Vitamin E consumption for stroke prevention may be harmful

Men's Health, Woman's Health
In a past blog I told you, "... a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements — including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E — don’t do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” Also, I said, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” Now there's some evidence of harm, at least with vitamin E. Bloomberg News reports, "Taking vitamin E supplements doesn't reduce the risk of stroke, and may even be harmful, an analysis of previous research found." Vitamin E "raised the risk of a severe type of stroke by 22…
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New Study Says, “Check blood pressure at home, not MD’s office!”

Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Think you need to go to the doctor's office to check your blood pressure? Think again. For years I've had my patients monitor their blood pressure at home. I do NOT rely solely upon blood pressure readings in the office. Now comes a new study saying the best way to predict your risk of stroke or heart attack due to high blood pressure is through systematic monitoring at home rather than periodic checks in the doctor's office. Here are more details from Reuters Health: "With home blood pressure monitoring you get a greater number of measurements and there is no white-coat effect," lead author Dr. Teemu Niiranen told Reuters Health, speaking of the tendency for anxiety to drive up blood pressure. "At home the patient is more relaxed and this…
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Consuming one serving of chocolate every week may reduce stroke risk

General Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Just in time for your Valentine's weekend, a new report indicating that chocolate may both cut your risk of a stroke and reduce the risk of death after a stroke. And, the effect may only require one small serving of dark chocolate a week. USA Today reports, "A new analysis, which involved a review of three prior studies, suggests eating about a bar of chocolate a week can help cut the risk of stroke and lower the risk of death after a stroke." Researchers in Canada explained that "one study they looked at found that 44,489 people who ate one serving of chocolate per week were 22% less likely to have a stroke than people who ate no chocolate." A second study showed that "1,169 people who ate 50 grams of…
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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

General Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize the ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I’ve developed a list of what I call “The 10 Commandments of Preventive Medicine."  Here’s the second installment of this ten-part series. More information: (more…)
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Four lifestyle choices reduce risk of chronic disease 80 percent

Cancer, General Health, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
What an interesting new study. It concludes that to dramatically reduce your healthcare costs, to lengthen your life, to improve the quality of your life, and, in short, to have a happier and more highly healthy life, you need to “only” do four things. More Information: (more…)
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FDA Approves Triple-Drug Antihypertensive Polypill – Should you consider a polypill?

Heart Health, Woman's Health
Hidden behind all of the Swine flu news stories is this one – which I feel is significantly more important when it comes to public health. The FDA just gave its official thumbs-up to an antihypertensive polypill. Could this pave the way for a preventive medicine polypill? And, should you consider taking a polypill? More Information: (more…)
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First-Ever Treatment of Stroke Using Adult Stem Cells (another reason embryonic stem cell research is doomed)

Bioethics
In what is believed to be the nation's first such procedure, doctors in Texas were able to successfully use adult stem cells from a patient to treat the effects of his stroke. Physicians from Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston were involved in the process. More Information: (more…)
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Study indicates inexpensive polypill pill may significantly reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Should you consider it?

Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Woman's Health
On the March 30th edition of the ABC World News, Charles Gibson reported, "Some of the country's leading heart doctors heard results" yesterday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference "about ... just one pill that could revolutionize the way heart disease is treated. This pill combines five commonly used medications, and new findings show it to be safe and effective." Should you get your doctor to prescribe this to you? More Information: (more…)
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Inexpensive blood test identifies people with a normal cholesterol at risk for heart attack, stroke – and a statin medicine may save lives and change preventive medicine

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Whew! This is long title describing the remarkable results of a study, just announced at the American Heart Association’s meeting in New Orleans, which showed that AstraZeneca's cholesterol fighting Crestor (rosuvastatin) slashed deaths, heart attacks, strokes, and artery-clearing procedures in apparently healthy patients who had normal cholesterol levels. The study has made a dramatic impression on some doctors who now expect an adjustment to preventive care guidelines. More Information: (more…)
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‘Silent Strokes’ Strike One in 10 Healthy People

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health
HealthDay News is reporting that if you're an older American with no major health problems, chances are about one in 10 that you've had a stroke and didn't know it. It was probably not severe enough to cause recognizable symptoms, such as vision problems, facial weakness or trouble walking, but it was still a blockage of a brain artery, and it reduced your thinking powers just a bit. My Take? (more…)
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