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As a Patient and Caregiver, Larry Knows How Much Support Helps

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Having lost my father and grandfather to heart disease, I should've been more aware of my own heart health. I shouldn't have smoked three packs a day for 18 years. Just because I played a lot of tennis and "looked healthy," I shouldn't have believed that proved I was healthy.

The Soda Tax Wars: Let's Help San Francisco and Berkeley Crush Big Soda

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Opponents of soda taxes say they don't work. They point to a study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Actually, that study showed that soda taxes do work. Weak soda taxes of three percent, without any accompanying public health campaign, work weakly. But, they work. They decrease soda consumption.

Rallying Women Against Heart Disease Is a Year-Round Pursuit

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"Raising awareness is always fulfilling; raising awareness of the No. 1 killer of women is especially satisfying. That is why one day is not enough. As women in high-profile roles, we need to do better. We need to do more."

Why We Can't Ignore Heart Disease in Hispanics

American Heart Association | Posted 09.16.2014 | Latino Voices
American Heart Association

For many Hispanics, family is paramount. Yet heart disease and stroke, this nation's number one and number four killers, are stealing our abuelitos and abuelitas at an unacceptable rate.

Rebel With a Cause: How to Break the Rules and Live a Limitless Low-Sodium Life

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Jessica Goldman Foung fought back. Her most powerful tools were the love and support of family and friends, medicines and a new diet. Within a few years, she went off that waiting list. Then she went off dialysis. Then she went off many of those medicines.

Stalling on Salt

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Don't bother reaching for that shaker of salt next time you eat out. The chain restaurant industry has already decided for you how salty you like your food, and they think you like it plenty salty!

Can Fat Baboons Help Us Understand the 'Obesity Paradox'?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Does our present high-sugar diet do to us what the "garbage dump diet" did to the baboons? Weight gain, pre-diabetes and alarming cholesterol elevations are all results of our diet too. Like the baboons, we humans will certainly respond to dietary insults in a variety of ways.

AHA at 90: How Far We've Come, How Much Work Remains

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Back then, heart disease was a death sentence. About the only treatment a doctor could offer was bed rest. The medical field couldn't stop, or even slow, the suffering, much less prevent it

In Conversation, Part Two

Anat Baniel | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Whenever a person is able to refine and evolve the way they execute a movement, or an action, remarkable breakthroughs often happen in what is possible. When this occurs, people experience enhanced well-being and increased vitality.

Older Migraine Sufferers May Have More 'Silent Strokes'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living

A history of migraine headaches may increase a person's risk of silent brain injury, according to new research. Researchers studied a group of 546 ...

Eating More Fruits And Veggies May Lower Stroke Risk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living

You know you're supposed to get ample servings of fruits and veggies a day, even if you don't always do so. But a new review of research might give yo...

Mom's Fight to Overcome Stroke Inspired NBA Star Paul George -- Now, They Aim to Inspire Others

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

On Sunday, on Mother's Day, Paul and the Indiana Pacers will take on the Washington Wizards in a playoff game. Paulette will watch eagerly, perhaps even taking a moment to connect the dots on how far each of them have come in their own struggles.

Better Red Than Dead

Gail Becker | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Gail Becker

Yes, I know the title is a bit jarring... but then, again, that's the point. One in every three American women will die of heart disease; that means one woman every minute. That means someone you know... or maybe even you.

In Conversation

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

"I was blessed to spend over a decade of my life first as a student and then as a colleague of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. He was a trained physicist who worked with Marie and Julio Curie, and he was a pioneer in the field of neuroplasticity long before the term existed."

Hypertension Control Means Celebrating Something That Doesn't Happen

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, making this is a great time to discuss this condition -- what it is, why it matters and what can be done about it.

How Overcoming a Stroke Taught This Pro Golfer the Meaning of Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

At just 24, Andrew Parr already was a top-ranked golfer. He had won multiple amateur prizes throughout his youth in Canada, the U.S., and Great Britai...

Of Salt, Saltation and Salience: The Case for Fixing What's Broken

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The prevailing fashion in nutrition, if not all of health news, is contrarianism. Cutting back on salt was yesterday's news. If today's news were the same as yesterday's news, we might not be confused, and desperately in need of tomorrow's news to help sort it all out. We can't have that!

Pulp Fiction? The Bottom Line on Juicing

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Your juicer may belong on the shelf next to the other fallen health products. It is a device that takes healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and renders them less healthy. It eliminates fiber, turns solid food into a liquid and facilitates a huge increase in consumption.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

5 Not-So-Obvious Challenges for a Young Stroke Survivor

Harshada Rajani | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Harshada Rajani

In most cases, being a survivor is better than being a victim, but arguably, not in this case. The immense pain and unrelenting heartache of a stroke lies in its aftermath, not in the injury itself. One goes through so many unbelievable challenges, large and small, as a result of having a stroke.

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

Why the Murderer of Millions Still Roams Free

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Christopher Norris

With no fear of the law, the killer of 7 million stalks new targets The evening winds roughed up the trees surrounding her log cabin, which overlooke...

The Bad News For Diet Drink Lovers

Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty

You might think you're doing yourself a favor, opting for the diet version of your favorite soda or fruit drink. But sip a little too much and you cou...

Would You Know If You Were Having A Stroke?

Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living

Many women would not be able to identify the signs of a stroke, a new study suggests. The study included phone survey results from 1,205 women in t...

Could 'Chocolate Pills' Prevent Heart Attacks?

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living

It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can ...