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Women’s Health Week Encourages Annual Checkups, Screenings

In an effort to encourage women to take care of their health, federal authorities are celebrating National Women’s Health Week from May 10 to May 17. “We know that women are often the ones who make sure everyone – everyone else, that is – in our families are cared for,” said Kathleen Sebelius, director of […]

Federal Website Offers Safety Information for Herbs

Herbal means natural. And natural means safe, right? Not always. If you’re thinking about taking an herbal supplement or tea to manage a medical condition, be sure to consult your doctor. Certain herbs can affect medication you may be taking. Others have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Check out this federal […]

Active Lifestyle Can Equal That Workout at the Gym

Good news for those who can’t fit a 30-minute daily workout at the gym: small amounts of activity throughout the day that add up to 30 minutes can be just as beneficial, new research shows. Simple choices such as using a rake instead of a leaf blower, or walking a mile to the store instead […]

Giving up Soda to Lose Weight? Consider Alcohol, Too

Many people are staying away from soda because the sweet drinks contain have no nutritional value and an average 150 calories. But it turns out that almost one-third of men and 18 percent of women are also consuming empty calories through alcohol. In fact, men between the ages of 20 and 39 actually consume more […]

Children Consuming Too Much Sodium, Study Finds

Despite widespread efforts to make school lunches healthier and to restrict soda on campuses, a new federal study shows that children are consuming just as much sodium as adults. Indeed, children between the ages of 8 and 18 are consuming an average of 3,387 milligrams daily, more than double the recommendation from the American Heart […]

More Cancer Deaths Preventable by Losing Weight

A new federal report shows that death rates from all cancers continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008. The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer also reveals that several cancers could be avoided if people lost weight and exercised more. Cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney […]

Beware New Scam Targeting Diabetic Patients

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have issued a public warning for people with diabetes who receive Medicare benefits. Criminals are targeting diabetic patients, promising them “free” medical supplies and products, in an attempt to obtain private Medicare and financial information. Health authorities warn that these phone calls are a scam. […]

New Vaccine Recommendations

Are you vaccinated against whooping cough? Regularly recommended for infants, federal health authorities now want all adults to receive the vaccine as well. Whooping cough is an infectious bacterial disease that can be deadly. More than half of babies under 1 year of age who get whooping cough need to be hospitalized, according to the […]

Screening for Bone Density

A new study reports that patients who show a healthy bone density on their first test may be able to  safely wait 15 years before having another screening. Federal health officials currently recommend women ages 65 and older have routine screening of bone mineral density. Researchers, who published their work in the New England Journal […]

Many Americans Missing Important Cancer Screenings

Despite the many health benefits of screenings, many people are not having the recommended cancer screenings, according to a new federal report. Additionally, significant disparities exist among Asian and Hispanic groups. The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, screenings […]