Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the US each year is caused by heart disease and stroke, and at least 200,000 of these deaths may be preventable. While the number of preventable deaths by heart disease and stroke, more than half of these happen to people under age 65. The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC; Georgia, USA) recommends that Americans engage in a conversation with their physicians to learn the basics of heart health; stop smoking (or do not start); enjoy a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.; consume more fruits and vegetables and less sodium and eliminate trans fats; and know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and call 911 for help if experiencing them.
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. “CDC Vital Signs: Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke.” September 2013.
Systematic review of related research confirms a positive impact on cognitive function.
UK researchers design a macromolecule and submit that it may be useful for stopping the virus from physically entering the body.
At least 200,000 of US deaths due to heart disease and stroke may be preventable, through lifestyle and nutritional choices.
People living in industrialized countries may be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease as a result of greatly reduced contact with microorganisms.
The world’s first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface is achieved via electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation.
The “2013 International Bedroom Poll” compares sleep times, attitudes, habits and bedtime routines.
Higher-intensity activity, even in short bouts, can help win the battle against the bulge.
Polluted foods, individually and in-combination, may wreak havoc with the body’s metabolic functioning, suggests a lab animal model.
Greater consumption of whole fruits – notably blueberries, grapes, and apples, may help to lower a person’s type-2 diabetes risk.
Nutritional intervention with oral dietary supplements may reduce the length of hospital stays by as much as 21%.
Heart failure costs are projected to more than double in the next 20 years, as the US population ages and the incidence of the condition climbs.
All US coasts are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change potentially posing significant threats to public and private infrastructure.
Worldwide, people are dying at older ages and early childhood survival rates have risen dramatically.
US Forest Service reports that the loss of 100 million trees has caused an increase in cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illnesses
Despite spending more on healthcare, Americans die sooner and experience more illness than people in other high-income countries.
Subsidizing the cost of exercise and fitness activities for middle-aged people could help to slash health costs in their older years.
World Health Organization official urges that health be taken into account in climate change mitigation strategies.
A study analyzing 75 years of statistical data suggests that death rates in the United States are dropping.
Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound regarded as an endocrine disruptor with potential risks to human health, is found in over 94% of thermal cash receipts as well as
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reports that 366 million people worldwide have diabetes, and the disease is responsible for 4.6 million deaths annually
Tip #192 - Stay Connected
Researchers from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) report that social isolation may be detrimental to both mental and physical health. The team analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationwide US study involving 3,000 men and women, ages 57 to 85 years. They arrived at three key findings regarding the relationships between health and different types of isolation:
• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.
• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.
• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Separately, Rush University Medical Center (Illinois, USA) researchers studied 906 older men and women, testing their motor functions (including grip, pinch strength, balance, and walking) and surveying their social activity, for a period of 5 years. Those study participants with less social activity were found to have a more rapid rate of motor function decline. Specifically, the team found that every one-point decrease in social activity corresponded to an increase in functional aging of 5 years, translating to a 40% higher risk of death and 65% higher risk of disability.