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    Health & Medicine

    The study of the human mind and body, how these function, and how they interact—not only with each other but also with their environment—has been of utmost importance in ensuring human well-being. Research on potential treatments and preventive medicine has expanded greatly with the development of modern medicine, and a network of disciplines, including such fields as genetics, psychology, and nutrition, aims to facilitate the betterment of our health.
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    Featured content, February 25, 2021

    20 Under 40: Young Shapers of the Future (Health and Medicine)
    20 amazing young leaders changing the world.
    List / Health & Medicine
    Composite photograph. Group of six young adults in silhouette. Photograph created for use in Britannica's "20 Under 40" article.
    9 Bizarre Myths About Pregnancy
    That’s one for each month!
    #WTFact / Health & Medicine
    Pregnancy. pregnancy and birth. Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Birth. Stages of nine month pregnant woman abdomen growth. Pregnant human female developing human within her. White pregnant female, developing fetus. mother
    What’s the Difference Between HIV and AIDS?
    Learn about the illnesses most prone to public misconception.
    Demystified / Health & Medicine
    Image concept with the result of the HIV test, AIDS
    HIV/AIDS: Just the Facts
    What we know about one of the worst pandemics in human history.
    Companion / Health & Medicine
    HIV, AIDS, virus
    SARS
    SARS, highly contagious respiratory illness characterized by a persistent fever, headache, and bodily discomfort, followed...
    Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
    2003 SARS epidemic in Asia
    Muscle
    Muscle, contractile tissue found in animals, the function of which is to produce motion. Movement, the intricate cooperation...
    Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
    striated muscle; human biceps muscle
    Diabetes mellitus
    Diabetes mellitus, disorder of carbohydrate metabolism characterized by impaired ability of the body to produce or respond...
    Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
    diabetes
    Pregnancy
    Pregnancy, process and series of changes that take place in a woman’s organs and tissues as a result of a developing fetus....
    Encyclopedia / Health & Medicine
    pregnancy

    Health & Medicine Quizzes

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    Diabetes, Malaria, Arthritis: Fact or Fiction?
    Can arthritis be cured? Is malaria always lethal? Perform a mental check-up in this quiz about human disease.
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    Doctor Who?
    Do you know these famous doctors? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    Thoracotomy, chest, surgery.
    Name That Surgery
    Have you undergone a myringotomy? How about a lingual frenectomy? Test your knowledge of surgical procedures with this quiz.
    Detail of skin with chicken pox, chickenpox, rash.
    Diagnose This!
    Think you know about symptoms of common illnesses? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    Woman lying on couch at doctors office, psychology
    Psychology 101
    Think you know your Freud, Pavlov, and Skinner? Test your knowledge of psychology with this Psychology 101 quiz!
    MRI Image Of Head Showing Brain
    The Human Brain
    How much do you know about the human brain? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). brain. brain scanning. A MRI of a human head back and side view. The MRI is a three-dimensional diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize inside the body without the need for X-rays or other radiation. Health care
    Introduction to Psychology Quiz
    Psychology is a scientific discipline that studies mental states and behavior in humans and other animals, according to
    3d illustration human heart. Adult Anatomy Aorta Black Blood Vessel Cardiovascular System Coronary Artery Coronary Sinus Front View Glowing Human Artery Human Heart Human Internal Organ Medical X-ray Myocardium
    Medical Terms and Pioneers Quiz
    Who discovered the major blood groups? What causes the blood disease thalassemia? Test what you know about medical science...
    Hand washing. Healthcare worker washing hands in hospital sink under running water. contagious diseases wash hands, handwashing hygiene, virus, human health
    Medical Conditions and Discoveries Quiz
    What does thrombosis refer to? Who discovered that bacteria must never gain entry to an operation wound? Find out what you...
    blood. Close-up of a technician drawing human blood with syringe from blood bag at a blood bank. Blood donation, Healthcare and medicine, needle
    Exploring the Human Body Quiz
    This quiz will test what you know about the parts of the human body and how they work—or don’t. You’ll need to be a master...
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    Health & Medicine Subcategories

    right cerebral hemisphere of the human brain Anatomy & Physiology
    Human beings have long been curious about the way that things work, and that curiosity includes wondering about how we ourselves work. The fields of anatomy and physiology involve studying the structures of bodies and the way that those structures and bodies function.
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    Alzheimer disease Conditions & Diseases
    Whether we like it or not, living things are susceptible to any number of illnesses and conditions that can threaten or harm the health of those afflicted. Bacteria, viruses, and other microbiological agents are obvious challenges to health. Human disease may be acute, chronic, malignant, or benign, and it is usually indicated by signs and symptoms such as fever or vomiting. Additionally, diseases may be communicable (contagious) or noncommunicable; of the latter, the four major types identified by the World Health Organization are cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes mellitus.
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    subcategory placeholder Genetics & Evolution
    The plants and animals that are so familiar to us here on Earth today may have been harder to spot millions of years ago. The theory of evolution, one of the keystones of modern biological theory, is based on the idea that living things on Earth can be traced back to other preexisting types and that the differences are due to modifications that occurred over successive generations. Genetics, an essential part of the study of evolution, looks at the inheritance of characteristics by children from their parents. It can help explain how you got your mom's green eyes or why your hair is red even though your parents are brunettes.
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    polio vaccine Health, Nutrition & Fitness
    Health isn't just about being able to impress people at the gym with your weight-lifting prowess. Physical fitness, the body's ability to function properly, and the absence of disease are important factors in determining health, as is one's emotional, mental, and social state. In addition, nutrition provides the energy that fuels all physical and mental activities, including the aforementioned displays of weight-lifting mastery.
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    babies Human Development
    Even if you feel like a kid at heart, you probably still went through (or are currently undergoing) the typical process of change and growth that takes place between human infancy and maturity. After birth, human beings undergo infant and toddler development, moving on to child development before progressing to puberty and adolescence on the way to adulthood. Human growth involves not only biological development—the progressive changes in size, shape, and function during the life of an organism—but also emotional and psychological development.
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    The practice of dentistry involves preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease, as well as correcting deformities of the jaws, teeth, and oral cavity. Medicine
    From prehistoric times onward, humans have sought to find cures for the ailments and injuries that befall them. This has led to a long history of diverse attempted treatments, including herbal remedies, leeching, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, and more, all the way up to the most recent treatments that have come into use during the development of today's modern medicine. Medical research and the study of the causes of disease (pathology) have led to rapid and significant advances in medicine, improving both the efficacy of treatments and our understanding of illnesses and how they operate. The importance of preventive medicine has grown, and the field of medicine has become increasingly specialized as medical disciplines and branches such as endocrinology, immunology, psychiatry, radiology, epidemiology, and nanomedicine have emerged.
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    Sigmund Freud Psychology & Mental Health
    Although Sigmund Freud was once one of the most recognizable faces of psychology, this scientific discipline has developed significantly since the time of his predominance. Psychology has become an increasingly integrative science at the hub of diverse other disciplines, from biology and neurology to sociology, anthropology, and economics. At the same time, old sub-disciplinary boundaries within pyschology itself are now crossed more freely; interdisciplinary teams may work on a common problem using methods that draw on multiple levels of analysis, whether social, cognitive, or biological.
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