We’ve all been there . . . Collapsing into a fit of hysterical laughter that has you gulping for air and wondering if you’ll actually die from laughing so hard. But could you really? Die, that is? There are plenty of anecdotal stories that point to the possibility. But that’s not all. Apparently, medically speaking, too much laughter can be downright deadly.
A recent study from Harvard University shows the health benefits of tai chi.
Cardiovascular disease is a growing epidemic in this country. Estimated costs of treating heart disease
in the United States will increase by approximately $545 billion over the next two decades.
Thanks in part to popular crime lab TV dramas, there is a growing fascination with forensic health. Visions of gruesome CSI exams aside, contemporary crime solving techniques often involve the use of CT scans as a virtual alternative to an autopsy to determine cause of death. Even in the absence of homicide, similar methods can help the medical community learn more about what fatal diseases people had in the past. Coupled with advanced technology, even mummies can provide great clues.
If you've been feeling guilty about your couch potato lifestyle, don't hit the gym (or the bedroom) before you read the latest news.
Yes, diet soda is BAD FOR YOU! I mean, that’s the main message we’ve been hearing ad nauseam for the past, oh, five years for sure . . . perhaps longer than that given the cancer-causing sweeteners they contain.
Nothing has transformed modern medicine like America’s dependence on prescription drugs. Statistics are at an all-time high, with prescription drug use increasing 10% over the past decade; now, nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescribed medication, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Doctors’ offices are doling out over 2.3 billion prescriptions every year and patients are forking over a whopping $234 billion in exchange.
Hundreds of millions of Americans have high cholesterol levels. These people are at risk of suffering from risk of cardiovascular disease.
The heart is an important muscle, responsible for circulating blood that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the entire body. Since your body needs a constant supply of blood in order to function properly, it is critical to maintain optimal circulation through diet, exercise and supplementation.
For many people relaxing with a nice glass of wine is one of life’s simple pleasures. Recently, it’s become even more enjoyable as the benefits of wine have made headlines in the media. It’s not everyday something you enjoy is also good for you, too.
So what's the real scoop?
There has been increased momentum on the heart health front. From food to pharmaceuticals, commercial advocacy for heart disease prevention is at an all-time high. Call it a great cause or a great marketing opportunity, it has proven to increase social awareness of the nation’s number one killer. With approximately 81.1 million Americans currently suffering from cardiovascular disease, it’s a critical step in the right direction.
We all know that crunchy, yummy French fries are loaded in fat. That’s why they taste so good! And it’s also why they're bad for you. But it's not just the fat in French fries that could do you in. The salt in French fries can damage your arteries in just 30 minutes.
February is American Heart Month. Learn more about the connection between heart health and menopausal hot flashes.
If you’re one of the one in three adults with high blood pressure in America you may be wondering if there are any natural high blood pressure cures that really work. You’d be wise to explore other alternatives as prescription anti-hypertensives can be risky. Unfortunately your doctor may neglect to mention these other alternatives, so you’re likely on your own.
Thanksgiving. It’s a day to gather with family, watch some football, and dive face-first into that big, yummy bird (or vegan spaghetti if that’s your preference!).
But it could also be a day where your risk of heart attack has more spikes than the Saints/Cowboys game.
Now that frigid weather is around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about bundling up and weatherproofing. But your fingers and toes, and household pipes aren’t the only thing that needs protection from the cold. Colder temperatures could but you at risk for serious heart complications.
If you need another reason to avoid using statins to lower your cholesterol levels, here it is. According to the Alliance for Natural Health, statins interfere with your disease-fighting cells’ ability to kill bacteria.