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For Women: Which Screening Tests Do You Need?

From mammograms to cholesterol tests, the appropriate screenings for women couldn’t be more crucial. Screening tests can catch an illness before you see signs, which will allow for treatment to start early when it matters most. Your lifestyle, health record and family history help determine what tests you need. Only you and your doctor know what’s best for you.

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How Effective is Your Control of Asthma?

Asthma is a common chronic lung disease that can make it difficult to breathe. Although there is no cure for asthma, those with the condition can live healthy, active lives if their asthma is under control.

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Childhood Immunizations: What They are and Why Your Child Needs Them

A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.

Has this ever happened to you? On the day she’s supposed to get her shots, your infant wakes up with the sniffles. You or your doctor decides to hold off on the vaccination. The opportunity slips by and, for one reason or another, your child never gets that shot.

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HPV Vaccine: A Shot at Preventing Cancer

Imagine if you could protect your child against cancer.  Turns out, you can.

Almost 80 million Americans are currently infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva and penis, among other areas of the body. In fact, almost all men and women are exposed to it as some point in their lives.

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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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Break Free From Alcohol

Deciding to quit is a big step. Following through is just as important. Quitting alcohol or drugs, or both, isn't easy, but others have done it, and you can too. Your health matters!

Ask yourself

Men, how many times in the past year have I had 5 drinks or more in a day?
Women, how many times in the past year have I had 4 drinks or more in a day?

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Prediabetes: A Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Think of prediabetes as a fork in the road. Ignore it, and your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up. Or, with a few simple steps, you can prevent or delay the progression to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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For Women: A Heart-to-Heart Talk

Knowledge about gender differences in heart disease can help you protect your health 

When you think about the steps that women can take to safeguard their health, which ones come to mind? Mammograms? Pap smears?

As important as those tests are, thinking about your ticker is just as crucial. “It’s a common misconception that cancer is the most serious problem for women to worry about, but heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America,” says cardiologist Peter Hui, M.D., a cardiologist and Brown & Toland physician with the California Pacific Medical Center. 

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Are You Smart About Men’s Health?

Take this quiz—no matter your gender—to test your knowledge about common medical issues facing today’s men and health-promoting strategies

1.    True or False: Most men fail to see their physician annually for preventive checkups.
True. According to a survey by the CDC, 22.6 percent of men have not seen their physician in the past year. And men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period, despite the fact that prompt, pre-emptive care can be a major contributor toward good health and long life.

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Adults, Be Smart About Your Annual Physical

With the new year approaching, it's prime time to safeguard your health

Never underestimate the benefits of your annual checkup: It’s your chance as a patient to get one solid block of time alone with your doctor, when you can ask all the questions about your health that you’re wondering about and get a personalized care plan that can keep you healthy. According to some medical experts, those annual visits also improve the detection of early illness, which could help prevent complications down the line.

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