Prevention

    12 Weeks to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
    Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.


    5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook
    For safety's sake, look through your home often. Keep an eye out for not-so-obvious hazards.


    A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away
    You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu shot.


    Air Filters, Dehumidifiers, and Humidifiers
    Here are some helpful tips for understanding the air in your house and the air-quality appliances that can alter it.


    Air Pollution
    Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention


    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.


    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.


    Blood Donations/Blood Banking
    Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking


    Boosting Your Mental Health
    Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well being.


    Breast Cancer: Risk Factors


    Care of Children's Mouth and Teeth
    Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.


    Dehydration and Heat Stroke
    Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Eye Care Essentials for Computer Users
    Studies have found no sign that working on a computer screen causes permanent vision problems. Short-term problems, like tired, irritated, or watery eyes, do bother many people who work at computers. These problems can usually be corrected by wearing a special pair of glasses for computer work. Also, adjusting lighting in the workplace, using nonprescription artificial tears, and/or changing the position of the computer screen can help.


    For Adults: To Nap or Not to Nap?
    Like many people, you may struggle for a good night's sleep. A daytime nap may seem like a good way to recoup some of that lost slumber. But you may be dozing at your own risk.


    For Men: Health Care Providers 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Get to the Heart of Oral Health
    Evidence is mounting that people with periodontal (gum) disease may be more at risk for heart disease and stroke.


    How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
    Overall, cosmetics and personal care items are considered safe. But that doesn't mean that there aren't risks associated with their use, particularly if you don't use them correctly.


    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.


    How to Manage Prehypertension
    Prehypertension is a 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 Prevent Osteoarthritis
    The less unnecessary stress you put on your joints, the less likely they are to wear out prematurely.


    How to Stay Healthy at Work
    Here are measures you can take to protect yourself from the flu at the office.


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


    International Travel Quiz
    Answer this one: How far in advance of your overseas trip should you visit your doctor for vaccines?


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


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


    Lower Your Cholesterol
    High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined.


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    Pap Tests for Older Women
    Older women still need health checkups and screening tests, including regular gynecological exams.


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


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


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    Take Action to Beat Heart Disease
    Even if you already have atherosclerosis or have had a heart attack, there’s a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.


    Taking 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.


    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.


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


    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.


    Traveling with a Chronic Condition
    Any trip needs advance planning so you can be comfortable and lower your risk for worsening symptoms.


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


    What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations
    Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's healthcare provider.


    What You Can Do About Dog Bites
    Dogs are responsible for 85% to 90% of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.


    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.


    When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider
    For parents of a newborn, first-time parents, or any anxious mom or dad, it may be hard to tell a true health threat that needs a doctor's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't require medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the doctor?


    You Can Head Off Stress Fractures
    A stress fracture occurs when you increase the length or intensity of your workout too quickly.