What happens when your health care 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 spine.
Many older adults enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching the game on TV. In fact, half of Americans ages 65 and older drink alcohol. Having a drink now and then is fine—as long as you don’t overdo it.
Your stomach's starring role is as an organ essential for digestion. The stomach breaks down all the food you eat.
The endocrine system includes not only the pancreas—the organ involved in the development of diabetes—but also the pituitary, thyroid, and other glands.
Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.
Even the best-prepared parents may be surprised by a few things that are quite normal in newborns.
Every year, millions of Americans roll up their sleeves to donate blood, helping accident victims, surgical patient and others in need. How much do you know about blood transfusions? Take this multiple-choice test and find out.
Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.
Did you know you can purchase your own blood pressure monitor and check the reading yourself at home?
A pregnancy ended by miscarriage can be a traumatic loss. Unfortunately, it’s one that many women experience. Knowing how to deal with your feelings and find support can help you cope during this difficult time.
Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting, and productive lives well into their later years. But that’s not what we usually hear about.
Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks
The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.
For women, ill-fitting, irritating, or otherwise inappropriate clothing and accessories could contribute to health issues ranging from back pain to crooked toes to eye infections.
The ear consists of three areas—the outer, middle, and inner ear. The nose is the organ of smell and is part of the peripheral nervous system. The throat is a ring-like muscular tube that acts as the passageway for air, food, and liquid.
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.
Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.
Don't sit too close to the TV. Don't watch TV without a light on in the room. Don't use over-the-counter eyedrops. Are these statements true? Find out by taking the following quiz.
Aging can make it harder to remember some things. But by focusing on your potential and continuing to exercise your mind, you may be able to boost your memory power. Here are some strategies.
It doesn't take a thunderous rock concert to cause hearing loss. Any repeated high-volume experiences or one-shot booms can damage the delicate nerve cells of your inner ear.
When hair loss becomes excessive, resulting in thinning hair or bald patches on the scalp, factors other than the natural cycle of hair growth and loss are responsible.
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, the term for having trouble sleeping at night, is one of the most common sleep complaints. About one in three adults has bouts of insomnia that last a few days at a time.
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.
Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations
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.
Sleep is essential to physical and emotional health. Adequate sleep may also play a role in helping the body recover from illness and injury.
A young girl's first period should not happen out of nowhere; it should never be a complete surprise.
To keep stress at a minimum and reduce its effects on your life, you need to find and practice healthy ways to manage it.
What can you do to avoid scratching and flaking your way through the winter months? Here are some tips to try.