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    What's your healthy weight?

    In today's society, the media focus on celebrities and their weight, so it's hard to grasp the idea of a healthy weight.

    Having a large percentage of body fat, regardless of how much you weigh, is unhealthy.

    You could also be of normal weight or underweight and still have an unhealthy amount of body fat.

    Learn more »

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    Pacifiers: pros and cons

    It seems everyone has an opinion about pacifiers.

    That's because there are both advantages and disadvantages.

    As you're deciding what's best for your infant, here are some possible benefits and drawbacks of pacifier use »

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    Weather and your health

    We talk about the weather when we don't have much else to chat about: "Nice day, isn't it?" "Aren't you sick of this rain?"

    The weather has more to do with your health than you might realize.

    Learn more about the weather and how it affects the body by taking this quiz »

Migraine headaches quiz


Many households in the United States have someone who suffers from migraine headaches, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Do men or women get migraines more? What percentage of school-aged children experience migraines?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of migraines »

Removing cataracts


Perhaps the first thing you'll notice is a glare from oncoming headlights at night. Usually, a haze surrounds the lights.

Then, you're likely to find reading more challenging. It's harder to see the letters, and they tend to blur together.

This is what happens when you develop cataracts. When cataracts affect your ability to function, it may be time to consider surgery »

Health Consumer

Be A Smart Health Consumer

How to Be a Wise Health Care Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a health care consumer, with tips for wise responses.Take our advice and take charge of your health >>

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. Start your evaluation here >>

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process. Make your empowered first step here >>

Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits

To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every doctor visit, using these suggestions, plan your time with your provider and walk out knowing you have made the most of your time >>

Preventive Care Guidelines

Screenings and Tests to Consider

Getting screening tests and vaccinations is an important part of preventive care. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender. Use these guidelines when discussing a disease prevention plan with your health care provider. You may need a plan that is different, depending on your situation.

Guidelines for Women

Age 18-39

Age 40-49

Age 50-64

Age 65+

    Guidelines for Men


    Age 18-39

    Age 40-49

    Age 50-64

    Age 65+

    This schedule comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, unless otherwise noted.

    Health News from National Institutes of Health

    Endurance Athletes Should Only Drink When Thirsty, Experts Say

    Consuming excess fluids can lead to dangerous drop in sodium levels

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    Source: HealthDay
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