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What Causes Fainting?

What Causes Fainting?

The medical term for fainting is syncope, and it refers to a sudden loss of consciousness that can happen due to hypoxia (oxygen deprivation in the brain). If the levels of blood and oxygen in your brain decrease for any reason, your brain reroutes blood and oxygen from non-vital parts

Get Your Passion (Fruit) On!

The Folklore
It’s been said that after eating passion fruit, you’ll fall in love with the next person you see. Playful, or risqué as that may be, the historical passion behind this tropical Brazilian native is related to the passion of Christ, given by South American missionaries to educate converts. The

Preventing Bedsores: 8 Strategies to Help

Preventing Bedsores: 8 Strategies to Help

Bedsores—also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers—are a big risk for people who spend an extended time either prone or in a wheelchair due to illness, frailty, injury, surgery, or disability.

Lying or sitting in in one position places pressure on certain areas of the body. This pressure reduces

Self-Help Strategies Can Ease the Discomfort and Hemorrhoids

The word “hemorrhoid” is actually a medical term for cushions of tissue that surround blood vessels in the anal area. But what most of us would call a hemorrhoid occurs when this tissue prolapses through the sphincter muscle, exposing the delicate skin lining the rectum. Unfortunately you become more vulnerable

Just How Healthy Is Your Diet?

Americans are making some progress when it comes to improving the quality of their diets, but we need to do better, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center. The Pew researchers looked at 40 years of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and found that

Help for Ailing Heart Valves

You know how important your heart is: it’s the pump that ensures a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood to your brain and vital organs. But for this system to work, it’s essential that blood travels through the four chambers of your heart in the right direction. Here is where your

7. Flavorful Additions: Fats, Herbs, Spices, Chocolate

All of the superfoods we’ve covered so far—fish, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits—are even tastier when they’re paired with healthy fats, herbs, and spices. There’s no need to cut out a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of ginger, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a dusting of

6. Beverages

You might not realize how much your beverage choices can impact your health, but researchers are finding that our drink selections are far more important than we once thought. When you drink a beverage—even if it is rich in calories, sugar, fat, and even fiber—studies show your body doesn’t gain

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