Knowing Your Family History Can Protect Your Health

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May 22, 2019

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Family Health History

Are you planning a family vacation or reunion this summer? Take advantage of the time together to talk about your family health history. Knowing and acting on that information is an important way to protect your health. Learn how to get the conversation started from our Family History page.

Acupuncture: Is it an Effective Treatment?

Research shows that acupuncture may help reduce nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also ease some types of chronic pain. However, evidence about the value of acupuncture for other health issues is uncertain and researchers are only beginning to understand whether it can be helpful for various health conditions.


Women and Depression

Being sad is a normal reaction to difficult times in life. But usually, the sadness goes away with a little time. Depression is different — it is a medical condition that may cause severe symptoms that can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities like sleeping, eating, or working. Certain types of depression are unique to women, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors.


Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine. If you have these pouches, you have a condition called diverticulosis. It becomes more common as people age. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet. If the pouches become inflamed or infected, you have a condition called diverticulitis. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.


Preventing Cavities

Fluoride is dental science's main weapon in the battle against tooth decay. Have you ever wondered how this discovery was made?


Fabulous Fig Bars

Skip the packaged cookies and make your own, healthier fig bars. This fabulous recipe combines figs, walnuts, and rolled oats for a delicious treat.