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Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

Find out why sleep is important, what REM sleep is, and how to improve your sleep habits.

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Beyond Hangovers: Alcohol's Impact on Your Health

Drinking too much — on a single occasion or over time — can take a serious toll on your health. Find out how alcohol can affect your brain, immune system, and other tissues.

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Galled by the Gallbladder?

Gallstones and other gallbladder disorders rank among the most common and costly of all digestive diseases. Learn about this tiny, hard-working digestive organ.

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Genetic and Rare Diseases

Up to 25 million people in the U. S. have rare diseases. Browse current, easy-to-understand information in English and Spanish.

Featured Tools

Gutcheck — Learn about all your options to be screened for cancer of the colon and rectum. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but only about half of the people who should get screened do.

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