James Gandolfini: How He Compared to Tony Soprano

For a murderous thug who made his living through extortion, theft and corruption, Tony Soprano was a remarkably easy guy to sympathize with. We felt the pain of his unhappy upbringing, of his frustrations with his coworkers, of the continual pressure to keep earning enough to afford the affluent suburban lifestyle to which his family had become accustomed. We were touched by his affection for the wild ducks that congregated in his swimming pool. When he went to a psychiatrist …

Wellframe: A Platform to Prevent Your Second Heart Attack

Heart attack. Those are two of the most dreaded words in the English language. After the moment, after the hospital trip and the frantic calls to family cellphones,  its horror is a reality check for many. What do I change now? How can this never happen again? The traditional track to cardiac rehabilitation goes like so: Patient gets discharged. Patient goes home with a stack full of instructions, books, and scary warnings. Don’t do this. Stop doing this. Change your …

During American Heart Month, NIH Offers Heart Healthy Advice

 The following is a guest post by Chhanda Dutta, Ph.D., Chief, Clinical Gerontology Branch, National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH and Janet M. de Jesus, M.S., R.D., Nutritionist, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH During February, American Heart Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urges you to take action to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. About 1 in 8 women aged 45-64 has heart disease, …

Mediterranean Diet Beats Low-Fat to Cut Heart Disease

Which diet would you rather follow to protect against heart disease and stroke – the Mediterranean diet, which stresses fish, nuts, olive oil, beans, fresh veggies and wine, or a low-fat diet, which basically makes you cranky and miserable? We all know the answer to this one, and now science backs us up. A major study in Spain of nearly 7,450 adults ages 55 to 80 who were at high risk for heart disease found that those who followed a …

Berries May Cut Women’s Heart Attack Risk

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but for women, eating berries three times a week may keep the cardiologist at bay. A large new study that followed nearly 94,000 young and middle-aged women for 18 years found that those who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack. The women, ages 25 to 42, were registered with the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II. They completed …

Is Coated Aspirin Really Better for You?

Experts have told us for years that coated aspirin is easier on the stomach, but few have questioned whether that coating might, in fact, reduce aspirin’s heart benefits. Now, though, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania – partly funded by Bayer, a major supplier of safety-coated (also called enteric-coated) aspirin – finds that the coating may reduce or delay aspirin’s effect in the blood. The study, published last week in the journal Circulation, had been designed to discover whether some …