Your Body

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.

Voice Disorders

A voice disorder is when a person has a problem with pitch, volume, tone, and other qualities of their voice. These problems occur when the vocal cords don't vibrate normally.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Facts

Read on for a close look at the parts that make up the ear, nose, and throat.

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.

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.

Why the Healthcare Provider Examines the Neck and Throat

Checking the throat and neck can help your healthcare provider diagnose many illnesses and disorders. These range from swollen glands to thyroid problems.

Thyroid Gland

Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function

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.

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.

Why the Healthcare Provider Presses Your Belly

When your healthcare provider presses on your belly, he or she is feeling to see if any major internal organs are enlarged or tender, making them painful to touch, which could mean disease.


Detailed information on the different types of scars, and how to treat them.


Insomnia is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.

Checking Your Own Blood Pressure

Did you know you can purchase your own blood pressure monitor and check the reading yourself at home?

The Power of Meditation

Meditation allows you to become more aware and more deliberate about your actions. It teaches you how to respond rather than react to situations in your life.

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.

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.

Liver: Anatomy and Functions

Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dental Implants

Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keep Your Nails in the Pink

Here’s how to reduce your risk for nail fungus.

What Does It Mean if You Have Dense Breasts?

Almost half of all women who get mammograms are found to have dense breasts, and many don’t know what it means.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outsmart Your Bad Health Genes

The secret to beating bad genes is to begin with a realistic sense of your health risks. Once you know what they are, you can learn the best ways to control them.

The Hidden Beauty Benefits of Essential Oils

You may be surprised to learn that essential oils can be an important player in your beauty routine, with benefits including clearer, healthier skin.

Test Your Savvy on … Sleep Hygiene

Answer these four questions and find out if you know your A, B,Cs about ZZZZZs.

Test Your Savvy on… Brain Health

Answer these true/false questions to test your knowledge of brain health.

Get Back to Nature with Forest Bathing

What’s the remedy for too much time inside? You may want to take a forest bath—it just means spending time in nature among the trees.

Use the Power of Oatmeal to Enhance Your Beauty Routine

Oatmeal can do more than make for a hearty morning meal. It can also serve as a star ingredient in cosmetics and other personal care products.

Proven Ways to Kick the Habit

Although kicking the habit can be challenging, it is very possible. The key is to have a plan.

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