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How to Help a Child Who is Overweight

Baby fat is something children are supposed to outgrow, not grow into. Obesity is a critical and growing health problem in the U.S., and it starts at a young age. One in every six children and teenagers is obese (18.5 percent). That’s more than three times the rate found in the early 1970s.

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Keeping Bay Area Pollen Season at Bay

Are your seasonal allergies getting worse? You’re not alone.

If it feels like your allergy-induced runny nose and red-rimmed eyes are getting worse each year — and lasting longer — you're not imagining things.

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Food Facts and Myths

Some common questions, and surprising answers, about nutrition

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Essential Eye Care for Diabetes

Most people who have diabetes suffer nothing more than minor eye disorders related to the disease. However, they do have a higher risk for blindness than other people, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

If you have diabetes, you can take steps to reduce your risk for vision loss or blindness. Diabetes can cause the following eye disorders:

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A Woman's Guide to Beating Heart Disease

Surveys show fewer than one in 10 women perceive heart disease as their greatest health threat. But it's the nation's number one killer, and women are its prime target.

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Managing Borderline Hypertension Without Drugs

Even if your blood pressure is normal or high-normal, you're still at increased risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), the condition in which your heart works too hard and the resulting forceful blood flow harms arteries.

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Know Your Cholesterol Level

The amount of cholesterol in your blood has a lot to do with your chances of getting heart disease; in fact, it's one of the major risk factors for this illness. The higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack.

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Realizing the Dream of Health Care Equity

In March 1966, a little less than three years after delivering the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fully turned his pulpit toward racial and socio-economic disparities in health care. As he was organizing a direct-action campaign against hospital discrimination in Chicago, he famously said:

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Getting Ready for Pregnancy

By Richard Kochenburger, MD, MPH, FACOG

Becoming pregnant and giving birth, followed by nurturing and raising a child, can be one of the most joyful, fulfilling and important undertakings in a woman's life. Unfortunately, birth defects do occur in approximately 2- to 3-percent of all pregnancies with varying degrees of severity.

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The Power of Social Connections

Strong relationships can benefit your health

You probably are well aware of the usual suspects and habits that play a big role in promoting your long-term well-being — not smoking, for example, or eating a healthful diet or making sure to get enough sleep. But did you know that having strong relationships and social connections can also have a powerful effect on your physical health?

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