Health is a Way of Life
We live in a goal-oriented society. Most of us imagine a healthier version of ourselves and make plans to achieve it, with mixed success and satisfaction. Instead, let's look at health as a process, informed by knowledge, which we practice a little bit every day.
What Does the Appendix Do? Shining New Light on an Age-Old Question
What does the appendix do? When facing this question, scientists have long used the terms "redundant" and "useless," telling patients that it's simply a remnant from eons ago that human development never got around to eliminating or an organ that only occasionally become infected with appendicitis, requiring removal. But now, scientists know that your appendix actually has a purpose.
Mental Health Emergency: What to Expect in the ER
If you're having a mental health emergency, it's important to get help right away. Though the thought of going to the emergency room (ER) might be daunting, it's often the best way to keep you safe during the crisis. Visiting the ER can connect you with resources that will help you manage and overcome these issues.
Your First Mammogram: What to Expect
Attending to proper nutrition, exercise, and routine doctor visits helps maintain a healthy lifestyle. Lesser-known preventive measures, like annual mammograms, enable women to take care of themselves and their breasts -- and even detect cancer. Early detection via mammograms can save lives when the cancer can be successfully treated. Knowing what to expect from your first mammogram will help you understand the process and make an appointment with confidence.
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Is Butter Bad for Your Heart?
If you're watching your heart health, you probably can't remember the last time you enjoyed a little butter on your bread without feeling guilty. Now, butter seems to be making a comeback in the debate on how diet affects cardiovascular health, and many of us are wondering, "Is butter bad for your heart or is the occasional pat OK?" Here's what you need to know.
The Benefits and Future of Wearable Health Devices
Wearable health devices are becoming increasingly popular, and it seems like more devices are entering the market every day. According to a report by Grand View Research, the connected health and wellness device market is projected to reach $612 billion by 2024. The report attributes the projected growth to an increased interest in personalized health monitoring devices among consumers. It has also been estimated that one in five Americans owns some sort of wearable device.