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1 week ago
Being comfortable in your own skin isn't just a cliché about boosting self-esteem—it's a full-on physical challenge when you get rashes, hives and other irritating breakouts just from wearing a wool sweater or going for a run. There are few sensations as miserable as chronic itch—or as mysterious, researchers say. The prickly, tickly sensation isn't fully understood, but there are centers devoted to studying the phenomenon. The way it often works: Something your body deems as suspicious, such as a coarse fabric, penetrates the skin, throwing the immune system into a state of emergency. To protect itself, the body releases chemicals, such as histamines and cytokines, that activate nerve fibers, which then send impulses to alert your brain that you feel itchy. So, something making your skin crawl? Here's how to finally get some relief. More
1 week ago
Your BFF knows a lot about you—from your favorite snack to that time you bailed on a blind date—but could she actually know how long you're going to live? A new study shows that your closest confidante may be picking up on vital cues about your health. More
1 week ago
A sedentary lifestyle makes you a sitting duck for heart disease, diabetes and obesity–even if you work out regularly. Follow our easy advice to increase energy, rev your metabolism and get your butt moving. More
2 weeks ago
Your heart is your main source of life. So why do you know so little about how it works? In honor of National Heart Month, we break down some of your ticker's best-kept secrets. Hello, love. More

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2 weeks ago
Could your daily cup of coffee double as a health drink? A percolation of recent research reveals that the health benefits of coffee are double-espresso-style strong. But before you go on a brew binge, the Mayo Clinic recommends keeping daily consumption to around 400 milligrams, which equates to about four cups of coffee. And to truly ensure your caffeinated drink is good to the last drop, avoid artificial sweeteners, pumps of artificial flavoring, and processed creamers. Ready to reap the rewards? Here are eight of 'em. More
3 weeks ago
By now you're well versed in the basics of a heart-disease fighting diet: Pack your plate with plenty of fruits and veggies, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and the occasional dark chocolate treat while minimizing those high in sodium and saturated and trans fats. Well, several new studies have found that these foods outshine the rest when it comes to reducing your risk of heart disease. More
1 month ago
"I got nipple tattoos and ditched my bad boyfriend. And that was just the beginning." One woman's brave story. More
1 month ago
When you're surrounded by shelves upon shelves of products, it's hard to tell whether each one is a health friend or foe. Here's the bottom line on the possible link between cancer and things like the Pill and sunscreen. More
1 month ago
Not a huge fan of plugging away on the elliptical? You have other options! Here, one form of exercise proven to boost your ticker—no gym required. More
1 month ago
You eat loads of veggies, sweat often and don't smoke. So cancer, schmancer, right? Not so fast. "No one's immune to cancer, not even young fit women," says Therese Bevers, M.D., the medical director of the cancer prevention center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "For instance, you may not think twice about going for a run without wearing sunscreen or having a couple of drinks at night, but these are both risk factors." Melanoma is up 800 percent in young women. Cases of metastatic breast cancer—the kind that spreads to other organs—have doubled over the past three decades in women under 40. And thyroid cancer rates in women are rising. Obesity, chemicals in the environment and sun exposure may be to blame. Or it may simply be that we've gotten better at detecting cancer. Don't panic; be proactive. Here's how to protect yourself. More
1 month ago
The knee is the largest joint in the body, says Dr. Scott Weiss, a licensed physical therapist, board-certified athletic trainer, and exercise physiologist. The knee allows your leg to bend and straighten—that's a huge job. Unsurprisingly, there are a number of possible reasons behind the joint problems you may experience. Here, Weiss explains six common causes of knee pain along with the signs, symptoms, and treatment tips for each. More
1 month ago
Think twice about ignoring that lingering ache coming from the back of your arm. If it hasn't gone away in a week, and is instead actually getting worse, you may be a victim of tennis elbow. (Yep, even if you don't go by the name Sharipova.) Find out what tennis elbow is, how you can get it, and most importantly, ways to relieve the pain. More

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