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Hispanics Bear Brunt of Exposure to Workplace Hazards: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 – Exposure to metals and pesticides at work could increase risk of heart disease, researchers say. Hispanic workers in the United States may be especially vulnerable because of language barriers and lower levels of education, the study authors noted. "Exposure to metals and pesticides is common worldwide, and this study highlights the need to better understand the risks ...

Better Economy Could Mean Worse Nursing Home Care

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FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 – In a good economy, the care at U.S. nursing homes falls because it's harder to attract and keep staff, a new study contends. "During economic downturns, many people are willing to take positions with work environments they may not prefer because there aren't many options," said principal investigator Sean Shenghsiu Huang. "But when the economy is good, there are plenty of ...

AHA: 12-Year-Old Heart Defect Survivor Inspires NFL Player's Foundation

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THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Gavin Kuykendall's life has been shaped by his fight against heart disease. Now almost 12, he recently expressed all he's been through – by writing a letter to his heart disease. "You made my parents very sad," he said, reading his letter in a video. "You tried to make my birthday an overwhelming and unhappy day. Even though you made me ...

Another Plus to Cardiac Rehab: Better Sex

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THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Heart patients taking part in cardiac rehabilitation could receive a spicy side effect from the program – a boost in their sex life. Attending cardiac rehab is associated with improved sexual function and more frequent sex, according to a new evidence review. The program likely helps by increasing the patient's physical fitness, said lead researcher Celina Boothby, of ...

More Green Space May Mean a Healthier Heart

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – Living in a neighborhood with lots of greenery just might protect your ticker. "Our study shows that living in a neighborhood dense with trees, bushes and other green vegetation may be good for the health of your heart and blood vessels," said study author Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the University of Louisville's Diabetes and Obesity Center. For the study, Bhatnagar ...

Marathons Can Tax Amateurs' Hearts

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MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 – While completing a full marathon is a goal for many amateur runners, new research shows a shorter endurance race might put less strain on the heart. To gauge stress on the heart among 63 amateur runners after they had run either a full marathon, a half marathon or a 10-kilometer race, the researchers assessed levels of certain proteins that are tied to heart issues. People ...

Healthy Lifestyle Makes for a Healthy Heart During Menopause

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FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Women who live a healthy lifestyle during the transition to menopause may help keep their blood vessels healthy as they age, a new study suggests. Compared with women who had the least healthy lifestyle, those who led the healthiest lifestyle had less thickening and buildup of fatty plaque in their arteries, researchers found. "Midlife is a crucial window for women to ...

AHA: Use Energy Drinks When Cramming for Exams? Your Heart May Pay a Price

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FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Final exams – and the ensuing all-night study sessions they cause – are looming large for many students across the country. But reaching for energy drinks to perk up those drooping eyelids and boost study performance could do more harm than good. Recent research shows just one energy drink can affect blood vessel function. And other studies hav ...

Only Endurance Exercise May Slow Aging

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Running, swimming, cycling and other types of endurance exercise can slow cellular aging, but strength training may not, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at how different types of exercise affected telomeres in 124 inactive, young, healthy adults. Telomeres are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes. As you age, telomeres shorten and result in cell aging. ...

AHA: Autoimmune Response in Type 1 Diabetes May Lead to Heart Disease

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MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Keeping type 1 diabetes under tight control through medication may help prevent people with the disease from developing an immune reaction to their own bodies, one that specifically attacks the heart, according to new research. Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease that affects the way the body regulates blood sugar, or ...

Skin 'Glow' Test Might Someday Spot Disease Risk Early

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – A test that measures wavelengths of light coming off skin cells might detect type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even your risk of dying, new research shows. It's possible that – someday – a quick "autofluorescence" light test to the skin might be used by consumers in "supermarkets, pharmacies or drugstores as a first estimate of [health] risk," according to a Dutch ...

AHA: Startling These Twins Could Put Their Hearts at Risk

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TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Katie and Lance Cox were watching TV one evening, their infant twins Carter and John asleep nearby, when Katie dropped the remote control. As it clattered across the floor, the couple froze, staring terrified at one another. They weren't worried about the remote. They were concerned that the noise would startle their babies to death. That's ...

Obesity All on Its Own Can Raise Your Health Risks

Posted 20 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – Obesity itself raises odds for diabetes and heart disease, even in the absence of conditions like high blood pressure, a new study finds. "This study is important because we can conclude that it is not solely factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or lack of exercise that tend to come with obesity that are harmful. The excess fat itself is harmful," said ...

Workplace Bullies Can Threaten the Heart

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MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – If you're bullied by a bad boss or co-worker, your heart may pay the price, new research shows. Victims of on-the-job bullying or violence faced a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, the researchers found. The new study of more than 79,000 European workers couldn't prove cause and effect. But if there is a causal link, eliminating workplace bullying "would mean we ...

AHA: Achilles Tendon May Be Window Into Heart Disease Severity

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THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) – For people with coronary artery disease, the thickness of the Achilles tendon may be an indicator of the severity of their disease and how likely they are to have a heart attack, new research suggests. The Achilles tendon – the longest and strongest tendon in the body – connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. The study, presented ...

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