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  • Blood Blood

    Without blood, our organs couldn't get the oxygen and nutrients they need, we couldn't keep warm or cool off, we couldn't fight infections, and we couldn't get rid of our own waste products. Find out about the mysterious, life-sustaining fluid called blood.

  • Bones, Muscles, and Joints Bones, Muscles, and Joints

    Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.

  • Digestive System Digestive System

    Most people think digestion begins when you first put food in your mouth. But the digestive process actually starts even before the food hits your taste buds.

  • Endocrine System Endocrine System

    The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, metabolism, and sexual function, among other things.

  • Eyes Eyes

    Although your eyes are small, their structure is incredibly complex. Find out how they work in this body basics article.

  • Female Reproductive System Female Reproductive System

    Why do girls get periods? What goes on when a woman gets pregnant? What can go wrong with the female reproductive system? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article for teens.

  • Heart and Circulatory System Heart and Circulatory System

    The heart and circulatory system (also called the cardiovascular system) make up the network that delivers blood to the body's tissues.

  • Immune System Immune System

    The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that defend people against germs and microorganisms. It's the body's defense against organisms and substances that invade our systems and cause disease.

  • Kidneys and Urinary Tract Kidneys and Urinary Tract

    The kidneys perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which are to filter blood and produce urine.

  • Lungs and Respiratory System Lungs and Respiratory System

    Each day you breathe about 20,000 times. Find out more about the lungs and breathing process.

  • Male Reproductive System Male Reproductive System

    What makes up a guy's reproductive system and how does it develop? Can anything go wrong? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article.

  • Metabolism Metabolism

    Your body gets the energy it needs from food through a process called metabolism. Get all the facts on metabolism in this article.

  • Mouth and Teeth Mouth and Teeth

    Did you know that your mouth is the first step in the body's digestive process? Or that the mouth and teeth are essential for speech? Learn about the many roles your mouth and teeth play.

  • Skin, Hair, and Nails Skin, Hair, and Nails

    Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.

  • Spleen and Lymphatic System Spleen and Lymphatic System

    The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections.

  • The Basics on Genes and Genetic Disorders The Basics on Genes and Genetic Disorders

    Genes play an important role in how we look and act, and even in whether we get sick. This article gives the lowdown on genes, genetic disorders, and new research into gene therapy.

  • Anemia Anemia

    Anemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts, when the body needs more nutrients like iron. Learn about anemia, how to lower your risk of getting it, and how it's treated.

  • Balancing Schoolwork and Hospital Stays Balancing Schoolwork and Hospital Stays

    Every student finds it hard to stay on top of schoolwork sometimes. So what happens when you have to miss a lot of school? This article for teens offers tips and advice.

  • Cancer Basics Cancer Basics

    Get the basics on cancer and cancer treatments in this article.

  • Chemotherapy Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy, or chemo, is the use of medications to treat cancer. This article explains how chemo works and what to expect when getting treatment.

  • Dealing With Cancer Dealing With Cancer

    It's unusual for teens to have cancer, but it can happen. The good news is that most will survive and return to their everyday lives. Learn about how to cope if you or someone you know has cancer.

  • Hodgkin Lymphoma Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Hodgkin's disease is a type of lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Although cancer can seem scary, most teens who get Hodgkin's disease get better.

  • Melanoma Melanoma

    Melanoma is different from other skin cancers because it can spread if it's not caught early. Find out how to lower your risk of getting melanoma and how doctors treat it.

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a disease in which cancer cells form in a person's lymphatic system and start to grow uncontrollably.

  • Radiation Therapy Radiation Therapy

    More than half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Get the facts on radiation therapy, including what it is, what to expect, and how to cope with side effects.

  • Types of Cancer Teens Get Types of Cancer Teens Get

    While cancer is rare in teens, some types are more likely to affect young people. Learn about these types of cancer, including warning signs, symptoms, and treatments.

  • When Cancer Keeps You Home When Cancer Keeps You Home

    Cancer patients often have to stay at home to avoid infection. Read our ideas on ways to make the best of your time at home.

  • 5 Ways to Deal With Anxiety 5 Ways to Deal With Anxiety

    We all get worried or nervous about things. Here are 5 ways to control anxiety.

  • 5 Ways to Help Yourself Through Depression 5 Ways to Help Yourself Through Depression

    It's important to take action against depression - it doesn't just go away on its own. In addition to getting professional help, here are 5 ways to feel better.

  • Body Image and Self-Esteem Body Image and Self-Esteem

    When your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.

  • Can I Have Children After Cancer Treatments? Can I Have Children After Cancer Treatments?

    When chemotherapy and other treatments attack cancer cells, they can affect some of the body's healthy cells too. As a teen, you'll want to know what this can mean to your fertility.

  • Cancer: Readjusting to Home and School Cancer: Readjusting to Home and School

    If you've just finished a long hospital stay, you may have questions about reconnecting with friends and family. Get answers in this article for teens.

  • Dealing With a Health Condition Dealing With a Health Condition

    If you suffer from a chronic illness, you know it can be anything but fun. But you can become better informed and more involved in your care. Here are tips to help you deal.

  • Dealing With Anger Dealing With Anger

    Do you wonder why you fly off the handle so easily sometimes? Do you wish you knew healthier ways to express yourself when you're steamed? Check out this article for help with dealing with anger.

  • Dealing With Cancer Dealing With Cancer

    It's unusual for teens to have cancer, but it can happen. The good news is that most will survive and return to their everyday lives. Learn about how to cope if you or someone you know has cancer.

  • Depression Depression

    Depression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.

  • Fears and Phobias Fears and Phobias

    Fear is a normal human reaction that protects us by signaling danger and preparing us to deal with it. Get the facts about fears and phobias and what causes them.

  • Getting Help for Intense Grief Getting Help for Intense Grief

    Going through grief and loss is never easy. But in some situations, grief can feel especially intense – even overwhelming. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

  • Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up

    Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people diet, lose weight, and then gain it back again. But it's still possible to stay motivated if you take the right approach.

  • My Friend Has Cancer. How Can I Help? My Friend Has Cancer. How Can I Help?

    It's hard to know how to respond when someone you love — someone your own age — is diagnosed with cancer. Here are some thoughts on dealing with feelings and helping your friend.

  • Stress Stress

    There's good stress and bad stress. Find out what's what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.

  • Talking to Your Parents - or Other Adults Talking to Your Parents - or Other Adults

    Whether it's an everyday issue like schoolwork or an emergency situation, these tips can help you improve communications with your parents and other adults.

  • When a Sibling Is Seriously Ill When a Sibling Is Seriously Ill

    When your sibling has a serious illness, you may find yourself juggling some pretty intense and confusing emotions. Here are some ways to take care of yourself during this stressful time.

  • When Cancer Keeps You Home When Cancer Keeps You Home

    Cancer patients often have to stay at home to avoid infection. Read our ideas on ways to make the best of your time at home.

  • Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood? Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?

    Because of all the changes taking place in your life, you may feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster. Find out more about bad moods and why you have them.

  • Aspiration and Biopsy: Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy: Bone Marrow

    A bone marrow aspiration and biopsy are performed to examine bone marrow, the spongy liquid part of the bone where blood cells are made.

  • Blood Test: Basic Metabolic Panel Blood Test: Basic Metabolic Panel

    A basic metabolic panel (BMP) is a group of blood tests that provide doctors with clues about how the body is working. Find out why doctors do this and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Complete Blood Count Blood Test: Complete Blood Count

    This common blood test helps doctors gather information about a person's blood cells and how they're working. Find out why doctors do this test and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Blood Test: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

    This group of blood tests provides doctors with clues about how the body is working. Find out why doctors do these tests and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) Blood Test: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

    This test measures the speed at which red blood cells fall to the bottom of an upright glass test tube. Find out why doctors do it and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Liver Function Tests Blood Test: Liver Function Tests

    If your liver isn't working properly, it can affect your overall health. Find out why doctors do liver function tests and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Magnesium Blood Test: Magnesium

    A magnesium test looks at levels of the mineral magnesium in a person's blood. Find out why doctors do this test and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Phosphorus Blood Test: Phosphorus

    A phosphorus test looks at levels of phosphorus in a person's blood. Find out why doctors do this test and what's involved for teens.

  • Gyn Checkups Gyn Checkups

    Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit -- and why most girls don't get internal exams.

  • How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow) How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow)

    The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    An MRI is a painless test that produces detailed pictures of the body's organs and structures. This article for teens explains how it works and why you might need one.

  • Medical Tests: What to Expect (Video)

    Need to get a blood test? An MRI? These videos show what happens in 10 of the most common medical tests.

  • Pap Smears Pap Smears

    A Pap smear is a medical test that helps doctors figure out if there are any problems with a girl's cervix. Find out what happens during a Pap smear.

  • Skin Biopsy Skin Biopsy

    In a skin biopsy, a doctor removes a tiny piece of skin tissue from a person's body so a lab can analyze it.

  • Spinal Tap Spinal Tap

    A spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture) is a medical test that involves taking a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid for examination. Find out what's involved in this article for teens.

  • Testicular Exams Testicular Exams

    If you're a guy, you may be wondering why the doctor needs to do a testicular exam. Find out in this article.

  • Cancer Center Cancer Center

    Visit our Cancer Center for teens to get information and advice on treating and coping with cancer.

  • Balancing Schoolwork and Hospital Stays Balancing Schoolwork and Hospital Stays

    Every student finds it hard to stay on top of schoolwork sometimes. So what happens when you have to miss a lot of school? This article for teens offers tips and advice.

  • Cancer: Readjusting to Home and School Cancer: Readjusting to Home and School

    If you've just finished a long hospital stay, you may have questions about reconnecting with friends and family. Get answers in this article for teens.

  • Homework Help Homework Help

    Writing a report? Studying for a test? Having problems at school? Get tips and advice.

  • When Cancer Keeps You Home When Cancer Keeps You Home

    Cancer patients often have to stay at home to avoid infection. Read our ideas on ways to make the best of your time at home.

  • Blood Types Blood Types

    Blood might look the same and do the same job, but tiny cell markers mean one person's body can reject another person's blood. Find out how blood types work in this article for teens.

  • Chemotherapy Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy, or chemo, is the use of medications to treat cancer. This article explains how chemo works and what to expect when getting treatment.

  • How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow) How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow)

    The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.

  • How to Fill a Prescription How to Fill a Prescription

    Taking responsibility for your own health care means understanding things like prescriptions. Read our tips for teens on filling a prescription.

  • HPV Vaccine HPV Vaccine

    The HPV vaccine can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts and may lead to some kinds of cancer. Find out more in this article for teens.

  • Indoor Tanning Indoor Tanning

    Tanning beds are no safer than the sun -- and may be even more dangerous. Read this article to get the details, and to find out what is safe when it comes to getting that golden glow.

  • Radiation Therapy Radiation Therapy

    More than half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Get the facts on radiation therapy, including what it is, what to expect, and how to cope with side effects.

  • Refilling a Prescription Refilling a Prescription

    Tips and advice for teens on refilling a prescription.

  • Stem Cell Transplants Stem Cell Transplants

    Stem cells can develop into cells with different skills, so they're useful in treating diseases like cancer.

  • Steroids and Cancer Treatment Steroids and Cancer Treatment

    If your doctor prescribed steroids as part of your treatment for an illness, don't worry. It's not the illegal, doping scandal kind of steroid. Get the details in this article for teens.

  • Stop Smoking: Your Personal Plan Stop Smoking: Your Personal Plan

    This interactive feature helps you come up with a plan to stop smoking.

  • Tanning Tanning

    The sun can do a lot more than just give you a warm summer glow. Get the facts on sun and skin damage - and what you can do to protect yourself and still look tan.

  • What's It Like to Have Surgery? What's It Like to Have Surgery?

    Knowing what to expect with surgery before you get to the hospital can make you less anxious about your surgical experience - and less stress helps a person recover faster.

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