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The length of the finger indicates how fast the nail grows. The nail of the middle finger grows faster than others.

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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

Bacon Lung Cancer

Eating cured meats like hot dogs, ham and bacon could increase your risk of developing lung disease, according to researchers.

A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine examined the eating habits of 7,352 Americans. Those who ate cured meat products at least 14 times a month were 78 percent more likely to develop emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Researchers think the nitrates found in cured meats may cause the lung damage. Nitrates help foods keep longer and add flavor. However, researchers said more research must be done.

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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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