Be Smart About Taking Medicines
Prescription medicines have become like new cars and breakfast cereals. Many of them are being marketed directly to the public through ads on television and in magazines. Some medicines get so much free publicity they don’t need to be advertised.
Smart consumers should use ads as motivation to learn more about their own illnesses and choices for […]
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, says the American Hospital Association.
The following information can help you understand and research hospitals […]
Dehydration and Heat Stroke
The danger of dehydration and heat stroke
Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration can be a serious heat-related disease. It is also a dangerous side effect of diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Children and people over the age of 60 are particularly susceptible to […]
Aspirin and Your Heart: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
In addition to taking aspirin to relieve pain and fever, millions of Americans take a low-dose or “baby” aspirin daily to reduce their risk for heart attack and stroke.
Should you join in? Probably not, unless you have your health care provider’s OK. That’s because the benefits may not make it worth the increased risk for […]
Boosting Your Mental Health
You know that you should eat healthy foods and get some exercise to feel good and live longer. Another key part to living longer is 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. For example, even if […]
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
What is a risk factor?
A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of having a disease. Risk factors for a certain type of cancer might include smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. The exact cause of someone’s cancer may not be known. But risk factors can make it more likely for […]
A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away
You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu shot.
Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu vaccine is too much trouble or costs too much. Or they are sure that a flu shot will make them sick or make them more likely to catch the flu.
The flu, also […]
7 Ways to Cut 50 Calories Every Day
(HealthDay News) — Did you know that eating an extra 50 calories a day can sneak on about five pounds a year? But trimming the same number calories will put the trend in reverse.
Cutting out 50 (or more) calories a day isn’t as hard as you think, says registered dietitian Rachel Begun. Start with your […]
Yoga Poses for Better Sleep
(HealthDay News) — Yoga, practiced just before bed, may help you wind down and prepare for sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests these poses may help before bed:
Cat/cow pose, done on the hands and knees and alternating between arching your back and letting it sink while raising your chest.
Chair pose, performed in a position that resembles […]
What is a Cataract?
Are you having trouble seeing? Is your vision blurry or cloudy? If you’re over 60, you probably have a cataract. Younger people get them, too, but they’re more common in older adults.
A cataract is where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and makes vision blurry. It is typically caused by a change in the […]