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Nails of toes or fingers take about six months to grow from base to tip.

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Skipped Heart Beats

Are they serious or just an
annoying symptom?

More on Palpitations
by Paul Nadler, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Pain in the wrist?

Do you know the symptoms of
carpal tunnel syndrome?

More on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
by E. Gene Deune, MD
Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopedic Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

Are you considering LASIK surgery
to correct your vision?

More on LASIK Surgery

Memory Loss

Could your forgetfulness
be an early symptom of AD?

More on Alzheimer's Disease
by Bruce Miller, MD; Lara Heflin, PhD
UCSF Memory & Aging Center
University of California San Francisco

fighting couple

Even in the best of relationships, conflicts are bound to happen from time to time. As it turns out, a good argument with your spouse can be healthy. Surveys of married couples suggest that spouses who hold in their anger die earlier than couples who express their feelings. It appears that when conflict occurs, the key is how the couple resolves the matter.

The findings from the current study, which was published in the Journal of Family Communication, add to past research showing the health benefits of releasing anger. Many studies show that people who hold in their anger have higher levels of stress, which tends to shorten lives. The couples in the study who suppressed their anger had a higher mortality rate than couples who were able to effectively deal with and resolve their conflicts.

If you bury your anger and don't try to resolve the problem, it has medical consequences. Couples who lived longer were effective at resolving conflict, that is, they were better at expressing their anger, communicating their feelings and issues, and problem-solving. It seems to be worth it to work things out.

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

The FDA approved the first medical laser for hair removal in the mid 1990's. Since that time, the use of lasers for cosmetic hair removal has continued to grow in popularity. The technology has continued to improve as well, providing better results and safer treatments for people of more diverse skin and hair colors. At the onset, laser hair was only for people with dark hair and light skin. The new advancements have made it possible to treat people with darker skin, tanned skin, and blond, gray, or red hair.

Both men and women are searching for effective ways of removing unwanted hair. The most common form of hair removal is shaving, but it is a very temporary method. Many people have tried waxing, but it is painful and the results are temporary as well. Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal option, but it is painful, as well as time-consuming and expensive for large treatment areas. Laser hair removal has become a popular cosmetic procedure because it is able to treat large body areas relatively fast with a minimal amount of pain and long-lasting results.

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