heart disease

CDC: 4 Things Could Prevent 200,000 Deaths Yearly

Posted on 09/5/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAt least 200,000 Americans under age 75 die needlessly each year from heart disease and stroke that could have been prevented by doing four important things: quitting smoking, reducing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and taking a daily low-dose aspirin if a doctor approves. The findings are from a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that also points out that more than half of these avoidable deaths are occurring among those under 65. “These findings are really …

George W. Bush Gets Heart Stent for Blockage

Posted on 08/6/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFormer president George W. Bush is a physically fit guy, an avid bicyclist, and — unlike his post-presidential pal Bill Clinton — has never had a weight problem. So why would he need a heart stent? Because, say cardiologists, “even very active people” can develop heart disease if they have other risk factors, according to Samin Sharma, M.D., a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York who was not involved in the former president’s care, but who specializes …

Fish Oils May Raise Men’s Risk of Prostate Cancer

Posted on 07/11/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOmega-3 fish oils, found in supplements as well as fatty fish like salmon and sardines, have been touted for their health benefits, including protecting against heart disease. But a new study seems to turn that advice on its head for men: Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that men with high blood levels of fish oils have an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Men with the highest levels had a 71 percent increased risk …

When the Death Certificate Fudges the Facts

Posted on 07/2/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen I was a police reporter in a small town in Texas, writing about a man’s shooting death, I asked to see his death certificate. The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. “He was shot. How could it be cardiac arrest?” I asked the local law-enforcement official. “Apparently, his heart stopped when the bullet entered it,” was the sardonic reply. That was decades ago, but evidently an accurate cause of death on a death certificate is still a …

If You’re Fat, Does It Mean You’re Ill? (Yes, Says AMA)

Posted on 06/21/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in three American adults is obese, and the American Medical Association (AMA) believes the medical community needs to do more to help fight this problem. Th AMA’s solution is to declare obesity a disease. The nation’s largest physician organization said this week that “recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.” It could have a greater impact on how insurance companies deal with the problem and what additional treatments they …

A Second Chance for the Woodcarver

Posted on 06/12/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeA ruptured aortic aneurysm is known to cause death almost instantly. Basically a tear in one’s main artery, it pours out blood at a heartbeat tempo and leaves a lifeless victim in its wake.  The mortality rate from a burst aneurysm is 90% even if you make it to the hospital. Only a few survive. One of the survivors is Barry Lysaght, a master woodcarver who lives in the Santa Monica Mountains just north of Los Angeles in a small …