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Finding the Fats in Your Blood

Learn about the fats in your blood. Then take the time to get your cholesterol checked!

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Caffeine Quiz

Learn how caffeine affects the body, and what health problems it has been linked to.

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Understanding the Teen Brain

It doesn't matter how smart your teen is or how well he or she scored on the SAT. Good judgment isn't something he or she can excel in, at least not yet. Experts say a teen's brain won't be fully developed until he or she is at least 25 years old. Learn how to parent this evolving teen brain.

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Are Modified Foods Safe?

Researchers looked at genetically engineered crops and gave them a green light for safety.

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Cholesterol
Cholesterol
There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.
Cancer
Cancer
Learn how to become a proactive patient. Understand your treatment choices. Get the latest news on advances in cancer. If you or a loved one is facing cancer, you’ll want to explore the Cancer Knowledgebase, with separate sections on more than 60 types of the disease.
Children's Health
Children's Health
You want the best for your child, from good nutrition to effective discipline to a breadth of life opportunities.
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    Hot weather, clear skies, and extra leisure time in the summer mean that many people spend hours in the sun. Lengthy sun exposure can raise the risk for skin cancer if you don't take steps to protect yourself.

    BMI, or body mass index, uses weight and height to calculate weight status for adults. BMI for children and teens also takes into account gender and age because healthy body fatness differs between boys and girls and changes as they grow. This BMI calculator will help you determine if your child is at a healthy weight.

    This assessment is valid for women between the ages of 21 and 69 who have had sexual intercourse at least once and who have not had a hysterectomy with removal of the cervix.

      MULTIMEDIA

      Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve sideways. It can develop during childhood or adolescence and can range from mild to severe. This video explains how scoliosis occurs and what treatments are available.

      The family's well-worn couch. Grandpa's favorite old chair. Of all the things parents may worry about, these items probably don’t make the list. But according to a new study, maybe they should, particularly if they contain flame retardants.

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