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On the Road in Retirement

No matter where you travel, plan ahead for health care when you're on the road.

Overcoming Anti-Gay Harassment

Gay and lesbian teens are often targets of bullying, harassment, and aggression. Anti-gay bullying can range from verbal abuse, such as name-calling, to life-threatening physical assault.

Prescription Drug Addiction

Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

While being a new Mom brings lots of joy, it also brings stress—something a crying baby can make worse. Better understanding why your baby cries can help you deal with this stress in a healthy way and help you avoid the most common form of child abuse: Shaken baby syndrome.

Primer: Smokeless Tobacco

Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe.

Primer: What You Need to Know About Ecstasy

Ecstasy, or MDMA -- also called "Adam," "E," or "XTC" on the street -- is a synthetic, mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties.

Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

The way we gauge the peril a given disorder poses is called risk perception.

Q and A: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness.

Quit-Smoking Tools: Help for Kicking Your Habit

As you probably already know, quitting smoking isn't easy. But, millions of other people have done it, and you can, too.

Raising Kids with Self-Esteem

Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are far less likely to abuse drugs or drink, compared with children who grow up without much sense of self-worth.

Recognizing Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is behavior someone uses to control a spouse, partner, date or elderly relative through fear and intimidation.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, a type of mood disorder, can occur in late fall to early winter or late spring to early summer.

Should Tattoos Be Taboo?

People who are thinking about getting a tattoo should slow down and think twice.

Smoking Adds Another Wrinkle to Aging

Everybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.

Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking

Alcohol is considered a drug because it depresses the central nervous system and can disrupt mental and motor skills, as well as damage internal organs when used excessively.

Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids

Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.

Start Some Healthy Holiday Traditions

Stress and Older Adults

Studies show that long-term stress can damage brain cells, leading to depression. Depression is one of the most dangerous effects of stress in older people.

Tai Chi: Exercise for Mind and Body

Tai chi is called a mind-body type of exercise because it combines meditation, focused breathing, and physical movement. Because it’s also a low-impact exercise, it may be particularly well suited for older adults, but it’s a beneficial exercise for people of all ages.

Teen Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

Temper Tantrums

These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.

The Benefits of Laughter

Laughter can do more than just put you in a good mood. It may buffer you against depression, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life.

The Dangers of Binge Drinking

Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.

The Facts About Recreational Marijuana

Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.

The High Cost of Smoking

When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. But that's only the first step.

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