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

Do You Have High Blood Pressure Symptoms?

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Do You Have High Blood Pressure Symptoms?

When it comes to high blood pressure, symptoms tend to show up only when the condition is serious. You’ve heard the phrase “silent killer”? It was coined for hypertension (high blood pressure) because it can linger for a long time without you knowing before it causes a stroke or other

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Take Steps at Home to Improve Your Mood

A major depressive disorder often requires a combination of psychotherapy and medication to control symptoms. But lifestyle changes can complement a more structured treatment plan. And living a healthier, more fulfilling life also may help lift your spirits if you’re just feeling a little low.

Amy Farabaugh, PhD, director of psychotherapy

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Sorting Dementia Facts from Myths

An estimated 50 million people around the world have dementia, with millions of new cases diagnosed every year. But for a condition that affects so many people, it is one that remains largely misunderstood. Sorting through dementia facts and myths can be confusing, but it’s a worthwhile effort if you

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How Much Exercise Do You Need To Boost Thinking Skills?

Health experts have been saying for years that physical activity is good for both body and mind. But there hasn’t been much in the way of definitive advice about how much time you should spend exercising to reap those brain benefits. Now, researchers have a pretty good idea. A study

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Is It Sadness or Depression?

Everybody has days when they’re feeling low. Sometimes you can easily identify the cause of your sadness—the loss of a loved one, a problem with personal finances or some other specific reason for tears or sorrow.

But there are other days when our sadness has no obvious trigger. And as you

What Is Cortisol and What Does It Have to Do with Stress?

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What Is Cortisol and What Does It Have to Do with Stress?

Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone,” because it becomes more abundant when we are faced with a stressful situation. It affects the heart rate, breathing patterns, and other aspects of the body’s “fight or flight” response. But just what is cortisol? And what does it do? Probably