bone & joint health
Young and Undone: More Young Adults Are Having Joint Surgery
A decade ago, hip and knee replacements were mainly for the senior set. But in recent years, a growing number of younger adults are having replacement surgeries. What can you do to protect yourself?
Member Profile: Rainy Days and RA Never Get Me Down
Blue Cross and Blue Shield member Camille Mason has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) since her teens. Learn how she has managed to stay active and enjoy life.
Arthritis: No Funny Bones About It
It’s no laughing matter that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country. Read tips from our members on how they manage their arthritis.View bone & joint health Articles
Early Detection Helps Prevent Deaths from Breast Cancer
Getting regular screening tests is the best way to find breast cancer early, when it’s most likely to be successfully treated. Find out when you need to start getting screenings.
That's No Excuse: It's Time to Get a Mammogram
Excuses, fear and denial don’t cut it when it comes to taking care of your health. If you’re due for a mammogram, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
Growing Cancer Risk for Younger Adults: What You Should Know
While colorectal cancer was once most often diagnosed among those ages 50 and older, now younger people also need to be on the alert.View cancer Articles
A Descent into the Unexpected
As a former Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster and dad to four boys, Mike Kokotek knew the value of planning ahead. But his careful preparations were no match for a sudden change in health.
Go from Prediabetes to No Diabetes Through Healthier Living
About 84 million American adults have prediabetes. But there’s hope for those who don’t want to stay on the path to diabetes.
Sweet Peeps®! How to Survive the Spring Sugar Rush
Don’t let baskets of candy or the dessert table at a family get-together derail your efforts to manage your blood sugar. With a few simple tricks, you can have fun and enjoy some treats.View diabetes Articles
Caring Foundation Rolls Out New Fleet to Help Improve Texans' Health
The Caring Foundation of Texas Care Van® Program provides access to immunizations for uninsured families at no cost. Five new Care Vans will help the foundation prepare for the busy back-to-school season and beyond.
Step It Up: Look Past the Pedometer for Better Fitness
When it comes to daily step goals, quality matters more than quantity. So 10,000 steps may not be the best measure of your fitness for the day.
Do You Want to Know? Genetic Testing to Predict Disease
Genetic testing can help catch health problems before they happen so you can take steps early to avoid or reduce your chances of getting a serious illness.View general health Articles
Heart Disease: The Equal Opportunity Killer
Many people think of heart disease as mostly affecting men, but it is the No. 1 cause of death for women and men. And women face risks and other issues that men don’t. Learn how women and men can protect themselves.
Don't Let This Silent Killer Get You
There are usually no outward signs that blood pressure is high. And untreated high blood pressure is dangerous. Get it checked regularly, and find out what lifestyle changes you can make to lower it.
Embrace a Healthy Heart: Commit to Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes
February is Heart Month. It’s a good time to be proactive about your heart health. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. each year. Many of these deaths could be prevented.View heart health Articles
Achoo! What to Do if Allergies Are New to You
Maybe you sailed through childhood with rarely a sneeze or itch. But allergies can crop up in your 20s, 30s and beyond. The three Ps of pets, pollution and pollen may be to blame, but researchers aren’t certain why the sniffles sideline some adults and others escape sneeze-free.
Trash the Ash
Smoking leads to serious health problems. Get some tips from members on the many ways they quit smoking, and get other helpful resources.
Summer Air Quality Can Increase Risk for Asthma Sufferers
Summer can be a tough time for kids and adults with asthma. But with a little planning, you can still enjoy a day at the beach or a night by the campfire.View lung health Articles