The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Heart Attack

Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

A large study in China monitored people's tea-drinking habits and their health. Those who sip green tea several times a week seem to live longer.

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Heart Attack

Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

A long-term study of atherosclerosis revealed that adequate magnesium is critical for good heart health.

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Drug Side Effects

Are Insecticides Bad for Your Heart?

Greater exposure to pyrethroid insecticides was linked to higher mortality from heart disease in a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Heart Attack

Should You Take Aspirin or Shun the Wonder Drug?

It's surprising to learn that even after a century aspirin remains highly controversial. Should people take aspirin to prevent heart attacks and cancer?

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Heart Attack

Will Chile Peppers Extend Your Life? Hot Peppers vs. Heart Disease!

People all over the world love hot peppers. New research suggests that chile peppers can help you live longer and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

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Angina

Beware Routine Stents or Bypass Surgery for Stable Heart Disease

Heart patients have been told for years that stents or bypass surgery prevent heart attacks and prolong life. A $100 million study contradicts that belief.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Will Taking Fish Oil Protect You from Heart Disease?

New data suggests that taking fish oil can protect people from heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and premature death without boosting prostate cancer.

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Heart Attack

Intermittent Fasting for Better Heart Health

People who practice intermittent fasting even once a month have better heart health. They are less likely to develop heart failure or die prematurely.

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Drug Side Effects

Who Benefits by Taking Repatha for High Cholesterol?

A reader wonders whether the benefits of Repatha for high cholesterol outweigh the risks. This is a decision that should be made on an individual basis.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Will Taking Quality Fish Oil Help Your Heart?

Research has confirmed that quality fish oil supplements can benefit cardiovascular health, mitigate autoimmune disease and possibly ease dry eyes.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Time?

Many people take supplements. A major review last summer concluded, though, that they are a waste of time for heart disease. Is that really true?

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).

Podcasts

Show 1186: What Happens When Doctors Make Diagnostic Errors?

No one knows quite how many diagnostic errors doctors make each year, but the number is high. Some have serious or deadly consequences.

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Heart Attack

Will Eating Seaweed Protect Your Heart?

Epidemiologists in Japan have found that eating seaweed reduces the risk of heart disease.

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Heart Attack

Can Men Get an Extra Benefit from a Statin?

While doctors argue about how well a statin prevents heart disease in healthy people, researchers have found an unexpected benefit from a statin for men.

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Diabetes

Are People More Active with Step Counters?

In studies that coupled step counters with coaching by health professionals, volunteers increased their physical activity.

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Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

Studies of supplements rich in omega 3 fats have reached conflicting conclusions. The latest analysis concludes that they reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Heart Attack

Dog Owners Get Survival Benefit

A Swedish study demonstrates that dog owners are less likely to die soon after a heart attack or a stroke. A meta-analysis reinforces that conclusion.

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Cancer

Is Meat OK to Eat Now? Do Food Flip-Flops Make You Mad?

Public health experts have told us for decades that red meat causes heart attacks and cancer. But new studies question that dogma. Is meat OK after all?

fish oil capsules
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Fish Oil for the Heart? Is It Good After All?

Fish oil for the heart has been on a roller coaster. It has been good for the heart, ineffective for the heart and now, once again, very good for the heart!