terrible event can resurface months or even years after the ordeal. In reliving the event, people become fearful and unable to cope with daily life.

Take a Lap With Indoor Cycling

In indoor cycling workouts (also known as spinning classes), participants ride stationary bicycles specially designed to mimic outdoor bikes.

Finding Support for Emotional Issues

How do you know when your emotions are of the everyday sort, or when you could benefit from seeing a therapist?

Primer: GHB, the Club Drug

On the street, GHB is used for is ability to produce a feeling of euphoria and hallucinations.

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.

10 Good Reasons to Try Yoga

Regardless of which type you choose, yoga is an excellent way to stretch and strengthen your body, focus your mind and relax your spirit.

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.

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.

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.

The Word on Talk Therapy

Talk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.

Hope on the Horizon for Breast Cancer

In recent years, researchers have discovered new and better ways to detect and treat breast cancer—and to keep it from coming back.

Taking Time for Tea

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

Exercising With Arthritis

Exercise is an important part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan. A complete program consists of three types of exercises: range-of-motion exercises, aerobic exercises, strengthening exercises.

Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind

A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.

The Egg Bounces Back

Eggs are a great protein source. If you're on a diet, protein helps satisfy your hunger.

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.

Short Height in Children

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

Survive Your Little One's First Flight

Parents need to be prepared to focus their energy on soothing, distracting or comforting their child during the flight.

Give Eating Right a Green Light

Trust that when kids are hungry enough, they'll eat the healthy options you serve.

Working with Your Diabetes Health Care Team

Diabetes affects the body in many complex ways, and having a team to help you stay as healthy and vital as possible, for as long as possible, is key.

Changing Your Recipes for Better Health

You can make recipes more nutritious by cutting back on or swapping ingredients. The way you cook matters, too.

Over-The-Counter Medicines for Infants and Children

OTC drugs have information on the bottle or box. Always read this information before using the medicine.

Toss Your Baby Walker, Pediatricians Say

Walkers can cause children to roll down stairs, causing head injuries and even death. This is the most common way children get hurt in walkers.

For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort

Extreme obesity plagues more than a million teens and young adults, experts estimate. What's a parent to do?

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.

Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?

Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.

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.

Keep Kids Safe During Yard Work

Power tools make yard work easier, from mowing the lawn to trimming the bushes. These tools, however, also pose a threat to children if precautions aren't taken.

Temper Tantrums

These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.

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.

Steroids, Sterols, Anabolic Steroids, and Corticosteroids: What's the Difference?

Steroids are important compounds used in medicine, but people often misunderstand what they are.

All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

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

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.

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.

Living With a Chronic Health Condition

Learning about your condition and doing your best to manage it can help you live a less fearful and more expansive life.

How to Raise Healthy Eaters

Here are suggestions to help you help your children attain and maintain a healthy weight.

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.

How to Avoid Diet Mistakes

If you have failed at losing weight, it could be you have fallen prey to several easy-to-make diet mistakes.

Keeping Your Cool When Parenting Teens

As difficult as it is being a teenager, being a parent of one is even harder.

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.

What About Vitamin E Supplements?

Although many researchers have believed that vitamin E might help reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease, recent studies suggest that large doses of vitamin E have no proven clinical benefits. They may even be harmful.

Keep Your Kidneys Working Well

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

Twins and Premature Birth

If you’re pregnant with twins, you’ll want to carefully consider this advice. It can help increase your chances for a full-term pregnancy.

Answers to Questions About Your Child's Mental Health

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

Understanding Outpatient Surgery

More than 60 percent of elective surgery procedures in the United States are now performed as outpatient surgeries.

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.

Helping Someone with Memory Loss

In older people, it's easy to mistake memory problems for the everyday forgetfulness that some people experience as they grow older.

Stroke Recovery Begins with Rehabilitation

A stroke can cause problems with speech, vision, memory, balance or coordination. It can leave part of the body weakened or paralyzed, among other physical problems.

Understanding Diuretics

Diuretics help your blood pressure go down by helping your body to get rid of extra water and salt by producing more urine.

Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe at Work

Most of us may not think much about our health and safety on the job, but we probably should.

There's Hope for Sciatica

Sciatica is often painful but rarely causes serious or permanent damage.

In Midlife, Keep Your Weight Under Control

Midlife weight gain may put you at risk for serious health conditions, such as diabetes.

All About Genetically Modified Foods

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

How Diets Work

If you’ve tried everything, yet weight loss continues to elude you, don’t give up. There are ways to up the odds and increase your chance of success.

Weight Training for Women

Misconceptions about weight training -- often based on unfounded fears of becoming too muscular -- can keep women from pushing their fitness levels.

How to Get Medications for Less

Here are strategies from the Food and Drug Administration to help you cut your prescription costs by 50 percent or more.

How to Get Optimal Medical Care

To get the best medical care you can, you should be an informed patient who works closely with your health care provider.

Salad Days: It’s Easy Eating Green

At home or when dining out, here are suggestions on how to add the goodness of greens to your diet.

What to Do If You Have to Evacuate Your Home

Consider in advance what kinds of disasters might strike your area. Do you live in an earthquake zone? Is flooding a possibility? Then think about what you’ll do in an emergency.

Managing Work-Related Stress

It’s not the job that creates stress, it’s the way a person responds to the urgencies and demands of each workplace environment that makes them stressed or energized.

Pedal Your Way to Work

Trading your car for your bike for all or part of your commute can save you cash, increase your fitness and help the environment. You may be surprised at how easy it can be.

Food Freshness: What Those Dates Really Mean

Here a rundown on the dates you find on food labels and what those dates mean, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Arthritis and Exercise: Q and A

Doctors and physical therapists say people with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.

Answers to Questions About HPV

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

Take-Out Foods, Restaurant Meals Tied to Obesity Trend

Obesity has become a public health crisis in the United States, in part, because Americans are consuming more calories than they did 30 years ago. A large part of that increase in consumption can be pinned on a greater use of foods prepared away from home -- those ready-to-eat items available at restaurants, grocery store food counters and fast-food eateries.

Make a Sensation with Sauce

A sauce can be many things. A sauce can be hot or cold -- think gravy or salad dressing -- chunky or creamy, sweet or savory.

Someone's in the Kitchen with Grandma

Now is the time to share your tried-and-true recipes and kitchen sense with those who will appreciate them the most: your grandchildren.

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.

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.

Take a Hard Line Against Soft Drinks

Kids who drink soda tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables, and get less calcium, protein and vitamins A and D, because they are drinking less milk. They also take in more calories.

The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Fitness

Want to go out and play? Here are some ideas.

Take Care With Nasal Sprays

A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.

Tonsillitis

Detailed information on tonsillitis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment

Air Pollution

Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

Movie Watching: Something to Share

Movie watching rates two thumbs up as an occasional activity that is easy, affordable and fun for every generation.

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.

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.

Metabolic Syndrome

Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.

Serve a Super Summer Salad

Today's salads offer a variety of greens, often with fruits, nuts, cheese, seeds, roasted or grilled vegetables, and beef, chicken or fish.

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.

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.

Stop Dating Abuse Before It Starts

Although teen dating violence is worrisome, it's not inevitable. You and your teen can avoid potentially perilous situations and reduce the risk for problems.

Is Your Child Too Sick for Day Care or School?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association have guidelines that can help you make up your mind.

Liver: Anatomy and Functions

Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

What You Need to Know About Vomiting

Although nausea and vomiting can make you feel miserable, it's important to remember that these are not diseases, but rather symptoms of many illnesses.

Infectious Mononucleosis

Detailed information on infectious mononucleosis, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and transmission

Moving Beyond All-or-Nothing Thinking

When you lapse from your goals, remind yourself of all you've learned and how much you've accomplished.

Make Exercise a Family Affair

Like adults, children should be physically active most, if not all, days of the week.

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.

Understanding the Power of Addiction

When addicted, the drug user will do just about anything to obtain the drug.

The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.

For Seniors: Choosing a New Doctor

Whatever the reason for needing a new primary care physician, these suggestions can help you find the right doctor.

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.

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.

Losing Weight at Work

Here are strategies that can help you troubleshoot and personalize your weight-loss plan to manage common workplace weight-loss roadblocks.

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, treatment in a hospital emergency room.

Where to Get Medical Care

Many forms of emergency treatment take place outside the emergency room, and even many surgeries are performed in locations other than a hospital operating room.

Managing Food Cravings

Although there’s nothing wrong with wanting a particular food, giving in to cravings can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Low-calorie, high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables fill you up but don't add that much to your daily calorie total.

The Truth About Triglycerides

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Most of your body's fat is stored as triglycerides.

Tinea Infections (Ringworm)

Detailed information on the most common types of ringworm, including diagnosis and treatment

Self-Treat or See a Health Care Provider?

When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds of dollars a year.

Hemochromatosis

Detailed information on hemochromatosis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes

Cuts and scrapes are everyday occurrences, and most can be safely treated at home. Knowing how to clean and care for a cut yourself and when to seek a doctor’s care can help reduce infection and speed healing.

Understanding Your Osteoarthritis Medication

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, most often affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. It also can affect the hands and spine.

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.

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.

Understanding Menu Terms

One of the challenges of healthy eating is knowing how to spot lower-calorie, lower-fat dishes on a menu. Here's a guide to help you make informed choices.

Salmonella Infections

Salmonella bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Beef, poultry, milk, and eggs are common sources.

When Spiders Bite

Two types of spiders found in the United States can cause illness in people. One type is the widow spider, of which the "black widow" is the best known. The other type is the fiddleback or fiddler spider, of which the brown recluse is the best known.

Hypertension and African-Americans

High blood pressure is more common among African-Americans than other ethnic groups. Nearly 40 percent of non-Hispanic blacks have hypertension.

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.

Heart Attacks and Women

For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.

The Menace of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is related to the legal stimulant amphetamine, but has stronger effects.

Cheerleading Safety

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

Understanding the Latest Diet, Nutrition News

Does a low-fat diet protect against heart disease? Will taking calcium supplements help reduce the risk for osteoporosis?

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process.

Real-Life Ways to Manage Diabetes

If managing diabetes seems like a full-time job, keep in mind it’s a task that can’t be taken lightly. Diabetes is the fifth-leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

About Stomachaches

Most stomachaches are nothing more than indigestion or gas. But stomach pain also could be appendicitis, gallstones, or a tubal pregnancy.

Understanding Joint Pain

Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips and torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: They result in joint pain.

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.

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?

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.

What About Energy Drinks for Kids?

As some schools ban colas from vending machines, ads are hyping a source of even more caffeine: energy drinks.

A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity

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

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.

Five Tips for Handling a Bad Report Card

A disappointing grade can become an emotional tripwire for parent and child alike.

Second Opinions for Cancer

Whether you’re facing major surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, a second opinion can help ensure you’re getting the most targeted, effective treatment for your condition.

Understanding Long-Term Care

When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.

Go for the Whole Grains

Compared with refined grains, they have more fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. Whole grains are also a healthy way to control weight because they are digested slowly, so you feel full longer with fewer calories.

What You Need to Know About Mental Illness

Every year, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder that interferes with their ability to function at work or school or in their daily lives.

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.

Snacking Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight

Many nutrition experts say that having a healthy snack midmorning or midafternoon can help you maintain your energy and prevent you from eating too much at lunch or dinner.

Understanding the Teen Brain

Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so.

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.

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.

Make Sure You Understand Your Treatment

For optimum health, you need to understand your health problem and your treatment plan, including how to take prescription medications.

Stages of Substance Abuse

People who become addicted to drugs or alcohol typically go through predictable stages of abuse. Understanding these stages can help you recognize a problem and seek help before substance use becomes an addiction.

What to Do About a Pain in the Neck

Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.

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.

Everyday Ways to Lose Weight

Moderately intense activities, such as walking briskly from your parked car to the mall entrance and taking your dog for a quick jog after dinner, won't help you train for a sport. But they can help you achieve and maintain a healthful weight and improve your overall fitness level.

Overview of Multiple Pregnancy

Multiple pregnancy is a pregnancy with two or more fetuses. In the United States, the multiple birth rate is rising.

Food and Emotion: Why Some People Eat Too Much

America has a weight problem. More than half of us are classified as overweight, say officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Posture Perfect: Standing Up for Your Back

Correct posture—while standing, sitting, or sleeping—is important for a healthy, pain-free back.

Hope for Macular Degeneration

People who lose their central vision to macular degeneration can usually be helped by low-vision specialists.

Women, Alcohol, and Drugs: The Risks Are Higher

As a woman, your body is much more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and more easily damaged than a man’s body. Because women have less water in their body than men, alcohol doesn't dilute as much and more of it gets absorbed into the blood. That’s why women suffer greater physical damage and often become more intoxicated than men when they drink identical amounts of alcohol.

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.

Activity Can Help Control Diabetes

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

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.

Don't Ignore Dry Eyes

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

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.

Sweetness and Light

Sugar fuels the body and every cell in it. The more you eat it, the more you want.

How to Be a Wise Health Care Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a health care consumer, with tips for wise responses.

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.

Rotavirus Infections

Detailed information on rotavirus, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Facing Up to Alcohol in the Workplace

Alcohol-dependent employees incur twice the health care costs of the average employee, are more likely to steal from their employers, are more likely to be involved in workplace accidents and are five times more likely to file worker’s compensation claims.

Allergies and Asthma When Traveling

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.

Taking Care of Head Injuries

The most common causes of head injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents, falls and violent assaults.

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.

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.

Protect Yourself from Sexual Assault

Rape can happen to anyone—children, grandmothers, students, working women, wives, mothers, and even males.

Essential Foot Care

Years of wear and tear can be hard on your feet, as can shoes that don’t fit properly. Injuries and disorders of the feet can affect your mobility.

Rev Up Your Walking Workout

To make walking something you can look forward to each day, add the ingredients that appeal to you personally.

Shape Up to Hit the Slopes

Ideally, you should start to prepare your muscles two months before you go skiing or snowboarding. But as little as an hour of training a week for four weeks can get you ready.

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.

Get the Facts About Elective Surgery

Elective surgeries are operations done when there's no hurry. But just because these surgeries are optional doesn’t mean they aren't serious.

What to Look for on OTC Drug Labels

Always read the label. All OTC medicine labels have detailed usage and warning information to help you choose and use the products.

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.

What You Must Know About Suicide

In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.

Understanding Compulsive Overeating

The disorder may develop when others make repeated negative comments about a person's weight.

Taking Care of Arthritis Flares

If they’re not treated, flares can eventually lead to lack of mobility and debilitating pain.

When to Call the Doctor for Childhood Illnesses

Many childhood illnesses are mild enough to be treated at home. But what about when the symptoms are more severe?

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease refers to more than one disease. It's a large collection of diseases involving your gums and the bones inside your mouth.

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.

What to Do After a Stroke

Stroke may cause physical and mental difficulties. But the good news is that you can recoup some or all of your previous abilities.

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.

Keep an Eye on Your Child's Vision

It's best to catch vision problems while a child is very young. Later, problems are harder to correct.

Help Your Children Chill Out

Kids must cope with all the issues, such as violence or global warming, that stress out adults. But they must also handle stresses added by their parents and the media.

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.

In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help

In a mutual support group, people just like you face similar ordeals and challenges.

Treasure Playtime with the Grandkids

Making yourself available to your grandchildren builds strong bonds that are long remembered.

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.

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin

What can you do to avoid scratching and flaking your way through the winter months? Here are some tips to try.

Shake the Salt Habit

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

Pregnancy: What’s Normal … and What's Not

Some pregnancy changes are caused by hormones. Others are caused by the pressure and weigh of your growing baby.

When a Family Member Is in Recovery

The person in recovery may seem to have a different personality—more serious, more careful, more private—and the family may feel uncertain about how to relate.

Prescription Drug Addiction

Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

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.

Ignore These Diet ‘Rules’

If you’re eating according to outdated or untrue dietary commandments, all your efforts to lose weight could be in vain.

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.

How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces

Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 9 and 14 because kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing.

Dental Implants

Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks

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.

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.

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.

Dancing Is the Star

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

Introduction to Menopause

When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.

Hepatitis C: A Threat from the Past

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Over time, HCV can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C don’t have any symptoms for years. Many don’t know that they are infected until their liver is already damaged.

Why Quit Smoking?

You know you should quit smoking. But you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here are some reasons to help you commit to quitting.

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.

Medications that Can Treat Alzheimer's Disease

Many people believe that Alzheimer’s disease can't be treated. The truth is that medications are available that may help slow the progression of symptoms.

How to Stay Out of the ER

ER doctors and technology save lives. But some people use the ER simply because it’s convenient, or they don’t want to make a doctor’s appointment.

Special Foot Care for Diabetes

It's not high blood sugar, heart disease, or stroke that most often puts people with diabetes in the hospital. It's their feet.

Help for Tension Headaches

Almost everyone has a tension headache from time to time. These headaches aren’t caused by disease. They are so common they are considered to be “normal” headaches.

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.

Fibromyalgia

Detailed information on fibromyalgia, including cause, triggers, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Medications to Treat ADHD in Children

Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.

Age and Asthma

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

How to Safely Choose OTC Medications

Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and pain relievers, laxatives, and headache remedies may treat different conditions, but they all have one thing in common: They’re serious medicines that need to be taken with care.

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.

Diet Traps to Avoid

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

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.

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.

Men and Depression

Instead of asking for help, men who are depressed are likely to drink alcohol to excess, take drugs, or become frustrated, discouraged, and irritable.

Make a Splash with a Water Workout

Although many people enjoy water aerobics classes, you don't have to be in a group to work out.

Stretches for Your Lower Legs

Stretching can keep your lower legs limber and your joints pain free.

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.

Healthy Dining Course

There are strategies you can use to reduce the calories and fat in restaurant food without sacrificing the flavor and fun of a meal out.

For More Babies, Birth Comes Too Soon

One in eight U.S. babies is preterm, says the Institute of Medicine. That's a rise of 30 percent in recent decades.

New Rules for OTC Cold Relief

You'll face new hassles as you sneeze and sniffle. You'll have to ask your pharmacist or a store worker for medications that include pseudoephedrine.

Treating Minor Childhood Injuries

Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they come home with a minor injury.

Making a Good Match: Working with Your Health Care Provider

Are you and your health care provider a good fit? Your health is important to how well you function and enjoy life, so your health care provider can be one of your most valued partners.

How to Control Surgical Costs

Hospitalizations account for more than half of all health care costs, so avoiding surgery is one of the best ways to reduce your medical expenses.

The Supermarket as Classroom

Walking the aisles, you can talk about making wholesome food choices, show how ads drive purchases, and expose your child to new fruits and vegetables.

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.

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.

Is Your Medication Working for You?

Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may have the opposite effect.

Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support Group

Mental health support groups offer support, understanding, and helpful information to people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.

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.

Making Sense of Medical Notes

If you’ve ever tried to read a medical chart but couldn’t understand the doctor’s shorthand, these definitions can help.

The High Cost of Smoking

When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. But that's only the first step.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

It's important to understand how alcohol and drugs can affect your health and well being.

Women and Depression: Understanding the Gender Gap

A woman’s unique biological, social, and cultural factors may increase her risk for depression.

How to Evaluate Your Health Care Providers

To make sure you’re getting high-quality care, ask yourself if your health care provider is meeting your needs in five areas.

Video Games: More Losers than Winners

Video games can take up too much of your kids' time. They may keep your kids from schoolwork and isolate them from family and friends. They can fuel obesity by limiting physical activity.

Get the Right Help for Headaches

When seeking treatment for headaches, start with your primary care provider.

Do You Have a Family Disaster Plan?

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

How COPD Affects the Lungs

Every breath can be a chore when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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.

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.

How to Junk a Junk-Food Diet

Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight or improve your health, junk food can sabotage a worthy effort.

COPD: Coping with Stress

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

COPD: Safe Oxygen Tips

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

COPD: Home from the Hospital

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

COPD: End-of-Life Care

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

COPD: A Quit-Smoking Plan

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

COPD: Heartburn Is Common

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

Heart Disease: Keep Your Gums Healthy

People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.

Heart Attack Treatment Options

Not everyone who has had a heart attack needs open-heart surgery, such as a bypass operation.

Heart Disease: How Disease Management Helps

Participating in a disease management program gives you the chance to ask questions about exercise, medication, diet, and other treatment options.

Asthma: Exercising Indoors

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

Asthma: When to Get an Allergy Test

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

Questions About Asthma Medication

It's good to learn as much as you can about your asthma medications.

Smoking and Asthma

Did you know that smoking cigarettes can make your asthma worse?

Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes

Metabolic syndrome is marked by higher levels of glucose in the blood. That's also a sign of pre-diabetes.

Asthma: HFA Inhalers

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

Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child

You may be wondering what questions the provider will ask or what tests and exams your child will need.

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.

A Kids' Asthma Journal

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

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.

COPD: Medicines for Maintenance

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

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: 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.

Metabolic Syndrome: Lowering Your Heart Disease Risk

Control your blood pressure, keep your cholesterol in check, and take your medicine as prescribed.

Metabolic Syndrome and Soft Drink Consumption

Regular soft drinks contain sugar—empty calories in your diet. Sugary drinks also raise insulin levels, which causes you to put on more deep fat.

The Metabolic Syndrome: At Risk for Depression

People with more visceral fat or an apple-shaped body—two factors associated with the metabolic syndrome—are more likely to have depression.

Protect Yourself from Food Contamination

These tips can help you reduce your risk of becoming ill from the food you eat at home and in restaurants.

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.

When You’re Taking Heart Medications

These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.

Controlling Mental Health Costs

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

Coping with Chronic Pain

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

Stay Safe When You’re In the Hospital

Being active and involved in care decisions and taking extra precautions to avoid infection when in a hospital can help keep you and your family safe.

The Skinny on Fat-Free Foods

When food producers cut the fat out of foods, they often replace it with extra sugar or other carbohydrates, which add calories.

Good Sources of Antioxidants

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

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.

Teens and Prescription Drugs

Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.

Women and Substance Abuse

When a woman has a substance-abuse problem, her whole family is affected because she’s often the key to family stability.

Kids Need Their Nutrients

Learning a bit more about vitamins and minerals can help ensure your kids are on the right nutritional track.

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.

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.

Give Your Health a Lift

Weight lifting is one of the fastest-growing U.S. fitness activities. And the American Heart Association recently threw its weight behind weight lifting, too.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common viral infection of the nerves, which results in a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin anywhere on the body.

Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

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

Watch that Backpack Load

When your child acts as if she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, maybe you should check her backpack.

Knock Down the Hurdles to Breastfeeding

Ideally, you should breast-feed exclusively for the first six months, with a goal of continuing breast milk for at least the first year.

Helping Picky Eaters Expand Their Palates

Although a lot of young children are finicky about food, they need help when they won’t eat the amount or variety required to keep up their nutritional status.

Parents: Check Toys for Lead

If you have toys that have been recalled, don’t throw them out. Take them back to the store where they came from.

Health Newcomer: The Patient Advocate

Patient advocates fulfill many roles, even, in some cases, staying with hospitalized patients around the clock to help guard against medical errors.

Stress Can Pack on Pounds

Many people hunger for sweets, salty snacks, and other processed foods when they are stressed. One solution: Reach for healthy high-fiber snacks with a bit of the tastes you crave.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

A person with generalized anxiety disorder often worries excessively about health, money, family, or work, and continually anticipates disaster.

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.

When Rest Doesn't Relieve Fatigue

Everyone feels fatigued now and then, but when lifestyle changes don't ease your tiredness, it's time to talk with your health care provider.

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Insomnia, trouble falling asleep or trouble sleeping, is a growing problem in the United States.

Eye Quiz

Don't sit too close to the TV. Don't watch TV without a light on in the room. Don't use over-the-counter eyedrops. Are these statements true? Find out by taking the following quiz.

International Travel Quiz

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

Endometrial Cancer

Cancer of the endometrium is a disease in which cancerous cells are found in the lining of the uterus. It is highly curable when found early.

Anemia Quiz

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

Over-the-Counter Medication Quiz

Just because a drug is available without a prescription doesn't mean it's safe to take. Take this quiz and learn the ins and outs of OTC medicines.

Alzheimer's Disease Quiz

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

Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids

Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.

Emotional Eating: How to Cope

Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health.

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.

Wound Care Critical for Diabetes

Because a person with diabetes has poor blood circulation, wounds of all kinds heal slowly and are easily infected. In addition, high blood glucose leads to high levels of sugar in body tissues, causing bacteria to grow and infections to develop more quickly.

Five Steps to Better Memory

Aging can make it harder to remember some things. But by focusing on your potential and continuing to exercise your mind, you may be able to boost your memory power. Here are some strategies.

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.

It’s Snow Fun: Skiing and Snowboarding

Snow sports can give you an excellent workout. They are cardio, so they work your heart and lungs, but they also strengthen your bones.

Jumping Rope: A Kid Favorite with Grownup Benefits

A jump rope is simple and rugged. You can work out with it at the gym or in your living room. And it can fit into your purse or even your pocket.

Your Child's Social and Emotional Development

Knowing when to expect social and emotional milestones, and alerting your pediatrician if you suspect a delay, is the best way to prevent future problems and help your child reach his or her full potential.

The Science of Weight Loss

On paper, losing weight is simple math. One pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. In real life, however, it’s more complex.

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.

Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship is one of the life lessons that children can learn from sports. Its hallmarks include being able to win without gloating, respecting one’s opponents, and being able to lose gracefully.

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Luckily, having your identity stolen is far from inevitable. It just takes a little vigilance on your part to keep your identity safe on your computer and out of the hands of would-be thieves.

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.

Your Guide to Organic Foods

Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and meat can all be certified as organic if they meet FDA requirements for growth, handling, and processing.

Understanding Eating Disorders

At least 8 million people in the U.S. are living with an eating disorder. The overwhelming majority – about 90 percent – are female.

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.

Stress and Older Adults

Studies show that long-term stress can damage brain cells, leading to depression. Depression is one of the most dangerous effects of stress in older people.

OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks

Just because over-the-counter medications are readily available doesn’t mean you don’t need to follow an OTC drug’s directions carefully.

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.

It’s in the Bag: Healthy School Lunches

The basics of a healthy lunch are protein, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk or other dairy foods. But don't forget that your kids will love a surprise in their lunch bag.

The Benefits of Laughter

Laughter can do more than just put you in a good mood. It may buffer you against depression, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life.

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease

Research is shedding light on ways to cut risk, and treatments can make life easier and more comfortable after a diagnosis.

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.

Medicine 2.0: How Technology Can Help Your Health

Did you know that high-tech gadgets and networks can connect you with medical resources? Depending on your health needs, technology may be just what the doctor ordered.

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.

Heartburn Medicine May Put Your Bones at Risk

Recent studies have found that people who take proton pump inhibitors are significantly more likely to break their hipbone or any other bone.

Why Do We Sneeze?

Achoo! Did you know that a sneeze is one of the body's natural defenses? It helps get rid of foreign invaders that sneak into your nose and threaten your lungs and other body parts.

How to Plan for Major Surgery

Major surgery can be intimidating, but you’ll feel more confident if you get all the information you need about your surgery beforehand. This will help you prepare for the procedure and for your recovery in the hospital or at home.

Planning for Same-Day Surgery

Same-day surgery can take place at a hospital, surgical center or doctor's office. Because of advances in surgery and anesthesia, many surgeries that once required a hospital stay can be safely done as same-day surgery.

What to Know About Herbs and Surgery

Experts recommend that all herbal supplements be stopped two to three weeks before surgery. That's because these herbs can have side effects that could make surgery more dangerous for you.

What to Know About Joint Replacement Surgery

Many factors are used to determine the need for joint replacement surgery. Some of the factors that you and your doctor will consider are the extent and nature of the damage to the joint in question.

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.

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.

How to Avoid Common First Aid Mistakes

Rather than helping, common first aid mistakes can make matters worse. Here are a few common first aid falsehoods and what you should do instead.

Living with Parkinson’s Disease

You have a number of tools at your disposal for better managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and living a healthy, enjoyable life.

Tips for a Successful Quit Smoking Day

Keep this in mind: if you can make it through this first day and this first week when nicotine withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, you will be on your way to success.

With Help, You Can Break a Bad Habit

Whether it’s a minor habit like biting your nails or a more serious one, like habitual drinking stopping a troublesome behavior is difficult. With a little hard work and strategy, however, it’s possible to break a bad habit.

Help for Hair Loss

When hair loss becomes excessive, resulting in thinning hair or bald patches on the scalp, factors other than the natural cycle of hair growth and loss are responsible.

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.

Vegetarians and Weight Loss

Most people who follow a vegetarian diet are less likely to be overweight or obese than non-vegetarians. Even so, becoming a vegetarian is no guarantee you will attain or maintain a healthy weight.

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.

Overcoming Anti-Gay Harassment

Gay and lesbian teens are often targets of bullying, harassment, and aggression. Anti-gay bullying can range from verbal abuse, such as name-calling, to life-threatening physical assault.

Men and Mental Illness

Mental illness can cause different symptoms in men than in women, so some disorders in men may be harder to recognize. Men who are depressed, for example, may appear angry and irritable rather than sad and withdrawn.

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Health Issues

people who are gay, lesbian, or transgender may be at greater risk for health problems because they don’t always see a doctor when they need to. This may be because they feel embarrassed, have had a bad experience, fear judgment, or have a health care provider who is uninformed.

How to Beat Serious Stress

When you're faced with a highly stressful event in your life, the strategies outlined here will help you cope.

Job Safety Critical for Teens

Farming seems to be the most dangerous job. Teens also get hurt in restaurants, supermarkets, retail stores, and other places where they find after-school and summer work.

What Is a Personal Health Record?

A personal health record is a documentation of your medical history and care. Although health care providers routinely keep such medical records, you can create your own record, and records for other family members.

Retainers Keep Teeth from Shifting

Whether you are a child or an adult, your orthodontist will want you to use a retainer after your braces are removed.

In the Campground: Staying Safe

Planning ahead and being safety-conscious while in the wild can keep everyone safe and secure. Here are suggestions from the U.S. Forest Service and the American Red Cross.

Tackling Kids' Sports Injuries

Enroll your child in organized sports groups or clubs that demonstrate a commitment to injury prevention. Coaches should be trained in first aid and insist on proper use of safety equipment.

Aerobic Exercises for Kids

Aerobic exercise is important for kids. It helps keep their heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. It can also help them keep or get to a healthy weight.

Exercise Goals for Kids

How much activity should your child get? What kinds of activity are important? Find out here.

Helping Your Child Choose a Sport

Before you look into a sports program, make sure your child is ready. A child’s readiness can depend on a number of factors.

Making Family Fitness Fun

Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.

Strengthening Exercises for Kids

. Stronger muscles can help prevent injury or make it easier to recover from injury. They can help a person keep a good level of body fat. Activities that build bone are especially important for children.