January 1-7, 2008 - Original Health Articles

Understanding Sleep Apnea

While you were sleeping, you may have woken up hundreds of times without knowing it—if you have sleep apnea, that is. Experts put the number of Americans with sleep apnea between 12 and 18 million, including many who are untreated and undiagnosed.

Understanding HPV and Cervical Cancer

Human papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV, has gotten a great deal of attention lately, especially with regard to the HPV vaccine. But what exactly is HPV, and how is it related to cervical cancer? What is HPV? HPV is a large family of more than 100 viruses that infect the skin.

Fatness vs. Fitness

It's no secret that being fat and out of shape is a health hazard. But what if you're overweight and still physically fit? Does the fact that you're active eliminate the health risks of those extra pounds? And what if your best friend is a skinny couch potato? Which one of you is healthier? As it turns out, the "fat but fit" debate is a longstanding source of controversy among experts.

8 Behaviors That Add Years to Your Appearance

High-school reunions can be a shock. Everyone attending is about the same age, so why do some classmates look amazingly young while others look at least a decade older than the rest? Genes play a significant role, of course. Grandma Esther's smooth, wrinkle-free skin may have been passed down to future generations, along with Uncle Jake's slim physique.

10 Foods That Lower Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a bland diet. In fact, a tasty salmon entree, a handful of sweet berries, or even a glass of red wine can all help to lower your levels and improve your heart health. The next time you go grocery shopping, look for these cholesterol-lowering treats recommended by the American Heart Association.

Dispelling the Top 5 Epilepsy Myths

Epilepsy--the mere word often conjures images that are either terribly frightening or simply inaccurate. And despite being first documented by Hippocrates in 400 B.C., the cause of this brain disorder, which is primarily characterized by recurrent seizures, is still largely a mystery.

Cancer: How Close Are We to a Cure?

Virtually everyone will be touched by cancer at some point in their lives, whether through a personal diagnosis or a loved one's struggle with the disease. So when we read magazine articles proclaiming earth-shattering discoveries that will lead to a single, reliable treatment, we want to believe them.

Ways to Stimulate Your Baby's Brain

As a new mom, you want your baby to be smart and curious as she grows up. Is there anything you can do now to increase her capacity for learning? Scientists say there is. A baby's environment has a big impact on how her brain will be wired, and the activities you do will spark the foundation for learning.

5 Ways to Boost Your Body Image

At some point, most of us have wished that we were thinner, more muscular, or better looking. After all, in today's world, we're constantly bombarded with images of celebrities and models. After a while, many people want to be like them or even believe they're happier because of the way they look.

The 5 Most Fattening Winter Foods

When temperatures drop, it's tempting to stay indoors, bundled up in cozy blankets, surrounded by satisfying comfort foods. But along with these foods come extra pounds, which can be tough to lose once the weather warms up. Fortunately, there are alternatives to winter's most fattening fare.

10 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

When you're hitting the snooze button for the third time, breakfast is probably one of the last things on your mind. After all, you still have to shower and then race to work in time to make that presentation. But according to experts, letting a hectic schedule force you to skip breakfast could compromise your health.

6 Surprising Uses for Botox

By now, you've probably seen advertisements for Botox—a popular injectable that relaxes targeted muscles to reduce or eliminate surface wrinkles, giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. But in recent years, scientists have found that there's much more to the drug than meets the eye.

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