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Health Highlights: July 27, 2014

U.S. Doctor Working in Liberia Is Infected With Ebola

Today's Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Calculator: Cost of Smoking Tool
Podcast: Colposcopy Podcast
Quiz: Digestive System Quiz
Risk Assesment: Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for Women
Video: Pacemakers

Health Tip of the Day

Echinacea No Help for Colds

Echinacea, a popular but largely untested herbal remedy for the common cold, showed no benefit when given to people with sore throats and stuffy noses. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin gave capsules of the herb to 73 students suffering from cold symptoms. An additional 75 students with colds got a placebo, or dummy pill, made of alfalfa. After 10 days, members of both groups had gotten equally ill, the study found. Compared with the placebo, unrefined echinacea provided no detectable benefit or harm, researchers wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Healthy Living

Nutrition
Could your diet use a nutritional tune-up? A healthful diet has many benefits and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Add color to your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains and low-fat dairy, and keep an eye on your portion size. Aim for balance, variety, flexibility and moderation.

Health Centers

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.

Your Family

Women's Health
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.