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What Is Botox?

What Is Botox?

First off, let’s try to keep this between us. I never thought I’d be the type of person to agree to Botox, much less someone who appreciates the lack of wrinkles on my now-smooth forehead. I’m a naturalist when it comes to self-care. I hate mirrors and rarely wear makeup.

Best Tea for Your Health? Think Green

Best Tea for Your Health? Think Green

Regular tea-drinkers get more from their brew than a relaxing daily ritual and a hit of caffeine to spark the brain. Tea is laced with chemical compounds (phytochemicals) with well-documented anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. For overall benefit and supporting science, the best tea to drink is the green variety, although

Anesthesia: What You Need to Know Before Surgery

Anesthesia: What You Need to Know Before Surgery

The moment your doctor tells you that you’ll have to undergo a surgical procedure can be a frightening, confusing, and stressful experience All kinds of thoughts will cross your mind—it’s natural to worry about the skills of your medical team, the operation’s outcome, and potentially high medical bills that will

Kidney Failure: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Kidney Failure: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Your kidneys work as the filters of your bloodstream, removing waste materials and excess substances such as water while retaining things that your body needs, such as red blood cells and proteins. When blood enters your kidneys, it goes through structures called nephrons that filter out the waste products. These

What Is Vascular Dementia?

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?

The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of vascular

Avoid Heatstroke This Summer

Avoid Heatstroke This Summer

Hot summer weather is perfect for swimming and barbecues. Too much of a good thing, though, requires caution: If you become too hot—easy to do during record-setting heat waves—you run the risk of risk of heatstroke. What is heatstroke? It’s defined as a condition in which you’re no longer able

Normal Glucose Levels: Check Your Numbers

Normal Glucose Levels: Check Your Numbers

Normal glucose levels are important to monitor, even if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of

Get the Facts on Vitamin D Supplements

Nearly one-third of persons over the age of one in the U.S. are at risk of inadequate vitamin D intake or vitamin D deficiency, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is concerning, given insufficient vitamin D can lead to brittle, soft, thin bones, resulting in rickets in

Ease Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation are symptoms common to several different conditions, one of which is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But recognizing IBS isn’t always easy, since many of its symptoms are common to several other medical conditions.
Diagnosing IBS
The official definition of IBS is recurrent abdominal pain or

Factors That Can Help or Hinder Calcium Absorption

Calcium plays a key role in bone strength and density. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, you are at risk of osteoporosis (low bone density), so it’s particularly important for you to get enough calcium. However, calcium consumption is not the only factor that needs your attention: Certain medications and medical

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