Tag: diabetes and smoking

Little-Known Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

After reviewing hundreds of studies, a panel of experts recently recommended to the American Heart Association that depression be added to the list of risk factors linked to heart disease. This list includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels, obesity, diabetes, and smoking. The recommendation was

The Many Faces of Dementia

Dementia—changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily activities—is among the most feared of health problems associated with aging. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, affecting up to 5 million Americans. However, as many as 50 percent of cases of dementia are associated with

Aspirin Guidelines Narrowed: Change Recommended by USPSTF

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death among U.S. adults. In 2011, the latest year for which there are statistics, more than one-half of all deaths were caused by heart disease, cancer, or stroke. Primary risk factors for CVD include older age, male sex, race/ethnicity, abnormal lipid levels,

Cognitive Aging: A Growing Public Health Issue

Cognitive aging—a process that involves physical changes in the brain and its ability to carry out various functions—affects every segment of society, but has received little national attention, according to a report sponsored by multiple agencies and issued by the Institute of Medicine.

The report was based on two years of

Research Roundup

Butter Boosts Both Cholesterol Levels
Moderate intake of butter may result in increased levels of total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, as well as increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, according to a new study from the University of Copenhagen. Forty-seven healthy men and women substituted part of their usual diets with 4.5 percent

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