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Osteoblasts form new bones and increase the size of growing bones. This process is called ossification. The process is much like a construction crew building a structure. First, a building needs strong building blocks. The building blocks for osteoblasts are inorganic mineral salts -- primarily calc
At the end of the ear canal is the ear drum - a thin piece of skin stretched tight over the end of the ear canal. On the other side of the ear drum, a hollow space is filled with air. This is called the middle ear. The air in the middle ear and in the ear canal should have the same pressure. If they
Moderate alcohol use -- meaning one to two drinks a day -- can lower the risk of heart failure and heart attack, prevent strokes, improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis. Wine in particular can slow the onset of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia; beer may increase the risk of these c..
Individual health insurance is the most expensive option for people who have insufficient (or nonexistent) coverage through employers. Physical exams and questionnaires are usually required, so poor health can make a huge difference in cost and eligibility. Types of plans include fee-for-service,...
Workplace violence is a significant threat to occupational safety. Across the United States, more than 3 million people are victims of physical attacks in the workplace, and homicide is the chief cause of death for women at work. A survey of nearly 500 U.S. workers also found that nearly one-fourth
According to a recent study, the likelihood of your child receiving quality health care at the doctor's office less than a coin flip. This video takes a look at the quality of health care for children.
Nuts are an excellent source of proteins and healthful fats. Healthful fats are unsaturated. There are two kinds of unsaturated fats: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Monosaturated fats raise your good cholesterol. Luckily, good cholesterol is much stronger than bad cholesterol. So, when you...
Besides helping to keep us healthy, exercise can help relieve the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. By getting 30 minutes of physical activity on three to five days a week, you can reduce anxiety and improve your mood. It is not a cure, but research suggests that exercise raises level
The contract between you and the insurer, known as a policy, spells out what the insurer will pay for and how much of the bill you will have to pay. For instance, the policy may cover an office visit, but you may have to provide $20 of the charge. (That's called a co-payment.) Or, the policy may...
Apoptosis is the death of a cell. This process, also called cell suicide, is triggered when a cell stops receiving hormones and proteins needed to function, or when a cell sustains enough damage to stop functioning properly. The nucleus condenses, releasing chemical signals. These chemicals attract.
Think about your needs and ask: Do you want a plan that covers preventive care like annual check-ups? Most fee-for-service plans don't cover these visits, but managed care plans do. This aspect is particularly important if you have or are planning to have children. How healthy are you? If you
Think about your needs and ask: Do you want a plan that covers preventive care like annual check-ups? Most fee-for-service plans don't cover these visits, but managed care plans do. This aspect is particularly important if you have or are planning to have children. How healthy are you? If
There are three grades of concussion. In Grade One, a concussion causes temporary disorientation. The person remains conscious and the symptoms are gone within 15 minutes. With a Grade Two concussion, the symptoms are the same as a Grade One concussion, only the symptoms last about a half-hour. ...