Prostate Cancer: Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment Options

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men. Prostate cancers usually grow slowly. Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and do not die from the disease....

Nine Tips for Staying Cool in the Summer

When we are feeling warm/hot, we perspire. The perspiration evaporates and that allows our bodies to cool. If our bodies do not cool correctly or cool enough, we can feel and become ill. Here are...

Are You Protecting against Malignant Melanoma?

Malignant melanoma is a serious type of cancer which is found mostly in skin but also (rarely) in other areas of the body. It is one of the less common types of skin cancer but causes the majority...

Bird's Eye View of Your Wellness and Your Health Risks

When you plan a trip, you need to know where you are starting from. A map will give you a bird's eye view so you can see where to go. If you are going to manage your health, the HealtheLiving...

Mental Health and 'No Tobacco Day'

On the surface, mental health and tobacco would seem to share little common ground -- most people think of tobacco and connect it to well-known illnesses like cancer and heart disease. However, the...

VA Notes: Better Understanding, Better Care

Easy access to health care information with a better understanding of appointments and medical conditions is something that every Veteran can appreciate

Stroke: Factors, Effects and Prevention

A stroke occurs when either too much blood or too little blood disrupts blood flow to part of the brain. This deprives brain tissue of necessary oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes brain cells...

Veterans Can Now Schedule Appointments Online with Smartphones

Have you heard the good news? Veterans in many parts of the country are now able to use the new Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) App to request or schedule certain appointments online. VAR is a...

Veterans at Higher Risk: Postpartum Depression Affects 1 in 7 New Mothers

The birth of a baby is a life changing event that can trigger all kinds of emotions from happiness and joy to jitters and fear. It can also lead to something you might not expect -- postpartum...

Hepatitis C: Test, Treat, Cure

Did you know that Veterans are more likely to have hepatitis C? The good news is that new treatments for hepatitis C are available at VA and are able to cure most people in about 12 weeks.

Get Checked: Recommended Screenings and Immunizations

As you get older, you are at greater risk for certain illnesses and diseases. While you can't prevent aging, you can help detect and prevent these illnesses and diseases early on. Screenings...

High Cholesterol and What it Means for You

Some Veterans may hear at their health care appointments that they have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) that the body needs for many important functions, such as producing...

Difficulty Breathing? It Could be COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a combination of ongoing conditions that affect your lungs and breathing. These conditions can include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD can...

Alcohol Abuse: Getting Help Can be a Family Affair

Do you drink more than you should? Does someone in your family?

Both Veterans and their family members face many changes when returning or leaving the military. Many of these changes can...

Did You Know? Track Your Allergies in 'Health History'

Allergies can be uncomfortable to live with. A list of your seasonal allergies, food allergies and medication allergies can become a long list to manage. Luckily, My HealtheVet has a solution for...

Healthy Foods to Eat When You Have Irritable Bowel or Crohn's Disease

If you have Irritable Bowel or Crohn's disease, what you choose to eat can make you feel better or worse. When you have symptoms (belly pain, diarrhea, a lot of gas), choose foods that are...

Understanding High Blood Pressure: Risks and Control

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong. It is common ailment, and it is common for many Veterans to hear about...

Colon and Rectal Cancer: Have You Been Checked?

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon (bowel) or rectum. Most colorectal cancers start with a polyp. In many cases, colorectal cancer may not have any symptoms. It is often found...

Thinking About Your Drinking?

If you are of legal drinking age, going out with friends on special occasions for one or two adult beverages is perfectly acceptable. There are healthy limits when drinking alcohol, generally no...

When Sleeping Becomes Difficult, VA Can Help

March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Sleep is an important part of living a healthy, long life. Without it, serious health issue can develop.