heart disease

Is Your Waistline a Stem Cell Warehouse?

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’ve ever so much as considered liposuction, it’s probably because you want to look more buff. (That is, unless you’re Miami avant-garde performance artist Orestes De La Paz, who made some of his adipose tissue into soap.) Now there may be an additional reason to have excess fat surgically suctioned from your body: The unsightly stuff turns out to be a rich source of stem cells. Someday doctors might be able to use the cells to repair your heart, …

Do Vegetarians Really Live Longer?

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDoes following a vegetarian diet really help you live longer? Or, as the comedians might say, does it just feel longer? Seriously, a large, new study found that avoiding beef, pork and chicken may give you a slight edge: vegetarians had 12 percent fewer deaths overall than nonvegetarians, and 19 percent fewer deaths from heart disease, during a nearly six-year period. Adding fish and seafood to a vegetarian diet helped even more. Those who were pesco-vegetarians had 19 percent fewer …

Salt Shake-Up: Low-Salt Push May Be Unhealthy

Posted on 05/17/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor years we’ve been told to slash our sodium consumption to protect against strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. But now an influential committee says there’s no scientific evidence that a very low-salt diet cuts the risk of heart disease. In fact, the new Institute of Medicine report says that cutting sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily — the current government recommendation for older adults (ages 51 and up), African Americans and those with diabetes, high blood pressure and …

Bypass or Stents: Which Is Best for Older Patients?

Posted on 04/24/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’re a Medicare patient facing either heart bypass surgery or having stents inserted in your blocked arteries, the deciding factor may have a lot to do with the rest of your health, a new study suggests. Overall, the average patient did slightly better with bypass surgery, living about 19 days longer over the course of five years, according to a team of Stanford University researchers. However, when researchers separated out the patients who were otherwise healthy (no diabetes or …

Carnitine: A New Reason to Cut Back on Red Meat?

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMaybe it’s not really cholesterol from that big, juicy steak that’s linked to heart disease. Instead, it could be a compound in red meat called carnitine, which does a number on our gut bacteria if we eat too much meat too often, suggests intriguing new research. Carnitine seems to have a profound effect on certain bacteria in the intestine; these in turn produce a chemical linked to clogging of the arteries and heart disease. The more meat we eat, the …

Key to a Longer Life? Fatty Fish Twice Weekly

Posted on 04/2/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOlder adults who regularly eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids — primarily oily varieties like salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna and trout — may add years to their lives, as compared with those age 65-plus who don’t, new research finds. The fatty-fish eaters may also be able to reduce their chances of dying from heart disease by more than a third. The study of 2,700 adults age 65 or older found that those who had the highest blood levels of …