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As careful as you may be, it only takes one simple slip of the finger to end up with an uncomfortable, stinging burn. As long as it's not too serious, many burns can be taken care of right at home. First- and second-degree burns are characterized by irritated skin, blisters and swelling. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, if they are smaller than about three inches in...more
Chickenpox is practically a rite of passage for many children - it only takes one classmate to start a mini-epidemic among an entire group of kids. It's a very contagious illness, and one for which there is no known cure. However, once you have chickenpox, it's likely you'll never develop it again, and the disease typically passes without incident. It should be noted that...more
You may have heard of BMI - body mass index - before, but do you know what it actually means? Once calculated, the BMI is a relatively reliable indicator of a person's level of obesity, given their height and weight. There are other methods of finding this information, but calculating BMI is the most efficient means of doing so, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It...more
You may have heard about the recent surge of interest in organic food - there are plenty of documentaries and articles out there espousing the benefit of eating food that's been grown naturally. Many non-organic foods have been supplemented with additives to make them larger or more brightly-colored, and these may have adverse effects on your health. But is organic food really...more
What can vitamin A do for you? Quite a lot, it turns out! According to The World's Healthiest Foods, its main functions within the human body are to keep your vision sharp and to help bolster your immune system so that it can more easily fight off infections. It's important to get enough vitamin A so that your body can run at its best, but which foods can you eat to ensure...more
Eczema is a blanket term used to describe a wide variety of persistent skin conditions, including dryness, pervading rashes, itchiness and swelling. According to the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, roughly one of every nine people in England - about 11 percent - have been diagnosed with some one form of eczema or another in their lifetimes. Because eczema refers to...more
Have you ever missed someone so much it hurts? It turns out there might be a psychological basis for the feeling! According to researchers at the University of Oxford, a depressed mood may affect the neurocircuitry that regulates our emotions, which could enhance the feeling of pain throughout our bodies. In other words, when you're sad, pain is amplified. Scientists...more
Zinc plays a number of important roles in your body - it's involved in cellular metabolism, can help maintain healthy immune function and even helps sharpen your senses of taste and smell, according to the National Institutes of Health. The NIH also notes that your body has no means of storing zinc, so you should try and work some into your diet every day. Luckily, it's found...more
How important is indoor air quality? Given how much time you spend in your home, you want to be breathing in air that's as clean as possible. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, low-quality air can have negative short-term effects like eye irritation, a stuffy nose, dizziness and headaches. It can also be responsible for more serious respiratory diseases like...more
You've probably been told countless times how important it is to get a good night's sleep - parents, doctors and everyone in between may have mentioned it to you at some point in your life. Perhaps you have first-hand knowledge of what a lack of sleep can do to you! It's a natural regenerative process that virtually all life on the planet needs. But what happens when you turn...more