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A guide to basic stretches

Find ways to stretch safely with this guide.

Acetaminophen and children: Why dose matters

This medicine is an effective pain reliever, but an overdose can happen all too easily. Follow these tips to keep your child safe.


Explore how using this popular probiotic might benefit your digestive system.

Add antioxidants to your diet

Antioxidants may play a role in preventing heart disease, cancer and other diseases. See which foods are abundant in antioxidants.

Adjuvant therapy: Treatment to keep cancer from returning

Treatments given in addition to your primary cancer therapy can help reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

Aerobic exercise: How to warm up and cool down

Learn how to warm up and cool down the safe way.

Aerobic exercise: Top 10 reasons to get physical

Need inspiration to work out? Consider the top 10 benefits of aerobic exercise.

Aging: What to expect

Understand the natural changes that come with aging.

Alcohol use: Weighing risks and benefits

Drinking alcohol in any amount is a health risk that increases with each drink you have. The risk peaks with heavy drinking, including binge drinking, which carries serious health risks.

Allergies and asthma: They often occur together

Allergies and asthma? Find out how to control both conditions.

Allergy medications: Know your options

Learn more about allergy medications. Find out what they do and how they can help your symptoms.

Allergy-proof your home

Here's a room-by-room guide to reducing allergy-triggering dust, mold, pollen and pet dander in your home.

Alli weight-loss pill: Does it work?

Alli is an over-the-counter weight-loss pill that keeps your body from absorbing all of the fat in food. Learn about the drug's benefits and side effects.


Understand how topical aloe gel might be helpful and the possible dangers of oral use of aloe latex.

Alpha blockers

Learn how this type of blood pressure medicine works and how it also can ease symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Alternative cancer treatments: 11 options to consider

Alternative cancer treatments may help you cope with cancer treatment side effects such as fatigue, pain, sleep problems, and nausea and vomiting.

Alzheimer's genes: Are you at risk?

What role do genes play in developing Alzheimer's? Are you at risk?

Alzheimer's stages: How the disease progresses

Alzheimer's stages — common behaviors as the disease progresses.

Alzheimer's treatments: What's on the horizon?

Alzheimer's treatments now being studied include an Alzheimer's vaccine and several new medicines.

Alzheimer's: Managing sleep problems

Alzheimer's sleep problems affect both you and your loved one. Consider tips for coping.

Alzheimer's: Medicines help manage symptoms and slow decline

Although there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, certain drugs might help you manage your symptoms and improve your life for a time.

Amputation and diabetes: How to protect your feet

Find out who's at risk and what you can do to protect your feet from diabetes complications.

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

Want to get your anger under control? Start by considering these 10 anger management tips.

Angina treatment: Stents, drugs, lifestyle changes — What's best?

Confused about which angina treatment — stents, medicine or lifestyle changes — to choose? Find out more.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers

Learn how these medicines help lower blood pressure and what other health conditions they can treat.

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

Learn how these medicines help you manage high blood pressure and improve your heart health.

Anti-seizure medications: Relief from nerve pain

Anti-seizure drugs designed to treat epilepsy often are used to control nerve pain associated with diabetes, shingles, and other types of nerve damage.

Antibiotics: Are you misusing them?

The overuse of antibiotics creates antibiotic-resistant germs. Protect yourself and others by using antibiotics wisely.

Antidepressants for children and teens

Antidepressants are often effective in treating depression and anxiety in children and teenagers, but there are some risks. Learn more.

Antidepressants: Another weapon against chronic pain

Antidepressants are a staple in the treatment of many chronic pain conditions, including arthritis, nerve damage, headache and low back pain.

Antidepressants: Get tips to cope with side effects

Side effects may include nausea, weight gain, drowsiness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, anxiety or sexual side effects. Learn how to cope.

Antidepressants: Safe during pregnancy?

Medicines often are important for treating depression while pregnant. Weigh the risks and benefits with your health care team.

Antidepressants: Selecting one that's right for you

Medicine options to treat depression include SSRIs, SNRIs, atypical antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants, MAOIs and other drugs.

Aquatic exercises

Thinking about signing up for an aquatic exercise class? Or trying water exercises on your own? Check out these pool moves.

Are you thinking about suicide? How to stay safe and find treatment

If you have suicidal thoughts, contact a suicide hotline or a mental health professional. Get help for depression. Make a plan to get through a crisis.

Arthritis pain: Do's and don'ts

Arthritis pain — To cope, strike a balance between activity and rest.

Arthritis pain: Treatments absorbed through your skin

Arthritis pain relief options include creams and gels to rub on painful joints.

Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes

Get the facts on products that make food and drinks sweeter.

Asthma inhalers: Which one's right for you?

With so many options, choosing an asthma inhaler can be confusing. Use this helpful guide to find the one that works best for you.

Asthma medications: Know your options

Learn more about the different categories of medications to help you control asthma symptoms.

Asthma treatment: 3 steps to better asthma control

Follow this three-step approach to keep symptoms under control and prevent attacks.

Asthma: Limit asthma attacks caused by colds or flu

If you have asthma, find out how to keep your sneeze from turning into a wheeze due to colds or flu.

Asthma: Steps in testing and diagnosis

Think you or your child might have asthma? Here's what's involved in making a diagnosis.

Atrial fibrillation and managing stress

Stress, anxiety and depression are bad for your heart, but whether they trigger AFib is debated. Find out when to practice self-care — and when to ask for help.

Atypical antidepressants

Bupropion, mirtazapine, nefazodone, trazodone, vilazodone, vortioxetine and esketamine are unique atypical antidepressants, each working in different ways.

Automated external defibrillators: Do you need an AED?

These potentially lifesaving machines are available without a prescription. Should you get one?

Baby bath basics: A parent's guide

Learn how to give your baby a bath, from testing water temperature to holding your newborn securely.

Baby naps: Daytime sleep tips

Know when and how long babies need to nap, how to put them down for naps and how to handle fussiness.

Baby's head shape: Cause for concern?

Concerned about your baby's head shape? Understand what you can do to care for flat spots.

Back pain during pregnancy: 7 tips for relief

Ease a painful or achy back while pregnant with these simple tips.

Back surgery: When is it a good idea?

Back pain rarely requires surgery. Research your treatment options.

Balance exercises

Balance exercises can improve your balance and help prevent falls. See how they're done.

Bed rest during pregnancy: Get the facts

What's the difference between bed rest and pelvic rest during pregnancy? Are there benefits? Understand the recommendations and how to cope.

Being assertive: Reduce stress, communicate better

Learn the importance of assertiveness and how to be more assertive.

Belching, gas and bloating: Tips for reducing them

Find out how you can lessen uncomfortable belching, gas and bloating.

Belly fat in men: Why weight loss matters

Belly fat can be dangerous. Understand why and how to get rid of it.

Belly fat in women: Taking — and keeping — it off

Belly fat is more common after menopause. Find out why and learn how to keep it off.

Beta blockers

Find out how beta blockers lower blood pressure and when your doctor might recommend one of these medicines.

Biopsy: Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer

Learn about the different ways of collecting suspicious cells to test in the lab to diagnose cancer.

Birth control options: Things to consider

Birth control options — Consider these questions before choosing a method of birth control.

Birth control pill FAQ: Benefits, risks and choices

The birth control pill is surrounded by misinformation. Get the facts on common concerns and questions about taking the pill.


Learn to identify types of birthmarks by how the skin looks. Examples include café au lait spot, congenital nevus, port-wine stain and hemangioma.

Bladder control problems: How to seek treatment

Bladder control problems can be managed or overcome. The first step is to seek treatment.

Bladder control: Lifestyle strategies ease problems

Bladder training and avoiding bladder irritants might help with bladder control.

Bladder control: Medications for urinary problems

If you've tried lifestyle changes and you still have bladder control problems, medication might help.

Blood glucose meter: How to choose

Read tips on finding a blood glucose meter that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Blood pressure chart: What your reading means

Checking your blood pressure helps you avoid health problems. Learn more about what your numbers mean.

Blood sugar testing: Why, when and how

If you have diabetes, it's important to check the level of sugar in your blood. Get to know the basics.

Blood tests for heart disease

Learn how certain blood tests can offer clues to heart health.

Bone and joint problems associated with diabetes

If you have diabetes, you're at increased risk of various bone and joint disorders.

Bone health: Tips to keep your bones healthy

Find out what you can do to promote and protect bone health.

Breast cancer chemoprevention: Drugs that reduce risk

Learn about the drugs that can help prevent breast cancer in people at high risk.

Breast cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk

Find out what lifestyle changes can lower your risk of this type of cancer.

Breast cancer staging

Breast cancer staging helps your doctor select the most appropriate treatments.

Breast cancer types: What your type means

Doctors use specialized tests to analyze your cancer cells and gather information to determine your breast cancer type.

Breast implants: Saline vs. silicone

Trying to decide on a type of breast implants? Here are some answers to common questions.

Breast lump or breast changes: Early evaluation is essential

Find out how a breast lump or breast change is evaluated for breast cancer.

Breast milk storage: Do's and don'ts

Learn how to safely store expressed breast milk, what containers to use and how long breast milk will keep.

Breastfeeding and medications: What's safe?

Understand which medications are safe to take while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding nutrition: Tips for moms

Understand breastfeeding nutrition do's and don'ts.

Breastfeeding positions

Breastfeeding can be awkward at first. Experiment with various positions until you feel comfortable.

C-section recovery: What to expect

Learn how to manage healing from a C-section while caring for a newborn.

COVID-19 and your mental health

Worry and concern about COVID-19 are common. Here are some ideas for how to cope and when to get help.

COVID-19 in babies and children

Know the symptoms of COVID-19 in children, what to do if your child appears sick and how to keep your family healthy.

COVID-19 travel advice

Concerned about COVID-19 when you travel? Follow these tips for safely flying, driving and staying at hotels.

COVID-19 vaccines for kids: What you need to know

Learn about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for kids, the possible side effects, and the benefits of vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines: Get the facts

Find out about the COVID-19 vaccines, the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and the possible side effects.

COVID-19 vs. flu: Similarities and differences

Find out the similarities and differences between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the flu (influenza) and learn about ways to prevent getting these diseases.

COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?

Knowing if you have COVID-19, a cold, the flu or seasonal allergies isn't easy. Find out about the differences between these illnesses.

COVID-19: Long-term effects

Learn about the possible long-term effects of COVID-19.

COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms?

Advanced age and some health conditions can raise the risk of serious COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) illness.

CPAP machines: Tips for avoiding 10 common problems

Making small adjustments to your CPAP machine can help you use it more comfortably.

Caffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more

Find out just how much caffeine is in coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks. You may be surprised at how much caffeine you're consuming.

Caffeine: How much is too much?

Is your caffeine habit causing problems? Find out how much is too much and if you need to curb your consumption.

Calcium and calcium supplements: Achieving the right balance

Considering calcium supplements? First figure out how much calcium you need. Then weigh the pros and cons of supplements.

Calcium channel blockers

Learn how these blood pressure medicines open the arteries, help relieve chest pain and treat an irregular heartbeat.

Cancer blood tests: Lab tests used in cancer diagnosis

Blood tests used to help diagnose cancer include CBC and tumor marker tests. Other tests and procedures are needed to confirm a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer causes: Popular myths about the causes of cancer

Get the facts and find out why these popular myths about cancer causes are wrong.

Cancer diagnosis: 11 tips for coping

To face any difficult time in your life, you need effective coping strategies. These tips may help you deal with your cancer diagnosis.

Cancer fatigue: Why it occurs and how to cope

Cancer fatigue that occurs during cancer treatment is common. You can take steps to lessen your cancer fatigue.

Cancer pain: Relief is possible

Learn what causes cancer pain and how you can work with your doctor to ensure your cancer pain is controlled.

Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk

Real-life ways to reduce your risk of cancer.

Cancer risk: What the numbers mean

The news is full of reports about cancer risk, but what does it all mean for you? Find out how to interpret cancer statistics.

Cancer surgery: Physically removing cancer

Surgery is a common treatment for many types of cancers. Learn how health care providers use surgery to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Cancer survival rate: What it means for your prognosis

No one can predict the future, but cancer survival rates can give you an idea of your prognosis. Should you pay attention to them?

Cancer survivors: Care for your body after treatment

Cancer survivors can improve their health after cancer treatment with simple changes.

Cancer survivors: Late effects of cancer treatment

Find out what side effects to watch for after cancer treatment so you can prepare yourself for any challenges ahead.

Cancer survivors: Managing your emotions after cancer treatment

Feeling mixed emotions now that your cancer treatment is over? Use these strategies to help heal your mind and adjust to life as a cancer survivor.

Cancer treatment myths: Any truth to these common beliefs?

Can a positive attitude cure cancer? Find out the truth behind this and other common cancer treatment myths.

Car seat safety: Avoid 9 common mistakes

Learn about common mistakes and find out what you need to do to keep your child safe on the road.

Carbohydrates: How carbs fit into a healthy diet

See why carbohydrates are important for your health and learn which ones to choose.

Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of yourself

Fight caregiver stress and prevent burnout by taking time to take care of yourself.

Caregiving for someone with atrial fibrillation

Learn what to expect when caring for someone with this common heart rhythm condition. Get tips to prevent caregiver burnout.

Cast care: Do's and don'ts

Find out more about tips for keeping a cast safe — and your child comfortable — while an injury heals.

Central-acting agents

Learn how these blood pressure medicines work, what else they treat and the possible side effects.

Chart of high-fiber foods

Looking to eat more fiber every day? Here are some common foods that can help.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect during treatment

Get an idea of what to expect during chemotherapy so you can plan ahead for head coverings or treatments to reduce hair loss.

Chemotherapy nausea and vomiting: Prevention is best defense

Work with your healthcare team to understand whether your chemotherapy is likely to cause nausea and vomiting. Treatments can prevent these side effects.

Child sleep: Put preschool bedtime problems to rest

When a child has trouble sleeping, a gentle but firm bedtime routine is often the key to a good night's rest.

Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers

When it comes to childhood vaccines, misinformation is common. Get the facts about vaccine safety from health experts.

Children and gender identity: Supporting your child

Learn how to talk to children about their internal sense of gender. Also find out how to support their gender expression and advocate for them.

Cholesterol medications: Consider the options

Cholesterol medications might help lower your cholesterol levels. Here are some options.

Cholesterol-lowering supplements may be helpful

Diet and exercise are proven ways to reduce cholesterol. Cholesterol-lowering supplements might help, too.

Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers

The foods you eat can help improve your cholesterol. Here are some top choices.

Choosing a birth control pill

Wondering which birth control pill is best for you? Weigh the risks and benefits of the different types of birth control pills.

Choosing blood pressure medicines

Get to know the options when it comes to treating high blood pressure.

Chronic pain: Medication decisions

What works for one person's pain may not help yours — and every pill has risks. Learn how to sort through your options for maximum relief and minimum risk.

Chronic stress puts your health at risk

Your body's stress reaction was meant to protect you. But when it's always on alert, your health can pay the price.

Clear liquid diet

Need to be on a clear liquid diet? Learn which foods to eat and which foods to avoid.

Coenzyme Q10

Learn how coenzyme Q10 might help treat certain heart conditions and prevent migraine headaches.

Cold medicines for kids: What's the risk?

Cold medicines aren't recommended for young children. Here's why.

Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt

Cold remedies: Some help, some don't. Learn how to tell the difference.

Colon cancer screening: Weighing the options

Find out more about the pros and cons of specific tests used for colon cancer screening, including colonoscopy, stool DNA test and virtual colonoscopy.

Common baby rashes

You might expect a baby's skin to be flawless, but rashes and other skin conditions are common. Find out when treatment can help.

Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles

Core exercises strengthen your abs and other core muscles for better balance and stability.

Counting calories: Get back to weight-loss basics

Calories count — Try these calorie-cutting basics to get a handle on your weight.


Find out how creatine might affect your athletic performance and how the supplement interacts with other drugs.

Crying baby: What to do when your newborn cries

Listening to a crying baby can take a toll on your emotions. Follow these tips to cope with the tears.

Cuts of beef: A guide to the leanest selections

Whether you're watching your health or your weight, you can still enjoy this type of red meat once in a while. This guide points you to lean choices.

DASH diet: Guide to recommended servings

Use this chart of DASH diet recommended servings by food group to plan healthy meals and snacks.

DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure

This way of eating can help control blood pressure and boost health in other ways. It's easy to get started.

DASH diet: Sample menus

Interested in following the DASH diet? Here are sample menus to get you started.


Understand what DHEA is and the possible side effects associated with this supplement.

Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks

Daily aspirin therapy may be lifesaving for some people. Know if taking a daily low-dose aspirin is right for you.

Debunking COVID-19 myths

Some information you come across about COVID-19 may be out of date or false. Learn about COVID-19 myths so you can bust them when you see them.

Delaying your period with hormonal birth control

Delaying your period is possible if you use an extended or continuous method of birth control. Find out how you can have more control over your menstrual cycle.

Delusional parasitosis

Learn more about this condition and positive steps you can take to manage the symptoms.

Dense breast tissue: What it means to have dense breasts

Find out what it means if your mammogram report says you have dense breast tissue. Learn about additional breast cancer screening tests to consider.

Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

Research on depression and anxiety shows that exercise and other physical activity can lessen anxiety and help mood and other health problems get better.

Depression during pregnancy: You're not alone

Depression during pregnancy often goes unrecognized. Understand the risk factors for and signs and symptoms of this condition.

Depression in women: Understanding the gender gap

Women are diagnosed with depression more often than men are. Discover what factors may contribute to that increased risk.

Depression: Supporting a family member or friend

Show support to relatives or friends with depression. Learn the symptoms, help them cope and urge them to seek help. Learn about the risk of suicide.

Diabetes and exercise: When to monitor your blood sugar

Learn how to prevent problems by checking blood sugar before, during and after exercise.

Diabetes care: 10 ways to avoid complications

Diabetes care is a lifelong responsibility. Consider 10 strategies to prevent diabetes complications.

Diabetes diet: Create your healthy-eating plan

Learn more about a healthy-eating plan that can help control blood sugar. Check out meal-planning methods and what foods to choose. Includes a sample menu.

Diabetes management: How lifestyle, daily routine affect blood sugar

Know what makes your blood sugar level rise and fall so you can take charge of your condition.

Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control

Diabetes prevention is in your hands. Start by changing your lifestyle.

Diabetes symptoms: When diabetes symptoms are a concern

Diabetes symptoms can be subtle. Pay attention to the clues your body gives you.

Diabetes treatment: Medications for type 2 diabetes

Confused by all the treatment choices for type 2 diabetes? Use this guide to better understand the medicines available to help control blood sugar.

Diabetes treatment: Using insulin to manage blood sugar

Learning how this treatment affects your blood sugar can help you better manage your diabetes.

Diabetic neuropathy types: Symptoms tell the story

Depending on which type of this condition you have, certain parts of the body may be affected. That can cause symptoms to vary.

Diabetic neuropathy: Can dietary supplements help?

Along with a healthy diet, some vitamin and antioxidant products might play a role in preventing or slowing this common diabetes complication.

Diagnosing Alzheimer's: How Alzheimer's is diagnosed

Even though there isn't a cure, early diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia is important.

Diarrhea: Cancer-related causes and how to cope

Changes in your diet may help ease cancer-related diarrhea. If those don't help, medications are available.

Dietary fat: Know which to choose

Not all fat is created equal. Find out which type of fat to choose — and which to avoid — for good health.

Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet

Some of the health benefits of eating dietary fiber might surprise you. Find out what fiber can do for you and how to get more in your diet.

Dietary supplements for erectile dysfunction: A natural treatment for ED?

Some dietary supplements for erectile dysfunction might work and some might be dangerous. Get the facts.

Dietary supplements for weight loss

Do dietary supplements help with weight loss? Are they safe? Get the facts.

Different types of COVID-19 vaccines: How they work

Find out how different COVID-19 vaccines cause your body to create antibodies that will fight the COVID-19 virus.


These medicines, sometimes called water pills, help remove extra fluid from the body. They're often used to lower blood pressure. Learn about the possible side effects.

Diverticulitis diet

A diverticulitis diet may be part of a treatment plan for acute diverticulitis.

Domestic violence against men: Recognize patterns, seek help

Domestic violence against men is real. Find out how to break the cycle.

Domestic violence against women: Recognize patterns, seek help

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Understand how to break the cycle of abuse.

Don't get tricked by these 3 heart-health myths

The food you eat can play a major role in your risk of heart disease. Here's what you need to know to avoid popular misconceptions.

Drug-eluting stents: Do they increase heart attack risk?

Stents coated with a slow-release drug are safe when used with proper medications. Find out more.

Easy bruising: Why does it happen?

Get the facts about easy bruising. Learn about causes and find out when it's a sign of a problem.

Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts

Find out how your meals and snacks can affect your workouts.

Eating disorder treatment: Know your options

Depending on your eating disorder and its symptoms, treatment may include a mix of talk therapy, nutrition education and medicines.

Eating during cancer treatment: Tips to make food tastier

Cancer treatment may alter your sense of taste. Learn what you can do.

Epilepsy and pregnancy: What you need to know

Concerned about how epilepsy might affect your pregnancy? Find out what kind of care you might need.

Episiotomy: When it's needed, when it's not

Planning a vaginal delivery? Find out when an incision between the vagina and anus might be needed during childbirth.

Erectile dysfunction and diabetes: Take control today

Learn strategies to prevent or treat this common and frustrating potential complication of diabetes.

Erectile dysfunction: A sign of heart disease?

Erectile dysfunction and heart disease can be linked. Take steps to avoid both.

Erectile dysfunction: Nonoral treatments

Get the facts about shots, penis pumps and other ED treatments that don't involve taking medicine by mouth.

Erectile dysfunction: Viagra and other oral medications

Get the facts on medicines that are taken by mouth for ED.

Evening primrose

Get the facts about evening primrose oil and its effectiveness in treating conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

Exercise after pregnancy: How to get started

Exercising after pregnancy can give you the energy you need to care for your baby. Follow these strategies to stay safe and motivated.

Exercise and chronic disease: Get the facts

Find out about the benefits of working out with a long-lasting disease and how to exercise safely.

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.

Exercise for weight loss: Calories burned in 1 hour

Trying to lose weight or at least not gain more? Find out how many calories are burned by an hour walking, swimming or biking.

Exercise helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness

Exercise helps reduce pain in people with arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Exercise intensity: How to measure it

To get the most out of exercising, aim for moderate to vigorous exercise intensity. See how to judge your exercise intensity.

Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity

Improve your heart health, mood, stamina and more with regular physical activity.

Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure

Exercise is a drug-free way to lower blood pressure. Here are tips on getting started.

Exercises to improve your core strength

Use these core-strength exercises to tone your core muscles, including abdominal muscles, back and pelvis.

Exercising with osteoporosis: Stay active the safe way

Osteoporosis weakens your bones, but you can still exercise — in fact, you should.

Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

Stay safe and maintain your independence with these simple fall prevention measures.

Family planning: Get the facts about pregnancy spacing

Consider the risks of timing pregnancies too close together or too far apart.

Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents

Learn what you need to know about feeding your newborn.

Female fertility: Why lifestyle choices count

Know what you can do to protect being able to get pregnant.

Fertility preservation: Understand your options before cancer treatment

Know what you can do to preserve your fertility before cancer treatment.

Fetal development: The 1st trimester

Fetal development begins before you even know you're pregnant. Here's what happens early on.

Fetal development: The 2nd trimester

Fetal development progresses rapidly in the second trimester. Check out the weekly changes.

Fetal development: The 3rd trimester

Fetal development continues as your due date approaches. The countdown is on!

Fetal ultrasound

Look at ultrasound images and learn how to understand what you're seeing.

Fever treatment: Quick guide to treating a fever

Should you treat a fever or let it run its course? Here's help making the call.

Fight coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission at home

Fight coronavirus at home by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are touched often. Most disinfectants for home use will kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

Fingernails: Do's and don'ts for healthy nails

Find out the signs of a problem with your fingernails, plus tips for taking care of them.

Fish oil

Understand how fish oil might improve heart health and the possible risks of taking too much fish oil.

Fitness program: 5 steps to get started

Starting a fitness program is easier than you might think. Follow these five steps.

Fitness training: Elements of a well-rounded routine

Is your fitness training program complete? Here's help to make sure you have all the basics in your program.

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil

Find out how flaxseed might affect cholesterol levels and possible interactions.

Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza

Get answers to your flu vaccine questions, including whether the vaccines are effective, what forms are available and what side effects you can expect.

Flu shots: Especially important if you have heart disease

A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for anyone with heart disease. Find out why.

Folate (folic acid)

Understand when a folate deficiency might occur and the importance of folic acid during pregnancy.

Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness

Forgiveness and letting go can lead to healing and peace.

Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health

Friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being. Follow these tips to make and sustain lasting friendships.

Gastric bypass diet: What to eat after the surgery

Wondering what your diet will be like after your surgery? Learn which foods will help you heal and lose weight safely.

Genetic testing for breast cancer: Psychological and social impact

Prepare for your hereditary cancer gene test by learning how genetic testing for breast cancer may affect you and your family members.

Germs: Understand and protect against bacteria, viruses and infections

Learn how to protect against bacteria, viruses and infections.

Get the most out of home blood pressure monitoring

Discover how to monitor blood pressure at home to reach target numbers.

Getting past a weight-loss plateau

Hit a weight-loss plateau? Don't despair. Restart your weight loss with these tips.


Find out what role ginkgo plays in supporting brain function and treating other conditions.


Learn about the different forms of glucosamine and how glucosamine sulfate is used to treat osteoarthritis.

Gluten-free diet

Learn about foods that are acceptable in a gluten-free diet and tips for selecting healthy, nutritional options.

Golf stretches for a more fluid swing

Golf stretches help promote a more fluid golf swing. And that could boost your game.

Gout diet: What's allowed, what's not

A gout diet isn't a treatment for gout, but it may help you manage your attacks.

Guide to different tick species and the diseases they carry

Learn about different tick species and some of the diseases they may carry.

Guide to herbs and spices

Add flavor without adding lots of calories using herbs and spices instead of salt and fat in your recipes.

Guide to types of weight-loss surgery

Considering weight-loss surgery? Find out about the most common methods and see how they work.

Gynecological care for trans men

Understand the gynecological care and tests transgender men might need to maintain good health.

HDL cholesterol: How to boost your 'good' cholesterol

Generally, people who have naturally higher levels of HDL cholesterol are at lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

HPV vaccine: Who needs it, how it works

Learn about how the HPV vaccine works, who needs it and what side effects to expect.

Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts

Done properly, hand-washing is a simple way to prevent the spread of germs and avoid getting sick.

Headaches and hormones: What's the connection?

Headaches are part of life for many people. Understand how hormones can play a role.

Headaches: Reduce stress to prevent the pain

Headaches seem worse when you're under stress — and stress by itself can trigger headaches.

Headaches: Treatment depends on your diagnosis and symptoms

To combat your headaches, first determine what type of headaches you have.

Health concerns for transgender people

Understand health issues for transgender and gender-diverse people, and learn how to promote good health.

Health issues for gay men and other men who have sex with men

Understand health concerns for gay men and other men who have sex with men, and learn how to promote good health.

Health issues for lesbians and other women who have sex with women

Understand health concerns for lesbians and other women who have sex with women, and take steps to promote good health.

Healthy meals start with planning

It's easy to put healthy meals on the table with a little planning. This guide will show you how to create balanced meals with proper portion sizes.

Healthy sperm: Improving your fertility

You can take simple steps to have healthy sperm and improve your fertility.

Hearing aids: How to choose the right one

Find out how to choose the right hearing aid.

Heart attack symptoms: Know what's a medical emergency

Watch for these heart attack symptoms.

Heart conditions and pregnancy: Know the risks

Here's what to know to protect your heart and have a healthy pregnancy.

Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors

Heart disease and heart attack symptoms may be different in woman than in men. Know the warning signs and learn ways to protect your heart.

Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease

Certain foods can raise your risk of heart conditions. Learn eight ways to get started on a diet that's good for your heart.

Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry

Chest pain? Learn the potentially lifesaving difference between heartburn and a heart attack.

Helping baby sleep through the night

Help your baby sleep through the night.

Herbal supplements and heart medicines may not mix

Some herbal supplements can have dangerous interactions with heart medications.

Herd immunity and COVID-19: What you need to know

To protect groups of people over time, it helps to know what level of recovery or vaccination in a population makes it hard for a germ to spread.

High blood pressure and pregnancy: Know the facts

Concerned about high blood pressure during pregnancy? Find out what you can do to reduce your risk of complications.

High blood pressure and sex: Overcome the challenges

High blood pressure may affect sex. Talking openly with a health care provider about problems and possible solutions can help.

High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension's effects on your body

If blood pressure stays high, it can cause other health conditions. Find out more about these complications.

High-risk pregnancy: Know what to expect

Find out what to expect during a high-risk pregnancy and learn steps you can take to stay healthy.

Home birth: Know the pros and cons

Understand the possible risks and how to plan and prepare for a home birth.

Home pregnancy tests: Can you trust the results?

Wondering if you're pregnant? Know the pros and cons of home pregnancy testing.


Explore how honey is used orally to treat coughs and topically to treat wounds.

Hormone therapy: Is it right for you?

Hormone therapy helps treat bothersome menopausal symptoms, but it's not for everyone. See if hormone therapy might work for you.

How fit are you? See how you measure up

Find your fitness level with these simple fitness tests.

How opioid use disorder occurs

Opioids act on the brain in powerful and potentially dangerous ways. Find out why no one is safe from opioid use disorder and learn what raises the risk.

How to get pregnant

Looking for tips on how to get pregnant? Here's help understanding how to maximize your fertility and when to talk to a doctor.

How to measure your respiratory rate

Learn how to accurately measure your breathing rate, which is also known as your respiratory rate.

How to take your pulse

Learn two ways to take an accurate pulse, or heart rate.

How to take your temperature

Learn how to get an accurate temperature reading at home, using common types of thermometers.

How to tell if a loved one is abusing opioids

Anyone using opioids is at risk of misusing these medicines. Don't ignore signs of harmful or illegal use. Taking action could save a loved one's life.

How well do face masks protect against COVID-19?

Face masks can help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Learn about mask types, which masks to use and how to use them.

How you hear

Your ears enable you to gather and interpret sounds from the world around you.

How your brain works

Which part of your brain does what? Take a tour.

Human growth hormone (HGH): Does it slow aging?

Is human growth hormone treatment an anti-aging breakthrough or a scam? Know the facts.

Humidifiers: Ease skin, breathing symptoms

Find out about different types of these devices. Learn what they can do for you and how to keep them clean.

Inducing labor: When to wait, when to induce

Find out who can benefit from getting the uterus to contract to start labor and why.

Infant development: Birth to 3 months

Expect your baby to change dramatically in the first few months.

Infant development: Milestones from 10 to 12 months

Budding curiosity drives infant development between ages 10 and 12 months.

Infant development: Milestones from 4 to 6 months

Milestones for most 4- to 6-month-old infants include increased alertness and evolving motor skills.

Infant development: Milestones from 7 to 9 months

Milestones for most 7- to 9-month-old infants include improved motor and language skills.

Infant formula: 7 steps to prepare it safely

Properly preparing and storing infant formula is essential for your baby's nutrition.

Infidelity: Mending your marriage after an affair

Infidelity doesn't necessarily mean a marriage is over. Consider these steps to heal and rebuild a relationship.

Insomnia treatment: Cognitive behavioral therapy instead of sleeping pills

If you find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep, or you have other long-term sleep problems, behavior therapy can help. Learn what's causing your sleep problems.

Insulin and weight gain: Keep the pounds off

Understand why weight gain is linked to insulin treatment, and find out how to dodge those extra pounds while still managing your blood sugar.

Intervention: Help a loved one overcome addiction

Make a plan to help a loved one break free from an addiction to alcohol, drugs, food or gambling before it destroys them.

Iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy: Prevention tips

Are you getting enough iron? Know how to spot the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy and how to prevent it.

Iron deficiency in children: Prevention tips for parents

Learn how much of this key mineral your child needs and what the health risks of not getting enough are.

Is hydroxychloroquine a treatment for COVID-19?

Hydroxychloroquine does not treat coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) or prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Job burnout: How to spot it and take action

Stress on the job can affect your physical and mental health. Know the signs and when to take action.

Joint protection for people with hand arthritis

Joint protection — photos showing joint protection techniques to avoid hand arthritis pain.

Kegel exercises for men: Understand the benefits

Men benefit from Kegel exercises too. Follow these tips to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Kegel exercises: A how-to guide for women

Find out how to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Kratom for opioid withdrawal: Does it work?

Kratom is promoted as an aid in overcoming withdrawal from opioid medications, but research suggests that it leads to more health problems than it solves.

Kratom: Unsafe and ineffective

Users claim kratom lifts mood and boosts energy, but there are many safety issues and questions about whether it works. Learn more before trying it.


Understand how L-arginine affects blood vessels and when to avoid using this supplement.

LASIK surgery: Is it right for you?

Find out whether you're a good candidate for vision correction through LASIK surgery.

Labor and delivery: Pain medications

Understand the pros and cons of various labor and delivery pain medications.

Labor positions

Learn about positions that might help you relax and ease pain during labor.

Language development: Speech milestones for babies

Get the facts about baby speech and language development.

Learning disorders: Know the signs, how to help

Here's how to find out what's going on if your child often has trouble with reading, writing or other skills.

Lecanemab for Alzheimer's disease: An option for you?

Learn whether the Alzheimer's disease medicine lecanemab may be a treatment for you.

Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE)

LATE causes symptoms similar to Alzheimer's, but may progress more slowly.

Living wills and advance directives for medical decisions

Living wills and other advance directives describe your treatment preferences in end-of-life situations when you can't speak for yourself.

Low blood cell counts: Side effects of cancer treatment

Find out why your doctor tests your blood during cancer treatment and what signs and symptoms may signal a low blood cell count.

Low-carb diet: Can it help you lose weight?

Find out about low-carb diets, from what's off-limits to potential health benefits.

Low-fiber diet do's and don'ts

Learn which foods are allowed and which foods to avoid on a low-fiber diet.

Low-glycemic index diet: What's behind the claims?

Find out about the low-glycemic index diet — an eating plan based on how food affects blood sugar levels.

Male depression: Understanding the issues

Men may cope with depression in unhealthy ways. Depression in men often is not diagnosed or treated. This can lead to serious and sometimes tragic results.

Male menopause: Myth or reality?

Male menopause is a catchy phrase, but it isn't accurate. Here's why.


Find out why marijuana is used and the possible risks.

Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat

Meatless meals are an easy way to eat healthfully and save money.

Medications and supplements that can raise your blood pressure

Certain medicines and herbal remedies, including those used to treat pain, depression and the common cold, can increase blood pressure.

Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress

Learn quick and easy ways to meditate, no matter where you are.

Mediterranean diet for heart health

This heart-healthy eating plan emphasizes healthy fats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.

Melanoma pictures to help identify skin cancer

See pictures of this type of skin cancer to know what skin changes might cause worry.


Find out how melatonin can promote sleep and understand possible side effects of this supplement.

Memory loss: 7 tips to improve your memory

Memory loss can be stressful and upsetting. Find out how staying active and engaged can help.

Memory loss: When to seek help

Memory loss may result from typical aging, a treatable condition or the onset of dementia.

Menstrual cycle: What's normal, what's not

Learn about how to track your menstrual cycles and what any changes may mean.

Mental health providers: Tips on finding one

Learn how to find providers who match your mental health needs, including psychiatrists and psychologists.

Mental health: Overcoming the stigma of mental illness

Mental health: Learn how to recognize and deal with the stigma of mental illness and don't let it stand in the way of getting treatment.

Mental health: What's normal, what's not

Normal mental health vs. mental illness — Find out how mental disorders are defined and diagnosed.

Mental illness in children: Know the signs

It can be hard to tell the difference between typical behavior and symptoms of mental illness in children. Find out what to look for and when to act.

Menus for heart-healthy eating: Cut the fat and salt

Use these menus to jump-start your heart-friendly eating plan.

Mesh in female pelvic reconstructive surgery

Find out about the risks and benefits of using surgical mesh to treat pelvic floor disorders.

Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories

Learn if your metabolism influences weight loss — or weight gain.

Migraines: Simple steps to head off the pain

Learn how these self-care strategies may lead to less frequent and less severe migraines.

Milk thistle

Learn about the potential benefits of milk thistle and how it is used to treat liver conditions.

Mindfulness exercises

Engaging with the world around you can lower your stress. Here's how to practice mindfulness meditation.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

These antidepressants require diet restrictions and avoiding certain medications to prevent serious side effects. They may help if other treatments fail.

Monoclonal antibody drugs for cancer: How they work

Find out how monoclonal antibodies are being used in cancer treatment.

Mouth sores caused by cancer treatment: How to cope

Find out what you can do to prevent mouth sores before you begin cancer treatment.

Napping: Do's and don'ts for healthy adults

Napping can benefit your health. Find out how to make the most of a nap.


Know how your body uses niacin and how this supplement might help your cholesterol.

Niacin to improve cholesterol numbers

Niacin is a B vitamin that can boost levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the 'good' cholesterol, and lower triglycerides. Find out more.

No appetite? How to get nutrition during cancer treatment

Tips for getting the calories and nutrients you need during cancer treatment.

Nonprescription acne treatment: Which products work best?

Find out how acne treatments you can buy at the store differ, what main ingredients to look for and how to use them for best results.

Nonprescription laxatives for constipation: Use with caution

Looking for a laxative to relieve constipation? Learn how different nonprescription medicines work and be aware of some risks.

Nutrition for kids: Guidelines for a healthy diet

See the current children's nutrition recommendations for protein, carbohydrates, more.

Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health

Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts can improve heart health.

Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide

Use this visual ergonomics guide to make your sitting work space more comfortable.

Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart

Learn how omega-3 fatty acids in fish can benefit heart health.

Oral health: A window to your overall health

Find out about the link between your oral health and overall health.

Organ donation: Don't let these myths confuse you

This practice saves lives, but wrong ideas surround it. Get the facts about being an organ donor.

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?

Understand the differences between organic foods and traditionally grown foods when it comes to nutrition, safety and price.

Osteoporosis treatment: Medications can help

Find out more about your options for bone-preserving drugs, including how often you need to take them and what side effects you might expect.

Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy

Tips for coping with your stoma after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy surgery.

Overdue pregnancy: What to do when baby's overdue

Past your due date? Understand why a pregnancy might be overdue and what's next.

Pacifiers: Are they good for your baby?

Is it OK to offer your baby a pacifier? Know the pros and cons.

Pain medicines after surgery

Pain medicines and anesthesia can control pain after surgery and lead to faster healing.

Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular?

Is a diet based on what early humans might have eaten right for modern humans?

Penis health: Identify and prevent problems

Understand the factors that affect penis health and how to identify problems.

Penis-enlargement products: Do they work?

Considering penis enlargement? Get the facts about male-enhancement pills, pumps, exercises and surgeries.

Performance-enhancing drugs: Know the risks

Learn about the health risks of doping in athletes.

Personal health records and patient portals

Personal health records and patient portals make it easy to access your medical information using your computer or smartphone.

Piercings: How to prevent complications

Piercings are popular, but the risks are real. Know how to prevent an infection.

Placenta: How it works, what's normal

Understand how this pregnancy organ works and what conditions can affect it.

Planning to travel with atrial fibrillation?

Extra preparation before a trip can keep your plans — and heart — running smoothly if you have an irregular heartbeat. Get expert recommendations for your pre-travel checklist.

Poison ivy and other summer skin irritants

Take a look at these bumps, bites and rashes. Find out what causes them and how they can be treated.

Portion control for weight loss

If your portions are out of control, you may be supersizing your meals and yourself. Check out this guide to proper portion sizes.

Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress

Positive thinking — Harness the power of optimism to help with stress management.

Postpartum care: What to expect after a vaginal birth

Learn what to expect and how to manage vaginal soreness and discharge, sore breasts, mood changes, and more after a vaginal delivery.

Postpartum complications: What you need to know

Learn about self-care after childbirth and the symptoms of a possible problem.

Potty training: How to get the job done

Your guide to potty training basics, including when to start and what to do.

Prednisone and other corticosteroids

Are you using a corticosteroid? Prednisone and other corticosteroid pills, creams and injections can cause side effects. Find out what to expect.

Pregnancy after 35: Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies

Pregnancy after 35 takes special care. Here's help giving your baby the best start.

Pregnancy after miscarriage: What you need to know

Get answers to common questions about pregnancy after a miscarriage.

Pregnancy and COVID-19: What are the risks?

Know how COVID-19 might affect pregnancy, labor and delivery, and breastfeeding. And get the facts about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation

Being pregnant with AFib raises the risk of blood clots. Know which blood-thinning medicines are and are not safe during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and fish: What's safe to eat?

Eating fish during pregnancy can be safe and healthy. Learn about the possible benefits, what types of seafood are safe and what to avoid.

Pregnancy and obesity: Know the risks

Know how obesity can affect your pregnancy. Learn about possible complications and specialized care you might need.

Pregnancy diet: Focus on these essential nutrients

Find out how to pack your pregnancy diet with essential nutrients, including folate, iron and vitamin D.

Pregnancy exercises

Learn exercises that can improve your core strength and muscle tone during pregnancy.

Pregnancy nutrition: Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Learn what not to eat when you're pregnant.

Pregnancy stretches

Learn stretches that can help ease aches and pains during pregnancy.

Pregnancy weight gain: What's healthy?

Appropriate pregnancy weight gain is crucial for your baby's health. Know how much to gain and how to make smart choices.

Prenatal care: 1st trimester visits

Prenatal care can help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Here's an overview of first trimester visits.

Prenatal care: 2nd trimester visits

Prenatal care can help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Here's an overview of second trimester visits.

Prenatal care: 3rd trimester visits

Prenatal care continues until delivery. Here's what you need to know about your final prenatal visits.

Prenatal testing: Is it right for you?

Here's help making an informed decision about prenatal testing.

Prenatal vitamins: Why they matter, how to choose

Prenatal vitamins are an important part of pregnancy nutrition. Here's why.

Prescription sleeping pills: What's right for you?

Learn the possible benefits, risks and side effects of prescription sleeping pills. For long-term insomnia, behavior changes generally work best.

Prescription weight-loss drugs

Thinking about weight-loss drugs? Find out if one of them could help you.

Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk

Choose a healthy diet and add exercise to your daily routine in order to reduce your risk of prostate cancer. Learn more about prostate cancer prevention.

Prostate cancer screening: Should you get a PSA test?

Learn about the pros and cons of the PSA test so you're ready to talk about prostate cancer screening with your doctor.

Puberty blockers for transgender and gender-diverse youth

Understand how puberty blockers work to suppress puberty. Learn about their benefits, side effects and long-term effects.

Quit-smoking products: Boost your chance of success

Many quit-smoking products are available and using one or more can greatly increase your chance of success. Check out your options.

Quitting smoking: 10 ways to resist tobacco cravings

Each time you resist a tobacco craving, you're one step closer to stopping tobacco use for good. Use these tips to fight off cravings.

Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?

Find out why red wine is thought to be good for the heart and how to enjoy red wine in a healthy way.

Red yeast rice

Understand the potential benefits and risks of taking red yeast rice to lower your cholesterol.

Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to lower stress

Learn how to use relaxation techniques to lower stress and bring more calm into your life.

Resilience: Build skills to endure hardship

Are you made of tough enough stuff? Learn tips to improve your coping skills.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Does pregnancy affect symptoms?

Learn how pregnancy can affect rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Is exercise important?

Which types of exercises are best for people who have rheumatoid arthritis? Which should be avoided?


Understand how SAMe works and its potential effects on depression and osteoarthritis.

STD testing: What's right for you?

Find out how your risk factors affect the types of tests you'll need for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Safe outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Looking for fun summertime activities you can enjoy safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are several options to try.

Safely reheat leftovers

Health tips from Mayo Clinic, featuring simple strategies for a healthy lifestyle.

Safety tips for attending school during COVID-19

Consider prevention strategies that you and your child's school can follow to help protect your child from COVID-19.

Screen time and children: How to guide your child

Managing your child's screen time takes effort. Find out how to ensure quality screen time and set limits.

Seasonal affective disorder treatment: Choosing a light box

Get tips for choosing a light box that's similar to outdoor light to help ease your mood and reduce symptoms of SAD.

Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud

Learn about treatments and tips to manage seasonal allergies.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

These antidepressants can ease depression symptoms. They typically cause fewer side effects than other antidepressants do. SSRIs are also used for anxiety.

Self-esteem: Take steps to feel better about yourself

Overcome negative self-talk and low self-esteem by using techniques from mental health counseling.

Senior sex: Tips for older men

Sex isn't just for the young. Get tips for staying active, creative and satisfied as you age.

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs help relieve depression. Some are also used for anxiety disorders or chronic pain, or they may work well for a combination of depression and pain.

Sex after pregnancy: Set your own timeline

Thinking about sex after pregnancy? Follow these tips to heal and regain your passion.

Sex during pregnancy: What's OK, what's not

Questions about sex during pregnancy? Here's what you need to know.

Sex education: Talking to your teen about sex

Sex education is a parent's job. Here's help handling the challenge.

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) symptoms

Learn about symptoms of some of the more common diseases that can be passed through sex.

Sick baby? When to seek medical attention

Is it time to call your baby's doctor or seek emergency care? Follow these guidelines for treating a sick baby.

Signs of labor: Know what to expect

Know exactly what to expect as your due date approaches and your body prepares for delivery.

Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin

Skin care gimmicks abound — but don't fall for the hype. Get healthy looking skin with these simple tips.

Sleep aids: Understand options sold without a prescription

Get the facts on common sleep aids sold without a prescription, including precautions and side effects.

Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep

Better sleep can be yours! Consider sleep tips for the weary.

Sleeping positions that reduce back pain

Avoid aggravating back pain while you sleep. Get comfortable using good sleeping positions.

Smokeless tobacco products

Learn the risks of using products such as chewing tobacco, snuff and snus.

Sodium: How to tame your salt habit

Find out which foods have lots of this mineral and get tips on how to cut back.

Solid foods: How to get your baby started

Follow these tips for starting your baby on solid foods.

South Beach Diet

Weighing your weight-loss options? The South Beach Diet emphasizes lower carbs, more proteins and healthy fats to lose pounds.

Spitting up in babies: What's normal, what's not

Spitting up in babies is common — and usually nothing to worry about.

St. John's wort

Understand how St. John's wort is used to treat depression and the risks of using the supplement in combination with other drugs.

Stages of labor and birth: Baby, it's time!

Find out what happens during the different stages of labor and birth.

Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks

Statin side effects can be uncomfortable but are rarely dangerous.

Statins: Are these cholesterol-lowering drugs right for you?

Learn more about the risks and benefits of taking cholesterol-lowering medicines before deciding if they're right for you.

Stem cells: What they are and what they do

Get answers about where stem cells come from, why they're important for understanding and treating disease, and how they are used.

Strategies to prevent heart disease

Learn strategies you can practice now to protect your heart.

Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier

Strength training can help you look good — and feel even better.

Strength training: OK for kids?

It's good for kids to build strength as long as form and safety come first.

Stress and high blood pressure: What's the connection?

Discover how relaxation and exercise can improve your blood pressure numbers.

Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke

Laughter is powerful stress-relief medicine. Discover how to fire up your sense of humor.

Stress relievers: Tips to tame stress

Stress relievers can help restore calm to your chaotic life. When stress gets out of control, try these tips for quick relief.

Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior

Learn how stress symptoms can affect your health so that you can take action.

Stretching: Focus on flexibility

Learn why stretching your muscles is an important part of your exercise routine and how to do it safely.

Stroke rehabilitation: What to expect as you recover

Stroke rehabilitation is important for recovery after stroke. Learn about the physical, cognitive and other therapies used in stroke rehabilitation.

Sudden death in young people: Heart problems often blamed

Sudden cardiac death in young people is rare. It's not the same as sudden cardiac arrest. Learn about the risk factors and causes and when screening is needed.

Suicide grief

Follow these tips for coping with pain and grief after a loved one's suicide.

Suicide: What to do when someone is thinking about suicide

Take action when you see warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide. Talk with the person. Be sensitive and direct. Urge the person to get help.

Sun damage

See photos of common skin conditions that are caused by too much time in the sun.

Support groups: Make connections, get help

Support groups connect people facing similar challenges. Members share experiences and advice.

Surgery for stress urinary incontinence in women

Learn what's involved in surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence, including risks, benefits and other factors to consider before making a decision.

Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens first

Are you pregnant? Tender breasts, nausea and fatigue are just a few early symptoms of pregnancy. Find out about these and less obvious pregnancy signs.

Tapering off opioids: When and how

Most people using opioid medicines need to stop as soon as possible to prevent serious health risks. Learn how to slowly lower and safely stop opioid use.

Tattoos: Understand risks and precautions

Allergic reactions, infections and skin problems can all happen after getting a tattoo. Take steps to stay safe.

Tea tree oil

Explore how tea tree oil is used for its antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Teen drug abuse: Help your teen avoid drugs

Want to prevent teen drug abuse? Understand how to talk to your teen about the consequences of using drugs.

Teen suicide: What parents need to know

Understand what makes teens prone to suicide, and learn what you can do to prevent it.

Teens and social media use: What's the impact?

Find out how to help limit the negative impact of these popular apps on your teenager.

Teething: Tips for soothing sore gums

Know the signs and symptoms of teething, as well as safe ways to soothe sore gums.

Telehealth: Technology meets health care

From patient portals to wearable monitoring devices, telehealth gives you the tools to better manage your health. Are you taking advantage of these tools?

Temper tantrums in toddlers: How to keep the peace

Know what to do when a tantrum strikes and how to prevent repeats.

Tension-type headaches: Self-care measures for relief

Most headaches respond to medicine. But healthy lifestyle choices are important too.

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Testosterone therapy: Potential benefits and risks as you age

Testosterone therapy — Explore the potential benefits and risks of increasing your testosterone level.

The Mayo Clinic Diet: A weight-loss program for life

From the experts at Mayo Clinic, this diet is a lifestyle program for successful weight loss and improved health.

The reality of menopause weight gain

Find out what causes menopause weight gain, and learn about ways you may be able to minimize it.

Thermometer basics: Taking your child's temperature

Thermometer options can be confusing. Know the best way to take your child's temperature.

Thermometers: Understand the options

Thermometers come in a variety of styles. Find out the pros and cons of different types of thermometers.

Thumb sucking: Help your child break the habit

Find out when and how to help your child stop thumb sucking.

Tianeptine: Is safe use possible?

Tianeptine is a medicine used in some countries for depression and anxiety. Learn why it is best to avoid it.

Tips for choosing and using canes

A cane can improve balance and mobility. Learn about the choices that are available and how to use a cane correctly.

Tips for choosing and using walkers

A walker can provide balance and improve mobility. Understand the different types of walkers and how to use them.

Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol

Understand the diet and lifestyle steps you can take to improve your cholesterol.

Trans fat is double trouble for heart health

Trans fat increases 'bad' cholesterol and lowers 'good' cholesterol. Find out more about this dietary fat and how to avoid it.

Transgender facts

Know the basics about sex and gender, including common terms and definitions.

Treating COVID-19 at home: Care tips for you and others

COVID-19 can sometimes be treated at home. Understand emergency symptoms to watch for, how to protect others if you're ill, how to protect yourself while caring for a sick loved one and other coping tips.

Treating asthma in children ages 5 to 11

Learn more about this airway condition in kids 5 to 11 years old. Get the facts on symptoms, treatments and asthma action plans.

Treating asthma in children under 5

Learn more about this breathing condition in children younger than 5 years old. Get the facts on symptoms and which treatment options may work best.

Treatment-resistant depression

Standard treatments may not help much at all, or your symptoms may improve, only to keep coming back. Explore options for treatment-resistant depression.

Tricyclic antidepressants and tetracyclic antidepressants

Cyclic antidepressants tend to have more side effects than other antidepressants. But for some people, they may relieve depression when other drugs fail.

Triglycerides: Why do they matter?

Like cholesterol, triglycerides can cause health problems. Here's how to lower your triglycerides.

Twin pregnancy: What twins or multiples mean for mom

Twin pregnancy or other multiples? Here's help taking care of yourself — and your babies.

Types of dermatitis

Learn to identify types of dermatitis by how the skin looks. Examples include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis.

Types of psoriasis

Learn to identify types of psoriasis, such as guttate psoriasis and scalp psoriasis, by appearance.

Ulcerative colitis flare-ups: 5 tips to manage them

These diet and lifestyle changes may help control ulcerative colitis symptoms and lengthen the time between flare-ups.

Umbilical cord care: Do's and don'ts for parents

Find out how to keep the area clean and dry, and when to call the doctor.

VBAC: Know the pros and cons

VBAC — vaginal birth after cesarean — is possible for many women. Know what to consider before choosing this option for delivery.

Vaccines for adults: Which do you need?

Vaccines offer protection from infectious diseases. Find out how to stay on top of the vaccines recommended for adults.

Vagina: What's typical, what's not

Vaginal health is important. Use this information to protect your vaginal health and spot potential problems.

Vaginal tears in childbirth

Vaginal tears during childbirth are common. Learn about different kinds of vaginal tears and how they can be treated.


Learn how these blood pressure medicines work, what else they treat and the potential side effects.

Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition

A vegetarian diet can meet your nutritional needs if you make wise choices.

Vitamin A

Explore the uses of vitamin A and risks of excess use of this supplement.

Vitamin B-12

Know the causes of a vitamin B-12 deficiency and when use of this supplement is recommended.

Vitamin B-6

Understand when a vitamin B-6 deficiency might occur and learn the risks of taking too much of this vitamin supplement.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient found in foods and available as an oral supplement. Learn about its potential benefits and the causes of vitamin C deficiency.

Vitamin D

Learn how vitamin D affects bone health and other health conditions, and discover the possible side effects of taking too much of this supplement.

Vitamin E

Explore how vitamin E might affect cognitive health and the possible serious risks of taking the supplement if you have certain health conditions.

Walking: Make it count with activity trackers

If walking is your main form of physical activity, see how activity trackers can help you set and achieve your fitness goals.

Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health

Walking can be an ideal low-impact exercise. Get the most from your walking routine.

Warfarin side effects: Watch for interactions

This common treatment for blood clots may cause concerning side effects. Know which medicines interact with warfarin and how to take the medicine safely.

Water breaking: Understand this sign of labor

Learn how to tell this sign of labor and what do next.

Water retention: Relieve this premenstrual symptom

Find out what's behind premenstrual water retention and what treatments might lessen discomfort.

Water: How much should you drink every day?

Know how much water to drink to stay healthy and hydrated.

Weight loss: 6 strategies for success

Reach your weight-loss goals with these proven tips.

Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you

Weight loss is your goal, but which diet will help you get there? Get the skinny on evaluating diet plans.

Weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories

Want to lose weight without feeling hungry all the time? Learn what foods to choose to help you feel full on fewer calories.

Weight loss: Gain control of emotional eating

Don't let emotional eating sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Use these tips to regain control.

Weight training: Do's and don'ts of proper technique

Weight training may look easy — but for best results, proper technique is essential.

Weight-loss surgery: Is it an option for you?

Weight-loss surgery is one part of a treatment plan for weight loss. Learn about the criteria and what is expected of you.

What a newborn really looks like

Here's what to expect when you meet your baby for the first time.

What is aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)?

AERD, also called Samter's triad, has three features: asthma, recurring nasal polyps, and sensitivity to aspirin and drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.

When cancer returns: How to cope with cancer recurrence

Learn what cancer recurrence means, and find out what you can do to cope when cancer returns.

Which CPAP masks are best for you?

CPAP masks come in a variety of styles. See some of your options.

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet

Whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Isn't it time you added more whole grains to your diet?

Women's sexual health: Talking about your sexual needs

Women's sexual health — Tips for talking about your sexual needs and achieving fulfillment.

Working during pregnancy: Do's and don'ts

Working during pregnancy? Here's how to have a healthy, productive nine months on the job.

Wrinkle creams: Your guide to younger looking skin

Do over-the-counter products work? Learn more about whether peptides, retinols and other anti-wrinkle cream ingredients help improve your skin.


Xylazine is a medicine used to sedate animals. Learn about possible risk of death in humans who take it.

Young-onset Alzheimer's: When symptoms begin before age 65

Young-onset Alzheimer's disease is a rare form of dementia that presents unique challenges. Learn more about causes, diagnosis and how to cope.


Explore how use of oral zinc might help shorten the length of a cold.

10 great health foods

Add these health foods to the menu and give your diet a healthy boost.

10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

You can lower your blood pressure without medication. Try these 10 lifestyle changes.

10,000 steps a day: Too low? Too high?

Work up to a goal of walking 10,000 steps each day, depending on your starting fitness level, for numerous health benefits.

1st trimester pregnancy: What to expect

The first few months of being pregnant can bring physical and emotional changes, such as breast tenderness, nausea, anxiety and excitement.

2nd trimester pregnancy: What to expect

Second trimester pregnancy often brings welcome relief from nausea, breast tenderness and other pregnancy symptoms.

3rd trimester pregnancy: What to expect

Third trimester pregnancy can bring Braxton Hicks contractions, backaches and hemorrhoids as you await the start of labor.

5K run: 7-week training schedule for beginners

Running a 5K? Make it to race day in seven weeks.

7 fingernail problems not to ignore

Learn about fingernail conditions that need medical attention.

7 signs and symptoms not to ignore

Do your symptoms merit medical attention? From weight loss to flashes of light, know when to seek care.

8 brain health tips for a healthier you

Follow these tips to protect your head and to stay active and engaged. Exercise, sleep, diet and social life are all important for a healthy brain.