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Your Body

A Quick Look at Reflexes
What happens when your healthcare provider taps on your knee with a rubber mallet? Your leg kicks forward, seemingly on its own. And in a sense, your leg has a mind of its own — in your spinal cord.
Alcohol and Older Adults
Many older adults enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching the game on TV. But alcohol can affect older adults differently. Here's what you should know.
All About the Stomach
Your stomach's starring role is as an organ essential for digestion. The stomach breaks down all the food you eat.
Anatomy of the Endocrine System
The endocrine system includes not only the pancreas—the organ involved in the development of diabetes—but also the pituitary, thyroid, and other glands.
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
When it comes to shut-eye, seven or eight (hours) is your lucky number. Nighttime stretches of sleep falling into this range help you stay healthy—and feeling good during the day. In fact, sleep and mental health go hand in hand. Lack of quality sleep can make people feel irritable, fatigued, and forgetful. It can even lead to anxiety and feeling depressed. But depression and anxiety can also result in sleep disturbances. It’s important to talk about your overall health when discussing sleep problems—and how to address them—with your health care provider.
Basics About Your Newborn Baby's Body
Even the best-prepared parents may be surprised by a few things that are quite normal in newborns.
Care of Children's Mouth and Teeth
Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old. Here's what you need to know.
Checking Your Own Blood Pressure
Did you know you can purchase your own blood pressure monitor and check the reading yourself at home?
Dental Implants
Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks
Ear, Nose, and Throat Facts
Read on for a close look at the parts that make up the ear, nose, and throat.
Exercise and Target Heart Rate
The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Heart rate monitors, which monitor your heart rate while you exercise, can help you do that with ease.
Exercise Ideas for Older Adults
Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.
Focus on Healthier Eyes
Blindness and other visual impairments are expected to rise sharply in coming years as the U.S. population ages—yet we can prevent or treat many of these cases. A range of diseases threaten Americans’ vision, but you can avoid or treat many of these problems.
For Adults: To Nap or Not to Nap?
Like many people, you may struggle for a good night's sleep. A daytime nap may seem like a good way to recoup some of that lost slumber. But you may be dozing at your own risk.
For Seniors: Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted
The number of older people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why You May Have Thinning Hair
Is your forehead growing taller? Is the part in your hair getting wider? You’re far from alone if your crowning glory is looking a little less glorious these days. Genes are a very common cause for hair loss in both men and women. But there are several other possible causes as well. Here’s what you need to know.
Hearing Hazards in Everyday Life
It doesn't take a thunderous rock concert to cause hearing loss. Any repeated high-volume experiences or 1-shot booms can damage the delicate nerve cells of your inner ear. Here's what you need to know.
How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
Overall, cosmetics and personal care items are considered safe. But that doesn't mean that there aren't risks associated with their use, particularly if you don't use them correctly.
Insomnia
Insomnia is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.
Introduction to Menopause
When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.
Keep Your Nails in the Pink
Here’s how to reduce your risk for nail fungus.
Liver: Anatomy and Functions
Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations
Overview of Sleep Problems
There are many types of sleep disorders. They can interfere with health and quality of life. Sleep problems can range from insomnia to snoring.
Relaxation Techniques That Really Work
To keep stress at a minimum and reduce its effects on your life, you need to find and practice healthy ways to manage it.
Scars
Detailed information on the different types of scars, and how to treat them.
Secrets to a Healthier Mouth
You brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. So you’re doing your duty to maintain your oral hygiene, right? Well, not exactly.
Sore Feet
While getting older and weighing too much can increase your chances for foot problems, poorly fitting shoes are often the culprit.
Special Foot Care for Diabetes
It's not high blood sugar, heart disease, or stroke that most often puts people with diabetes in the hospital. It's their feet.
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