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Today in Health News

Are You Tweeting Your Marriage Away?

Study says too much time spent on social media can create friction in relationships

Today's Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Calculator: Adult BMI Calculator
Podcast: Breast-Conserving Surgery Podcast
Quiz: Childhood Asthma Quiz
Risk Assesment: Female Urinary Incontinence Risk Assessment
Video: Metered-Dose Inhaler

Health Tip of the Day

Gender and Geography

If you can't get there from here, it may have a lot to do with your gender and the directions you're using. Women tend to rely on landmarks ("Turn right at the gas station"), but men tend to use abstract strategies tied to compass points and exact distances ("Go north 1.2 miles and turn west"). What's more, each sex has trouble switching gears, a University of Saskatchewan study found. It's harder for men to use landmark-based directions and tougher for women to use abstract instructions, says lead author Deborah M. Saucier, Ph.D. The study of 82 students who had to find several destinations appeared in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2002.

Healthy Living

Cholesterol
There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.

Health Centers

Cancer
Learn how to become a proactive patient. Understand your treatment choices. Get the latest news on advances in cancer. If you or a loved one is facing cancer, you’ll want to explore the Cancer Knowledgebase, with separate sections on more than 60 types of the disease.

Your Family

Men's Health
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