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Today in Health News

Genes May Help Determine Your Pain Threshold

Study could explain why some people are more stoic than others, researchers say

Today's Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Calculator: Calorie Burn Rate Tool
Podcast: Laminectomy Podcast
Quiz: Hantavirus Quiz
Risk Assesment: Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment
Video: Smoking Cessation, Relapse Prevention

Health Tip of the Day

How Kids Can Fight Obesity

  • If weight loss is needed, set realistic goals. A 10 percent weight loss will yield immediate benefits, including less fatigue.

  • Find snack alternatives. Munch fruits, not chips.

  • Use moderation. One cookie is fine -- not eight. Don't eat super-size fast food.

  • Get moving. Build up to at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week.

  • Change habits. Just switching to skim milk can help.

  • Start early. About 40 percent of overweight children remain overweight as adults. The ratio rises to 75 percent for adolescents.

  • Avoid cure-alls. Foods with fat substitutes can cause digestive problems and encourage overeating.

  • Limit television and video games to 30 minutes a day. Allow computer use only for school homework.

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

Asthma
Are you all too familiar with the coughing and wheezing that remind you that you have asthma? Asthma can be a serious problem, but it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. With the help of your health care team, you can keep your asthma under control.

Your Family

Children's Health
Enjoy good health at every age: know your body and how it works, eat well and stay active, and follow a plan for disease prevention.

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