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Cardiovascular Disease

Moving Beyond Generalized Lifestyle Intervention Into Personalized Lifestyle Medicine

Deanna Minich, Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deanna Minich, Ph.D.

At first, I was a bit surprised to see this conclusion. After all, how can anyone argue with the therapeutic impact of lifestyle -- the basics of healthy eating and increased physical activity -- for the reduction of chronic disease?

Another Big Health Reason To Get A Good Night's Sleep

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living

Sleep has been called the "third pillar" of health, in addition to diet and exercise, and recent research is shedding light on just how important slee...

James Gandolfini Did Not Die of Natural Causes

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Celebrity
Neal Barnard, M.D.

The idea that a heart attack is "natural" for a man of only 51 is a dangerous fallacy that medicine has tried very hard to dispel. A heart attack is a disease state caused by specific circumstances, and it needs to -- and can -- be prevented.

The Health Report You Never Read (But Should Have)

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Basically, the committee said, in no uncertain or wishy-washy terms, that we have a huge problem and its name is sugar.

CoQ & A

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The current study, which thus far has only been presented at a conference, albeit a prestigious one, and not yet published in full in the peer-reviewed literature, appears to be a game-changer.

Cellular Alchemy: Converting Fibroblasts Into Heart Cells

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2013 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

This process of cellular alchemy is still in its infancy. It is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of regenerative medicine, because it shows how plastic cells are.

Positive Naturopathic Integrative Medicine Cardiovascular Risk Study Provokes Editorial in Top Medical Journal

John Weeks | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

"Can naturopaths deliver complementary preventive medicine?" Thus ran the headline in a recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Air Quality Awareness Week

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

It's hard to believe that the first federal air pollution legislation was the Air Pollution Act of 1955. Fifty-eight years later, the United States -- and the world -- are still struggling to come to terms with the importance of preserving the quality of the air we breathe.

Red Meat and Eggs on Trial Again, But Jury Is Still Out

Chris Kresser | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Chris Kresser

For more than half a century we were told that red meat and eggs are bad for us because they raise our cholesterol, only to find that the evidence supporting this hypothesis is weak at best. Let's not make TMAO the new cholesterol.

Does Carnitine Really Cause Heart Disease?

Alan R. Gaby, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan R. Gaby, M.D.

The bulk of the scientific evidence indicates that carnitine is beneficial for the heart, and the conclusion circulated by the media that carnitine is harmful is unwarranted.

Could Antibiotics Treat Your Heart Attack?

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Can we forget the medication for cholesterol and instead reach for the antibiotics to prevent heart attacks? A new study in Nature Medicine poses this interesting question. This novel idea may not be so far-fetched!

Bald Men Have A Higher Risk Of This Health Concern

Posted 04.05.2013 | Fifty

Men who are losing their hair may have bigger concerns than just their looks. A new study finds that balding men share a greater risk of having a hear...

The Collateral Damage of Insulin Resistance

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

There are now numerous medical studies indicating that a low glycemic index diet has a positive effect on not only improving insulin resistance, but also managing Type 2 diabetes, retinopathy, cardiovascular disease, and acne vulgaris.

Good Health Can Be Contagious

Daniel Zoughbie | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Daniel Zoughbie

The people of Bell County, Ky. are teaching us that good health can be made contagious between individuals, groups, and even amongst nations.

How Serious Is Snoring?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Overall, much less attention has been paid to the possible health problems of snoring when it is not accompanied by sleep apnea. The research that has been done in this area has returned conflicting evidence regarding the health risks associated with snoring.

6 Heart-Healthy Yoga Postures

David Magone | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
David Magone

Can't touch your toes anymore? Not to worry. Practice this short cycle of postures three times per week to improve the results of the sit-and-reach test.

Better Diet? Bigger Picture!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those who want today's news to be that the Mediterranean diet has been proven superior to other truly good diets will need to wait until tomorrow, or longer. We had previously lacked any good head-to-head comparisons of "best diet" candidates, and we still do.

Why Older People REALLY Need To Stop Smoking

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.21.2013 | Fifty

Good news for older people who smoke: If you quit smoking, you will reap the benefits in a fairly short period of time. A new study by researchers ...

The Dangerous Myth of 'Fat but Fit'

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

Yes, in rare circumstances we can point to a few obese individuals who do not appear to be at increased risk for heart disease; few things are absolute with biology. But that should offer no consolation to Gov. Christie or anyone else carrying excess weight.

PHOTOS: Toni Braxton, Gabby Douglas Highlight African Americans' Fight Against Heart Disease

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 02.07.2013 | Black Voices

It's been nearly two years since U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin famously called attention to the role hair plays in the black community's ongoin...

More Than Valentine's Day: Taking Care of Our Hearts

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

February is American Heart Month, which makes this a good time to talk about the ways the Affordable Care Act helps us take better care of our hearts. Right now, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

New Study Makes Stronger Connection Between ED And Heart Disease

Posted 01.30.2013 | Fifty

A new study gives us reason to revisit one of our most popular health stories of 2012: erectile dysfunction and its link to cardiovascular health. ...

Gut Health Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke

Leonard Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leonard Smith

The connection between the gut microbiome and human health is currently being explored as part of the Human Microbiome Project. This project has inspired a new wave of research into the effects of the gut microbiome and is delivering interesting findings.

Premature Reports of Nails in CAM's Coffin: Of Miracles and Money

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many unpatentable modalities in the realm of complementary and alternative medicine do not inspire huge and costly trials. We need such trials to know for sure what does and doesn't work. In the absence of them, we need to avoid a rush to judgment.

Medicare Preventive Services: What's Free, What's Not!

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Medicare covers a wide array of preventive services to help you stay healthy, but it's important to know which services are totally covered and which ones will generate some out-of-pocket costs.