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4 days 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
For anyone who's ever suffered from back pain (80 percent of you will have some type of back problem, according to the American Chiropractic Association), beating it seems like a giant job that only a powerful dose of meds can handle. While popping a pill may give you a break from the aches, it won't cure the cause of your chiropractic cricks. But you don't need to hobble around in discomfort, either. Here's how to relieve back pain (no prescription needed!)—we've got your back. More
4 weeks ago
Go from post-workout pump to sleep status with the playlist that's scientifically proven to get you there. More

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1 month ago
Your knees have a thankless job. They bear the brunt of your body weight while helping you walk, run, and move seamlessly—all without much complaining. But if you find that your knees are starting to speak up, specifically when you run, it's important to pay attention to what they're trying to tell you. Here, the most common reasons for running-induced knee pain and what to do about it. More
1 month ago
Forget the age-old eight-hours-a-night rec. Here's how to determine the optimal amount of sleep your body needs—down to the exact minute. More
1 month ago
Cholesterol is the perfect example of getting too much of a good thing. On one hand, your body needs this waxy, fat-like substance (fun fact: it makes up every cell of your body). But excess—especially LDL (low-density lipoproteins)—can build up in your blood vessels, causing blockages that can hamper blood flow to your heart and brain, increasing your risk of cardiovascular events, like heart attack and stroke. Good news, though: Tiny tweaks—like the ones we've featured here—can lower cholesterol and protect your ticker. More
1 month ago
If you really want to sleep better, you need to do more than just relax before bed. Find out how to sleep better at night, starting from the very moment you wake up. More
1 month ago
From stiff joints to inflammation, dealing with arthritis can be a pain (literally). Luckily, hitting up your doctor for a heavy-duty prescription isn't the only solution. There are a number of all-natural remedies for arthritis (not to go all crunchy granola on you) that experts agree can bring you some relief. Even better: Many of these are probably already in your kitchen cabinet. More
1 month ago
Every time you exercise, you put microscopic tears in your muscles. That's what's behind that next-day hurts-so-good soreness. And after your body repairs these tears, you become stronger, faster, and fitter. But if you stretch a muscle too far, lift too much, or are working out with a muscle imbalance, you might not just have microscopic tears to deal with. You could literally tear your muscle into pieces. We have your solution. More
1 month ago
A new study shows that chowing down on a high-calorie breakfast proves to have massive health benefits, especially if you're diabetic. More
1 month ago
You thought you were being so smart, taking swigs from your BPA-free water bottle between sets at the gym. "No endocrine disruption for me!" you probably told yourself. But it now appears that even the "healthier" plastics used to make baby bottles, baggies, food storage containers, and more contain something just as icky—it's called, uncreatively, BPS. (Bisphenol S, 4,4'-sulfonyldiphenol, if you want to get technical.) And chances are it's in your body as we speak. Here's what you need to know. More

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