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AHA: Protect Your Heart and Health During 'Dog Days' of Summer

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Summer is a time for barbecues and other outdoor fun, but it's also a time for sweltering heat. And experts say everyone, especially the elderly and very young, need to know how to limit the potentially deadly effects of high temperatures. The ancient Greeks and Romans called the sultriest days of summer the "dog days." The Old Farmer's ...

AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing heart disease within the next decade. "Internet-based ...

Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – While the legalization of same-sex marriage improved gay men's chances of having both health insurance and access to health care, it didn't translate into better health, a new study suggests. "We found that lesbian, gay or bisexual adults were more likely to get married after having access to legal same-sex marriage," said study co-author Gilbert Gonzales Jr., an ...

AHA: Southern Diet Could Be Deadly for People With Heart Disease

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with a history of heart disease who eat a traditional Southern diet are more likely to die than those who follow a Mediterranean dietary pattern, according to new research. The large-scale study, published July 12 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to the growing body of evidence on heart disease and its ...

Green Space: A Gateway to Better Health?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Maybe there's good reason why open, unspoiled stretches of land are often referred to as God's country. New research from Britain suggests that getting close to nature is beneficial to your health. The researchers analyzed more than 140 studies that included more than 290 million people in 20 countries to compare the health of those with the greatest access to green ...

More Evidence That Supplements Won't Help Your Heart

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – There's another study suggesting that the vitamin and mineral supplements bought by millions of Americans do nothing to stave off heart disease. This time, the finding stems from an analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2016. Each one looked at how vitamins and mineral supplements – which are not reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for either ...

PTSD May Have Put Hearts of 9/11 First Responders at Risk

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – Working on clean-up crews after the 9/11 terrorist attack took a huge emotional toll on many first responders, and new research suggests that might have triggered heart trouble as well. Those who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) faced more than double the risk of a heart attack and stroke compared to those who worked on New York City's World Trade Center ...

Diabetes Diagnosis 'Silver Lining'? Other Family Members' Health May Improve

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt health lifestyle changes, too. A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking. They were also slightly more likely to get their ...

Scientists Target Cellular 'Fountain of Youth' to Extend Mouse Life Span

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – Interested in turning back the hands of time and living a longer, healthier life? Scientists say their work with aged mice might have gotten a small step closer to that goal. The study focused on so-called senescent cells – cells that no longer function, accumulate as humans age, and interfere with the health of neighboring cells. Senescent cells are highly linked to ...

To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 – Moms can play a big role in combating America's childhood obesity epidemic, researchers contend. The key: kids are less likely to be obese if their mothers follow five healthy habits, according to the report from Harvard. The five habits are: eating a healthy diet; exercising regularly; maintaining a healthy body weight; not smoking; and drinking alcohol in moderation. ...

How to Start Exercising When You're Out of Shape

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 – Though you may face challenges if you're carrying excess weight or haven't been active in a long time, you can still get fit and gain all the benefits that exercise has to offer. The easiest way to get started is with walking because it's low-impact and low-risk, and all you need is a pair of supportive walking or running shoes. Begin by scheduling one dedicated walk ...

Warming Climate, More AC -- and More Unhealthy Smog Ahead

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – As global warming heats up the planet, billions of people will need more air conditioning. And that could bring an uptick in serious health problems, a new study predicts. The research estimates up to 1,000 more deaths annually in the eastern United States alone by 2050 – deaths linked to rising levels of air pollution because more fossil fuels will be burned at power ...

Sitting Tied to Raised Risk of Death From 14 Diseases

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Get up off of the couch: Sitting too much may kill you even if you exercise regularly. If you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours, an American Cancer Society study suggests. And, the study authors added, sitting may kill you in 14 ways, including: cancer; heart disease; stroke; ...

Can Coffee Extend Your Life?

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Having a morning cup of java – and another and another – might prolong your life, a new study suggests. In fact, drinking lots of coffee was associated with a lower risk of early death, including among people who downed eight or more cups per day. And it's not the caffeine. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the ...

Staying With 1 Doctor May Prolong Your Life: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Sticking with one primary care doctor may help you stay healthy and extend your life, according to a new British study. Researchers reviewed 22 studies from nine countries with different cultures and health systems. Of those, 18 concluded that staying with the same doctor over time significantly reduced early deaths, compared with switching doctors. "Currently, arranging ...

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