(Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the country. In several studies, it’s also linked to the nation’s leading cause of death – cardiovascular disease. There are more than 150 strains of HPV, including the ones responsible for cancers of the cervix, penis, anus…

John Lavaki (left) with his family. After his heart scare, the family worked together. (Photo courtesy of John Lavaki) At his annual medical visit three years ago, John Lavaki told his doctor he sometimes felt short of breath going up and down the stairs. An electrocardiogram showed abnormal electrical activity in his heart, so doctors…

(Tara Moore, Getty Images) Exercise is good for you. But for people who have had a heart attack, starting or resuming a workout routine may sound scary, exhausting, complicated – in short, the last thing they’d want to do. Instead, it probably should be one of the first. “We’re trying to make it clear that…

(Halfpoint Images, Getty Images) Physical fitness is good for the heart, brain and overall health. But a specific type called cardiorespiratory fitness may help predict the odds of having a heart attack, especially for women, new research shows. Higher cardiorespiratory fitness translated to lower heart attack risk, with women appearing to benefit the most. The…

Sydney Ridlehoover had a cardiac arrest at age 13. (Photo by Rob Ridlehoover) Sydney Ridlehoover had finished her chores and convinced her parents to take her and a friend to the mall near their home outside Columbus, Ohio. Once they arrived, the girls got out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and talking. Peter Hubby,…

Sunny Williams started making videos to ease kids’ concerns about doctors, hospitals and medical procedures. (Photo courtesy of Sunny Williams) At 10:17 a.m. on the first day of his first job out of law school, Sunny Williams looked at the stack of papers on his desk and thought, “I’ve made a terrible mistake.” His mind raced…

(Wachara Kireewong/EyeEm, Getty Images) New nutrition labels listing added sugars on packaged foods and drinks could prevent nearly a million cases of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in the United States and save tens of billions of dollars in health care costs, a new study says. And if, as expected, the labels also prompt…

Congenital heart disease survivor Nikky Furrie on her wedding day. (Photo courtesy of Nikky Furrie) A priest gave her last rites the day she was born. As a teenager, her outlook was bleak enough that the Make-A-Wish Foundation sent her to the Oscars. Today, April 15, Nikky Furrie turns 26. The Ohio woman who has…

(Yoga Assembly, Getty Images) For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better mood, increased energy, and stronger bones and muscles. But there’s another form of physical activity that’s grabbing headlines – yoga. Some studies suggest the mind-body practice may be good for heart health, from reducing…

Medical student Terry Gao is part of a project that delivers health information to a disadvantaged neighborhood in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of Alex Kirsch) During her third year of medical school, Terry Gao learned how classroom training doesn’t always answer real-world questions – like how to get people to eat better. As part of an internal medicine…