Family Health


Can A Diabetes Diagnosis Offer Benefits to Others?

A diabetes diagnosis in one person may help spur behavior changes in a partner. Learn how families and friends can make healthy lifestyle changes together.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

FDA Steps Up the Fight Against Kid-Friendly E-Cigarettes

The FDA enacted a number of measures to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to kids and teens, including more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers.

By Diane Domina

Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes All at Once, or Slowly Lower the Level?

Dramatically reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes all at once would provide more health benefits overall than a gradual reduction, say researchers.

By Diane Domina

Kids Are More Vulnerable to the Health Effects of Climate Change

Climate change affects everything — and everyone — on earth, and children appear to be more vulnerable to its effects than adults.

By Diane Domina

How Do You Tell Your Family Members You Have the BRCA1, 2 Genetic Mutation?

You thought finding out you had the BRCA1 or 2 gene mutation was tough – but now you have to tell your family members they might be at risk for it, too. Experts give advice on what to tell them when.

By Bethany Kandel

Do You Feel as Old As You Are? A Grandmother and Granddaughter Discuss Life and Aging

Are you afraid of dying? How do you want to be remembered? Is there anything that you really regret or wish you did differently when you were younger? What do you hope to live to see? Ann Simpson, 81, talks to her granddaughter, 21, about aging and h...

By Carol Bradley Bursack

Your Loved Ones Can Reduce Their Lung Cancer Risk: Here’s How

Tips like don’t smoke and eat your veggies might sound familiar in reducing your lung cancer risk, but there are other tips too you can share with loved ones – testing your house for radon and your water for arsenic, for instance.

By Sheila M. Eldred

The BRAF Gene Mutation and You

What to know about this risk factor for melanoma and whether it can affect future generations.

By Elizabeth Millard

Home DNA Tests and Privacy: A Primer

Remember: Reputable companies will ask permission before they share your information with others.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

While the exact cause of RA remains unknown, we do now know, thanks to research, that genetics, hormones, and even dental health can trigger this chronic illness.

By Lene Andersen, MSW