About the Author

Jay Roland

Jay Roland

Jay Roland is an award-winning journalist and currently Group Director of the health division at Belvoir Media Group. One of his primary roles at Belvoir is Executive Editor of the monthly publication Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor.
Prior to his work as a medical journalist, Roland spent nearly 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. His work covering education and family issues earned him honors and recognition from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families, the Florida School Boards Association, and the New York Times Co. Roland earned his bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children.

Articles by Jay Roland

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But if you’re at risk for any

HDL vs. LDL: Which Is the More Important Cholesterol Number?

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HDL vs. LDL: Which Is the More Important Cholesterol Number?

You’ve probably heard high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol described as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But when it comes to which type of cholesterol is most important to control, who wins the HDL vs. LDL matchup?

If only it were that simple.

There’s considerable debate in

What’s Considered a “Normal” Triglyceride Level?

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What’s Considered a “Normal” Triglyceride Level?

Coursing through your bloodstream right now are compounds called lipids, which are fats, oils, hormones, and cholesterol. Some are helpful and necessary. Others aren’t. While HDL and LDL cholesterol get most of the attention when it comes to your lipid profile and how it relates to your risk of heart

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What to Know About Rekindling Romance

In the age of Facebook, the internet, and a divorce rate of about 50 percent, it’s no wonder that so many people are reaching back to the old flames and good friends of their youth to start up new (old) relationships. It’s becoming a common “how did you two meet”

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Memory Maximizers: Healthy Habits & Memory; “Production Effect”

Healthy Habits (and Cutting Unhealty Ones) May Boost Working Memory
Healthy working memory—the ability to store and process information necessary for the task at hand—is associated with certain positive health traits, such as physical endurance and better cognitive function. The traits were associated with greater cohesiveness of the working memory network

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Near-Infrared Light Therapy Shines as Possible Depression Treatment

Exposure to a light that isn’t visible to the naked eye may be the next breakthrough treatment for depression. Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist Paolo Cassano, MD, PhD, and other researchers at MGH and elsewhere, are seeing encouraging results in studies of near-infrared light—the light closest on the spectrum to visible

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Better Balance May Boost Brain Health

It may not seem like an obvious connection, but being unsteady on your feet could be a sign that you’re not thinking clearly, either. You may be inclined to chalk up changes in your coordination to advancing age or muscle weakness. But research suggests that while balance problems may be

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Natural Anxiety Remedies Include Supplements, Exercise, and More

Feeling anxious, whether it’s focused on a particular subject or just a generalized sense of worry, is a common symptom of mood disorders. For some people, therapy, prescription medications, and other treatments may be necessary to restore a calmer mood. In mild cases, natural anxiety remedies may be enough to