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.

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.

Scars

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

Insomnia

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.

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.

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