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German researchers have shown that the rewards of a healthy lifestyle include lowering the risk of suffering a stroke. They analyzed data from nearly 24,000 people and determined that those who maintain a healthy weight, don't smoke, exercise regularly, consume... (Read More)
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An analysis of seven studies identified another dietary factor that may help reduce the risk of stroke. Chinese epidemiologists reviewed the studies, each of which followed the participants for at least 10 years and used periodic diet questionnaires. Four studies... (Read More)
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Strokes kill. Nearly 130,000 Americans die from one each year. Maybe even worse, strokes can cause terrible disability and depression. Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke annually. As a result many will never walk independently again. Others will have trouble... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration is warning against using aspirin to prevent initial heart attacks. The agency has just rejected a request by the Bayer company to modify its aspirin label so that healthy people could take the drug to... (Read More)
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Sugar may be an unexpected contributor to death from heart disease. For decades, Americans were told to reduce the amount of fat in their diets. Food companies compensated for the loss of flavor in low-fat foods by adding sugar. As... (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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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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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs) have been linked to a variety of cardiovascular complications. Pain relievers like ibuprofen, found in Advil and Motrin, as well as Celebrex, diclofenac, and meloxicam carry heart warnings because of an increased risk of blood... (Read More)
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The blood-thinning drug Pradaxa made headlines Thursday when a New York Times article by Katie Thomas blew the lid off insider communications. The scandal hit the fan because a federal judge in Illinois released drug company documents revealing that the... (Read More)
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Sugar is turning out to be more dangerous than previously thought. That's the conclusion of a large epidemiological study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. More than 30,000 people were questioned in detail about their health and their diets... (Read More)
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Imagine a drug that eases inflammation, reduces the risk of blood clots, relaxes blood vessels, improves circulation, improves liver function and blood sugar control, relieves stress and enhances mood. A medication that could do all those things might easily cost... (Read More)
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Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease even in people who seem otherwise healthy. For years, scientists have been debating whether people who are fat but fit can escape the health problems associated with obesity. A new analysis of... (Read More)
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According to The American Heart Association and The American College of Cardiology, 33 million Americans should now be on statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. That means about twice as many people as are currently prescribed these drugs. Using the new guidelines, physicians... (Read More)
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Living near an airport may be hazardous to your health. That's what scientists concluded in two different studies published in the BMJ. Investigators collected data from more than 3 million Londoners living within earshot of Heathrow airport. Those exposed to... (Read More)
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A new study from Spain shows that the Mediterranean diet can cut the risk of stroke significantly in a vulnerable population. The PrediMed investigation involved more than 7,000 subjects with type 2 diabetes or at high risk of cardiovascular complications.... (Read More)
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Drinking coffee has been associated with health benefits such as a reduced likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, heart failure, Alzheimer's disease or certain cancers. But caffeine in medications may not be so good for you. Korean researchers report that... (Read More)
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Q. I had a hemorrhagic stroke a few years ago. I have low cholesterol (155) with an HDL of 58 and LDL of 86. I have never taken any cholesterol lowering drugs. I have read on your website that there... (Read More)
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Q. I am quite confused and annoyed about reports that fish oil isn't beneficial. I've heard for years that fish oil supplements are good for all kinds of things, like depression and anxiety, skin and joints and general heart health.... (Read More)
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