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2 weeks ago
Muscle soreness can be crippling, whether it's caused by a long run or by a grueling weight room sesh (so. many. stairs). But how sore is too sore? And are there ways to reduce the pain? Find out in Muscle Soreness 101. More
2 weeks ago
We know you're not thinking of how to prevent arthritis right now (after all, your joints and bones totally owned that last set of burpees in the gym today). But you should be—the diet and lifestyle choices you make today have a big impact on how creaky (or not) you'll feel down the road. There are many types of arthritis, but you're probably doing a lot to prevent one of the most common types, osteoarthritis, or inflammation of the joints after continuous wear and tear. To be sure, take a look at these 10 ways to prevent arthritis, and get head start on arthritis prevention in the years to come. More
3 weeks ago
Consistently missing out on quality shut-eye? Listen up: When sleep disorders go untreated, they can lead to serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, says Allen Towfigh, MD, clinical instructor of neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. Here, we outline five of the most common sleep disorders, so you can ID what's standing between you and a good night's sleep. More
4 weeks ago
As many as 5 million American women may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Problem is, PCOS symptoms present themselves differently in each person, making this disease—which doctors and scientists know little about—difficult to diagnose. If you think you're experiencing a symptom of PCOS, start here. More

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1 month ago
Hypertension—it sounds like a condition that a stressed-out executive would have, not a fit woman who considers herself healthy. But one in three American adults have hypertension—the medical term for high blood pressure—and 81.5 percent of them don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. "Most people don't have symptoms," says Blase Carabello, MD, who is chairman of cardiology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. "The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get measured either by a cuff or doctor." If you find that your blood pressure is indeed too high, here's how to lower blood pressure to reduce your risk of stroke and heart failure. More
1 month ago
Brian Schiff, licensed physical therapist, board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, and certified strength and conditioning coach, shares five exercises and stretches for treating and preventing shin splints. Grab a foam roller, step, and resistance band, and get ready to say sayonara to shin splints. You're welcome, runners. More
2 months ago
Shoulder press have you feeling more achy than usual? Learn how to relieve post-workout pain with movement, not meds. More
2 months ago
Baby got lower-back pain? These simple tricks can make life a lot more comfortable. More
2 months ago
Skin cancer is more common than lung, breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. One in five of people will get it, and each hour someone will die from it. But there's good news: Early detection cures skin cancer 90 percent of the time. Not sure what to look for? We have your guide to different types of skin cancer, pictures included. See your derm if you spot any questionable moles. More
3 months ago
It used to be controversial for moms-to-be, but running while pregnant is becoming the norm as women conquer mile after mile on the reg. Plus, studies show that exercise during pregnancy can reduce back pain, prevent excessive weight gain, improve quality of sleep, and lower the risk of delivery complications. But how do you know when you're good to keep going, and when it's time to scale back? We talked to the pros, so you can stride on while your bump grows. More
3 months ago
Think you have some sleep apnea symptoms? Know this: Sleep apnea is a sleeping-related breathing disorder—the upper airway actually collapses as you breathe in and out. A person can stop breathing hundreds of times over the course of the night, with each gap in breathing lasting for a minimum of 10 seconds. The majority of those with the disorder tend to be overweight, but facial structure and genetics can also come into play, even if you're physically fit. If you think you're at risk, keep an eye on these sleep apnea symptoms. More
4 months ago
Though arthritis is defined as inflamed, stiff, and painful joints, there are more than 100 different types of the condition. The most common is osteoarthritis, "when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time," according to the Mayo Clinic. "Over 20 percent of people over 60 years old have osteoarthritis," says Mariko Ishimori, MD, a rheumatologist at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. "And it affects more women than men." But it isn't just baby boomers who are experiencing the joint-pain disease—even children can get it. See your doctor for blood tests if you have any of these arthritis symptoms. More

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