Individual Health Guides

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    Children
    From infancy to their teens, children’s bodies and minds change at a breathtaking pace. Along the way, their parents must make smart medical and…
    Emily Miller
    Emily Miller August 19, 2015
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    LGBTQ+
    Things are different than they used to be for lesbian, gay, transgender and questioning individuals who face growing acceptance and the ability to live…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas July 26, 2017
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    Students
    Suddenly, children are young adults attending college and experiencing more freedom to control their daily lives than ever before. Naturally, as they feel their…
    Kristin Compton
    Kristin Compton March 15, 2013
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    Seniors
    As the population gets ever older, seniors face a looming crisis in the shortage of caregivers that’s only expected to grow worse. While many…
    Elaine Silvestrini
    Elaine Silvestrini January 5, 2013
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    Men
    Although men tend to avoid doctors, their health is influenced by social and hormonal factors that warrant medical attention throughout their lives. That’s because…
    Chris Elkins
    Chris Elkins May 15, 2013
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    Women
    In addition to fertility and child bearing, women’s reproductive systems affect their bodies throughout their lives. Estrogen influences many of their developmental changes, even…
    Chris Elkins
    Chris Elkins January 5, 2013
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    Pregnancy
    Pregnancy brings with it a number of physical and hormonal changes. It’s a time when women need to educate themselves to inform their decisions…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas October 1, 2015
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    Veterans
    Military veterans experience a range of service-related health conditions, including hearing damage, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and toxic exposure to asbestos and burn pits.
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas October 1, 2019
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The foundation of a long, happy life is knowing how to take care of your health. You only get one body. You can take care of it by learning how your body grows, what diseases or conditions to look out for and how to avoid risky products. Men's bodies are different from women's. All of our bodies change from childhood, through adulthood and into old age. Learn about each stage of life, and become a well-informed health consumer to improve your quality of life.

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Health Guides By Topic

  • Salad bowl next to a glucometer
    Diabetes
    More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. The most common form is Type 2 diabetes. Physicians can prescribe medications for Type 2…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas January 25, 2017
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    Drug Interactions
    Mixing prescription drugs with over-the-counter drugs, supplements and certain foods can lead to dangerous interactions and reactions.
    Elaine Silvestrini
    Elaine Silvestrini February 5, 2018
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    Off-Label Drug Use
    Although the FDA approves all prescription drugs sold in the United States, the agency can’t limit how doctors prescribe drugs after they’re on the…
    Elaine Silvestrini
    Elaine Silvestrini May 2, 2018
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    Mental Health
    Mental health is a measurement of a person’s psychological, social and emotional well-being. It affects the way people think, feel and act. Poor mental…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas May 25, 2018
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    Birth Control
    Most Americans use birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. There are many types of birth control available in the U.S. Each…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas June 11, 2018
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    Vaccine Schedule
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a vaccination schedule for infants, children, adolescents and adults. The CDC updates its recommendations each…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas February 25, 2019
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    Alzheimer’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease that causes significant memory loss and impairs a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks. Scientists have…
    Kristin Compton
    Kristin Compton March 21, 2019
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    How to Read a Drug Label
    Drug labels for over-the-counter and prescription medicines provide important information on safe and proper medication use. But patients may not always read labels, or…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas July 22, 2019
  • Foods for Good Digestive Health
    Digestive Health
    Good digestive health allows the body to properly break down food and absorb nutrients to keep the body healthy. People with healthy digestion are…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas March 27, 2020
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    Cardiovascular Health
    Cardiovascular health applies to the health of your heart and all your blood vessels. While cardiovascular conditions may be inherited, many of its risk…
    Terry Turner
    Terry Turner April 6, 2020
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    Cancer
    Cancer is a group of related diseases, including lung, breast and colorectal cancer. Every type of cancer is caused by changes to DNA. These…
    Terry Turner
    Terry Turner April 1, 2020
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    Maculopathy
    Maculopathy is a progressive disease that can lead to vision loss, usually in both eyes. The disease affects a part of the eye in…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas May 11, 2020
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    Arthritis
    Arthritis is degeneration or inflammation in the joints, and it can affect one or more joints. Out of the more than 100 types of…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas May 19, 2020
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    The Sun and Your Medications
    Several common over-the-counter and prescription medications can trigger toxic and allergic reactions to natural or artificial ultraviolet light — a condition called photosensitivity.
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas April 24, 2020
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    Chronic Pain
    Chronic pain is pain that lasts for at least six months, though it may last for years. An injury, disease or infection may have…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas July 24, 2020
  • Man with lower abdominal pain
    Interstitial Cystitis
    Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, painful bladder condition that affects millions of Americans. People with IC have discomfort and pain in the bladder and…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas March 15, 2021
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    Collagen
    Collagen is a protein that provides building blocks for many of the body’s tissues, such as bones and skin. It allows tissues to stretch…
    Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
    Michelle Llamas July 14, 2021