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Can diet contribute to chronic pain?

A Western diet has been associated with a variety of negative health consequences, could chronic pain be the next?  Omega-6 fatty acids are typically high in Western high-fat diets, compared to omega-3 fatty acids. A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids has been linked with inflammation and disease.  A research group from The University of […]

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Eating walnuts could reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk

Eating a handful of walnuts each day may promote cardiovascular health and reduce cardiovascular disease risk, according to a new study. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is known as “bad” cholesterol since high levels significantly increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. A […]

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Are edibles bad for your heart?

Consuming cannabis products doesn’t have the same effects on the respiratory system as smoking it – but are edibles bad for your heart? Cannabis, which is derived from the hemp plant, is widely known for its psychoactive and anti-nausea properties.  The active ingredient in cannabis that is associated with these effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Cannabis […]

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Should You Drink More Pomegranate Juice?

Researchers in the United Kingdom investigated the effects of pomegranate juice on lowering blood sugar levels. Pomegranates are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants. Pomegranates are also an excellent source of fibre and iron. It’s no wonder then that research studies have investigated the effect of pomegranate juice, with positive […]

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What fitness test measures cardiovascular endurance?

Cardiovascular endurance, also known as cardiorespiratory endurance, can be measured by simple fitness tests to assess how well your body functions to bring oxygen to muscles during exercise. This measurement can be used to assess overall health. What is cardiovascular endurance? Cardiovascular endurance refers to the efficiency of the cardiorespiratory system when continuously performing full-body […]

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What is aerobic conditioning?

Researchers continue to investigate the frequency, duration, and type of exercise (e.g., aerobic and anaerobic exercise) that provides the most cardiovascular health benefits. Often, aerobic conditioning is reported in research to be an important type of exercise for lowering CVD risk. So, what is aerobic conditioning, and what are its health benefits? Aerobic conditioning – […]

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How is Skipping Breakfast Affecting Your Kids?

The habit of skipping breakfast is cause for concern since daily nutrient intake plays a pivotal role in growth and development in children and adolescents. Increased demands for growth mean that more energy, or calories, are needed. Research has shown that children who skip breakfast do not compensate for it by eating more later in […]

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Children who exercise have long-lasting benefits

A research group from Tokyo has identified a correlation between children who exercise and benefits to cognitive functioning later in life. This study is the first to analyze brain structure and function as it relates to exercise in childhood and cognitive function in adulthood.  The research group, including Professor Toru Ishihara from Kobe University, began […]

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COVID-19 and heart attack risk

Does a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 increase the risk of heart attacks for those with pre-existing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) or familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)? It has been shown that higher rates of COVID-19 deaths can be associated with hypertension, heart failure, and cardiovascular disease. However, there were fewer patients reporting acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or […]

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Metoprolol for hypertension

High blood pressure causes a lot of stress and tension on the heart and arteries (vessels carrying blood). Chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension that continues for a long period of time, can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels.1 This can result in problems with organs, such as the brain and kidneys, and […]

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The polypill for heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality worldwide.1 In recent years, the mortality associated with cardiovascular disease has decreased in developed countries, however, it is rising in developing countries where the use of preventative medication is lower.2 Cardiovascular disease refers to a range of diseases involving the heart and blood vessels. For example, coronary […]