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Prevention

Working It! How Exercise Helps Fight Heart Failure

While heart failure patients used to be told to prioritize rest, now experts say physical activity is vital—here’s what you need to know to get started.

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Prevention

Simple Ways to Manage Fluid Buildup

When you have heart failure, one major sign that it could be getting worse is excess fluid buildup in your body. Here are some key steps to keeping your levels in balance.

Man vaping, e-cigarette.
Risk Factors

More Proof: E-Cigarettes Are Not Healthy

The flavorings in e-cigs might be enticing, but new research suggests they can cause significant damage to blood vessels. Here’s what you need to know about vaping—and how to quit all cigarettes for good.

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Prevention

That Pinterest Recipe for Homemade Sunscreen? Skip It

You don’t want to mess around when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

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Prevention

The Truth About Preventing Memory Loss

Doing puzzles and taking supplements aren’t going to cut it. The good news? Warding off dementia is probably easier than you think.

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Alternative Treatment

Legalizing Marijuana Isn't Risk-Free

While pot does have some proven medical benefits, especially when it comes to pain, legalization may have some unintended negative consequences.

Woman meditating in her bedroom.
Meditation

How to Reap the Benefits of Meditation

A new study found that not all those who meditate enjoy it. Here’s how to get the most out of this mindfulness technique, plus five free apps that make it easy.

Angry senior man on the phone.
Risk Factors

How a Hot Temper Can Damage Your Health

As you get older, excessive anger could up your risk of chronic illness, a new study finds.

Smiling cancer patient talking to her doctor.
Treatment

A Less-Invasive Mastectomy Proves Safe for Most Women With Breast Cancer

Nipple-sparing surgery may help women avoid one of the more traumatic aspects of this breast cancer treatment.

Woman living alone.
Relationships

How to Stay Connected When You Live Alone

Even the most solitude-loving people get lonely sometimes. Here’s how to fight it.