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Guide to Insomnia and Technology

Insomnia affects millions of people. In fact, studies show as many as one in four Americans experience insomnia each year. By definition, insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or fall back asleep after waking up. As a result, those affected are unable to get an adequate amount of sleep each night.

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The Truth About Aging and Dementia

Your body undergoes many changes with aging. Although there are some normal age-related changes, including in a person’s memory and thinking, dementia, or severe memory loss that interferes with daily life, is not part of the normal aging process. Learn what’s healthy aging and what’s not.

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Is It OK to Only Exercise on Weekends?

The short answer from a heart specialist

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10 Heart Disease Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Each year, heart disease kills more people in the United States than all types of cancer combined. Most of these deaths result from heart attack in people with coronary artery disease.

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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

You can prevent or delay this serious, chronic condition when you join CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. While lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes, you will also improve your health and build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

The best part of joining the National DPP? You won’t be on your own to make these changes. You’ll receive a full year of support from a lifestyle coach and a group of people with similar goals and challenges.

Virtual classes are available for extra convenience! Receive the same support as in-person classes from the comfort of your home.

Read our latest feature to learn how the National DPP lifestyle change program can support you while you make lasting changes in your life.

Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know

Depression is more common among women than men, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors that are unique to women. During National Women's Health, learn about certain types of depression that are unique to women.

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National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis: 2020 Update

A Closer Look at the Most Common Type of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) – the most common form of arthritis – can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced function in the hands, knees, hips, and other joints among adults. One in 7 US adults, or 32.5 million people, have OA. Over half of adults with OA, 18.7 million people, are of working age from 18 to 64 years.

Proven Ways to Manage OA

  • Attend an evidence-based self-management education workshop to learn how to better manage your OA and pain.
  • Get physically active for at least 150 minutes per week as recommended for adults with arthritis by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd edition). If you cannot, remember that every minute of activity counts, and any activity is better than none. Physical activity is a proven way to help reduce OA pain and disability, improve mood, and increase the ability to move.
  • Join an arthritis-friendly physical activity program at a local Y, park, or community center. These classes provide a proven and safe way to be active and receive physical activity benefits for OA.

A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis

CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and OA Action Alliance released A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis: 2020 Update today. The Agenda lays out strategies and goals through which many stakeholders can improve the health and quality of life of millions of Americans with OA. These stakeholders include health care providers, policy and other decision makers, communication and marketing specialists, the business community, insurers, nongovernmental agencies, and researchers. View the report to learn how you can take action to reduce the toll of OA.