Both blood pressure numbers may predict heart disease

(Chiara Townley/ Medical News Today) — According to new research, both high systolic and high diastolic blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide. In the United States, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease every year. According to the Centers for […]

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You are what you eat – why the future of nutrition is personal

(Tim Spector/ The Conversation) — Humans are complicated, and there are many things that influence our health. There are things we can’t change, like our age or genetic makeup, and the things we can, such as our choice of food and drink. There are also the trillions of bacteria that live in our guts – […]

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Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with having multiple job losses

(SciTech Europa) — According to a new study, people who have become recently unemployed and have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk of having lost a job multiple times. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, their results show that in people with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, an experience of multiple involuntary […]

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Exercise, sleep, screens: New guidelines for children under 5

(Jacqueline Howard, CNN) — For the greatest health benefits, how much play time, screen time and sleep should your baby or young child have in a given day? The World Health Organization has some answers. On Wednesday, the United Nations’ public health agency released its first guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for […]

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Yo-Yo dieting harmful to women’s hearts

(Healthday) — A lot of people struggle to maintain their ideal weight, but repeatedly losing and regaining pounds — known as yo-yo dieting — probably won’t do your heart any favors. A new study found that women who lost at least 10 pounds, but then put that weight back on within a year, were more […]

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Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

(Paul Duprex/ The Conversation) — On the darkest day of 2018, the winter solstice, we at the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh tweeted, with despair, a report in the Guardian that measles cases in Europe reached the highest number in 20 years. Why was this a cause for concern? Europe is […]

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Stress, sadness really can break your heart

(Kathleen Doheny/ WebMD) — The loss of a spouse. The loss of a pet. Researchers have confirmed in recent years what people long suspected: Extreme stress can literally break your heart. And as they learn more about the relatively rare condition, they are finding that it’s not only caused by the loss of a loved one. […]

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The vast majority of people fib to the doctor. Why?

(Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan/ Futurity) — Between 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study. Besides fibbing about diet and exercise, more than a third of respondents didn’t speak up when they disagreed with their doctor’s […]

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Once you lack folate, the damage can’t be fixed

(Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen/ Futurity) — Folate deficiency creates more problems in connection with cell division and DNA replication than previously thought, a study shows. Once a person lacks folate, the resulting damage is irreversible. The researchers therefore encourage people to be more aware of the level of folate in the blood. Folate is a type of vitamin […]

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Smoking, diabetes extra risky for women’s hearts

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women’s hearts than men’s, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found that all three of these heart disease risk factors increased the odds of heart attack for both sexes. But […]

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