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AHA: Are Eggs Good for You or Not?

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THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The egg is standard breakfast fare, but many people may be wondering whether eggs are healthy. At just 78 calories each, eggs are an efficient, rich source of protein and vitamins. A large egg contains about 6 grams of protein. Eggs also are a good source of other nutrients, including vitamin D (which aids bone health and the immune system) ...

Here's What Predicts a Woman's Odds of Living Till 90

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 – Women whose mothers lived a long and healthy life have a good chance of doing the same, a new study suggests. A long-term study of about 22,000 postmenopausal women in the United States found that those whose mothers had lived to age 90 were 25 percent more likely to reach that milestone without suffering serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, ...

Immigrants Not a Burden on U.S. Health Care: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 – Immigrants in the United States use health care services less often than native-born citizens and may actually be subsidizing some of their health care, a new study reports. A team of researchers systematically examined 188 peer-reviewed studies since the year 2000 related to health care expenditures on and by immigrants in the United States. "Many Americans, including ...

AHA: Wildfire Smoke Threatens Health of Those Near and Far

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More than 100 wildfires are blazing through parts of the western United States, including one in California that has grown to become the largest fire in the state's history. Fires that vast have created logistical nightmares and health concerns for residents within their reach, as well as the firefighters working around the clock to ...

A Weak Grip May Signal Future Health Trouble -- Even in Kids

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MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Weak grip strength in children may point to a higher risk of such health problems as diabetes and heart disease, new research suggests. In a new study that followed children from 4th grade through 5th grade, a grip-strength test was given to the students at the start of the study. The researchers said that nearly 28 percent of the boys and 20 percent of the girls were ...

American Heart Association Turns Dietary Advice on Its Head

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FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Eating a wide variety of foods might not be good for you after all, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). "Eating a more diverse diet might be associated with eating a greater variety of both healthy and unhealthy foods. Combined, such an eating pattern may lead to increased food consumption and obesity," statement author ...

For Seniors, Getting Physical Protects the Heart

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – If you're in your early 60s, becoming more active may reduce your risk of heart disease, researchers report. That's especially true for women, they added. "The 60 to 64 age range represents an important transition between work and retirement, when lifestyle behaviors tend to change. It may, therefore, be an opportunity to promote increased physical activity," said study ...

AHA: Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Enlarged Hearts

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FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged heart chambers, a common precursor to heart failure, a new study indicates. While previous research has established a firm link between air pollution and higher risks of heart disease and heart-related death, the U.K.-based study published Aug. ...

How Much Daily Exercise Do You Really Need?

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THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Hopefully, you enjoy exercising and don't watch the clock, impatient for it to be over. But it's important to know how much exercise you're getting so you can reap all its health rewards. Between the ages of 18 and 64, barring any medical restrictions, the weekly goal is at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio (aerobic) exercise, or 75 minutes if the activity ...

Obesity Could Set Stage for Heart Issues in Pregnancy

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Young pregnant women who are obese may face a higher risk of changes in heart structure and function, a small new study suggests. The changes seen might lead to a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, according to the researchers. This disorder is a dangerous form of high blood pressure that can develop during the second half of pregnancy. Preeclampsia can put ...

Obesity Warps the Shape, Function of Young Hearts

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MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Doctors have long known that obesity raises the risk for heart disease later in life, but new research reveals it can damage even young hearts. British scientists found that young adults who had a higher body mass index (BMI) – an estimate of body fat based on height and weight – had higher blood pressure and thickened heart muscle. "Our results simply suggest that any ...

AHA: For Protein & Your Heart, Pick Quality Over Quantity

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FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal. For heart health, experts say the key is moderation and choosing wisely. "Very high intake of meat, especially processed red meat, is not good for overall health," said Dr. Jyrki Virtanen, author of a recent study on protein consumption. "Those who are used to eating very ...

Health Tip: Get Active

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by

-- Healthy adults should get 150 minutes of moderate exercise or more each week, the American Heart Association suggests. Regular exercise can help improve your quality of life, the AHA says, and also may: Help relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. Reduce your risk for developing chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. Improve blood cholesterol levels. Prevent and ...

Health Tip: Eat Whole Grains

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by

-- Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet and can help reduce your risk of developing some chronic diseases. Grains are a source of fiber, several B vitamins, and minerals such as iron, magnesium and selenium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. The agency mentions these possible advantages to adding more grains to your diet: May reduce your risk of heart disease. May reduce ...

AHA: Personal Trainer Is Half the Woman She Used to Be

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THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Annabelle Jimenez's knees ached constantly. Her back, too. She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds. "I couldn't walk a block without feeling extremely tired and in pain," she said. Jimenez grappled with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that ...

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