Can Anxiety Age You?

Even the question, “Can anxiety age you?” strikes a chord of terror in one’s heart, mind, or more specifically one’s telomeres. Yes, it is true; the mental effects of anxiety translate to physical effects which include changes at the molecular and genetic level. Telomere shortening Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes that cap chromosomes and promote chromosome … Read More

Severe Insect Allergies

Summer is the season of pool parties, fireworks, s’mores, and less delightfully, stinging insects that can cause a life-threatening reaction in 4 percent of the population. If you’re one of the estimated 2 million people in the United States who suffer from severe insect allergies, just setting foot outdoors during the warmer months can be … Read More

Popping the Blood Pressure Balloon

Sixty-eight million Americans have high blood pressure. Most can control it with lifestyle changes and medication. But for some people, no matter what they do, their blood pressure keeps going up, up, up … A new treatment called renal denervation hopes to disrupt the trajectory of uncontrolled blood pressure and bring it back to earth. Learn more about … Read More

Diabetes Is a Weighty Matter for Teens (Video)

If you think cardiovascular disease and diabetes are primarily concerns as you age, think again. A new study finds high levels of cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, among overweight and obese teens. On top of that, the same group has seen a surge in prediabetes and diabetes. Researchers at … Read More

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Video: What You Need to Know About Strokes

According to the National Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, but knowledge of stroke, its risks, and its symptoms is not as widespread as it should be. Javier Provencio, MD, treats stroke patients at Cleveland Clinic. He says the signs of a stroke are not necessarily subtle, but can be blown off. … Read More

Take Control of Your Heart Failure

Keeping your heart healthy. So much of it comes down to lifestyle choices. Of course, some risk factors such as age and family history cannot be changed. But research tells us that small lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of heart disease and can even reverse the symptoms of heart failure. Heart failure means that … Read More

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Antioxidant-Rich Watermelon

Skip the ice cream and cool off with watermelon instead. At 50 calories per cup, watermelon is a refreshing and healthy way to satisfy sugar cravings. One serving supplies more than one-third of your daily vitamin C requirement and 32 percent of your vitamin A needs in the form of the antioxidant beta-carotene. Vitamin A … Read More

Eating Too Much Sugar? Tame Your Sweet Tooth

By guest expert Melissa Ohlson, MS, RD, LD Did you know that the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar each day? That’s 335 calories with zero nutritional value. So it’s no surprise that the American Heart Association (AHA) offers guidelines urging Americans to limit their intake of added sugars — sugars or syrups added … Read More

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Mnemonic Moment

We all know that blood pressure is expressed with one number over another: 120/80. Fewer among us remember that the top number is called the systolic and the bottom number is called the diastolic. Or if we do remember, we get them mixed up. But there’s a simple mnemonic device to keep the two numbers … Read More