Graphic showing an airplane and stethoscope

What enjoyable activities do you plan when you visit another country? Maybe seeing interesting sights, learning about local customs, and eating exotic foods top your list. But each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the top of 750,000 people’s lists is a visit to the local hospital for medical treatment—a practice known as medical tourism.

Deer tick warning in the woods.

In the early 1970s, several children living in and around Lyme, Conn., began showing signs of a mysterious health problem with symptoms similar to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists noticed that these cases occurred during the summertime, and that most children reported having a rash at or near the area where a tick had bitten them before developing arthritis.

Washing cherry tomatoes in the kitchen sink

The USDA has developed four easy steps to take to lower your risk of foodborne illness.

Couple learning about long-term care insurance.

Losing your independence is frightening, but your chances of becoming unable to care for yourself are high. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), almost 70% of people over age 65 will experience at least temporary functional disability at some point.

Urgent care logo on building

According to Consumer Reports On Health, surveys show that on nights, weekends, and holidays, about 73% of Americans cannot access medical care promptly. America’s health care system abhors a vacuum, so quick and convenient care options have sprung up everywhere. 

sunscreen products

Although a little color might make you appear robust, there is really no such thing as a “healthy” suntan. Rather, a lifetime of sun exposure can result in skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.  

Types of ultraviolet radiation

salmon fights inflammation

Inflammation, in its adaptive form, is the body’s response to infections and injury. In a nutshell, swelling occurs because fluid leaks out of blood vessels. This fluid carries cells and chemical mediators that can heal.  

senior man

Everyone feels different about aging, but now research shows that if you have a negative outlook, it can affect your sensory and cognitive functions.

Intergenerational volunteering

You probably had quite an active social life when you were younger. But over the years, socializing may have taken a back seat to other priorities such as caring for your or your spouse’s health. Or your close friends may have moved to a new area.