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Prevention

Set Goals the S.M.A.R.T. Way
Take a moment and think about some of your goals. Maybe you want to find a job you love, eat better, save money, or improve your fitness levels, for example. If you’ve set goals in the past, but failed to meet them, know that this time can be different. When you set goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method, you give yourself the tools needed to be successful. S.M.A.R.T stands for:
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
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.
Sunscreen 101: How to Choose the Best Sunscreen
If you’ve shopped for sunscreen lately, you’ve seen firsthand the dizzying array of products. Which product is right for you?
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.
Take the Lead in Colorectal Screenings
Let’s face it: It’s nice to be in control. It feels better when we choose vegetables over fries. Or when we opt to take a walk instead of spending another hour on the couch. This positive attitude regarding choice also applies to medical care. According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people who have a choice about what type of colorectal cancer screening they undergo are more likely to follow through with testing than those whose health care providers choose for them.
Taking Good Care of Your Eyes
Often, people with vision problems wait far longer than necessary or sensible before getting an eye exam. Everyone should have a regular exam every year or two.
The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth
If you are what you eat, that's even more true for your teeth and gums. When you drink and eat starchy foods, you're not only feeding yourself--you're feeding the plaque that can cause havoc in your mouth.
The Path to Wellness
You’ve probably heard of the term “wellness.” But have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Wellness is about becoming healthier in all parts of your life. It’s about having a healthy body and mind.
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.
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?
A look at some of the major air pollutants, and how they can affect you.
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 healthcare provider's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't need medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the healthcare provider?
You Can Head Off Stress Fractures
A stress fracture happens when you increase the length or intensity of your workout too quickly.
Your Preteen or Teen Still Needs Vaccines
Planning playdates may not be on your parenting to-do list anymore. But with preteens and teens, there’s something you still need to do: Make sure they’re vaccinated.
You're Not Too Young to Think About Bone Density
If you are a woman in your 30s or 40s, you may think that you don’t need to worry about your bone strength. Yet after age 30, you’ve already passed your peak bone mass. Your actions now can help protect your bones and decrease your risk of getting osteoporosis in the future. Here’s what to do.
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