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.
Thirst and Dehydration
The average adult has 10 to 12 gallons of water in his or her body, accounting for 60 percent of body weight. That water plays a critical role in nearly every bodily process. And being a quart or two low can affect how you feel.
Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function
Using a Surgeon's Tools to Erase the Years
It's called plastic surgery, but there's no plastic involved. In this case, "plastic" refers to the ability of the surgeon to reshape the skin, the face, or other body parts. With advances in technique and an aging population, plastic surgery is more popular than ever.
When the vocal cords don't vibrate normally, it can cause voice disorders such as problems with pitch, volume, tone.
What Is the Sense of Taste?
Your sense of taste is brought to you by more than 10,000 little taste buds on your tongue that turn eating into a pleasurable experience.
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.
Where's the Wisdom in Wisdom Teeth?
Often these teeth are troublemakers that decide to turn crooked, refuse to grow in completely, or become misshapen.
Where's Your Body Fat?
It's important to note that it's not just how much extra body fat a person has, but where it is stored on the body that determines how risky the extra pounds are.
Why Do We Sneeze?
Achoo! Did you know that a sneeze is one of the body's natural defenses? It helps get rid of foreign invaders that sneak into your nose and threaten your lungs and other body parts.
Why Fat Cells Are Important
Fat cells store excess energy in the body. People who tend to become overweight aren't very good at burning up calories; instead they store them as fat.
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 Doctor Presses Your Abdomen
When your doctor presses on your abdomen, 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 Doctor 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.
Why the Doctor Uses a Stethoscope
Your doctor's stethoscope is a simple device that gives him or her crucial information about your heart.
Why You Need Water
About 80 percent of the water you take in comes from the water and other beverages you drink; the remaining 20 percent comes from food.
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.