Your Body

Living Well to Reach Age 100

Healthy lifestyle choices can help you enjoy a better quality of life for an increasing number of years. The best news is that it’s never too late to get started.

Overview of Sleep Problems

Sleep is essential to physical and emotional health. Adequate sleep may also play a role in helping the body recover from illness and injury.

Preparing Your Daughter for Changes

A young girl's first period should not happen out of nowhere; it should never be a complete surprise.

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.

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin

What can you do to avoid scratching and flaking your way through the winter months? Here are some tips to try.

Scars

Detailed information on the different types of scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and adhesions

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.

Sweet Dreams as You Age

Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults: seven to nine hours per night, on average.

The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

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

The Power of Meditation

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

The Skinny on Skin

The skin is your body's largest organ. It protects you against bacteria, viruses, dirt, wind, heat and cold. And it serves as a "window" to the body, alerting doctors when something is wrong.

Thyroid Gland

Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function

Voice Disorders

When the vocal cords don't vibrate normally, it can cause voice disorders such as problems with pitch, volume, tone.

What to Do About a Pain in the Neck

Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.

Why the Doctor Looks at Your Fingernails

Did you know that at least 40 medical problems can be detected when your doctor examines your fingernails? Their color, shape and condition can tell your doctor a lot about your health.

Why the Health Care Provider Examines the Neck and Throat

Why the Health Care Provider Presses Your Belly

When your health care 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 indicate disease.

Why the Health Care Provider Takes a Blood Sample

You probably don't enjoy giving a blood sample, but it's an important part of a physical exam. From a small sample of your blood, your health care provider can order scores of tests.

Your Pancreas

Pound for pound, your pancreas is one of the hardest-working organs you have. It's not very big -- about as long as your hand in an irregular tube shape. But your pancreas does two different yet equally important jobs.

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