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      Health & Medicine

      The study of the human mind and body, how these function, and how they interact—not only with each other but also with their environment—has been of utmost importance in ensuring human well-being. Research on potential treatments and preventive medicine has expanded greatly with the development of modern medicine, and a network of disciplines, including such fields as genetics, psychology, and nutrition, aims to facilitate the betterment of our health.
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      Featured content, September 27, 2020

      9 Bizarre Myths About Pregnancy
      That’s one for each month!
      #WTFact / Health & Medicine
      Pregnancy. pregnancy and birth. Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Birth. Stages of nine month pregnant woman abdomen growth. Pregnant human female developing human within her. White pregnant female, developing fetus. mother
      Are There Really Right-Brained and Left-Brained People?
      Is it true that logical people are left-brained and creative people are right-brained?
      Demystified / Health & Medicine
      Illustration of human head with brain waves (medicine, medical, anatomy).
      7 Drugs that Changed the World
      Only a small number of substances can be said to have fundamentally revolutionized medicine.
      List / Health & Medicine
      Aspirin pills.
      How Many People Actually Got Lobotomized?
      A lobotomy involves the surgical severing of nerve pathways in the brain and, sometimes, even removal of part of the brain....
      Companion / Health & Medicine
      Man with a headache
      Pregnancy
      Pregnancy, process and series of changes that take place in a woman’s organs and tissues as a result of a developing fetus....
      Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
      pregnancy
      Heredity
      Heredity, the sum of all biological processes by which particular characteristics are transmitted from parents to their offspring....
      Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
      human chromosomes
      Ebola
      Ebola, contagious disease caused by a virus of the family Filoviridae that is responsible for a severe and often fatal viral...
      Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
      ebolavirus; Ebola virus disease
      AIDS
      AIDS, transmissible disease of the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is a lentivirus (literally...
      Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
      HIV/AIDS; retrovirus

      Health & Medicine Quizzes

      Muscles of facial expression, human anatomy, (Netter replacement project - SSC). Human face, human head.
      Characteristics of the Human Body
      How many facial muscles are involved in speaking? How much blood is in the human body? From sweat glands to taste buds, learn...
      Encyclopaedia Britannica First Edition: Volume 1, Plate XIII, Figure 1, Anatomy, Of the Bones, A male skeleton showing major bone groups and joints
      Human Bones: Fact or Fiction?
      Is the smallest bone in the ear the malleus? From cartilage to calcium, test the strength of your bone knowledge in this...
      pulmonary veins and arteries, circulation, cardiovascular system, human anatomy, (Netter replacement project - SSC)
      Human Organs: Fact or Fiction?
      Is it true that we only use ten percent of our brain? Is the retina the lens at the front of the eye? Dissect these questions...
      abdominal organs in situ, abdominal cavity, digestive system, human anatomy
      Your Body: Fact or Fiction?
      Does insulin regulate the level of sugar in the body? Do humans have only five senses? Take an X-ray of your knowledge in...
      E. coli bacteria close up. (false color)
      Diabetes, Malaria, Arthritis: Fact or Fiction?
      Can arthritis be cured? Is malaria always lethal? Perform a mental check-up in this quiz about human disease.
      Galen of Pergamum, undated lithograph.
      Doctor Who?
      Do you know these famous doctors? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
      Thoracotomy, chest, surgery.
      Name That Surgery
      Have you undergone a myringotomy? How about a lingual frenectomy? Test your knowledge of surgical procedures with this quiz.
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      Diagnose This!
      Think you know about symptoms of common illnesses? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
      Woman lying on couch at doctors office, psychology
      Psychology 101
      Think you know your Freud, Pavlov, and Skinner? Test your knowledge of psychology with this Psychology 101 quiz!
      MRI Image Of Head Showing Brain
      The Human Brain
      How much do you know about the human brain? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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      Health & Medicine Subcategories

      human body; human anatomy Anatomy & Physiology
      Human beings have long been curious about the way that things work, and that curiosity includes wondering about how we ourselves work. The fields of anatomy and physiology involve studying the structures of bodies and the way that those structures and bodies function.
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      The Barr, or sex chromatin, body is an inactive X chromosome. It appears as a dense, dark-staining spot at the periphery of the nucleus of each somatic cell in the human female. Conditions & Diseases
      Whether we like it or not, living things are susceptible to any number of illnesses and conditions that can threaten or harm the health of those afflicted. Bacteria, viruses, and other microbiological agents are obvious challenges to health. Human disease may be acute, chronic, malignant, or benign, and it is usually indicated by signs and symptoms such as fever or vomiting. Additionally, diseases may be communicable (contagious) or noncommunicable; of the latter, the four major types identified by the World Health Organization are cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes mellitus.
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      A light gray peppered moth (Biston betularia) and a darkly pigmented variant rest near each other on the trunk of a soot-covered oak tree. Against this background, the light gray moth is more easily noticed than the darker variant. Genetics & Evolution
      The plants and animals that are so familiar to us here on Earth today may have been harder to spot millions of years ago. The theory of evolution, one of the keystones of modern biological theory, is based on the idea that living things on Earth can be traced back to other preexisting types and that the differences are due to modifications that occurred over successive generations. Genetics, an essential part of the study of evolution, looks at the inheritance of characteristics by children from their parents. It can help explain how you got your mom's green eyes or why your hair is red even though your parents are brunettes.
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      Vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. Health, Nutrition & Fitness
      Health isn't just about being able to impress people at the gym with your weight-lifting prowess. Physical fitness, the body's ability to function properly, and the absence of disease are important factors in determining health, as is one's emotional, mental, and social state. In addition, nutrition provides the energy that fuels all physical and mental activities, including the aforementioned displays of weight-lifting mastery.
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      subcategory placeholder Human Development
      Even if you feel like a kid at heart, you probably still went through (or are currently undergoing) the typical process of change and growth that takes place between human infancy and maturity. After birth, human beings undergo infant and toddler development, moving on to child development before progressing to puberty and adolescence on the way to adulthood. Human growth involves not only biological development—the progressive changes in size, shape, and function during the life of an organism—but also emotional and psychological development.
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      laparoscopy Medicine
      From prehistoric times onward, humans have sought to find cures for the ailments and injuries that befall them. This has led to a long history of diverse attempted treatments, including herbal remedies, leeching, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, and more, all the way up to the most recent treatments that have come into use during the development of today's modern medicine. Medical research and the study of the causes of disease (pathology) have led to rapid and significant advances in medicine, improving both the efficacy of treatments and our understanding of illnesses and how they operate. The importance of preventive medicine has grown, and the field of medicine has become increasingly specialized as medical disciplines and branches such as endocrinology, immunology, psychiatry, radiology, epidemiology, and nanomedicine have emerged.
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      subcategory placeholder Psychology & Mental Health
      Although Sigmund Freud was once one of the most recognizable faces of psychology, this scientific discipline has developed significantly since the time of his predominance. Psychology has become an increasingly integrative science at the hub of diverse other disciplines, from biology and neurology to sociology, anthropology, and economics. At the same time, old sub-disciplinary boundaries within pyschology itself are now crossed more freely; interdisciplinary teams may work on a common problem using methods that draw on multiple levels of analysis, whether social, cognitive, or biological.
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