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Can tonsillitis be fatal? A complication of tonsillitis killed George Washington. Specifically, he died from a peritonsillar
abscess, which, in the 18th century, was often a life-threatening condition, as doctors had trouble diagnosing it before it was too late.
The good news is that medical technology ...
How can you improve your digestion? Many foods and drinks have acquired a mystique for aiding digestion. People
even romanticize such products, with the French term, digestif. There is much debate over the merit behind these digestive-aid food
and drinks. Before you turn to herbs, such as spearmint, ...
What are some tips for managing asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows airway
passages. Symptoms include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and bouts of wheezing or coughing. This disease affects
nearly twenty-three million Americans. Seven million of them ...
Are there food that inhibit hunger? For years, scientists and dieticians have sought foods that inhibit hunger and provide
a sense of fullness. Until recently, the studies have concentrated around certain foods' effects on the process of digestion.
Recently, however, The Journal of Agriculture ...
What is the best way to stick to an exercise regimen? Personal motivation is the most important factor in sustaining your
exercise plan. Obviously, motivation levels differ for everyone. Some people train for marathons. Others are satisfied with simply
walking more regularly. Wherever you fall ...
How are kidney disorders treated? As I explained on a previous "Family Health" program, your kidneys remove impurities and
excess fluid from your blood and change them into urine. In addition, the kidneys help control your growth and blood pressure and help to
maintain the right balance of minerals ...
What do your kidneys do, and what can go wrong with them? You have two kidneys, each about the size of a fist and shaped
sort of like a bean. They serve as the regulators of the body's liquid-waste disposal system. It's their job to remove impurities and excess
fluid from the blood and change them ...
What causes bad breath? If you watch a lot of television ads for mouthwash and mints, you might be left with the idea that bad
breath is a horrible disease that's sweeping the land. In reality, foul-smelling breath is much less common than the advertisements suggest,
and when it does exist, it's ...
What are sinus infections, and how can they be treated? Your sinuses are a set of cavities inside your skull. We're not sure
what purpose the sinuses serve, some say they keep the head from being too heavy, but we do know this -- for many people they become a
source of misery when they become infected. ...
How noisy does something have to be before it could damage your hearing? The amount of noise that can cause hearing
damage varies from person to person. In general, though, you could be risking damage if you're in a place where you have to raise your
voice to be heard or where you can't hear somebody ...
Is smokeless tobacco less dangerous than cigarettes? There are two types of smokeless tobacco: snuff and chewing tobacco.
Both have a dangerously inaccurate reputation for being less harmful than smoking tobacco. Chewing tobacco and snuff contain twenty-
eight carcinogens: chemicals that we know ...
Are hookahs safer than normal cigarettes? Hookah pipes are becoming more and more popular with younger and younger
generations. For many, it's touted as a safe alternative to smoking tobacco cigarette. But let's take a closer look at the facts. Hookahs, also
known as water-pipes, carry many of ...
What are the health benefits of ginger? Many of us remember ginger as a household remedy for colds or upset stomachs.
Ginger tea and ginger ale have been key elements of American folk medicine for generations. However, this practice has waned a bit in
recent decades. As often happens, until science ...
How do you pick out the right child safety seat? Nowadays, few people doubt the importance of buckling your child into a car
safety seat, regardless of whether you're going down the block or across town. Some states require that children up to the age of eight ride
in a car safety seat. Infractions ...
What's the best way to reduce allergic reations from cats and dogs? The watery eyes, itching, sneezing and runny nose. If
you suffer from a pet allergy, you know the drill. Many people with pet allergies can mostly avoid the animal that causes the allergies.
However, since allergies can develop ...
What are some tips for avoiding aches and pains from heavy backpacks? As a kid, you don't think about back pain. That
only comes later in life, which is why parents need to be especially careful in monitoring the burdens -- and specifically the backpacks
-- their children carry. September 21 is National ...
What is National Recovery Month? September is National Recovery Month, designed to remind Americans that addiction
treatment and mental health services can empower individuals suffering from substance abuse or mental disorders to change their
lives. Script Number: 32024 For archived Family Health ...
Does daily marijuana use hurt the brain? We all know the stereotype of the daily pot smoker: poor memory, lack of focus,
over-eating... A recent study now lends scientific support to this cliche. It seems that ongoing daily use of marijuana leads to a
decrease of brain receptors in areas that involve ...
Can melanoma be treated? Although it's more rare than other skin cancers, melanoma is the most fatal skin cancer you
can get. It develops when melanocytes, or skin pigment cells, grow out of control. The vast majority of the time, melanoma is caused
by overexposure to the sun. Women are more likely ...
How has the recommended "food pyramid" changed? Remember the Food Guide Pyramid? It was hard to miss. More
than a decade ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created this info-graphic of healthy eating that soon became an icon: taught in
schools, plastered on food labels and cited in media brochures. ...
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