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A Good Night's Sleep May Mean a Good Day's Work

Too much, too little slumber linked to raised number of sick days, researchers say

Today's Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Calculator: Children's Asthma Peak Flow Calculator
Podcast: Arthrography Podcast
Quiz: Cycling Quiz
Risk Assesment: Female Urinary Incontinence Risk Assessment
Video: Diabetes, Type 1

Health Tip of the Day

Timing Is Important

If you choose to do a breast self-exam (BSE), it's best to do it the week after your period ends, experts say. Some women's breasts get lumpy, tender, or swollen just before or during menstruation, which can make it difficult to do an accurate self-exam. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend BSEs because evidence suggests BSEs do not lower risk for death from breast cancer. The American Cancer Society says BSEs are an option for women 20 and older as a means of familiarizing themselves with their breasts so they can notice changes more easily. Talking with your doctor about the benefits and limitations can help you decide if you should start performing BSEs.

 

Healthy Living

Back and Neck Care
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.

Health Centers

Heart Disease
Heart disease is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, you can keep it from getting worse. Here are the tools to get you started.

Your Family

Older Adult's Health
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.