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Need A Really Good Reason to Exercise? How About Cancer Prevention?

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If this doesn’t get you off the couch, we don’t know what will. According to a 2018 report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, positive lifestyle changes such as exercising could cut cancer diagnoses in half. A joint study by The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society showed that exercise can reduce the risk of...

When It Comes to Heart Health, Heredity Is Only Half the Story

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While 50% of cardiovascular disease is genetic, you can still lower your risk even if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease. “You can greatly reduce a high genetic risk or greatly worsen a low genetic risk,” says Dr. Eugenia Gianos, director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York “Your fate lies largely in your hands.” According to a recent report from the...

Heartening News: 80% of Cardiovascular Disease Is Preventable!

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And all you have to do is not smoke; control high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol; exercise regularly; and eat healthy. Easier said than done. According to a recent report from the American Heart Association, 121 million American adults have some form of heart disease. That’s nearly half of the population. After decades of steady decline, deaths rose by almost 4,000 cases...

Lessons Learned from Heart-Healthy Countries

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Why do Japan, Korea and France have the world’s lowest rate of heart disease? What are they doing that we Americans don’t? And what are they not doing? Here are some examples: Smaller portions. The Japanese use the phrase “Hara Hachi Bu’ which means 80% full. One hundred percent full will make you feel stuffed and uncomfortable. Fermented foods. These reduce inflammation...

New Encouragement for Stroke Recovery

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About 60% of people who have had a stroke are left with the diminished use of a limb. The good news? Researchers believe that long-term disabilities can be minimized with prompt, intensive physical therapy. A groundbreaking Johns Hopkins study spearheaded by Steven Zeiler, M.D., Ph.D. confirms what clinicians have been observing for decades: that the brain can be rewired so that healthy areas can...

Interested in Preventing A Stroke? See Your Dentist.

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Regular dental care may help prevent a lot more than tooth decay. A recent study at Tampere University in Finland revealed DNA traces of oral bacteria in blood clots that caused strokes. What defines a stroke? Basically, it’s the disruption of blood supply to the brain. Cells are deprived of oxygen and nutrients, causing tissue damage and brain function loss. The most common stroke is ischemic...

How to Detect a Stroke FAST

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According to the American Stroke Association, patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of their first symptoms often have less disability three months after a stroke than those whose treatment is delayed. However, according to a recent survey, only 38% were aware of all the major symptoms and knew to call 911 when someone was having a stroke. How do you know if...

“Stroke of Insight” Brain Scientist Awarded Indiana’s Highest Civilian Honor

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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s massive stroke at age 37 changed everything. Including how we think about brain recovery. In 1996, Taylor was living the dream, studying neuroanatomy at Harvard. A stroke was the last thing she expected. “I’m a busy woman!” she recalls thinking. “I don’t have time for a stroke!” During her eight years of recovery, she became her...

Stroke Update: Aspirin Is Out, Dancing Is In

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Remember back in the 80s when everyone and their uncle started taking aspirin to prevent strokes and heart attacks? According to a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, a daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on prolonging life in healthy seniors. To the contrary, prolonged consumption increases the risk for severe bleeding and hemorrhaging.  Both the American Heart...

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