Kidneys are extraordinary organs. They filter a person’s entire volume of blood about 60 times daily. Put another way, kidneys filter about 180 liters of blood per day. They regulate blood pressure, synthesize hormones, and create red blood cells. For National Kidney Month, learn more about kidney diseases—including the surprising medical mystery of an emerging kidney disease in Central America.
What secrets does the body hold? Where do we come from, and what might aging hold in store for us? Consumer genetic testing offers answers to these questions, and is exploding in popularity. A vast range of companies now sell affordable, simple DNA tests directly to consumers, promising buyers information about everything from their athletic potential to their cancer risk.
From Valentine’s Day to American Heart Month, February is about matters of the heart. And with recent research revealing that nearly half of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, now is the perfect time to learn more about heart health.
Winter is a time of extremes—extreme cold, extreme wind, and extreme sports. As the days shorten, skiers and snowboarders head to the mountains, seeking thrills and fresh powder. But these alpine valleys harbor dangers to the body and brain.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and with good reason. Each year, almost 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. But with Pap smears and preventive vaccination, over nine in ten cervical cancers could be stopped in their tracks. In October of 2018, Gardasil-9—the vaccine that prevents cervical cancer—was approved for more patients than ever before.
We all know that diabetes affects sugar metabolism. But what many people don’t know is that people with diabetes are at a far higher risk of heart disease. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease. At least 68% of people older than 65 with diabetes will die from heart disease. For National Diabetes Month, take a moment to learn about the connection between diabetes and the heart.