Nicotine Replacement May Help Smokers Quit Gradually

For smokers who want to cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, using nicotine replacement therapy not only helps them smoke less but makes it twice as likely that they will quit altogether, British researchers report.

Fewer Sugary Drinks Key to Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, cutting back on the calories in sugar-sweetened drinks, rather than food, may be most important.

Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot

A rare set of interactions involving grapefruit juice, birth control pills and a genetic mutation almost cost a 42-year-old woman her leg, physicians report.

Plain-Language Guides Detail Insulin Treatments

New "plain language" guides from the federal government spell out the differences between available treatments for type 2 diabetes for patients and doctors alike.

Human Heart Can Make New Cells

Solving a longstanding mystery, scientists have found that the human heart continues to generate new cardiac cells throughout the life span, although the rate of new cell production slows with age.

Gear Guide: Cardio for Beginners with Petra Kolber DVD

If there's one thing I've learned during my tenure as Health magazine's fitness editor, it's that if you're new to exercise, there's no way you'll stick with a workout routine unless it's enjoyable and easy to do. Fitness expert Petra Kolber's new Cardio for Beginners DVD hits both of those notes—and you don't even have to leave your living room.

Is Sugar the New Health Food Craze? Don't Believe the Hype

Table sugar is promoted as a “natural,” “healthier” ingredient compared to high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) even though commercials claim that HFCS actually isn't any worse for you that regular sugar. Who's a girl with a sweet tooth to believe?

Drinking White Wine Can Lead to Stained Teeth

Think you’ve been doing your teeth a favor by sipping white wine instead of red? Think again. A new study shows that white wine can increase the risk of dark dental stains.

Insomnia Linked to Suicidal Thoughts, High Blood Pressure

Two new studies suggest that insomnia may have harmful affects on both the body and mind, including a rise in blood pressure and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. “The message is that insomnia is not a minor problem that can be ignored,” says Alexandros N. Vgontzas, MD, director of the Center for Sleep Disorder Medicine at Penn State University.

A Wedding Weight Loss Plan That Works

In the U.S., we have obsessions about bridal body image. And our sad extreme is called brideorexia. Here's how to feel fabulous, no matter what the scale says.