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Appendicitis

An inflamed appendix is usually surgically removed during an emergency procedure called an appendectomy. Delay in treatment could cause the appendix to rupture, resulting in a serious infection.


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Early Treatment With Flu Antivirals May Shorten Seniors' Hospital Stay

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Health Tip of the Day

Choosing a Shoe That Fits

  • Buy a shoe one-half inch longer than your longest toe.

  • The forefoot should not be crowded; be sure your toes can extend.

  • Be sure there's a snug fit around the heel of the shoe.

  • Your feet expand when bearing weight, so stand when your feet are measured.

  • In many people, one foot is larger than the other. Shoes should be fitted to your longer and wider foot.

  • Consider not buying high-heeled shoes. These put pressure on the toes, which can lead to bunions and other foot problems.

  • Remember that weather affects your feet. They get smaller in cold weather and expand in hot weather.

  • If you have diabetes, pay special attention to shoe fit. Poorly fitting shoes can lead to infections.

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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.

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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.

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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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