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Many Older Americans Feel Prepared for Aging

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FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – Most older Americans feel they are prepared for the process of aging, but many have concerns about maintaining their physical and mental health as they get older, a new survey finds. The 2015 United States of Aging Survey of 1,000 adults 60 and older found that 86 percent felt prepared overall for the process of aging, and 42 percent said they are "very prepared" to age. Forty percent said they are most concerned about maintaining their physical health, while more than one-third were concerned about maintaining their mental health and their memory as they get older. More than two-thirds of respondents said the keys to good health include a healthy diet, having a good attitude and getting enough sleep. Fifty-eight percent said they had not changed residences in more than 20 years, and three-quarters said they intend to live in their current home for the rest of ... Read more

Related support groups: Mild Cognitive Impairment, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Stand, Don't Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

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THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing more helps improve all these measures and can give you a trimmer waist to boot, the researchers said. "Switching some of your sitting time to standing could have benefits for your heart and metabolism," said lead author Genevieve Healy, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland in Herston. "More time spent standing rather than sitting could improve your blood sugar, fats in the blood and cholesterol levels, while replacing time spent sitting with time walking could have additional benefits for your waistline and body mass index," she said. However, the study did not ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

New Drug Lowers Levels of Triglyceride Blood Fats: Study

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WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – An experimental drug dramatically lowers blood levels of potentially harmful triglycerides, a new study finds. Triglycerides are a type of blood fat created by the food you eat. At very high levels, they can cause heart problems and pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. "Current treatment for elevated triglyceride [levels] leaves a lot to be desired," said researcher Dr. Joseph Witztum, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. "This drug holds the promise that it will be the most effective therapy we have." The new drug – called ISIS 304801 for now – lowers triglyceride levels by as much as 71 percent without unpleasant side effects, the study found. Elevated triglycerides can be caused by genetics as well as obesity, smoking, drinking too much alcohol and a diet very high in carbohydrates, the American Heart Association ... Read more

Related support groups: High Cholesterol, Hypertriglyceridemia, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Health Tip: Protect Your Heart From Stress and Depression

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-- Your heart may pay a price when you're stressed or depressed. But there are things you can do to help lighten the burden. The American Heart Association recommends: Identify the source of your stress or depression, and find ways to cope with it. This may mean psychological therapy. Practice healthy habits, such as by taking a daily walk, but don't push yourself too hard, too fast. Devise a healthier meal plan. Don't reach for junk food when you get stressed. Make healthy lifestyle changes one at a time, rather than trying to change too much at once. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations

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FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 – New research suggests that people born after 1930 may have a lower risk of developing dementia than the generation before them, adding to evidence that the incidence of dementia may be declining in the United States and elsewhere. That decline was not explained by age, but did seem to be related to improvements in heart health over time, the researchers found. The study, of nearly 1,000 elderly New Yorkers, found that those born after 1930 had a lower risk of dementia than those born between 1916 and 1930. In the older group, people developed dementia at a rate of 2.2 percent per year between 1993 and 2014, when they were in their 70s and beyond, said lead researcher Carol Derby, an associate professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. In the younger group, that rate was just over 0.4 percent per year, Derby added. "We ... Read more

Related support groups: Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Arteriosclerotic Dementia, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Arteriosclerotic Dementia w/ Depressive Features, Lewy Body Dementia

Healthy Diet May Help Shield the Aging Brain

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THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Eating a healthier diet might reduce the risk of problems with certain brain functions as you age, findings from a recent study suggest. Older adults with healthier diets reduced their odds of impaired "executive function" by 35 percent. Executive function refers to a collection of things done by the brain, including memory, reasoning, multi-tasking, problem-solving and planning skills. "Healthy diet might affect cognition [thinking skills] through several mechanisms," said study co-author Carol Derby, associate professor of neurology and of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "Healthy diet is associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, with more healthy weight and with reduced risk of diabetes, all of which are risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia," she explained. However, ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Heart Disease, Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Health Tip: Dig Into Healthier Southern Foods

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-- Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and other goodies are popular southern foods, but they often pack plenty of fat and salt. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends these healthier swaps: Eat veggies first to help you fill up. If you want a calorie-rich dish such as macaroni and cheese, serve a small portion. Save your favorite dishes for special occasions. Opt for peanut, olive or canola oil, instead of solid fats. Make macaroni and cheese with low-fat milk and reduced-fat cheddar. Serve up a black-eyed-peas and rice dish with brown rice instead of white. Make potato salad using half mayonnaise and half fat-free Greek yogurt, a little mustard and extra veggies. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Insured Americans Up to 3 Times Likelier to Get Preventive Care: CDC

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THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Americans are up to three times more likely to receive preventive care for potentially fatal chronic diseases if they have health insurance, federal officials reported Thursday. Insurance provided across-the-board improvement in the number of people receiving any one of nine important clinical preventive services, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The type of health insurance doesn't matter. People paying for private insurance received the same preventive care as people on Medicaid or Medicare, according to the findings published in the CDC's July 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "Having insurance was the most important factor, whether it was private or public insurance," said lead author Jared Fox, a CDC health scientist. Preventive care is available for nine of the 10 leading causes of death in the United ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Cancer, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Breast Cancer, Prevention

Aspirin Use Common Among Americans With Heart Trouble

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THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – About seven in 10 Americans who've had heart disease or a stroke regularly take aspirin, U.S. health officials report. Low-dose aspirin is promoted as an inexpensive, effective way to prevent cardiovascular disease. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to know who takes it regularly (daily or every other day) and why. "Overall, 70.8 percent of adult respondents with existing [cardiovascular disease] reported using aspirin regularly (every day or every other day)," the researchers found. Nearly 94 percent of regular low-dose aspirin (or baby aspirin) users with a history of heart problems said they take it for heart attack prevention. Four out of five said they take it for stroke prevention, and 76 percent for both heart attack and stroke prevention, the study authors reported Thursday. The study was based on an analysis ... Read more

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More Evidence a Healthy Diet Can Lower Risks of Heart Disease, Cancer

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TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – Eating a healthy diet was linked to lower death rates from heart disease, cancer and other diseases among low-income adults living in the southeastern United States, a new study reports. Previous studies have suggested that people with low incomes, particularly black men, have limited access to grocery stores and healthy foods, the researchers said. But few studies have examined the link between diet quality and disease-related deaths. "This is the first study to our knowledge reporting this association in a low-income population that largely comprises African Americans," the study's lead author, Dr. Wei Zheng, director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center in Nashville, and chief of the division of epidemiology, said in a university news release. The take-home message: A better diet can help prevent illness "in this underserved population," said Zheng, who is ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Wider Use of Statin Drugs Could Save Thousands More Lives: Report

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TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – New expert guidelines from two major cardiologists' groups may boost doctors' ability to spot patients who should take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, researchers said. The updated guidelines were released in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Now, a new report finds they are more accurate and efficient than earlier guidelines in identifying adults at high risk for heart trouble who could gain from statins. All of that should add up to lives saved, the researchers said. "Extrapolating our results to the approximately 10 million U.S. adults who would be newly eligible for statin therapy under the new guidelines, we estimate that between 41,000 and 63,000 cardiovascular events – heart attacks, strokes or deaths from cardiovascular disease – would be prevented over a 10-year period," lead researcher Dr. Udo Hoffman, ... Read more

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FDA Approves Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) for Heart Failure

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

July 7, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) tablets for the treatment of heart failure. The drug has been shown to reduce the rate of cardiovascular death and hospitalization related to heart failure. Heart failure is a common condition affecting about 5.1 million people in the United States. It is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Heart failure generally worsens over time as the heart's pumping action grows weaker. The leading causes of heart failure are diseases that damage the heart, such as heart attacks and high blood pressure. “Heart failure is a leading cause of death and disability in adults,” said Norman Stockbridge, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Treatment can help people with ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders, Entresto, Sacubitril/valsartan

Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span

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TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – While having one major health problem – such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke – can increase your risk for an early death, new research warns that the risk of dying prematurely goes up significantly if you have more than one of these conditions. Investigators determined that someone with one of those conditions faces double the risk of early death compared to people who have no such "cardiometabolic" problems. But, those coping with two conditions at the same time were found to face quadruple the risk. And having all three bumps up premature death risk eightfold, the study found. "Somewhat surprised" is how study lead author Dr. Emanuele Di Angelantonio, a university lecturer in medical screening with the department of public health and primary care at the University of Cambridge in England, described his team's reaction to the findings. Di Angelantonio ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Ischemic Heart Disease

Parents' Genetic Similarities Could Affect Kids' Height, Intellect

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The less alike two parents are genetically, the taller and mentally sharper their kids tend to be, according to a new study of populations around the world. Researchers said the findings, published in the journal Nature, suggest that humans evolved to favor height and quick thinking. That may not sound surprising, experts said. But the work is "fascinating" in that it culled genetic information on more than 350,000 people from across the globe – and found consistent patterns, said Dr. Martin Bialer, a medical geneticist who was not involved in the research. That is, parents' genetic diversity was reliably linked to four traits in their kids: height; cognitive skills (such as the ability to learn, remember and problem-solve); educational attainment, and lung function. In each case, the more diverse two parents were, the better. On the other hand, parents' ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts

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TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – Far too few Americans are surviving cardiac arrest, and a new report issued Tuesday by a federally appointed panel of experts sets out ways to boost survival rates. One recommendation: Make a working knowledge of CPR and the use of an automated electronic defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for all middle- and high-school students. One expert in emergency care applauded the proposal. "By teaching laypersons in public settings the proper use of such devices, we may be able to effectively increase survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. According to the new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, less than 6 percent of the 395,000 Americans who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital each year will survive. And even in a hospital setting, cardiac arrest ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Block, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders, Asystole

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