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How to Keep Your Family Fit

Begin a regular tennis match - You don't have to make staying fit a go-it-alone activity. Have the rest of the family join in. The Shapeup.org website offers these suggestions for family-fitness activities: continue reading »

School Programs Do Keep Some Kids From Smoking

Large evidence review found less success among children who had already started. Smoking prevention programs in schools do work, reducing the number of children and teens who continue reading »

Health Tip: After a Stressful Event

Avoid alcohol and drugs - A stressful event can leave you feeling worn out, anxious and, perhaps, unable to cope. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue reading »

Protect Your Kids From Pollen Allergies

Tips for keeping allergens away from their skin, out of air in your home. Many children suffer allergies at this time of year as trees and other plants start releasing pollens into the air. So parents need to monitor their youngsters for symptoms, an expert says. continue reading »

Could Facebook Assist Public Health Efforts to Track Obesity?

Study tied users' online interests in U.S. regions to obesity rates. Analyzing Facebook users' interests could help public health researchers predict, track a continue reading »

Health Tip: Watch for Signs of Elder Abuse

Including taking drugs or drinking - Caring for an elderly person can be a stressful challenge, and sometimes that can lead to abuse. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says potential signs of elder abuse among caregivers include: continue reading »

Poor Parenting May Lead to Kids Who Bully

Being overprotective may be just as bad as being neglectful for spurring bully and victim roles. Parents may think they can keep their kids safe by hovering over them continue reading »

POLL: Majority of Americans Oppose Taxes on Candy, Soda

They say it's not government's role to try to influence what people eat, drink, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds. Most U.S. adults aren't sweet on the idea of soda and candy taxes, continue reading »

STUDY: Just One Can of Sugary Pop a Day Raises Diabetes Risk

European researchers found odds rose by up to 22 percent at this level of consumption. Drinking just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of continue reading »

Report Finds Motorcycle Deaths Still Rising

Researchers note that improving economy, better weather mean more riders on the road. An estimated 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roads in 2012, an increase of about 9 percen continue reading »

Health Tip: Safely Store Food in the Fridge

Use a plastic container - Storing foods properly inside your refrigerator can help prevent juices from seeping out and contaminating other foods. The FoodSafety.gov website offers this food-storage advice: continue reading »

HISPANIC HEALTH: Sun Exposure Amongst Latinos Varies by Language They Speak

English-speaking Hispanics in the United States are less likely to take measures to protect themselves from skin cancer than Spanish-speaking Hispanics, a new study finds. continue reading »

Study Finds Mammograms Can Measure How Breast Cancer Drug Is Working

Those on tamoxifen who showed reduction in breast density had 50 percent lower risk of death within 15 years. Mammograms can be used to see how well breast cancer patients continue reading »

Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among U.S. Teens: Survey

More than 5 million, nearly 25 percent, said they had abused these medications. The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, continue reading »

Many Parents Text, Phone With Kids in Car: Survey

Work-related calls a priority for nearly one-third polled. Nearly two-thirds of adults use a cell phone when they're driving with children in the car, continue reading »

Women’s College Grades May Suffer Due to Too Much Texting, Facebook

Media use for freshmen adds up to 12 hours daily, poll finds. Media use is a serious distraction for college freshmen, with a new study finding young women devo continue reading »

Study: People are Happier Knowing They Have More Sex Than Friends

Those who got less action than their peers tended to be less happy, researchers say. A hefty chunk of your happiness may depend on whether you believe you're having as continue reading »

Driving Drunk is Not Only Way Alcohol Kills Teens

Two-thirds of underage drinking-related fatalities have nothing to do with a car, MADD reports. Less than one-third of the 4,700 annual underage drinking-related deaths in the United States result from road crashes, according to a new study. continue reading »

Infant Mortality in the U.S. Once Again Declining

After years of no change, overall rate declined 12 percent from 2005 to 2011. After five years of leveling off, the U.S. infant mortality rate is finally on the decline again, a new government report shows. continue reading »

Babies Born Even a Bit Early May Have Developmental Issues

Women urged to rethink early elective C-sections, inductions unless medically needed. Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective Cesarean delivery continue reading »