Jacksonville, Florida - Pelvic exams and Pap smears are not necessary in healthy, adolescent girls who are not sexually active and who do not have gynecologic symptoms or other concerns. The recommended age for young women who have not previously needed a Pap smear to begin having the test is 21. Primary care providers, such as those in family medicine or internal medicine, can perform that exam, or a gynecologist can perform the exam.

Scottsdale, Arizona - Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but many people ignore their risks. Dr. Cathy Newman, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, offers a simple way to evaluate marks on your skin to see if they might be skin cancer.

Rochester, Minnesota - Not yet. But there's strong evidence that several factors associated with leading a healthy lifestyle may play a role in reducing your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. However, more research is needed before any of these factors can be considered a proven strategy to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Washington, DC - Acknowledging the complex environmental, social, behavioral and emotional issues known as psychosocial factors, that impact people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) partnered to build the ADA-APA Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program to prepare mental health providers with the knowledge and tools to treat these unique mental health challenges. The first professionals to complete the program in 2017, totaling more than 100, are now listed in The Mental Health Provider Referral Directory (Directory), a publicly accessible, online database launched this month.

Scottsdale, Arizona - How you fill your grocery cart can affect your overall health. Decisions at the supermarket determine what you eat. And if you make poor choices with the foods you purchase, the pounds can add up over time.

Dallas, Texas - Crossing your legs or even talking can have a significant impact on your blood pressure reading according to the American Heart Association, which identifies seven common errors that can lead to inaccurate blood pressure readings.