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    Video: The Science Behind Yeast Infections

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    The Science Behind Yeast Infections

    Yeast is a type of fungus. The type of yeast that typically causes vaginal infections is candida albicans. Candida albicans often live harmlessly in the body and are kept in check by other protective bacteria. However, unbalancing substances in the bod
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    Video: Understanding Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea means not breathing for 10 or more seconds while asleep, thereby preventing a good night's sleep. The problem is usually caused by a relaxed tongue that blocks or narrows the air passage. Symptoms include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, an
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    Video: The Science of Sleep

    When you sleep, you cycle through several stages that fall into two categories: REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. During REM sleep, you have the most dreams, but REM sleep doesn't occur all night. REM sleep is interspersed by light and deep st
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    The Science of Sleep

    When you sleep, you cycle through several stages that fall into two categories: REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. During REM sleep, you have the most dreams, but REM sleep doesn't occur all night. REM sleep is interspersed by light and deep st
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    Video: HPV and Cervical Cancer

    Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a virus that can cause anything from genital warts to, in high risk cases, cervical cancer. In high risk cases, HPV invades normal cells, transforming healthy cervical cells to cancerous ones that replicate uncontrollably.
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    The Benefits of Deep Breathing

    Our breathing occurs unconsciously: our lungs expand to take in oxygen and contract to release carbon dioxide waste. We do this by expanding and contracting our diaphragm or raising and lowering our ribs to increase or decrease the content of the chest ca
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    How do Stretch Marks Form?

    The middle layer of the skin, the dermis, is elastic in nature so that it can easily stretch and then bounce back to its normal condition. However, overstretching the skin (through weight gain or pregnancy) can push the dermis beyond its limits, causing i
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    Interpreting Your Waist Measurement

    To measure your waist, wrap a tape measure around the narrowest part of your torso (usually near the belly button). Exhale gently as you pull the tape measure around you so that the ends meet. This is your waist measurement. A waist measurement greater
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    Staving off Sunburn

    When skin is over-exposed to the sun's UV, or ultraviolet, rays, the result is the redness, soreness, itching, and blistering of sunburn. To prevent sunburn, use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and that contains an SPF of 15 or mo
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    The Dangers of Excessive Sun Exposure

    Too much exposure to the sun and tanning beds can be harmful, especially for sunworshippers with fair skin and red hair. Melanocytes, or skin cells that give us color, can be damaged by harsh ultraviolet light (UV) exposure. The result is melanoma, or s
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