Injury-prevention tips for DIYers

When you finally tackle that home improvement project you've been planning for a while, you're probably eager to get the job done quickly, well and on-budget. Injuries can delay your project, and cost money for medical expenses or even time lost from your job. It's important to take steps to prevent injury.

How to keep your pets healthy and happy all winter long

Dry skin, winter weight gain and the common cold - humans aren't the only ones to struggle with winter woes. Cold weather can affect our pets' health, too. While you can put in some extra time on the treadmill and layer up for the cold weather, pets rely on their human companions to help them stay healthy all year long.

Simple secrets for dodging holiday weight gain

The holidays are full of fun activities, tasty treats and plenty of celebration, but being busy and eating all the extras can quickly lead to weight gain. With a few key strategies, it's surprisingly easy to enjoy the season to the fullest and still avoid Santa's extra bulge.

Asthma and allergy sufferers: Have a happy and healthy holiday season by following a few simple tips

You might think that by the time the holidays arrive, allergy season is long gone. However, for millions of allergy sufferers, the reality is that allergens still abound. From pet dander to volatile organic compounds, indoor allergens can cause discomfort and health issues as bothersome as when pollen is in season. Take steps to minimize allergy and asthma triggers in your household this holiday season, allowing everyone to enjoy in the festivities.

Practical, protective foot health steps for people with diabetes

Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Cough clues: Identify and treat your cough

Coughing is a natural reaction to an airway irritant, the body's attempt to expel foreign substances, or a symptom indicating an underlying medical condition. A cough is a familiar symptom of a wide range of conditions - from the common cold to bronchitis. Identifying the type and cause of your cough will help you determine treatment and get you on the fast track to kicking your cough.

Packing, eating and reheating: Food safety from the store to the table

Today's busy families are always on the go, which means less time for shopping, preparing and eating food. However, there is one thing you can't skimp on no matter how fast you're going, and that's food safety. From grocery shopping to reheating leftovers, you can use several tips to ensure that the food you eat isn't going to make you or your family sick.

The impact of mesothelioma on U.S. veterans

In the United States, Veteran's Day is a time to commemorate and thank the veterans of all military branches for their hard work and dedication to our country. Although this year's Veteran's Day has passed, it provided an opportunity to remember all that past members of the military have endured and sacrificed for our country, including their health. Though it is not a condition resulting from combat, many current veterans face deadly asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma due to frequent asbestos exposure while serving in the military.

How diabetes affects vision and dental health

It's no secret that diabetes often goes hand-in-hand with other chronic conditions, like heart disease, and can cause a range of serious complications including nerve damage and limb amputation. When it comes to understanding how diabetes can affect oral and visual health, however, many people may feel they are in the dark.

How physical therapists help you stay fit after 50

At 78 million strong, baby boomers are a generation known for redefining aging. Although boomers are more health-conscious, educated and financially secure than previous generations, America's worsening obesity epidemic has also touched this age group and threatens their long-term health and the active lifestyles they embrace. Tips for boomers to engage in a healthy lifestyle.

The health secrets that women keep

Everyone has secrets - that's no surprise. But whether little or big, secrets can make a real difference in quality of life. When it comes to women keeping their health issues to themselves, the effects can be unnecessary, turning something potentially treatable into a misery to live with. By speaking up about those secret health issues, women can make their lives much more comfortable and enjoyable.

Swimming: Not just for summer anymore

It's dark. It's cold. Heading to the pool might be the furthest thing from your mind. While summer is the time of year for playing at the beach, pool parties and outdoor water sports, the colder months are actually a great time to start swimming.

To comfort a cold or flu, home remedies make a world of difference

For generations, families have passed down home-spun remedies that can help loved ones feel that even during those sniffles and sneezes, they're cared for. Having a bowl of grandma's famous soup or your aunt's special healing concoction can help your body heal and set your mind at ease. Recently, a group of Latina mom bloggers shared their families' home remedies that bring comfort to loved ones.

Top 5 reasons hepatitis C matters to boomers

When Martha Saly, director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR), learned she had hepatitis C, a virus that attacks the liver, she was in disbelief. Saly never suspected she might be infected with the hepatitis C virus, and unfortunately, cases like Saly's are not uncommon.