New Year’s Eve is the holiday that prompts people to drink the most. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reflect upon the changes we’d like to see in our lives. If you think you could improve your life (and who doesn’t?), it’s an opportunity to start fresh and break the patterns that have held you back in the past year. To start off right, it’s a good idea to give some thought to how you’re going to ring in the new year. So why not start with abstaining from alcohol

Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception

Drinking alcohol three months before pregnancy or during the first trimester was associated with a 44% raised risk of congenital heart disease for fathers and 16% for mothers, compared to not drinking. Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks per sitting, was related to a 52% higher likelihood of these birth defects for men […]

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Chronic depression after heart attack tied to increased risk of death, finds study

Patients with anxiety or depression have previously been shown to have longer hospital stays and a worse prognosis after a heart attack, researchers note in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. But earlier research hasn’t given doctors a clear sense of whether patients with specific types of emotional distress might put patients at greater risk […]

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Excess weight increases asthma risk in children

Even in young children, being overweight leads to high blood pressure

According to the World Health Organization, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight. “The myth that excess weight in children […]

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Stress, insomnia may triple death risk for those with hypertension

Recent research looked at how stress and insomnia affected the health of employees who have hypertension, and the news was sobering. The researchers found that in comparison with their peers who slept well and did not experience work-related stress, hypertensive employees with stress and insomnia were three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. […]

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Yoga may benefit heart health as much as aerobics, finds study

Those sun salutations and downward dogs could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research. “Taken together, these improvements could facilitate and complement a regimen toward better cardiovascular health,” said Paula Chu, […]

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