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Health Tip: 5 Habits That Could Help You Live Longer

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-- There are no guarantees, but adopting five healthy lifestyle practices could help you live longer, a study by the Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds. Women and men who had thehealthiest lifestyleswere 82 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer, the study found. The healthy choices included: Eating a healthy ...

Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Breast cancer patients who adopted a low-fat diet were more likely to survive for at least a decade after diagnosis, compared to patients who ate fattier fare, new research shows. The study has "found yet another health benefit to eating a low-fat diet, and more fruits and vegetables," said lead researcher Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, a research professor at City of Hope ...

AHA: Heart Disease a Hidden Threat to South Asians in U.S.

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) – South Asians living in the United States are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say. Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. "We've ...

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Sufferers of severe eczema may be at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeat, British researchers report. Although the added risk is small, it's important from a public health perspective because eczema affects up to 10 percent of adults, the researchers said. Eczema is a term for several types of skin swelling marked by dry, itchy skin and rashes. ...

Commuters: Pedal Your Way to Better Heart Health

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TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – Ditching the car and biking or walking to work just might cut your risk of developing heart disease and even dying from it. So says a new British study that finds a person's risk of heart disease or stroke falls 11 percent and their risk of dying from these diseases falls by 30 percent, just by exercising on their way to work. "Walking, cycling and even using public ...

How Exercise Helps Your Heart

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TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – You already know that exercise is good for your health and your heart, both to prevent heart disease and, for those who already have a heart-related condition, to make managing it easier. But you might be even more motivated to work out if you better understand exactly how exercise helps. Studies have found two important benefits from exercise. First, it improves ...

AHA: Making America's Doctors Look More Like America

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MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Dr. Luis Castellanos was a resident at UC San Diego School of Medicine, he noticed there weren't many Spanish-speaking physicians on staff, even though Latinos comprise about a third of the city's population. Occasionally, the Mexican-American cardiologist found himself translating for his colleagues – a task that continued when he ...

Can the Mediterranean Diet Protect Against Smog-Related Deaths?

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MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as a heart-healthy eating plan that can add years to your life. Now, a new study suggests the diet could help protect against the harmful effects of air pollution and reduce the risk of death due to heart attack, stroke and other causes. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil and ...

Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart Health

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MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – Exercising may keep you young at heart. Researchers found that people who make regular exercise a lifelong habit appear to slow the aging of their heart and blood vessels. The finding stems from a comparison of exercise histories and heart health among 102 people over age 60. Those who had exercised two to three times a week for at least a half-hour a day for many years ...

AHA: 'Ideal' Heart Health Eludes More Americans

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THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The percentage of Americans with ideal heart health – measured by scoring seven lifestyle and biological markers – declined over two decades, according to a study that found people who maintain higher health scores over time have less risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The research, published May 17 in the Journal of the American ...

Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease, Experts Say

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THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – There is more reason than ever for people to make fish a bigger part of their diets, according to the American Heart Association. The heart group has long recommended that people eat fish – preferably fatty varieties – once or twice a week. Now it is reaffirming that advice based on additional evidence that fish helps ward off heart disease. Specifically, adults should ...

AHA: Heart Transplant Survivor Shakes Off Sheltered Childhood to Enjoy Life

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TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Kendra Plumley didn't spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of her time indoors. It wasn't a choice. She had to protect her new heart. Today, the 29-year-old from Midlothian, Texas, is making up for lost time by ...

Add Heart Check to Annual Ob-Gyn Visit, Experts Say

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – A "well" visit to her ob-gyn can benefit a woman's heart, two leading U.S. medical groups say. "As the leading health care providers for women, ob-gyns provide care that goes far beyond reproductive health and are in a unique position to screen, counsel and educate patients on heart health," said Dr. Haywood Brown, immediate past president of the American College of ...

Staying Healthy Between MD Visits

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Wellness exams are important for monitoring your health and detecting any problems early on. But there are also self-care steps to take to protect yourself the other 364 days of the year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests doing regular skin and body checks. Look and feel for any changes, like a lump, rash or growth. Use a hand mirror for ...

A Big Belly Bad for Your Heart

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FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 – Even if you're not obese, too much belly fat could harm your ticker, researchers report. "People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI [body mass index]," said study author Dr. Jose Medina-Inojosa. He's with the Mayo Clinic's division of preventive cardiology, in ...

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