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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 […]

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Diuretics for hypertension

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor for developing heart disease.1 High blood pressure narrows, tightens and blocks blood vessels. This makes it difficult for blood to flow through and puts extra strain on the heart to pump, which can cause heart failure over time. By correlation, hypertension it is one of the biggest […]

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Are refined grain foods associated with heart disease?

A new population-level study investigates whether or not refined grain foods are related to an increased risk of heart disease. Nowadays, many food guides and other nutritional guidelines recommend switching out refined grains for whole-grain, less refined options.  Foods labeled “whole grain”, including brown rice, oatmeal, and whole-grain breads, contain all parts of the original […]

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Lipitor vs. Crestor — The battle of the statins

Statins such as Lipitor or Crestor are used to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes, what’s the difference? and is one better than the other? Cardiovascular disease is a collective term that describes diseases relating to the circulatory system. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include heart failure, heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, and ischemic heart […]

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The negative side effects of vaping

Researchers studied the negative side effects of vaping among youth, finding an increase in problems with remembering, concentrating, and decision-making. Electronic cigarettes were invented in 2003 as an alternative to smoking. Smoking electronic cigarettes is known as vaping and is increasingly popular with high school students. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of high school […]

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Understanding the interaction between metabolic syndrome and COVID-19

Understanding the correlation between metabolic syndrome and COVID-19 may be crucial to improved treatment and outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has become a global crisis affecting millions of people with more than 40 million confirmed cases worldwide and over a million COVID-19 related deaths. Particularly, the elderly […]

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Understanding the interaction between metabolic syndrome and COVID-19

Understanding the correlation between metabolic syndrome and COVID-19 may be crucial to improved treatment and outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has become a global crisis affecting millions of people with more than 40 million confirmed cases worldwide and over a million COVID-19 related deaths. Particularly, the elderly […]

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How to talk to kids about weight

An analysis of the current guidelines on how to talk to kids about weight. Currently, 18.4% of children are overweight, and the numbers are only increasing. Obesity in children leads to obesity in adults and complications associated with it: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. With the childhood obesity epidemic and the resulting health concerns, […]