Preventive Care

Preventative care and services are performed in an effort to prevent major illness or injury. Learn about some of the different types of preventative care you can take along with specific prevention for men, women and children.

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While most homes have at least one first-aid kit, another important item that each family member should have at the ready is a medical history document. You can learn more about what to include in a medical history document from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Most of us have mysterious pains from time to time, and they usually go away on their own. But what if those small, random pains signal a larger underlying problem? Some pains shouldn't be ignored, and doing so may put your health, or your life, at risk.

By Tom Scheve

Many inventions and ideas of the last century had some potential to be useful, but actually will have negative consequences to our bodies or the environment. Learn about the detriments of everyday items.

By the editors of PureHealthMD

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Mosquitoes are known to carry disease, leave uncomfortable and painful bites, and ruin picnics. But before you reach for the can of chemicals, try these natural mosquito repellants.

By the editors of PureHealthMD

We consulted nutrition, health and fitness experts to come up with seven simple steps for better health. See how to stay healthy even with a busy lifestyle.

By Ann Coulston, Jane Folkman, Rachel Johnson, Richard Cotton & Carol Krucoff

Being healthy is about more than just being free of germs. Get some tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle -- from the inside out.

In less than 24 hours one single bacteria cell can multiply to more than 8 million -- and it only takes 10 bacteria cells to make you sick. Keep them at bay with five germ-fighting tips.

By Maria Trimarchi

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People are buying probiotics in droves because they're supposed to have a lot of health benefits. But is that true or just hype?

By Molly Edmonds & Jesslyn Shields

Heart disease is one of the top causes of death in the United States. Do you know how to take care of your heart? Take a look at this gallery to see how to stay healthy.

Carbon monoxide has been called "the senseless killer" because it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Learn more about carbon monoxide and what you can do to minimize your exposure to it.

By Jan Garavaglia, M.D.

Your home might feel like a safe haven but it does present many dangers that you should be aware about. Check out this article that is filled with helpful content on how to improve the safety of your home.

By Jan Garavaglia, M.D.

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One of the most dangerous things to a humans health are accidents. Learn how you can prevent unwanted accidents from happening in this article.

By Jan Garavaglia, M.D.

The Dalai Lama is an important and sometimes mysterious figure head known throughout world. Discover more about the Dalai Lama in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Every well-stocked home has a first-aid kit. But what items should you have on-hand if you're headed for the hospital?

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Sodium is essential to life, but too much of it can cause edema and contribute to high blood pressure. The average American eats almost four times the recommended sodium intake per day.

By Jill Ferguson

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Preventative care and services, like immunizations and yearly physicals, are performed in an effort to prevent an illness or injury. Find out if they make a difference in your health.

By Melissa Jeffries

Vaccinations are largely viewed as the most successful medical advancement in the history of public health. But who came up with the idea for vaccines? And do we give too many shots now?

By Alia Hoyt

In 2007, Chinese-made products were taken off the shelves in what could be record-breaking numbers. Everything from toys to toothpaste to dog food to computer batteries were found with dangerous or toxic levels of lead.

By Jacob Silverman

When it comes to monitoring your body for early warning signs, you are the best person for the job. Learn how to perform self-exams to detect signs of skin cancer, testicular cancer, and breast cancer.

By the American Institute for Preventive Medicine

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Household pets can give you unpleasant diseases through animal bites that include tetanus, rabies, and cat scratch fever. People who work with birds should look out for parrot fever. Learn about animal infections.

By Laurie L. Dove

Parasitic infections that are contracted through skin contact or infected bedding, clothing or animals includes body lice, scabies and ticks, and can lead to bumps, rashes, or even Lyme disease. Learn about preventing parasitic infections.

By Laurie L. Dove

Traveling infections you may encounter while visiting undeveloped countries are often spread by parasites in the food and water, or mosquitoes that carry diseases from person to person. Learn about travel infections.

By Laurie L. Dove

Malaria is curable and preventable. Learn about efforts underway to eradicate malaria and how you can protect yourself when you travel to countries where malaria is common.

By Sherry Kahn

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Serious infections of the heart have nothing to do with being lovesick. Although endocarditis and rheumatic fever are relatively rare, they do require prompt medical attention. Learn how to prevent these heart infections.

By Michele Price Mann

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, but they can be uncomfortable and annoying. Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for bladder infections (cystitis), kidney infections (pyelonephritis), and yeast infections.

By Laurie L. Dove