Today's Medical Fact
Eating breakfast helps to burn calories throughout the day.
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- Melatonin is a hormone produced primarily in the pineal gland (in the absence of light) from the neurotransmitter seratonin. It is a powerful anti-oxidant that benefits the immune system and is associated with the regulation of sleep, mood, puberty, and the ovarian cycle.
- Menopause is the natural and permanent cessation of a woman's menstrual cycle, which usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.
- Metabolism is the sum of all the complex chemical and physical processes that occur within the body that turns food into energy that the body can use to promote growth, enable the body to function, and sustain life.
- Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that gently removes the outer layer of skin in order to reveal newer, fresher looking skin.
- Mononucleosis (mono) is an infection that occurs when the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) invades the monocyte white blood cells and causes fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.
- Monounsaturated Fat
- Monounsaturated fat is an unsaturated fat that is primarily found in plant food sources. Monounsaturated fat is a beneficial fat for the body and may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, but as all types of fat it can cause weight gain if there is too much in the diet. Foods containing monounsaturated fat include canola oil, olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
- A MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a computerized method of making images of the inside of the body using a powerful magnet instead of X-rays.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease in which the body attacks it's own central nervous system, destroying the protective coverings (myelin) of nerve fibers in the brain, resulting in muscle weakness, loss of coordination, numbness, and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control.
- Myocardial Infarction
- Myocardial Infarction (MI) is death of the myocardium (heart muscle) due to an interruption of blood supply to that area of the myocardium. Myocardial Infarction is commonly referred to as a heart attack.
- Myocardium is the muscular wall of the heart. It is the middle and thickest layer of the heartwall, located between the inner layer (endocardium) and the outer layer (epicardium).