The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Heart Attack

Will Eating Seaweed Protect Your Heart?

Japanese researchers crunched a lot of data and found that eating seaweed regularly can reduce your risk of heart disease.

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Heart Attack

Can Men Get an Extra Benefit from a Statin?

Using statins to prevent heart disease is still controversial. New research suggests a different benefit from a statin: reduced risk of prostate cancer.

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Are People More Active with Step Counters?

Using step counters like pedometers along with coaching from health professionals can help people increase their physical activity.

Fish oil nutritional supplements

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

First we were told fish oil was good for the heart. Then we were told no, it doesn't work. Now, omega 3 fats work after all. What about for arthritis?

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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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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?

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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!

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Are Optimists Protected from Heart Attacks?

A meta-analysis of 15 studies finds that optimists are less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes. They are also less likely to die prematurely.

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Show 1182: How You Can Use Exercise as Medicine

Doctors who use exercise as medicine offer personalized prescriptions for activity. This can be as powerful as medications for promoting health.

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You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnostic mistakes are surprisingly common. They can lead to disability or death. A new study identifies the most common conditions that are often missed.

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Drug Side Effects

Does Green Tea Interact with Heart Drugs?

How does green tea interact with nadolol? Green tea compounds can lower blood levels of this heart drug, but does not seem to affect metoprolol.

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Heart Attack

Is Napping Good for Your Health or Bad for Your Health?

Are you a snoozer? Do you worry about the health consequences of napping during the day? Worry no more. The latest research suggests it may be good for you.

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Blood Clots

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

Our new underwriter, CocoaVia, offers high-potency cocoa flavanols without the calories of chocolate.

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Acid Reflux

Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

A large European study found that people who usually had two soft drinks a day were more likely to die prematurely than those who had less than one a month.

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Heart Attack

Is Your Diet Putting You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Vegetarians have a lower risk for heart disease than meat eaters. However, they have a slightly higher chance of suffering a stroke.

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Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

People who consume a flavonoid-rich diet full of colorful veggies, berries and fruits are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease or cancer.

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Is It Better to Get Protein from Plants or Animals?

People getting most of their protein from plants and consuming a healthful plant-based diet are more likely to live longer and less likely to get diabetes.

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Heart Attack

How Soon Do Smokers Benefit from Quitting?

A careful study shows that smokers benefit from quitting. It may be more than a decade, though, before their risk of heart attacks drops to normal.

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Drug Side Effects

For Seniors, More Blood Pressure Medication Is Not Better

Increasing blood pressure medication at hospital discharge might do more harm than good for older people without heart disease.

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Heart Attack

People Who Have Sex More Often Live Longer

Israeli heart attack survivors who said they had sex more often lived longer (and possibly happier) than those who had sex infrequently or not at all.