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Tapping Into Telehealth

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MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – With the national shortage of primary care doctors and – in certain areas – specialists, and with a quarter of the population living in rural areas without easy access to care, telehealth has stepped in to help fill the gap. In fact, millions of Americans now use it every year. Telehealth involves virtual office visits. Note that you'll also see the term telemedicine, ...

Health Tip: Suggestions For Healthier Aging

Posted 4 days ago by

-- Many factors influence how we age, ranging from dietary choices and physical activity to health screenings and managing risk factors for disease. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests these steps to promote healthier aging: Get regular exercise. Studies have shown that people who exercise often live longer, healthier and happier lives. Pay close attention to weight and shape. Both ...

Almost Half of Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: CDC

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FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – The latest national tally on dieting finds that nearly half of U.S. adults are doing what they can to trim a widening waistline. Overall, 49.3 percent of people aged 20 and older said they'd tried to lose weight over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were based on a 2015-2016 national health survey, the ...

Omega-3s in Seafood May Keep You Healthier, Longer

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod: Whatever your preference, eating more seafood may help you stay healthy as you age, new research suggests. In a study spanning 22 years, researchers found that higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood were associated with a better chance of healthy aging. The study involved more than 2,600 U.S. adults participating in ...

AHA: A Child's Eyes May Be a Window Into Later Heart Disease Risk

Posted 11 days ago by

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Having optimal cardiovascular health as a child could predict the health of tiny blood vessels in the eye in adulthood – a finding that could serve as an early marker of heart disease, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, investigated the association between cardiovascular ...

Today's Go-Go World Too Much for Too Many Hearts

Posted 14 days ago by

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Weekday mornings are no longer the most common time for cardiac arrest, as an ever stressful world means hearts are stopping suddenly at all times of the day, new research shows. "While there are likely several reasons to explain why more cardiac arrests happen outside of previously identified peak times, stress is likely a major factor," said lead investigator Dr. Sumeet ...

Health Tip: Exercise More

Posted 14 days ago by

-- Lack of motivation, time, energy, and the costs associated with many workout programs may limit your desire to exercise more. The National Institute on Aging suggests how to overcome these potential obstacles: Exercise first thing in the morning. If you can't squeeze in 30 minutes for physical activity, consider three 10-minute spurts. Vary your regimen and make it fun. Try new activities so ...

'Southern' Diet Blamed for Black Americans' Health Woes

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Black Americans are at greater risk of high blood pressure than whites, and a new study suggests the "Southern" diet bears much of the blame. Experts have long known that blacks are more likely to die of heart disease and stroke than whites – and that rates of high blood pressure explain a lot of that disparity. But why are blacks more likely to develop high blood ...

'Yo-Yo' Cardio Readings May Signal Heart Risks

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – If your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels fluctuate, you may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than people with more steady readings, new research suggests. According to the study, during nearly six years of follow-up, men and women whose readings changed the most were 127 percent more likely to die, 43 percent more ...

AHA: Is Coffee Good for You?

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – At just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly: It gives you energy and may help you lose weight and sharpen your mental ...

AHA: Years After Pregnancy, Heart Risks Track From Mother to Child

Posted 26 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A mother can pass down a lot of physical traits to her child, such as her smile, eye color, or the shape of her nose. According to new research, she may also be passing along something not as obvious – a vulnerability for developing heart disease. A Dutch study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association found ...

Health Tip: A Nutritious Diet Can Help Your Heart

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by

-- Add another benefit to eating right: A highly nutritious diet can do wonders for your ticker, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds. People with heart failure who lacked seven or more micronutrients had about double the risk of dying or being hospitalized than those who had fewer deficiencies or none, the University of Kentucky researchers found. The ...

Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women, But Not Men

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk. But men did not reap the same benefit from the diet, which concentrates on fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables and beans, and avoids meat and dairy products. "Simple changes in dietary habits may bring a ...

AHA: For Hispanics, Neighborhood May Be Key Factor in Heart Disease Risk

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Hispanic adults who live in counties with high concentrations of their ethnic peers are about 60 percent more likely than those who don't to die from heart disease and stroke, a new study shows. As a group, Hispanics have lower death rates from heart disease and stroke than white and black adults – despite having high rates of uncontrolled ...

Many Americans Slicing Meat From Their Diet

Posted 17 Sep 2018 by

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – Is America's love affair with meat starting to lose its luster? A new survey finds that many Americans are cutting back on the amount of red and processed meat they eat – and even some poultry and fish – because they're worried about their health or their finances. Americans still eat more meat than health experts recommend. High meat consumption has negative ...

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