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Get useful health information and health tips that can help improve your quality of life. People who adopt healthy lifestyle habits can add years to their lives. Read our latest health breakthroughs and health advice to help maintain your own well-being and that of your loved ones.

All About Kidney Failure
Credit: Sean Gallup / Staff / Getty The kidneys are located in the lower-back region and help filter blood by extracting unwanted elements and waste, bundling it up in urine, and sending it off to the bladder for storage and eventual excretion. This ... Read More
Pinworms: Facts, Causes, and Treatments
On the surface, a pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) can seem rather scary. After all, this nematode is the most common parasite in North America, loves to lay eggs on the anus, are found most often in children, and can spread with remarkable speed am... Read More
Health Benefits of Ginger
Whether in spice, extract, or raw root, there are many purported health benefits of eating ginger. Ginger root or powder has a long pedigree in cultural medicine traditions, but this alone does not actually mean anything. True, some modern medicines ... Read More
Microwave Cooking, Nutrition, and You
One of the difficulties in finding sound advice for staying healthy is that there is a great deal of bunk floating around, to put things mildly. This can take the form of diet fads, miracle foods, and in some cases, the idea that microwaving food is ... Read More
How to Lower Triglyceride Levels
Among the various measures of heart health are blood pressure and cholesterol levels—but you must also pay attention to triglycerides. These are a type of fat found in the blood, and high levels are a risk factor for heart disease. Consequently, lo... Read More
Side Effects of Statin Drugs
Statins are a category of drugs that are used to lower cholesterol in the body. These medications are known to be effective and can reduce a person’s risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or death from heart disease by a relative 25-35% dep... Read More
What to Know about a High Pulse Rate (Tachycardia)
The normal pulse rate of the average adult, when at rest, is about 60-100 heartbeats per minute. There are exceptions such as professional athletes, whose hearts are more efficient and are known to beat at around the 40-60 range, but for most people ... Read More
What to Know about Feeling Tightness in the Chest
Chest pain is a fairly common complaint, and it comes in many different types and causes. If that pain takes the form of tightness in the chest (constriction, pressure, squeezing, etc.) then this suggests that the cause may be connected to your heart... Read More
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