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Doctors are divided about the benefits and risks of statins against heart disease. On one side are the enthusiasts who believe that almost everyone over the age of 50 should be on a drug like atorvastatin or simvastatin. On the... (Read More)
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A meta-analysis of 16 studies including more than 800,000 participants has confirmed what your grandmother probably told you: you'd better eat your vegetables. The Harvard researchers found that people who ate just one serving of produce daily were 5 percent... (Read More)
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You may know that exercise is good for your heart, but did you know that sitting is actually bad for your cardiovascular health? Scientists from the University of Texas analyzed data from 2,223 Americans who answered questions for the National... (Read More)
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Recent guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology strongly recommend that everyone with diabetes be prescribed a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine. But a new study of nearly 140,000 patients in Canada, the United States and the... (Read More)
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Q. I believe aspirin is a miracle drug. I've used it for pain relief for years and never once had a stomachache or heartburn. My doctor told me it was prudent to take a baby aspirin every day to prevent... (Read More)
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Resveratrol, which is found in grapes and red wine, has long been considered a superstar in the health food store. Studies have suggested that resveratrol can protect against cancer, cognitive decline and cardiovascular complications. A new study conducted in Tuscany... (Read More)
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Vitamin D may be protective for many kinds of cancer.  A Chinese meta-analysis of 25 studies including more than 17,000 cancer patients found that those who had higher levels of vitamin D in their bodies at diagnosis were more likely... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: The new guidelines brought forth by the American Heart Association and the American... (Read More)
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People at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can change their fate by altering their diet and exercise patterns. The current research included 568 Chinese people who were followed up for more than two decades. At the outset, the... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has been on a low-fat regimen for over a decade, ever since his doctor said that this was a possible way to avoid taking statins. Although my husband likes cream in his coffee, he now uses skim... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls among elderly people. Two new studies analyzed data from prior research involving over one million people.... (Read More)
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Remember when we were told that butter was bad and margarine was marvelous? Ooops! Turned out that the trans fats in margarine actually increased the risk for heart disease. Diet drinks were supposed to help people lose weight and presumably... (Read More)
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Nutrition experts have egg on their faces. For years, public health policy has been to discourage consumption of saturated fat--or most any fat at all. The diet-heart hypothesis got its start in the 1950s. Ancel Keys, PhD, and his colleagues... (Read More)
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When James Fixx died at the age of 52 on July 20th, 1984, in the middle of his daily run, it was a huge shock to runners, athletes and fitness buffs. When Fixx was 35 he weighed 240 pounds and... (Read More)
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Q. I'm so confused about eggs. First we were told to avoid them because of the cholesterol. Then I read that eggs are not harmful. In fact, the suggestion was that pancakes and cold cereal are less healthful for breakfast.... (Read More)
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Epidemiologists have just questioned the validity of standard dietary advice to avoid saturated fat for the sake of heart health. Over the last several decades, nutrition experts, dietitians and cardiologists have been warning Americans to cut back on sat fat... (Read More)
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Saturated fat has long been portrayed as a major culprit in the development of heart disease. For the last 60 years Americans have been urged to cut back on sat fat and eat a low-fat diet for the sake of... (Read More)
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According to the Wall Street Journal (March 3, 2014), Lipitor brought in roughly $13 billion for Pfizer in 2006. That was during the drug's heyday. This cholesterol-lowering statin-type medication made only $2.6 billion in 2013. The precipitous decline can be... (Read More)
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High blood pressure has been linked to cardiovascular complications such as strokes and heart attacks. Although experts argue about when treatment is needed, especially for older patients, there is little disagreement that systolic blood pressures over 160 are dangerous and... (Read More)
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For decades we've been told that saturated fat and cholesterol are the twin culprits behind heart disease, but a new study suggests that sugar may be at least as dangerous to the heart. The research published in JAMA Internal Medicine... (Read More)
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