Migraine with Aura May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Women who suffer from migraine with aura may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or blood clot, according to two studies presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting. One study shows that migraine with aura (which involves visual problems such as flashing lights) is a strong contributor to… Read more »

Amar’e Stoudemire Faces Uncertainty

The New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire is slated to be off the basketball court for about six weeks as he undergoes further knee surgery. The planned surgery is an arthroscopic debridement and usually involves cleaning out debris in the knee joint, such as loose cartilage fragments, bone chips and inflamed tissue. Recent advances in the… Read more »

Study Connects BPA with Asthma

Even if we avoid bottled water, we come into contact with Bisphenol A (BPA) every day because it is almost everywhere: Chemical firms produce about six billion pounds of BPA every year to make things like medical devices, plastic tableware and food storage containers. It also coats products like food cans, ATM and retail receipts,… Read more »

A Cure for HIV in a Newborn?

The case of a Mississippi child “cured” of HIV is a highlight of the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The situation is unique because the baby received three high-dose antiretroviral medications starting at 31 hours old, and then fell out of care after several months. At 24 and 26 months, tests showed no… Read more »

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 »