- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health Tips: Protect your knees while enjoying your sport
Don't let an ACL injury end your season
You hear or feel a pop in your knee. It swells, feels unstable and become too painful to bear weight. It might be an ACL injury — the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament, which is one of the major ligaments in the knee. ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops, jumping or changes in direction, such as basketball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics and downhill skiing. Learn what you can do to protect your knees while enjoying your sport.
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Wisdom teeth removal: When is it necessary?
Wisdom teeth sometimes don't have room to grow properly and can cause problems. Erupting wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw — sometimes even horizontally. Learn more about when wisdom teeth do — and do not — need to be removed.
Slideshow: See how your digestive system works
After the first morsel of food enters your mouth, many organs swing into action — each doing its part. Here's a look at how your digestive system works, from top to bottom.
Electronic cigarettes: Not a safe way to light up
Electronic cigarettes, often called e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid (usually, but not always, containing nicotine), turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. Using e-cigarettes often is referred to as vaping. E-cigarettes are popular alternatives to regular cigarettes, but are they safe?
Shaking the salt habit: It's good for your heart
You watch your calorie and fat intake to control your weight and improve your health. Why ignore salt? Lowering your salt intake can lower your blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.