• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Men’s health — live a longer, healthier life

June 15, 2018

two smiling men standing together on a beach, one holding a football in one hand with the other arm around his friend's shouldersMen's health: Prevent the top threats 
The biggest threats to men's health — which include heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke — often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors for these conditions. Then, get serious about reducing your risk. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.

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Helping a loved one with post-traumatic stress 
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Coping with information overload 
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