Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Major Cardiovascular Events, Stroke by 30%

A Mediterranean diet including extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts cuts the risk of stroke and other major cardiovascular events by as much as 30 percent among those at high-risk, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. While there have been numerous studies on the cardiovascular benefits of the… Read more »

Is It a Diet–or an Eating Disorder?

Let’s get on the same page about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and overeating for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorder statistics show that they affect 10 to 15 percent of us, yet only a tenth goes for help. And with the highest mortality rate of any behavioral disorder–between 10 and 20 percent–it’s important to know… Read more »

Was Lady Gaga Born This Way?

Lady Gaga’s hip injury has caused the pop star to cancel the rest of her Born This Way Ball Tour, rendering her starstruck fans speechless. It appears Lady Gaga has struggled with the the labrum of her right hip for “months” and she cites “strenuous repetitive movements” as the likely cause of the injury, according… Read more »

Surgical Delivery of Clot-Busting Drug Shows Promise

Stroke patients who had surgery to deliver the clot-busting drug tPA directly into the brain experienced better and quicker recovery than those who received standard treatment, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. There are two types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Though their symptoms appear similar, they are very different health… Read more »

Supplements for Heart Health

While there’s no substitute for consistent, healthy habits, your physician may suggest a nutritional supplement to enhance your heart-healthy lifestyle. • Soluble fiber: Psyllium (seed grain) is available as a laxative and fiber supplement. Oats and barley contain beta glucan, another soluble fiber that lowers LDL cholesterol. • Red yeast rice (RYR) extract: A product… Read more »

How to Reduce Cholesterol with 3 Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet contains plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains. While no single nutrient prevents heart disease, some foods lower cholesterol naturally with soluble fiber, which prevents binds cholesterol in the digestive tract and helps block it from entering circulation, or with polyunsaturated fats, which lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Here are three foods… Read more »

Shoveling Snow? Watch Out for Back Injuries

Snow isn’t dangerous only for driving conditions. Shoveling the stuff causes tens of thousands of injuries or medical emergencies every year, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine—and that’s just counting people who wind up in an emergency department. The stress of removing snow most frequently hurts the lower back, causing muscle strain and serious back… Read more »

Heart Disease Prevention: A Gift to Yourself

Heart health can be easier to achieve than you might think. It is not about grueling workouts and living on bland food, but lifestyle choices that help you feel alive and vital and make your heart sing. It’s empowering to know that 80 to 90 percent of heart disease is preventable. Here’s how to stay… Read more »