hypertension

A young girl sits between two women on a couch. She holds and pages through a large photo album as the women look on, smiling. A bookshelf and window are in the background. (Photo: Getty Images)

Thanksgiving Talk

Discuss Family Health History with Children Parents spend hours planning to talk with their children about the “birds and bees.” But moms and dads often ignore an equally important conversation — discussing their family’s overall health history.   That is why, in 2004,
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A woman taking her blood pressure with a digital readout. (Photo: iStock Photo)

Hypertension

Avoid Problems from High Blood Pressure A third of adults ages 40 to 59 have high blood pressure, or hypertension. So do nearly two-thirds of the population age 60 and older. That makes high blood pressure among the most common medical conditions in the United States.   It
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Most smokers know that smoking causes breathing problems and lung cancer, but they may not be aware of the other health problems it can cause. (Photo: gunnerl/Getty Images)

Health Risks

Smoking Risks Are More Than Lung Cancer Doctors ask patients about smoking habits for the same reason they check weight, blood pressure, breathing and heart beat during a visit. The answers – much like the results of the other checks – provide information that offers clues to
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