Live Healthy and Be a Blessing to Your Heart

Michael Clarke Duncan was full of life just three years ago. The then-54-year-old actor was at the pinnacle of his career. His Academy Award-nominated performance as John Coffey in The Green Mile is still revered. Then, tragedy struck. Duncan suffered a heart attack on July 13, 2012. Despite the heroic efforts by his fiancée, reality TV star and minister Omarosa Manigault, who initially saved his life, he never fully recovered and died two months later. During February, American Heart Month, the life …

Got Foot Problems? The President Feels Your Pain

President Obama’s latest physical examination found him in excellent health, except for one nagging little pain: no, not his political critics. He has “recurrent plantar fasciitis” of the right foot, says his physician. The condition (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain, typically occurring in adults ages 40 to 60 (the president is 52). It happens when the thick, protective ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes, called …

Age 60 or Older? You Need Yearly Kidney Disease Test

Six out of 10 Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, according to a new study, and the National Kidney Foundation says there’s an easy way to catch problems early: A simple pee-in-the-cup test once a year if you’re age 60 or older. Data analyzed by researchers with Johns Hopkins University and published this week in the American Journal of Kidney Disease, estimates that 59.1 percent of Americans – about 135.8 million people – will develop moderate kidney disease …