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One in five older Americans take medications that work against each other

March 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – About three out of four older Americans have multiple chronic health conditions, and more than 20 percent of them are being treated with drugs that work at odds with each other – the medication being used for one condition can actually make the other condition worse. This approach of treating conditions “one…  read more


Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones

This article appeared in the March 9, 2014 issue of The New York Times Magazine. Bones should be jarred, for their own good. Past experiments have definitively established that subjecting bones to abrupt stress prompts them to add mass or at least reduces their loss of mass as people age. What has been in dispute,…  read more


Dark chocolate consumption improves leukocyte adhesion factors and vascular function in overweight men

March 4, 2014

Flavanol-enriched chocolate consumption increases endothelium-dependent vasodilation. Most research so far has focused on flow-mediated dilation (FMD) only; the effects on other factors relevant to endothelial health, such as inflammation and leukocyte adhesion, have hardly been addressed. We investigated whether consumption of regular dark chocolate also affects other markers of endothelial health, and whether chocolate enrichment…  read more


Vegetarian Diets and Blood Pressure

February 28, 2014

Importance Previous studies have suggested an association between vegetarian diets and lower blood pressure (BP), but the relationship is not well established. Objective To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials and observational studies that have examined the association between vegetarian diets and BP. Data Sources MEDLINE and Web of Science were…  read more


Child obesity rates drop 43% in past decade

The level of obesity among the nation’s kids ages 2-5 fell significantly over a roughly eight-year period, but some experts caution the figures may be somewhat misleading. With so little good news about obesity in the USA, public health advocates are celebrating a rare victory: a sharp decline in obesity rates among young children. The…  read more


First guidelines issued to prevent stroke in women

Just as heart attack symptoms may differ between men and women, so do stroke risks. Now, the American Heart Association has issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. They focus on birth control, pregnancy, depression and other risk factors that women face uniquely or more frequently than men do. The advice applies to…  read more


Mediterranean diet linked with lower risk of heart disease among young US workers

The Harvard School of Public Health issued the following news release: Mediterranean diet linked with lower risk of heart disease among young US workers Among a large group of Midwestern firefighters, greater adherence to Mediterranean-style diet was associated with lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study led by researchers from…  read more


Yoga Lowers Inflammation, Aids Sleep, & Lessens Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors

February 18, 2014

Ohio State University issued the following news release: Yoga can lower fatigue, inflammation in breast cancer survivors In study, the more women practiced, the better the results Practicing yoga for as little as three months can reduce fatigue and lower inflammation in breast cancer survivors, according to new research. The more the women in the…  read more


Obesity during pregnancy could lead to long-term cardiovascular morbidity

February 7, 2014

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine issued the following news release: Study finds obesity during pregnancy is risk factor for long-term cardiovascular morbidity In a study to be presented on Feb. 7 at 2:45 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in New Orleans, researchers will report that obesity during…  read more


An Osteoarthritis Primer

January 23, 2014

Maybe we should rewrite that quote usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Nothing is certain except death, taxes — and arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States. Dr. C. Thomas Vangsness Jr., an orthopedist and chief of sports medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, has just published (with…  read more


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