Nearly half of all adult Americans have cardiovascular disease

DALLAS, Jan. 31, 2019 — Nearly half (48 percent, 121.5 million in 2016) of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update, published in the Association’s journal Circulation. As the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and…

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Chronic kidney disease: Everyone’s concern

Chronic kidney disease is defined as an abnormality of kidney structure or function that persists for more than three months. It is prevalent, affecting 10.4% of men and 11.8% of women, worldwide [3]. Chronic kidney disease can progress such that between 5.3 and 10.5 million people need kidney replacement therapy in the form of dialysis…

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Exercise may fight depression in older adults, study suggests

Rockville, Md. (January 31, 2019)—New research suggests that exercise-induced muscle changes could help boost mood in older adults. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology. Exercise increases the expression of certain proteins (transcription factors) that help regulate gene expression and the processing (metabolism) of tryptophan in the body.…

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New treatment target emerging for retinal damage

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2019) — Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are looking at new treatment targets for the retinal damage that often accompanies diseases like diabetes, glaucoma and hypertension. Characterized by damage to the blood vessels, those diseases often lead to ischemia — or a disruption of the blood…

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Cultural practices improve health care for Indigenous women living with violence

IMAGE: The study highlights the importance of a holistic approach towards healing for Indigenous survivors of intimate partner violence, said study co-author Roberta Price, an elder from the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw… view more  The health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural…

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The Scrappy Brooklyn Restaurant That Forever Changed New York’s Food Scene

If you’re a New Yorker with disposable income and a fondness for restaurants, you’ve likely done one of the following things: eaten a locally sourced carrot; purchased New York-raised cuts of meat at a small neighborhood shop; had dinner in Williamsburg; listened to a server rattle off the provenance of each component of your dish;…

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Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about convulsions

A convulsion is a general term that people use to describe uncontrollable muscle contractions. Some people may use it interchangeably with the word «seizure,» although a seizure refers to an electrical disturbance in the brain. Seizures may cause a person to have convulsions, but this is not always the case. In this article, learn more…

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E-Cigarettes Are Effective at Helping Smokers Quit, a Study Says

It has been one of the most pressing unanswered questions in public health: Do e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit? Now, the first, large rigorous assessment offers an unequivocal answer: yes. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that e-cigarettes were nearly twice as effective as conventional nicotine replacement products, like…

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When Brexit Happens, Will Hunger Pangs Follow?

Food retailers in Britain warned lawmakers this week that Brexit was threatening to become a dinner plate issue. A departure from the European Union with no agreement in place would be costly and limit supplies, executives said in a public letter. They added: “We fear significant disruption in the short term.” In other words: We’ve…

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