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Why Southern Food Is Bad for Your Brain

Posted on 02/11/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe South is called the Stroke Belt because its residents are more likely to have a stroke than are people in other parts of the country. And now University of Alabama researchers think they know why: It’s all that fried chicken, bacon, ham, pies and sweet tea. The researchers, who presented their results at the International Stroke Conference last week, found that those who ate typical Southern food six times a week had a 41 percent increased risk of stroke …

Is Coated Aspirin Really Better for You?

Posted on 12/10/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthExperts 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 …

Winter Kills: Even Mild Ones Cause More Deaths

Posted on 11/8/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt doesn’t matter whether you spend winter shoveling snow in Massachusetts or walking on the beach in California, you’re more likely to die of heart-related issues in the winter months, a new study finds. Cardiac researchers with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles reported this week that it’s not the climate that causes heart-related deaths to spike in the winter, it’s just the season. Basically, winter is bad for your heart. Compared to the summer months, people are 26 to …

Bypass Better for Diabetics With Heart Disease

Posted on 11/5/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOlder diabetics with more than one blocked artery were much less likely to die within five years or have another heart attack if they chose bypass surgery instead of stents to treat their condition, a major new study found. Researchers said the five-year study of 1,900 patients (average age: 63) with diabetes found that those who underwent bypass surgery to improve blood flow to the heart were 30 percent less likely to die or suffer a heart attack than were …

Medicare Coverage Change for Therapy Offers Ray of Hope for Caregivers

Posted on 10/25/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA loved one suffers a stroke, a fall, or has a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Medicare initially covers payment for vital services such as skilled nursing, home health care and physical, occupational or speech therapy. We see improvement as they heal, grow stronger, speak more and become more engaged in life. Suddenly the bad news is delivered: the patient reaches a “plateau” or doesn’t show “improvement” according to Medicare standards. They will no …

Back and Neck Pain: The Chiropractic Therapy Debate

Posted on 10/10/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSpinal manipulation, in which a chiropractor or osteopath “adjusts” the spine using various kinds of thrusts, is no more effective than other kinds of treatment at reducing lower back pain, a new review of 20 previous trials involving more than 2,600 adults finds. And, in a second hit at this kind of treatment, doctors warned that spinal manipulation for neck pain should be abandoned because of the danger of serious injury, including stroke, from tears in neck arteries. According to …