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Today in Health News

ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find

You'll probably spend less time waiting at smaller or more rural hospitals

Today’s Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Calculator: Ovulation Date Tool
Podcast: Chest X-ray Podcast
Quiz: CPR and Defibrillator Quiz
Risk Assesment: Depression Risk Assessment
Video: Diverticulitis

Health Tip of the Day

Smoking Linked to Gum Disease

Smoking may cause more than half the cases of gum disease among American adults, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Smokers are about four times more likely than people who have never smoked to have advanced gum disease. Smokers who smoke less than half a pack per day are almost three times more likely than nonsmokers to have the disease; those who smoke more than 1-1/2 packs per day have six times the risk. In advanced stages, gum disease can destroy the tissue and bone surrounding teeth, leading to loss of teeth. Smoking makes the gums more vulnerable to infections, decreases the flow of blood that carries food and oxygen to the gums and suppresses the body's ability to fight infections in the gums.

Healthy Living

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.

Health Centers

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.

Your Family

Children's Health
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.