- By Dana Sparks
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding.
Petechiae — round spots that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding underneath — may indicate a number of conditions, ranging from minor blood vessel injuries to life-threatening medical conditions.
Metabolism and weight
Looking to lose weight by boosting your metabolism? Here's some real help in getting a handle on your weight.
HPV infection: How does it cause cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is most often caused by a genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Try these quick, fun breakfast options.
Don't skip breakfast, even if it's become a bore. Change it up, instead. People who eat breakfast tend to have more strength and endurance, better concentration, and lower cholesterol. If you're tired of the same old cereal, try these healthy breakfasts. 1. A whole-wheat pita stuffed with hard-boiled eggs. 2. Leftover vegetable pizza. 3. A tortilla filled with vegetables, salsa and low-fat shredded cheese. 4. A smoothie blended from exotic fruits, some low-fat yogurt and a spoonful of wheat germ. 5. Whole-wheat crackers with low-fat cheese or peanut butter.
Pregnancy and you: Do pregnancy rules need rewriting?
A Mayo Clinic specialist explains what's behind all those pregnancy rules.