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Prevent High Blood Pressure: Get It Checked

If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked by a doctor lately, you could be one of the millions of Americans who has hypertension, but is completely unaware of it. Unlike so many other serious health problems, high blood pressure – the “silent killer” – rarely causes any symptoms. That might explain why one out […]

Four in 10 Cancers Linked to Tobacco Use

Although fewer adults nationwide smoke cigarettes, 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States are linked to tobacco use, a report finds. The new federal statistics are a somber reminder that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products such […]

Prevent Lung Cancer: Test Your Home for Radon

Many people rely on Daylight Savings as a safety reminder to change the batteries in their home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Here’s something else to consider: test the level of radon in your home. Radon – a gas that naturally forms in rocks, soils and groundwater – is the second leading cause of lung […]

Skipping, Stopping Blood Pressure Rx Raises Heart Disease, Stroke Risks

Millions of Americans do not take their blood pressure medicine properly, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Just half of those 70 million people have the condition under control. One […]

Exercise May Counter Health Risks of Sitting, Analysis Finds

Commuting to work. Attending meetings. Working at the computer. It’s easy to rack up eight or more hours of sitting every day, which has been associated with a higher risk of early death. Here’s some good news for the millions of Americans worrying about sitting too much: an hour of physical activity every day may […]

Study Links Exercise with Lower Risk for 13 Types of Cancer

Exercise appears to significantly cut the risk for 13 types of cancer, including some of the hardest forms to treat, a new comprehensive study shows. The research, published by JAMA Internal Medicine, also found that it didn’t matter whether someone was overweight, obese or had a history of smoking. Everyone who exercised about 150 minutes […]

Pregnancy Complications May Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Complications during pregnancy may signal heart disease later in life for women. Gestational high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm birth not only pose potential health risks to the baby and mother during pregnancy, but are also associated with an increased risk for heart disease later in life. While pregnancy complications have not been found to […]

Prevent Heart Disease With Screenings, Treatment for Risk Factors

Although heart disease remains the leading cause of death for Americans, many people can lower their risk by taking advantage of regular cardiovascular screenings, changing their lifestyle and taking any necessary medication. In fact, an analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last year, found that preventable risk factors account for half of all heart disease […]

Gum Disease May Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Postmenopausal Women

Gum disease may raise a postmenopausal woman’s risk for breast cancer, especially among those who smoke or have smoked in the past 20 years, a new study suggests. Postmenopausal women who had gum disease had a 14 percent increased risk for breast cancer when compared to women without gum disease – a chronic inflammatory disease. […]

Moderate Coffee Drinking May Lower Risk of Dying Prematurely

Drinking three to five cups of coffee definitely has its perks. A new, large study shows that such moderate coffee drinking may reduce a person’s risk from heart disease and other illnesses. It also doesn’t matter whether the coffee contains caffeine. People who drank moderate amounts of decaffeinated or caffeinated coffee had a lower risk […]