Health News
Poor Eating Habits May Lead to Anemia in Older Women
Friday, March 25, 2011
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A poor diet is associated with a greater risk of developing anemia among postmenopausal women, a new study has found.

Researchers analyzed data from 72,833 older women in the United States and found that deficiencies in more than a single nutrient were associated with a 21 percent increased risk of persistent anemia. Risk increased 44 percent with deficiencies in three nutrients.

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Experts Issue New Heart Disease Guidelines for Women
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Preventing heart attacks and strokes is very similar in women and men, with a few small but important differences, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association.

Each year, 55,000 more U.S. women than men suffer a stroke, while men are more likely to have heart attacks.

One strong risk factor for stroke is atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that boosts women's risk of stroke by fourfold to fivefold. To prevent stroke, women should make sure they have consulted with their doctor and are taking the right medications to control atrial fibrillation, according to the guidelines.
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Diet High in Fiber Might Lengthen Your Life
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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Eating a diet rich in fiber may reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, respiratory disease or any other cause by 22 percent, researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute report.

Fiber has also been tied to a reduced risk of developing heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and obesity, the researchers added. In addition, fiber helps bowel movements and lowers cholesterol levels, blood sugar and blood pressure. It also promotes weight loss and reduces inflammation, they noted.

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The Benefits of Chocolate
Monday, February 07, 2011
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and gifts of chocolate may be coming your way! With all the recent publicity surrounding the benefits of chocolate, you may be wondering: is chocolate actually good for you or more of a no-no food?

Healthy chocolate sounds like everyone's "dream-come-true" food, but it has definitely not gained the status of "health food" yet! Still, chocolate's reputation – especially dark chocolate – has risen in recent years and a growing number of studies suggest it can be heart-healthy.
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Heart Attacks More Common in Winter
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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You probably know from experience that winter brings a surge in colds and flu. But did you know winter is also the season for heart attacks?

Frigid air causes blood vessels to constrict as the body tries to prevent heat loss, said Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
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