Sudden Death During a Triathlon: Are You at Risk?

Triathlons push the body to its physical limits with swimming, biking and running events. Some groups of people are more at risk than others for sudden death — any kind of death that happens unexpectedly — while participating in these challenging events, recent research shows.

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Can You Cough Away a Heart Attack?

The real danger about the misinformation regarding so-called “cough CPR” is that it could prevent heart attack victims from getting the life-saving help they need. Social media posts on the Internet claim that by coughing vigorously when you have a heart attack, you can keep yourself from passing out, theoretically saving yourself until your heart … Read More

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A Medical Mystery Abroad

A dream vacation in Jamaica in February turned nightmarish for Boston residents Sylvia and Mitchell Haber and their family when Sylvia fell seriously ill within a few days of arrival on the island. The couple suspected mild food poisoning but became alarmed as Sylvia’s health rapidly deteriorated. Medical treatments proved unsuccessful. Within a week, doctors … 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