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Previous Health Tips of the Week

  • Food & Water After a Hurricane
    Special precautions for food and water are important after a storm.
foods in refrigerator
  • Safely Afloat
    Life jackets could prevent about two-thirds of all boating-related drownings of children ages 14 and under. Learn about personal flotation devices.
Father and daughter wearing life jackets aboard a boat.
Olympics Inspired
  • Beat the Heat
    Getting too hot can make you sick if your body can't compensate for the heat and cool you off. Learn how to stay cool in hot weather.
sun shining in the desert
  • Mold Growth!
    Even dead mold can cause allergic reactions in some people. To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water.
Mold contamination of ceiling and walls
  • Wash Your Hands!
    To avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, you should always wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.
Someone washing their hands with soap and water
  • Hemochromatosis Awareness
    Hemochromatosis, which can be detected through blood tests, is a disease that causes an iron overload in the body and over time can damage the body’s organs.
Doctor and red blood cells
  • Scleroderma Awareness
    Scleroderma is a group of diseases that affect the tissue that supports your skin and internal organs.
Internal organs: lungs, heart, intestines, and kidney
  • California Fires
    Reaching far beyond the fire's boundaries, wildfires and their smoke pose several health risks including serious respiratory ailments.
California wildfire
  • Sun Safety Week
    Sun rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Stay in the shade and apply sunscreen often to remain protected.
Boy and girl under an umbrella
  • Headaches
    Stress or anxiety can cause headaches, along with severe neck pains.
Man with a migraine
  • Numbers Count
    High blood pressure ups the risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Get checked!
Patient having blood pressure checked
garden tools
  • Lyme Disease
    Tick bites that cause Lyme disease aren't confined to hikers and campers.
  • Usher Syndrome
    The inherited condition affects both sight and hearing, and there's no cure.
Photograph of the retina of a patient with Usher syndrome
  • Spring Cleaning
    The annual ritual reinforces the importance of keeping germs out of your home.
Woman adjusting her cleaning gloves.
  • Without Borders
    Malaria, a preventable disease, causes more than 1 million deaths each year
A mosquito, which is known to carry the malarial parasite.
Pregnant woman's belly
  • Voice Coach
    Some 7.5 million people have voice disorders. Know the risks and warning signs.
    Learn More>>
Face of child with open mouth.
  • Autism Month
    April is Autism Awareness Month. Know the signs and get the latest information.
    Learn More>>
Young boy being measured
  • Food for Thought
    Know the warning signs of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
    Learn More>>
Woman stepping on a scale
  • E-Health
    Electronic health records can save time, money and lives.
    Learn More>>
Medical records on computer screen
Logo for Poison Help campaign: 1-800-222-1222
  • Over 50?
    Regular screenings could prevent six in 10 colorectal cancer deaths.
    Learn More>>
Illustration highlighting location in abdomen of colon.
  • Silent Killer
    Nearly one in three adults has high blood pressure, a lifelong treatable condition.
    Learn More>>
Blood pressure monitor
  • Cold or Flu?
    Sore throat and sneezing usually point to a cold. Fever and aches may mean the flu.
    Learn More>>
Girl covering her mouth with a tissue
  • Sickle Cell
    It's one of the most common genetic diseases in the U.S. That's why all newborns are tested.
    Learn More>>
Enlarged image of red blood cells and sickle cells
  • Heart Smart
    Heart attacks strike every 26 seconds. Know the risks and warning signs.
    Learn More>>
Candy hearts assembled in the shape of a heart.
  • Radon Risks
    This colorless, odorless gas is linked to lung cancer. It may be in your home.
    Learn More>>
Illustration of radon gas entering a house.
  • Skin Deep
    What you should know if you're mulling a tattoo or body piercing.
    Learn More>>
Graphic depicting normal skin layers.
  • Winter Escape
    Planning a tropical getaway? Don't let mosquito bites spoil your trip.
    Learn More>>
Tropical beach
  • Pregnant?
    A daily supplement of Vitamin B folic acid can prevent serious birth defects.
    Learn More>>
Nutrition label
  • 12 Ways to Health
    Give the gift of health by following these holiday tips.
    Learn More>>
Two cheeseburgers
Happy Holidays graphic with dove and snowflakes
  • From the Heart
    Heart attack symptoms can vary depending on your sex or age.
    Warning Signs>>
Woman having chest pains
  • A Helping Hand ...
    List of poor-performing nursing homes aids families seeking care.
    Learn More>>
Elderly hands
Open eye
Thanksgiving turkey
Setting sun
  • Lead Exposure
    Recent toy recalls highlight the dangers of lead paint. But the most common source of exposure isn't in the toy chest. It's on old walls and windows that haven't been maintained.
    More on Lead Exposure>>
    Prevention Tips>>
Child playing near peeling paint
  • Milestones
    How do you measure your child's growth? There's height and weight, of course. But what about how they play, speak, act and learn? Learn how to recognize problems early.
    Learn the Signs>>
    Checklists for Parents>>
Measuring a boy's height
Smoke plumes from California wildfires.
  • Pet Detective
    The benefits of pets are immeasurable. They provide us companionship and comfort. But there can be health-related risks if you're not careful. Learn what germs pets can carry.
    Browse by Animal>>
Dog and cat
  • Thyroid Disease
    Thyroid conditions, which affect millions in the U.S., cause changes in metabolism that may alter your weight, mood and energy levels. Causes vary, but most treatments aim to reset how your body processes energy.
    Symptoms and Treatments>>
Sketch showing position of thyroid glands.
  • You are what you eat!
    Learn to read the food label. It can help you to choose a diet lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and fat. Compare food labels between foods and make selections that meet your dietary goals.
Nutrition information on a food label
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in American women. Self-exams are helpful, but proper screenings may discover cancer well before symptoms appear. Schedule a screening today.
    Screening Information>>
Pink ribbon
  • It's Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!
    Prostate cancer is the most common nonskin cancer among men in the United States. If you're a man over 50, call your physician today and schedule a screening.
    About prostate cancer screening>>
illustration of the prostate gland
  • Protect your kids - don't smoke!
    Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), lung problems, ear infections, and severe asthma.
    Children and Secondhand Smoke Exposure>>
mother smoking a cigarette while holding an infant
  • You are what you eat!
    Learn to read the food label. It can help you to choose a diet lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and fat. Compare food labels between foods and make selections that meet your dietary goals. More>>
Nutrition information on a food label
  • Teen Suicide
    If your teen seems constantly depressed, angry, or withdrawn, pay attention, and encourage communication. If you are concerned that your teen may be at risk for suicide, get help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to find a crisis center in your area. En español: 1-888-628-9454. TTY: 1-800-799-4889.
    More about teen-suicide warning signs>>
unhappy teenage girl, with teenage boy in background
  • Got Their Shots?
    Check the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule to ensure your children are up-to-date before heading off to school.
boy receiving immunization shot
  • The Great Outdoors
    Plan your outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon. The sun's UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
    More about sun protection>>
bicyclists crossing a bridge
woman receiving a yellow fever vaccination
  • Drink more fluids!
    If you are out in the heat, drink more fluids, regardless of your activity level.
    More tips for hot weather
girl drinking water

A girl eating an apple