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This Type of Antibiotic Could Cause Aortic Rupture, FDA Warns

Fluoroquinolones can increase the occurrence of dangerous bleeding or death from aortic dissection or aortic aneurism, according to a warning issued by the FDA.

By Diane Domina

Avoid Infection While Taking Biologics for RA

Immunosuppressive medications help control rheumatoid arthritis, but they put you at risk of infection. Learn how to boost your immune system while treating RA.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can the Flu Trigger Diabetes in Children?

Flu season may come and go for some, but it can be life-changing if it triggers type 1 diabetes. Here’s how to protect your child.

By Ginger Vieira

More Viruses Are Found in Semen Than You Might Think

Health experts have known for decades that certain infectious agents can be found in semen, but scientists have made discoveries that have expanded that list.

By Lauren Arcuri

Which Shots Do You Need When You’re Pregnant?

Certain vaccines will protect you and your baby during your pregnancy and afterward. Learn which ones to get and when.

By Sophie Ramsey

Essential Vaccines for Moms-to-Be

Making sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations before you become pregnant, and get two essential vaccines while you’re expecting.

By Sophie Ramsey

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

By Cindy Uken

How to Pick the Best Flu Shot for You

Getting an annual flu shot will cut your chances of coming down with the illness by about half. HealthCentral talked to a flu expert about this year’s vaccine.

By Sue Byrne

Is That Safe to Eat?

It’s not just what you eat that can pose a health danger, but also how it’s prepared. Take this quiz to test your food safety smarts.

By Nancy Monson

How to Spot the Signs of Deadly Sepsis

Sepsis affects more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. each year. But many don’t know the signs of this deadly medical emergency.

By Sophie Ramsey