heart disease

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 …

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 …