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Ag workers at high risk of heat illnesses

Agriculture workers are 20 times more likely than other workers to die from heat. Heat deaths are 100 percent preventable with water, rest and shade...more


Take little steps for big gains

During the month of April, the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to move more as part of the Healthy for Good campaign. Try these tips to help you move more...more


World Health Day — Depression: Let’s talk

The World Health Organization is focusing on depression for this year’s World Health Day. With a theme of “Depression: Let’s talk,” the health campaign brings awareness worldwide to the different faces of depression...more


Be more self-aware: What is your body telling you?

Our schedules are so filled with events and to-do lists that we often suppress the signals to slow down that our bodies send. Signals such as fatigue, headache, cracked lips, irritability or brittle nails could mean we need to slow down and take care of ourselves...more


Protect against colds and flu with vitamin E

Cold and flu season is in full swing. There are many ways to protect against both illnesses, including getting plenty of vitamin E...more


Men’s health

It has been well-known for some time now that women enjoy longer life spans than men all around the world. Many studies have examined why and whether men can do anything about it. So, what should men do?...more


Live like your life depends on it

You can improve your health and prevent or lessen the effects of chronic diseases through diet and exercise. By investing a little time in your health, you can live a longer, healthier life...more


Waist size can be indicator of pre-diabetes

Even in the 21st century, a tape measure may be quite telling. Research shows that waistline measurement is a good indicator of diabetes risk and is generally more accurate than body mass index (BMI) readings...more


Small steps to heart health

February is National Heart Month so it’s a great time to make a change for better heart health. There are steps people can take to reduce the risk for heart disease. By making small steps in the right direction, it will be possible to live healthier and feel better...more


Create successful action plans for improved health

Although we have reminders around us of the national obesity crisis, lifestyle changes are difficult for most individuals. To modify lifestyle, one needs personal resolve; small, intentional, gradual changes; and the necessary emotional and moral support. Evidence shows that well-written personalized action plans are also effective instruments of behavior change...more


What do we know about hoarding?

Hoarding is a serious issue. Media coverage and reality television shows on this topic have been raising awareness of how hoarding impacts people’s health, daily living and safety. Here are some of the warning signs that may lead to hoarding...more


Mindfulness: What it is and how it helps

Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness changes the brain. This practice is called mindfulness. Here are nine ways to incorporate mindfulness into your busy life...more


Give the gift of health

What better way to show we care than by giving the gift of good health to our loved ones. Although we can't actually give or guarantee good health, we can at least encourage one another toward healthier choices...more


Have you had 15 laughs today?

How many laughs have you had today? Researchers suggest that the average American laugh 15 times or more a day for health maintenance. Here are some benefits of having laughter in your everyday life...more


Chronic stress leads to health problems

Our lives can be very stressful and if we become accustomed to living with these feelings then we may not even realize how much it is affecting us. When our bodies have to constantly respond to continued stress, it can lead to health problems...more


Walking is the best medicine

Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” The benefits of choosing walking to be active are many and it is a very simple and inexpensive form of exercise...more


January: Birth Defects Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,000 pregnancies in the U.S. are affected by neural tube defects every year. Not all birth defects can be prevented, but the risk of neural tube defects can be significantly reduced by consuming folic acid...more


Preventing the spread of the flu

With the prevalence of influenza in the U.S. this flu season, it is very likely that many people have had or know someone who has had the flu. Here is some information and tips that may help prevent the flu...more


Suicide is the most preventable cause of death

In Missouri, there are 16.3 attempted suicides each day and many of those attempts are made by young people ages 15 to 19. Here are some common myths about suicide, as well as warning signs and a prevention tool...more


Becoming more resilient

Life is challenging, we all know that. But many of us wonder why some people seem to have better coping skills? What are the secrets for people who are able to navigate through tough times and bounce back? Here are some suggestions...more


Avoid ticks, avoid disease

Ticks have been a problem for many this year due to the mild winter. This is an annoyance, but also a health hazard since they can carry disease. Avoid the disease by avoiding the ticks...more


Diabetes – Myths and Truths

Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States. Here are some myths and the corresponding truth about the disease to help us understand it better...more


Having a furry friend may enhance, extend human life

Many studies have proven that having a soft cat or a warm dog is good for the human soul. There are a number of explanations for exactly how pets offer health benefits...more


Low-dose aspirin may lower risk of colon cancer

Daily use of low-dose aspirin can lower the risk of developing colon cancer and the risk of dying from it, according to a new long-term study. But this doesn’t mean everyone should start taking it...more


Causes of arthritis and options for relief

Arthritis affects nearly 30 million Americans and can cause serious pain and discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate some of the symptoms...more


Health benefits of tai chi exercise

Tai chi is a slow motion and low impact exercise that promotes physical and mental health and relaxation. Here are some of the benefits...more


Stuff, stuff and more stuff

Taking care of all of our stuff (or even the act of trying to ignore it) requires our resources of money, time and energy, which can be better spent in many other areas of our lives. Learn how to understand and manage the clutter habit...more


Dealing with holiday stress and avoiding meltdowns

For many who try to make the holidays picture perfect, this time of year is more stressful than joyful. Get more tips on how you can focus on the spirit of the holidays from this article and podcast...more


Insomnia remains the most common sleep disorder

There are a wide variety of sleep disorders that impact people of all different shapes and sizes. Sleep problems can be divided into two basic categories...more


Different strategies for attaining happiness

People often wish for more time, more money, a different job because we think those things will make us happier, but we do not always find lasting happiness in those things...more


Avoid heat-related illness

As summer temperatures increase, the risk of heat-related illness increases as well. Know the signs of the three types of heat-related illnesses and how to stay safe...more


Water fitness a great way to be active

If you are interested in trying a new type of fitness activity, take the plunge into water fitness. Water fitness is a versatile and low-impact activity that almost anyone can benefit from and enjoy...more


May is National Osteoporosis Prevention Month

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become weak and brittle and break more easily. Now is as good a time as any to make the following changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to help keep your bones healthy...more


Calcium, exercise among ways to maintain bone and muscle health

Bone and muscle health is important to maintain at an early age to prevent problems later in life...more


Know the risk factors and symptoms for heart attack

February is American Heart Month — a great time to look at personal risk for heart disease and learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack...more


Establish healthy traditions to make winter fun, prevent cold-weather blues

Frigid weather may seem like a good excuse to avoid workouts, stay inside and overindulge in comfort foods. However, health experts from the University of Missouri have found that these tendencies leave most people feeling less content during the winter months...more


HPV vaccine Gardasil helps prevent infection

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a viral infection that is spread through sexual contact and can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, prevents the infection...more


Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Bedbugs can be a serious problem and are very difficult to get rid of - they cling on clothes and hide in the crevices of mattresses and couches...more


Tips for staying healthy

It seems like there’s always something that can make us sick or prevent us from feeling our best. Here are some important tips for staying healthy...more


Play More, Watch Less

National Screen-Free Week is an annual celebration of the magic of being unplugged. Use this time to take a look at your family’s screen-use habits and turn off screen media...more


Choose credible Web sites when searching for health information online

Although it’s important for people to maintain a healthy weight, the methods for achieving this goal may sometimes be harmful. It’s important for people to make healthy decisions when losing weight and there are ways to find credible information that can help people make good choices...more


Being active has many health benefits

Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Here are some benefits you get from being physically active and exercising...more


Seven simple steps to heart health

February is National Heart Month. Take some time to assess your heart health and make heart-healthy lifestyle changes. The American Heart Association has developed a tool to help you assess your health and recommends seven steps to improve heart health...more


Hold the flu at bay by keeping surfaces clean

An important tip to remember during flu season is to keep surfaces clean. Influenza is caused by a virus - a living organism that can be killed. Knowing more about this can help us get rid of these germs before they make us sick...more


Healthy habits help you live longer

Longevity appears to be more about healthy lifestyle than about genes. It is 25 percent genes and 75 percent lifestyle, according to Steven Austad, author of the book “Why We Age”...more


Gout is a real pain — but it can be treated

Gout - which is described as unexpected, severe attacks of pain, and tender joints - is a form of arthritis that occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the body...more


Stress reduction for a healthier you

One of the best ways to protect your health is to reduce the unhealthy stress in your life. Research continues to show us that too much stress robs us of sleep, causes us to gain or lose too much weight, have headaches, etc...more


What you need to know about sunscreen

In the past, choosing sunscreen has been difficult because of the confusion over whether you needed UVA or UVB protection. The Food and Drug Administration has a new ruling that takes the guesswork out of purchasing sunscreen...more


Steps to prevent Influenza A (H1N1)

As of May 3, 2009, there have been 226 laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza A in the U.S. The spread of this disease, like other forms of the flu, can be prevented or reduced by good hygiene...more


Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association wants people to find out if they are at risk for diabetes. On the fourth Tuesday in March, take the Diabetes Risk Test to see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes...more


Dealing with a side effect of winter: The common cold

There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. Colds are so common this time of year that they seem to be a side effect of winter. Cold symptoms vary and can include...more


Hate to exercise? Use these tips to get motivated

Almost everyone knows that exercise is good, but getting motivated can be a challenge. There are ways to get started and even learn to enjoy exercise...more


Heart disease refers to many conditions

February is American Heart month, and many health professionals are reminding us to practice healthy habits to prevent or delay heart disease...more


GERD: What it is and what you can do about it

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a condition in which food or liquid contents of the stomach back up into the food pipe or esophagus. It is a common ailment among adults, and the first symptom is often heartburn...more


Belly fat is linked to health risks

People with a lot of belly fat are at a higher risk for health problems than people who carry fat in other areas. The good news is that you can lose your belly fat...more


Ten ways to reduce health care costs

In the case of health care, higher cost does not necessarily mean better quality. Health care costs can vary greatly. The following are 10 ways to reduce your health care costs while adding value to the quality of your health...more


Don’t get bitten by frostbite

Frostbite occurs when skin is exposed to extremely low temperatures. Skin tissue actually freezes. But frostbite can be prevented...more


Zinc Lozenges Can Reduce Severity of a Cold

The common cold – wouldn’t it be great if you could take an over-the-counter treatment that would reduce the number of days and severity of your suffering? New research shows that zinc can keep the cold virus from replicating – which can reduce the time you suffer by almost 50 percent...more


Measuring Up to the New Physical Activity Guidelines

Newly released physical activity guidelines may be the roadmap to better health for you and your family...more


Time Matters to Keep Food Safe

When it comes to food safety, time matters. The reason has a lot to do with how the microorganisms that cause food-borne illness move and grow...more


BPA: Is it safe or isn't it?

University of Missouri researcher joins advocates in disputing Food and Drug Administration conclusions that plastic used in food containers is safe...more


Add downtime to your holiday list

Shopping, wrapping, decorating, cleaning, baking, sending cards, hosting parties, attending school and church functions, visiting friends and family. The list of holiday-related activities can be long. When you're making your list and checking it twice, be sure to include time for yourself as the holidays draw near...more


Be aware of breast cancer

Breast cancer is so prevalent that most people know someone who has had it. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so here are a few facts, some of which may be surprising...more


Nutrition plays an important role in eye health

There is evidence that nutrients can play an important role in treating and preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60 in the United States...more


Mindful eating

Do you have a habit of eating when you are bored, lonely, stressed out, depressed or even tired? Sometimes we find ourselves eating, not because we are hungry, but because we are going through different emotions and we reach out to food for comfort...more


Fluoride’s Role in Dental Care

Fluoridated water or by taking a fluoride supplement, helps teeth and bones become and stay healthy and strong...more


Salmonella Strikes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently on a Salmonella outbreak. 165 people in 31 states, including Missouri and Kansas, have been affected as of October 11, 2007...more


Common Sense Combats the Common Cold

Everyone would like an easy way to prevent cold. A little common sense can help combat the common cold...more


Make sleep a priority

A lack of sleep seems to be a strong factor in the challenge of managing a healthy weight. Find out how sleep and weight control are related, and get tips for sleeping better...more


Follow these sun tips to avoid skin cancer

The American Cancer Society reports that more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. Avoid becoming a statistic by taking care of yourself and your family in the sun...more


Summer sun safety

Whether you are going camping, going to the beach or simply heading out for little league games, it is more important than ever to remember sun safety. The American Cancer Society finds that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and the sun’s rays can have a negative effect not only on skin but on the immune system and eyesight as well...more


Diverticular Disease is Common in People over Age 60

Diverticular disease is a term used for persons who have diverticulosis and diverticulitis. About 10 percent of people over the age of 40 and half of people over age 60 have diverticulosis...more


Beware of claims that you can change your blood pH

You may have seen advertisements about eating certain foods to change the pH of your blood so that you can prevent cancer, become more youthful, have more energy, or prevent a variety of other diseases. The fact is our blood pH remains fairly constant and we cannot change it by what we eat...more


Making Healthy Habits Last 

Habits are difficult to change but it can be done! Try these tips to help you stay on track...more


Healthy habits make a healthy heart

Heart disease is often described as the silent disease because it can be developing many years before there are any signs or symptoms. Implementing these healthy habits will help you to prevent or delay the onset of heart disease...more


Women are at risk for heart disease too

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Because the symptoms for heart attack can be vastly different for women than for men, it is extremely important for women to know the symptoms that are more common for them...more


Simple rules stop flu in the workplace

Experts will tell you that the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. But let's face it; some of us ignore such health recommendations, no matter how sound they might be. Consequently, we end up vulnerable to the co-worker who shows up at work running a fever, coughing and sneezing and putting everyone at risk of infection...more


Laughter is good medicine

As scientists have learned more about the brain, they’ve discovered that smiles and laughter stimulate the brain to secrete chemicals, including endorphins, which seem to stimulate healing, increase happiness and reduce pain...more


Recent Immunization Additions

For many years, immunization was administered mostly in childhood and old age. Now MO law requires that college students be informed about meningitis and the importance of immunization...more


What you need to know about Inflammatory Breast Cancer

A friend recently told me about Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It sounded terrible, is it something I should be concerned about? Breast cancer of any kind should be of concern to women. It is the most common form of cancer in women followed by lung cancer. However, the chances of any one women having Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) are slight...more


Pre-diabetes an early warning sign for diabetes

Pre-diabetes is a condition people may have before developing type 2 diabetes. Individuals with pre-diabetes also have a 50 percent greater risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke)...more


Getting and staying motivated to change health habits

If asked, most people would agree that they’d like to have better health. The challenge comes in determining how to go about eating better and being more active. Too often, people take the all or nothing approach. They start the year off trying to improve every aspect of their eating habits and trying to exercise every day. They soon find they can’t keep up with all this change at one time...more


Changes to the MC+ program will affect more than 46,000 children

The Missouri legislature made many changes to the Medicaid/MC+ program. Most of the changes affect adults, and they have been widely covered in the media. The children’s program changed significantly, however. Because changes don’t fall into the “cuts to eligibility and benefits” category, they have received little attention. That is unfortunate because in states that have instituted similar premium programs, roughly 50 percent of recipients lose coverage. That could mean an additional 20,000 uninsured children in Missouri...more


First aid for snakebites

Each year, nearly 8,000 people receive poisonous snakebites in the United States. Few animals are more disliked than snakes. Snakebites occur despite precautions. They are typically not fatal to healthy adults but can be to children and older adults...more


Stroke: Time Lost is Brain Lost

When someone suffered a stroke before 1996, little could be done except to wait. Rehabilitation and recovery could begin once the damage was done. Today, that picture is changing. Early treatment can prevent disability and death, but fast action is needed. The longer the delay between a stroke and treatment, the more damage a stroke can do...more


Don't Bug Me

Summer weather brings insects and bugs. This can mean bug bites, which can be a bother. For some people a bite or sting can mean a serious medical emergency...more


Before diving in, complete a pool safety check

Each year about 300 children nationwide under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools—most often a pool owned by the family, said Karen Funkenbusch, MU safety specialist...more


Balancing Responsibilities

Many studies show that families have trouble managing work, family, and community responsibilities. Creating a balance helps family members find time to nurture, support and enjoy each other. It is physically impossible to do everything and to be everywhere. What can you do to help find balance?...more


Making Sense of Health Reports in the News

U.S. Adults follow health news closely. Health stories can change people’s health decisions and behaviors and their use of health care. Unfortunately, health stories often confuse complex issues and rarely provide individuals with enough information to make a good decision about their health or health care. Rather than providing accurate information, health stories frequently raise expectations for cures and treatments that are not yet available, raise doubts about effective treatments, prevention measures, and medications and cause unnecessary fear and worry...more


Personal resources to manage stress

Work and life create stress for each of us. Why do some people cope better than others? Here are some ideas from the researchers who study human behavior...more


Ways to help eliminate unnecessary stress at work

Stress can be a positive factor in our lives — some stress even energizes us. When we have more demands than we can meet, however, we may feel out of control. It’s important to know how much stress is appropriate...more


Is it a cold, the flu or pneumonia?

Your head hurts, your eyes are watery, your muscles ache, and your cough is getting worse. You feel like climbing into bed, turning on the vaporizer and taking something to relieve the symptoms. But is that going to do the trick? The common cold, the flu and pneumonia can have similar symptoms. Mistaking one for the other can mean serious complications...more


Sleep – Are you getting enough?

Recent research in the area of sleep has determined that as many as two-thirds of Americans lack enough sleep. Over time the lack of sleep can lead to stress, depression and mental and physical exhaustion. Here are some tips for improving your sleep...more


Tips to tell difference between flu and colds

The sudden shortage of flu vaccine has many Americans worried about coming down with illness. However, it is a good idea to run through a checklist of symptoms to be sure that what’s bugging you is the flu and not a common cold or bacterial pneumonia...more


What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation

Vacations are an opportunity to see and experience new sights and new activities. While everyone needs some quiet time, vacations should also be about doing. Make your next vacation an active one. Need ideas? Read on...

CLAIM: Help With Insurance & Medicare

Understanding Medicare and insurance programs and completing necessary claim forms can sometimes be confusing. A program in Missouri called CLAIM - Community Leaders Assisting the Insured in Missouri - has trained volunteers to answer questions like those above. Volunteers are also prepared to provide older Missourians and their family members assistance with Medicare and Insurance claims...more


Caution–Misleading Information Ahead

Many health studies make headline news, but changing your health practices based on these headlines may be risky. Following are some guidelines when faced with headlines that promise new medical cures or treatments or quick fixes for making lifestyle changes...more

When stress is not normal

Everyone has stress and a moderate amount of stress is normal. A stressor is any demand on your body or your mind. Stressors can be unpleasant or pleasant experiences like a family reunion, the holidays, or exercise...more


Injury Prevention in the Home

Your home can be hazardous to your health. Regardless of age the leading causes of injury deaths in the home are falls and fires...more


Choosing a Doctor That's Right For You

Finding someone you trust and can talk too is a good health care consumer strategy. How do you find the doctor that is right for you?...more


Medical Self–Care: What is it?

One of the changes occurring in the health care system is the expectation that individuals will take more responsibility for their own health...more

Breast cancer and deodorant use not related

Sometimes it’s easy to believe some of the sensational news and Internet stories about health issues. For example, some people have heard that underarm deodorant (also known as antiperspirant) products cause cancer...more


Reducing Cancer Risks Among Black Americans

Although black American had less cancer and fewer cancer deaths between 1992-1999, they still had the highest overall cancer rates of any group in this country according to the National Cancer Institute...more


End-of-Life Care Cancer Patients

When a person's cancer can no longer be controlled, cancer treatment often stops. But the care continues with a new focus: making the patient as comfortable as possible and providing emotional support...more


Talking to Children About Cancer

When you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to hide your illness from your children. Even very young children can sense when something is wrong...more


Regular screenings may help prevent cervical cancer

Take charge of your health by getting regular screenings to prevent and find cervical cancer...more


Be aware of causes, signs of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of death from cancer in women. Although the exact causes of ovarian cancer are not known, there are factors that increase the chance of getting ovarian cancer...more


Mammogram news

The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 and over get a mammogram every year, along with a breast exam by a doctor or nurse. Factors that may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer include...more


Missouri Adult Abuse Act at a Glance

Information from The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence on who can obtain relief, what relief is available, the procedure for obtaining relief, how long an order can last, what happens if another court makes a custody order, protection orders from other states, what happens if an order is violated...more


Domestic Violence Assault Crimes

The Missouri General Assembly in 2000 established separate crimes for domestic assault. These new categories of assaults acknowledge elements of power and control, and they include enhanced penalties for prior or persistent offenders...more


Relief Available with Protection Orders

The Missouri Adult Abuse Act allows a victim of abuse to petition the court for the following types of relief through an Order of Protection.  However, these orders are not always granted by the court...more


Can Employers Discriminate Against Me Because I Have Cancer?

No. Federal and state employee rights laws protect cancer survivors. These laws forbid discrimination and guarantee the right to medical leave...more


Is There Help for Smokers Who Are Trying to Quit?

Yes. Smokers can call the Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1-800-4-CANCER and select option 3 for personalized assistance with quitting tobacco. Callers will receive one-on-one, tailored assistance and written self-help materials from information specialists trained in smoking cessation...more


Factors that may contribute to colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, often known as colon cancer. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. The exact causes of colorectal cancer are not known, but there are known factors that increase a person’s chance of getting colorectal cancer...more


Health Care Providers in Missouri Offer Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings to Eligible Underinsured Missouri Women

More than 100 health care providers throughout Missouri offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings to underinsured Missouri women who meet age and income guidelines. These cancer screening services are offered through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP) with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the State of Missouri...more


Mammogram-Our Best Defense Against Breast Cancer

Right now, mammograms along with self breast exams, are the best defense women have against breast cancer. The three primary risk factors for breast cancer are being a women, getting older, or having a mother or sister who has had the disease. These are factors that women can't do much to change. However, just because you have one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will get breast cancer. It does mean that you need to take more responsibility for your health. One way of doing this is to get a mammogram...more


Safe shoveling tips

As the winter weather hits, keep in mind that outdoor activities can be risky. Snow shoveling can be especially dangerous. Here are some important tips to follow to prevent injury...more


Three New Birth Control Options

For the first time in many years there are three new options for women for family planning. All three have shown to be nearly 100% effective...more


Managing Chronic Illnesses

A chronic illness is defined as any disease that develops slowly and lasts a long time. Some examples are diabetes, arthritis, emphysema, congestive heart failure, and Alzheimer's disease....Taking an active role in managing your illness can help you maintain a good quality of life despite your illness...Here are some things to consider...more


Preventing Drug Interactions

Drug interactions are serious business. Interactions can reduce the effectiveness of drugs; the drugs don't work as well as they should. At other times, drug interactions lead to serious complications such as drowsiness, slowed reactions, stomach upset, liver damage, dizziness, light-headedness, irregular heartbeat, and a sudden rise in blood pressure...more


Medication Assistance Programs - Are They For You

In general, drugs are improving health outcomes and quality of life. However, there is a price tag attached. Drugs are the fastest growing segment of health care expenditures in this country...more


Living Safe

Paying attention to your safety is an important part of taking care of your health. Be aware of your surroundings and take steps to prevent falls, car accidents, fires and crime. When it comes to your personal safety, the first step toward prevention is recognizing that you are a potential crime victim...more


Physical Activity and Older Adults

Becoming more physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. Physical activity can reduce your risk of heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, certain cancers and osteoporosis. It contributes to increased bone strength, decreased blood pressure, better sleep, increased "good" cholesterol, increased metabolism and better resistance to colds. It also eases tension and reduces stress. If you are thinking about becoming more physically active, consider the following ideas...more


Social support good for your health

Building relationships with others is important to our health. Who are the important people in your life? Who makes you feel better about yourself? Healthy supportive relationships contribute significantly to our sense of well-being...more


Those holiday blues

The holidays can be a time of joy, fun, and excitement. They can also be tiring, disappointing and tension packed. That let down feeling may be nothing more than your body's need to relax and recuperate after a very busy and hectic schedule...more


The"Medical Layette"

Parents and family members spend hours selecting cute baby clothes and purchasing a car seat, stroller and crib. However, some of the things that can prevent late night trips to drugstores and help a parent cope with that first illness are equally important to purchase...more


Are You Road Ready?

When chilly temperatures arrive, it's time to ensure that your car is winterized. Along with the blankets, candles, matches and snow shovel, don't forget the food!  While we may not be going far on our destination, it is those "close calls" that tend to get us in gear and prepare for the worst. It's best to have supplies packed and never have to use them than to wish you had...more


Hazardous Look-A-Likes in a Child’s World

Reusing and recycling containers may be in, but only if used for the right things.  Handy food containers are reused for everything from oil to pesticides to vinegar and red hots candy. While it makes perfect sense to an adult to reuse containers, children under the age of five are constantly exploring their surroundings and are prone to put many of the things they find, especially if in familiar containers, into their mouths...more


Medicare and Medicaid: What is the Difference?

Most Americans are confused about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. While these programs are part of the Social Security Act, guidelines for both programs change often. It is important to stay in touch with Social Security and welfare offices for current information...more


What is a Gate Keeper?

Many types of managed care plans use primary care physicians as gate keepers to control costs and coordinate health care services for their members...more


Managed Care--Understanding Our Changing Health Care System

Rising health care costs over the last 30 years resulted in a call for health care reform. As a response to growing concerns expressed by businesses and by the Federal and state governments, the health care industry is reorganizing itself in an effort to control costs. Managed care is the result....more


What is a Health Maintenance Organization

Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) are only one of many types of managed care arrangements. If the different types of managed care were placed along a continuum. Managed indemnity plans, which are very similar to conventional insurance, would be at one end. At the other end would be HMO's. ...more


What You Should Know About Managed Care

Managed Care is a system of health care that controls the cost of services, manages the use of services and measures performance of health care providers. There are different types of managed care plans...more


Managed Care--Comparison Worksheet


Managed Care--Abbreviations and Key Terms


Managed Care Alphabet Soup

Managed care has created a new language. Part of our responsibility as users of this system is to learn as much as we can about how managed care works and what these new terms and abbreviations mean...more



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