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Taste comes from tiny molecules that are released when you chew, drink, or digest food or liquid.
July 05, 2024

How do we taste…and why does it go wrong? 

Our sense of taste is important for our health and happiness. Taste helps us make choices about the foods we eat and stops us from...

Oral Health, Taste disorders
Brush and floss regularly to prevent or control gum disease.
July 02, 2024

Gum disease: By the numbers

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a leading threat to dental health and the most common cause of tooth loss. Gum disease is...

Gum Disease
Dr. Michael Collins (far left) and Dr. Alison Boyce (far right) spoke with patient community members about their experiences with FD/MAS.
June 27, 2024

More than two decades of NIH research gives answers on a rare disease affecting bones, skin, and the endocrine system

Why do patients with fibrous dysplasia/McCune-Albright Syndrome break their bones so easily? Or hit puberty as early as infancy? Or sometimes lose their vision...

NIH Research, Rare Diseases, Dental Health, Skin Conditions
Untreated foot problems can sometimes cause pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
June 06, 2024

Putting your best foot forward: Steps for happy, healthy feet

Our feet are mechanical wonders. They support the weight of our bodies and allow us to stand, balance, and move through the world. Just like...

Foot Health
HIV medication works best when taken exactly as prescribed. Missing a dose  can cause the virus to become resistant to the medicines and damage the immune system.
June 04, 2024

Making it easier to get HIV treatment

HIV research has come a long way since the epidemic began in the 1980s. Today, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives with...

Screening for maternal sepsis can be challenging partly because changes like a faster heart rate can mask signs of sepsis.
May 30, 2024

Pregnancy-related deaths are on the rise…and sepsis is a big reason

More and more people each year are dying from complications related to pregnancy and delivery. In the United States, deaths from pregnancy, during delivery, or...

Infectious Diseases, Pregnancy, Women's Health, Sepsis
Sepsis is life threatening, and someone who has it needs immediate medical attention.
May 28, 2024

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection. It occurs when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction that can lower...

Infectious Diseases, Sepsis
Pollen allergy symptoms include coughing, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.
May 21, 2024

What triggers seasonal allergies?

Ah, spring! It's the time of year when the cold goes away, sunshine warms your skin, trees and flowers blossom, and…your nose starts running,...

Try to drink about eight glasses of fluids every day.
May 07, 2024

H20 for healthy aging

Water is essential for just about every function in our bodies, from keeping our organs working properly to regulating our body temperature. Losing more water...

NIH Research, Healthy Aging, Nutrition
Glaucoma can make it seem like you’re looking through a tunnel.
May 02, 2024

Glaucoma: What you need to know

Glaucoma is the name for a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve in the eye. Glaucoma usually happens when the fluid pressure...

Eye Care, Eye Disease, Glaucoma
If you have any of these symptoms, be sure to check with your eye care professional.
April 30, 2024

Not seeing clearly? Cataracts might be the problem

Like a camera, your eyes rely on a lens—the clear part of the eye that helps focus light on the retina. A cataract is a...

Cataract, Eye Care, Eye Disease
People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day. One way to do this is with an insulin pen injection.
April 23, 2024

Type 1 diabetes: What you need to know

More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, which causes high blood sugar. Normally, your body produces insulin, a hormone that helps regulate levels of blood glucose...

Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes
As someone with type 1 diabetes, country artist Eric Paslay says technology has transformed how he manages the disease.
April 16, 2024

Eric Paslay doesn’t miss a note living with type 1 diabetes

Singer and songwriter Eric Paslay may have chosen a different career path than his original dream of pediatrics, but he’s still helping kids. Paslay has...

Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes
Working alongside someone with ADHD can help them stay focused and motivated while completing tasks. 
April 04, 2024

ADHD support toolkit

If someone in your life has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), here are some ways you can offer your support.  Do: Educate yourself. NIH has...