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New York, New Jersey to Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contacts

Move follows diagnosis of a New York City doctor, but many experts say rule is excessive

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Health Tip of the Day

Tips to Prevent Lead Poisoning

  • Test for lead paint contamination if your house or apartment was built before 1978.

  • Ask your doctor to test your child's blood between 6 and 12 months, or at any age if you suspect lead poisoning.

  • Clean floors, window frames and sills weekly using the proper technique (no dusting or vacuuming).

  • Wash kids' hands often.

  • Keep kids from chewing windowsills or other painted surfaces. Keep painted surfaces in good repair.

  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil (if you live in an area with contaminated soil).

  • Contact a professional if you must remove lead paint from your home.

  • Ask your health department or water supplier about testing your water (if you have a home built before 1986).

  • If you have a home built before 1978, repaint it if the paint is in poor condition.

  • Do not store food or drink in pottery that may have been fired with glazes that contain lead.

  • Make sure your children have a healthy diet, with adequate amounts of calcium, iron and zinc, which decrease the absorption of lead.

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

Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive condition, but it can be managed. With help for your family, your friends and your health care team, you can learn to take care of yourself and stay healthy.

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.