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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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Diagnosing a stroke in the emergency room can be difficult. Patients who have atypical symptoms such as dizziness may be especially likely to go undiagnosed. That's particularly true when the health care provider assessing the problem is not experienced in... (Read More)
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If you've given your sweetie a box of chocolates this Valentine's Day, you might be doing more than just saying "I love you." The phytonutrients and polyphenols in chocolate have some amazing effects on the human body. Chocolate can prevent... (Read More)
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There is a reason your mother told you not to discuss politics at the dinner table. It can be disruptive and divisive. It's not that different in healthcare. These days the divide between natural healing and drug therapy is almost... (Read More)
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A daily dose of multivitamins does not prevent heart disease. Although a recent study suggested that taking a multivitamin may help men reduce their risk of developing cancer, researchers found no benefit from multivitamins in preventing heart attacks, strokes or... (Read More)
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Smoking Bans Save Lives

Smoking bans really do make a big difference for health. That's the conclusion from a study published in the journal Circulation. Researchers looked at 45 studies in several countries including the U.S., England, Germany and New Zealand. The studies were... (Read More)
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