Health Topics

L.A. Care wants you and your loved ones to live well and feel well. Our library of health education fact sheets give you the information and tools you need to start living a healthier lifestyle or manage an existing condition.

Click on each health topic you’d like to learn more about. 

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ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is when a child has trouble paying attention or sitting still. If not treated, ADHD can cause problems at home, school, and with friends. The cause is not known, but it tends to run in families.

Asthma – Asthma is a disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled. With the right care, people with asthma can lead healthy, active lives.

Breast Cancer – There are no early signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Mammograms help find breast cancer when it’s easier to treat, before you can see or feel it.  

Cervical Cancer – Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. The cervix is the part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina.

Chlamydia – An STD that can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on.

Colon Cancer –  Cancer of the colon or rectum is called colon cancer. The colon and rectum help the body digest food.

COPD – COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breath. There is no cure for COPD but with the right care you can manage the symptoms and make life more enjoyable.

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Depression – Everyone feels down at times. The blues are part of life. But being sad for more than two weeks may be a sign of depression. Depression is a serious disease.  It can be treated. Get help if you or someone you know is depressed.

Diabetes – There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be controlled. With the right care, people with diabetes can lead longer, healthier lives. Taking steps to learn about and control this disease will help avoid long term problems with the eyes, heart, kidneys, feet, and nerves.

Healthy Teeth – Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But germs and bacteria can build up in the mouth. This causes small holes in the teeth and red, puffy gums that bleed easily (tooth decay and gum disease). These germs can also move through your body and affect other organs like your heart and lungs. Taking good care of your teeth and seeing your dentist will help keep your mouth and your body healthy.

Healthy Weight – Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is not always easy. But small changes can lead to big results. Eating well, moving your body, and maintaining a healthy weight will help you feel your best and lower your risk of having some diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Heart Disease – Cardiovascular disease or heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Many types of heart diseases can be stopped and treated just by making healthy lifestyle choices.

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Parenting – Temper Tantrums, Toilet Training, Sleeping, Misbehavior and Discipline, Child Care, and Lying are just some of the challenges parents face. L.A. Care has produced a series of tips for new parents.

Pregnancy – It is important to see your doctor as soon as you think you might be pregnant. Your doctor will make sure that you and your growing baby are healthy.