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  • 4 reasons to make today the first day of your smoke-free life

    In 1964, when the Surgeon General first warned the public about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, 42 percent of adults in the United States smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, about 15 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The progress made in the last 50...

  • Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options

    Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial fibrillation, better...

  • Simple tips for recreating red carpet looks at home

    Simple tips for recreating red carpet looks at home

    Whether you're looking to enhance your daily beauty routine or for tips to add glam to your style for an upcoming special occasion, Hollywood's red carpet is the best source for trends and inspiration. Fortunately, many of today's hottest looks are easy to create at home. Celebrity makeup artist...

  • 8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications

    8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications

    Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more prescription...

  • Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed

    Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed

    Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a million lives...

  • What happens while you're waiting to address your hearing? (Infographic)

    Most people wait too long to address their hearing loss, 6.7 years according to industry research. That's a long time, and a lot can happen during those years. Save Save

  • 5 healthier lifestyle changes that are simple, sensible and easy

    Often people set off on their weight loss journey but then get derailed because they think it is difficult to maintain. However, when this happens to you, it's important to not get frustrated. Keep in mind people who succeed in weight loss and healthy eating goals are the ones who recognize better...

  • 5 things you need to know about vaccines

    5 things you need to know about vaccines

    No one wakes up in the morning hoping to be sick. Yet despite the angst people have about becoming ill, many forgo one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and even severe illnesses — they choose not to get vaccinated. There are many reasons...

  • 5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change

    5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change

    Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family's sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere. "A time change shifts...

  • 5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women

    5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women

    When the nation's servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don't return home the same. Nearly 60 percent of servicemen and 50 percent of servicewomen experience at least one traumatic event during their service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These events have the...

  • 15 years of healthy smiles for every child (Infographic)

    Tooth decay is a silent epidemic in this country, and many children in need don't have access to preventative care. See what one organization is doing to help bring dental services to underserved kids. For advice on how to keep your child's smile healthy, visit www.MouthHealthy.org. Save Save

  • Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need

    Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need

    Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, nearly...

  • 4 things you can do today to support your heart health

    4 things you can do today to support your heart health

    On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart — literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be. A 2016 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, conducted...

  • 5 simple steps to boost your immune system now

    5 simple steps to boost your immune system now

    Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible — and recover quickly when you don't — it's important to keep your immune system strong. "The immune...

  • It's closed-window season: 6 steps to improve indoor air quality

    It's closed-window season: 6 steps to improve indoor air quality

    Spring and summer have a reputation for being allergy seasons, but actually two-thirds of allergy sufferers experience symptoms year-round, according to a study conducted by Isobar. Airborne allergens don't disappear when the weather cools, windows close and everyone heads indoors. Actually, throughout...

  • Over 50? You're at Increased Risk for Shingles

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. A few years ago, a Harris Interactive-sponsored poll* found that Americans consider 50 to be the “perfect age” to live forever in good health. For many, the half­-century mark can be a time when experience and opportunity balance perfectly...

  • Enjoy your life again: Fix your hearing

    Think what it would be like, if after a lifetime of enjoying the taste of your favorite meal, seeing your children smile, smelling blooming flowers, or feeling the comfort of fresh, soft sheets on your bed, you lost one of your senses. You'd probably be devastated, and want to pursue every option...

  • Bariatric surgery proven to treat severe obesity (Infographic)

    Health and weight loss goals are among the most popular New Year's resolutions, but for some people, diet and exercise alone aren't enough to achieve those goals. Obesity is a complex metabolic disease affecting 38 percent of U.S. adults and is the second leading cause of preventable death in the...

  • The best ways to support veterans in 2017

    As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America's 21 million veterans at the top of the nation's "to-do" list. "Veterans share a common thread — regardless of where they served or for how long — they are driven to protect our country...

  • Longer battery life gives patient with heart condition a new outlook on life

    By the time Emily H. turned 27, she had received her third life-saving heart device. While she was happy to be alive, she couldn't help but question why the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) surgically inserted in her chest needed to be replaced with such frequency. At this rate, she...

  • Heart Racing? How Being Informed and Taking Action Can Stop a Common Heart Condition

    For some, simple activities that others often take for granted – like walking around the neighborhood or doing chores around the house – can make them feel tired or dizzy. They may feel their heart racing or like a hummingbird is flapping its wings in their chest. These symptoms may point to atrial...

  • Top college football coach's journey to #TackleEpilepsy

    The year 2000 brought a new millennium, and for college football coach Jerry Kill, it was a year that would change his life forever. One of the most respected names in college football, Kill has coached at the collegiate level for more than 20 years, rising allthe way to the Big 10 where he was...

  • Why eating breakfast boosts your health

    Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast. It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research proves...

  • 3 things you should know about 'surprise medical bills'

    Patients receiving medical care increasingly also receive something unexpected and troubling — a bill they thought would be paid by their health insurance plan. Without knowing, patients may be treated by physicians or providers outside their health insurance network who are paid at a lower rate...

  • Why women should start talking about their periods. Period. (Infographic)

    From headaches and backaches to cramps and cravings, women experience a variety of inconveniences during their period. A recent survey shows many women shy away from discussing their period and the pain that may come with it. However, openly discussing the topic may help not only you, but other...

  • Sneeze the day: Avoid time wasted when sick (Infographic)

    Being sick can have a big effect on our time and productivity. Time spent with bothersome symptoms – even complaining to loved ones – adds up to some major time wasted. The makers of Advil Cold & Sinus commissioned a survey conducted by Kelton of 1,000 Americans to uncover exactly how much time...

  • 5 ways telehealth can simplify your life

    In recent years, we have seen tremendous advances in the areas of technology and medicine, along with more overlap between the two fields. Every year, new technology assists in the diagnosis, treatment and care of different medical conditions. As the new year begins, one new technology trend that...

  • How fake news might affect your favorite foods

    The "certified organic" seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic? In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies that a product has...

  • Transform your home into a retreat with these 5 tips from a luxury resort

    There's a reason why they say your home is your castle. This is a place of rest and refuge so you can be returned to your best state. The next time you find yourself with a quiet evening or weekend in your abode, make self-care and pampering a priority. In fact, you can borrow a few pages from the...

  • Greater professionalism could be the key to better hospital care

    Healthcare reform has been in the headlines for years, and it seems like the only point everyone agrees on is that something needs to be done to improve the system. While politicians debate who should pay for healthcare and how, a group of healthcare professionals, patients and community advocates...

  • Latino commentators redefine sports talk

    Sports mean many things to many people, and for the three hosts of the new program Nación ESPN, sports also create some of their most profound life-defining moments. For Marly Rivera, it's a sense of identity and community. For Bernardo Osuna, it's a passion that spans three generations. And for...

  • Cover your employees with a plan that fits your business

    There has never been a better time to explore health insurance options for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. As a small business employer (generally with one to 50 employees), you want to do right by your employees, and that means...

  • Top 5 Ways to Build Confidence and Let Your Personality Shine

       Being confident has countless benefits, from helping you stand out at work and making new friends, to feeling happier and more satisfied. However, confidence doesn't always come naturally to everyone. What actionable steps can you take to amp up your confidence on a daily basis? These five simple...

  • Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child

    As a parent, you've probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly normal...

  • Pushed to the brink: How suicide is taking our heroes

    The Purple Heart Foundation recognizes that suicide among U.S. veterans is taking place at an alarming rate. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every single day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These twenty-two heroes fought to protect the American homeland. These twenty-two heroes...

  • 4 mindful strategies for a healthy 2017

    Losing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year's resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently in 2017 to ensure you're among those who succeed? "Mental health and taking time for yourself can greatly improve...

  • 5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood

    You're shopping for tonight's dinner and decide fish sounds delicious. You visit the seafood section of your local market and are suddenly overwhelmed with choices. Salmon, tilapia, clams or shrimp? Imported or U.S. farm raised? It can feel like there are endless options when shopping at the grocery...

  • Stay healthy this winter by protecting against uninvited germ guests (Infographic)

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  • Caring for those who care for others

    Caregivers come in many forms — full-time, part-time, family, friends and professionals. Many people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives, and a recent report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP showed that more than 43.5 million adults, or about 18 percent of the U.S....

  • New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon

    Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. Although these devices have been used for years, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus — the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones — is not yet available. Now two clinical trials...

  • 5 ways to put your best foot forward and prevent damaging ulcers

    Thirty million Americans have diabetes, and nearly 15 percent of these patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.   Sometimes, it's difficult for patients to realize they have a foot ulcer because it often appears...

  • Want Healthier Skin This Year? Learn the Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Facial Serum

    When it comes to your face, you know its important to be proactive about skin care. You likely wash, moisturize and apply SPF. But there's one critical step that could take your skin from average to amazing: applying facial serum. A serum is a lightweight moisturizer that delivers a high concentration...

  • 3 sneaky tricks of heart disease

    As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for the first...

  • Are tattoos really permanent? (Infographic)

  • 5 new habits for New Year's resolution success

    It's time again to make New Year's resolutions. Whether or not you kept last year's promise to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking or get your chronic disease under control, the new year is an opportunity to make new commitments that will stick. If you did not succeed at keeping last year's resolutions,...

  • The benefits of probiotics for babies

    With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body's microbiota, the living organisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal...

  • 5 facts about radiation you never knew

    Radiation — it's not something most people think about very often, and when they do, their thoughts usually turn to radiation's effects as they are portrayed in the movies. These being namely that exposure to radiation will either turn them into a hideous monster or a superhero. The truth is, however,...

  • Mama's Mama knows best

    The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do...

  • 10-minute healthy habits for 2017

    Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact.  "People who make...

  • 5 tips for healthy eating

    Many people make resolutions to get healthy in the new year. However, many of these resolutions fail due to lack of planning or not having realistic expectations. The wellness experts at Mayo Clinic offer five tips below to help you eat better and stay on top of your health goals for 2017 and beyond....

  • Take the express lane to better hearing and a better quality of life (Infographic)

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  • Breaking the cycle of reactive healthcare

    Americans are living longer than ever, and while we should relish the achievement of extending the life span for residents of the United States, we now face a pressing challenge for the 21st century: How do we ensure we not only live longer but also live well? To better understand the extent to...

  • Smart storage ideas to squeeze extra space from your bathroom

    Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry — the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the...

  • Simply sleek: How to create today's top shower design

    Love the look of sleek, elegant shower spaces featured in popular home-improvement magazines and TV shows? You don't need to be a design expert to update your favorite bathroom with touches of modern luxury and influences of European simplicity. To create a fashionable, functional and fabulous...

  • The popular hairstyle guys can achieve themselves (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. The Fade haircut is a popular hairstyle that looks just as cool in the boardroom as it does on the street. It is a dynamic hairstyle that guys can achieve themselves with a Wahl hair clipper and haircutting tips from Men's Health Fashion Editor...

  • Kicking off the New Year with a heart healthy start

    It is almost time to ring in the New Year, which means it is an opportune time to focus on your health and wellness. If you or a loved one is living with cardiovascular disease (CVD), you may be dealing with many burdens, including access to medications — an increasingly common problem. When prescribed...

  • Lifestyle experts & real sinus sufferers share their tips to relieve sinus pressure and congestion

    Sinus pressure and congestion can get in the way of your favorite activities and when they do, you want to find fast relief so you can get on with your day and get the rest you need at night. To provide you with real advice on how to relieve your symptoms, Sinex joined forces with a group of lifestyle...

  • 5 ways to manage your diabetes and your mental health

    Managing diabetes is as much a mental game as a physical one. In addition to taking medication or insulins, monitoring blood sugar, eating healthy, getting regular physical activity, and often experiencing physical symptoms of low and high blood glucose, people with diabetes also need to be vigilant...

  • Signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes (Infographic)

    Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is one of the scariest complications of diabetes and, if left untreated, can lead to coma and death. This condition is still a deadly threat for children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, and nearly one in three young people diagnosed with diabetes have DKA upon...

  • 4 no-fuss beauty hacks for the holiday season

    With parties that keep you up past your bedtime, travel plans that keep you away from your workout regimen and a shopping list that keeps your head swimming, the holiday season can pack as much pain as pleasure some days. The diversion from your regular routine can zap your energy and confidence,...

  • 6 plus-size-friendly tips for picking the perfect holiday outfit

    Holiday season is a time for celebration. Whether you're heading off to a family dinner on Christmas Eve or ringing in 2017 at a rockin' New Year's Eve party, you want to look and feel your best throughout the season. Finding exactly the right outfit can be a challenge, especially if you're a plus-sized...

  • How your DNA has the potential to help you avoid the wrong medications

    Did you know more than half of the 4 billion prescriptions written in America this year will not work as intended (IMS, Trends Mol. Med. 2001)? It's true, and the answer to why that's the case lies in our DNA. Individuals respond to medication differently, in large part because everyone's DNA is...

  • Women: One type of cancer you have the power to prevent

    The type of cancer that used to be the leading cause of cancer death among American women is now virtually 100 percent preventable, thanks to advances in screening techniques. Each year, nearly 12,000 women receive a cervical cancer diagnosis and more than 4,200 will die from cervical cancer, according...

  • The 7 most-often-overlooked germy spots in your home

    Cold and flu season has arrived and you're on a mission to minimize your family's exposure to germs. Handwashing is still an important first line of defense against the spread of germs, but it's also important to identify and sanitize places that can harbor the viruses and bacteria that cause illness. Spots that get a lot of touching are perfect places for germs to transfer from one person to another. ...

  • The greatest gift: How big data will help save lives this holiday season

    Each day, 144 new names are added to the national organ transplant waiting list — that's about one person every 10 minutes. At any given moment, 120,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Tragically, due to a donor shortage, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for that organ to arrive....

  • The Top 5 Most Common Eye Health Risks

    Why would anyone put the health of their eyes at risk? The answer is unclear, since blindness is among the most common human fears. But many people apparently don't prioritize eye care; in fact, of 61 million U.S. adults at risk of serious vision loss, only half see an eye doctor annually, says...

  • 5 tips to get fit and stay fit

    To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year's resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen. If you've tried and failed to get in...

  • 6 simple strategies for eliminating holiday stress

    The holidays bring a time to celebrate and get together with family and friends, but for many people, it can also come with a lot of stress. Social engagements, gift-buying and a seemingly endless amount of to-do's can bring unwanted emotions that make it hard to enjoy the season. To keep your holiday...

  • 5 smart steps to preserving brain health

    Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do. As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may begin sooner...

  • 4 no-fuss beauty hacks for the holidays

    With parties that keep you up past your bedtime, travel plans that keep you away from your workout regimen and a shopping list that keeps your head swimming, the holiday season can pack as much pain as pleasure some days. The diversion from your regular routine can zap your energy and confidence,...

  • Ever wonder who participates in medical studies? People like you

    Giving blood and participating in fundraiser walks are popular ways to help those in need, but there's another way to directly support America's medical research communities and advance important knowledge that could someday improve or save lives: participate in a clinical trial. Research studies...

  • 5 ways dry eye symptoms can impact patients and what you can do about it

    There are an estimated 30 million U.S. adults who report symptoms consistent with dry eye disease. Approximately 16 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with dry eye disease (DED) by a healthcare professional. This often chronic and sometimes progressive condition is commonly associated with...

  • Have COPD? Are you at increased risk for respiratory compromise?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. What many people don't know is that COPD is a risk factor for a potentially deadly condition called respiratory compromise which can occur during hospitalization. While relatively unknown, respiratory...

  • Get to know your gut (Infographic)

    The gut is home to your body's digestive function and can affect your overall health, so it's important to understand your digestive health, how vital its ecosystem is to your body's overall health and well-being, and the benefits everyone can reap from a daily dose of probiotics. Save Save

  • Will new school lunch mean less veggies?

    The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes, to be implemented over a period of years, aim to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutrition...

  • A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury

    Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren't always practical — or enjoyable — activities for everyone....

  • 10 signs you may have a bleeding disorder

    Harley Noffsinger was a typical kid who liked to play outside and stay active. When she was 7, everything changed. She got a nose bleed, but unlike most people's experiences, her bleeding wouldn't stop. It lasted 90 minutes. Noffsinger's parents brought her to the emergency room at the nearest hospital,...

  • Holiday survival guide (Infographic)

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  • Protecting your health: Survey shows diabetic patients often skip important eye examinations

    The leading cause of blindness, diabetes, is steadily growing and is expected to affect one in 10 people worldwide by 2040, the International Diabetes Federation predicts. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more...

  • Are you receiving the best care for your medical problem?

    As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. For Baby Boomers and adults caring for older parents, better health depends on wellness initiatives and receiving care from the proper professionals. Yet for those suffering from wound, ostomy or continence issues, many don't realize...

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