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Joyce Hollman

Pneumonia carries a heart attack risk aspirin can lower

If you already have risk factors for heart disease, including hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes, a case of pneumonia will increase the stress on your heart even further and can lead to some serious heart health complications. But if your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can start working to prevent that possibility now…

Joyce Hollman

Overactive bladder: Causes, risk factors and fixes

Overactive bladder (OAB) is just what it sounds like: A condition that causes the sudden and frequent urge to urinate. OAB isn’t uncommon, affecting 16 percent of men and 33 percent of women. The risk for OAB increases with age, but you shouldn’t consider it to be just an inevitable consequence of aging. If you’re experiencing problems, consider these common causes…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Beat back Alzheimer’s in just 20 minutes a week

People who live with mild cognitive impairment, where their memory has “slipped” but not so much that it significantly interferes with their daily life, are at ten times higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. But just because you’ve begun to experience the symptoms of MCI doesn’t mean dementia is inevitable. Espeically if you have 20 minutes to spare once a week.

Carolyn Gretton

The evidence stacks up: Omega-3s promote heart health

Omega-3 fatty acids — do they really help your heart? Or do they have no impact — or worse, a negative effect — on heart health? These are questions researchers have been trying to answer for the past few years. What did the latest meta-analysis involving almost 150,000 participants find? The evidence just keeps stacking up…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Long COVID: More common and longer than we thought

More than a year later most of us are breathing a sigh of relief. Yes, we’re still cautious but we’ve turned the corner. But what if you were infected? There’s a good chance you could be dealing with long Covid. Because healthcare workers and researchers are finding it’s much more common and may last even longer than anyone thought.

Joyce Hollman

The over-50 food for better blood sugar, blood pressure and a slim waist

When it comes to keeping all your bodily systems healthy, the fact that refined grains are “out” and whole grains are “in” is no longer new news. But it turns out, there are very specific benefits for older adults on five major risk factors for heart disease, including waist size…

 

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The link between artificial sweeteners, infection and multi-organ failure

The link between artificial sweeteners, infection and multi-organ failure

You wouldn’t sit down in a restaurant and grab a little pink packet of bacteria to stir into your tea or coffee, would you? Or drink down a can of diet soda that has it already mixed in, right? Considering how artificial sweeteners ramp up and enable dangerous bacteria in your gut, you may as well…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

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Is CoQ10 the answer to chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is CoQ10 the answer to chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome has puzzled doctors for decades. People with the debilitating condition have felt left out in the cold and worse, told “it’s all in their head.” But several recent studies have found that low blood levels of an important nutrient may be to blame…

Joyce Hollman

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Clot-dissolving Japanese food has potential as COVID treatment

Clot-dissolving Japanese food has potential as COVID treatment

Natto, made from fermented soybeans, is believed to one of the reasons that the Japanese population is healthy and long-lived. The island country is home to more than a quarter of the world’s population over the age of 65 — and boasts the longest life expectancy on Earth. Now research is targeting the traditional dish for help against COVID-19.

Margaret Cantwell

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Get sharper vision with less than a teaspoon of cocoa a day

Get sharper vision with less than a teaspoon of cocoa a day

While many of us start out with perfect visual acuity — that 20/20 vision score based on how far down you can read letters on the eye chart — it starts going in the opposite direction (up to where the letters get bigger and bigger) typically with age. But we may have found the best way to impress your optometrist at your next visit…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

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Is it possible to eat French fries and lower blood pressure?

Is it possible to eat French fries and lower blood pressure?

Potatoes have gotten a bad rap for years, especially that baked potato slathered in butter and sour cream. And don’t get me started on those French fries covered in salt and ketchup. Hypertension waiting to happen, right, or is it? Well, it’s time to think again about the humble potato and what it may do for your blood pressure.

Joyce Hollman

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Beat back Alzheimer’s in just 20 minutes a week

Beat back Alzheimer’s in just 20 minutes a week

People who live with mild cognitive impairment, where their memory has “slipped” but not so much that it significantly interferes with their daily life, are at ten times higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. But just because you’ve begun to experience the symptoms of MCI doesn’t mean dementia is inevitable. Espeically if you have 20 minutes to spare once a week.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst