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Taking Care of Your Heart in Your 30s

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep because the quantity and quality of your sleep can impact your heart health. The American Heart Association recommends adults get six to eight hours of sleep per night.

What is Epilepsy? (Infographic)

Did you know that epilepsy is the most common brain disorder? Learn about the symptoms of epilepsy and how different types of seizures characterize this condition. What is Epilepsy?

What to Know About Choosing a Sweetener

The molecular structure of table sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup do differ. This difference, however, is eliminated in the small intestine when the glucose-fructose bond in sucrose is broken. Therefore, once the two sweeteners reach the ...

5 Essential Nutrients to Eat Every Day

Your body needs calcium to help muscles and blood vessels contract and expand, to secrete hormones and enzymes, and to send messages through the nervous system. Not enough calcium can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. You ...

How Does Epilepsy Affect Sleep?

Epilepsy is much more than seizures – it can affect many aspects of an individual’s overall health, from mood and behavior, to memory and sleep. Learning about the relationship between epilepsy and other conditions is an important step in managing th...

What Your Heart Rate Says About Your Health

Stress can definitely trigger a fast heart rate, but some people have a condition called tachycardia, which is when you have a resting heart rate above 85 beats per minute. Most of the time, tachycardia is caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. If you e...

7 Post Baby Body Quirks

It’s common for feet to grow a half size during pregnancy and sometimes stay that way. The extra weight carried during pregnancy may actually flatten the arch of the foot, making the foot up to a half inch longer. The hormone relaxin, which relaxes t...

What's the Latest Research?

We asked Dr. Nathan Fountain, director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to discuss what we know about epilepsy and what patients might expect in the future. What role do hormones pla...

Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease—also known as P.A.D.—is a common, yet serious, disease. It occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This buildup—called pla...

7 Things You Didn't Know About C-reactive Protein and Your Heart

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver that increases in the presence of inflammation in the body. An elevated CRP level is identified with blood tests and is considered a non-specific “marker” for disease.