Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research
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Not since the TV-cartoon heyday of Fred Flintsone’s “modern Stone Age family” have cavemen been so in vogue. The Paleo Diet, a book by Loren Cordain, PhD, has been a bestseller since it was first published in 2002, and it has spawned a pile of cookbooks and a glossy magazine
Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
It’s estimated that half of all U.S. adults—about 117 million people—suffer from preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Shifting to healthier eating patterns that contain the nutrients your heart and brain require can help bring about lasting improvements in individual health, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for
A New Way of Thinking About Diet
For the first time, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize the importance of choosing healthy dietary patterns—not just individual foods or specific vitamins and minerals—to prevent chronic disease.
“Over the course of any given day, week, or year, individuals consume foods and beverages
Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?
The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of vascular
By Bruce A. Ferrell, MD
Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, UCLA
Editor-in-Chief, UCLA Medical Center Healthy Years
Q: My eyes have developed a kind of sticky, scratchy feeling that is really getting uncomfortable. Is this what dry eye feels like?
A: The symptoms you describe are common to dry eye syndrome, also known as
The olive tree, which dates back at least 6,000 years, has long been a symbol of friendship among nations. In fact, the dove with an olive branch is a long-standing icon of peace, and olive branches were awarded to the winners of Olympic games as a token of victory. For
MCI to Dementia
Progressing from MCI to dementia means the difference between forgetting names, dates, or what you intended to buy at the supermarket, and having significant trouble functioning in your day-to-day life. The progression of MCI to dementia can alter many aspects of who you are, including your memory, personality
When it comes to staying healthy and preventing chronic disease, the heart and brain tend to get most of the attention. But your kidneys are also key to maintaining good health. They help remove waste from your body, regulate blood pressure, balance fluid levels and even produce a form of
It’s estimated that nearly 3 million Americans have AFib (atrial fibrillation) and many may not even be aware that they have this condition. AFib is an abnormal heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart (atria). It is caused by disordered electrical activity, which results in an irregular and