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Tonsillectomy

Undergoing a tonsillectomy generally does not affect a person's ability to ward off infection. The number of throat infections can be reduced, but not eliminated. It is important to discuss all risks and potential complications with the surgeon prior to having this procedure.


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Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?

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Health Tip of the Day

6 Muscle Marvels

  • The stapedius, in your ear, is your smallest muscle -- about one-twentieth of an inch.

  • Fingers contain no muscles; they're moved by muscles in your forearm pulling on tendons in the fingers.

  • Many muscles work without your knowledge. The muscle contractions we call "blinking" take place more than 16,400 times a day.

  • The gluteus maximus -- your buttock -- is your strongest muscle. It moves your thighbone so you can run and jump.

  • A cubic inch of muscle weighs three times more than a cubic inch of fat.

  • The levator palpebrae superioris is one of three tiny muscles that let you open your eyelids.

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Cholesterol
There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.

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Bariatric Surgery
If you’re more than 100 pounds overweight, bariatric surgery may be the solution for you. Use this center to learn about the different types of procedures and the risks and benefits of each.

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