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Aging

Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

A study of American adults shows that people who manage a step count of at least 8,000 a day have a lower chance of dying in the next decade.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Do Soy Products Protect the Heart?

An enormous study of health care professionals finds that tofu but not most other common soy products protect the heart. Premenopausal women benefit most.

Bayer aspirin "The Wonder Drug"
Cancer

Is Aspirin a Miracle or a Menace?

Tens of millions died during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Did aspirin contribute to the death spike that year? Is aspirin a miracle or a menace?

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Heart Attack

Up to an Egg a Day Is Fine, Scientists Say

Another study–one with 5.5 million person-years of data–shows that eating an egg a day won't increase your chance of a heart attack.

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Heart Attack

Will Fish Oil Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease?

British data suggest that fish oil reduces your risk of heart disease modestly. These supplements have other health benefits as well.

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Heart Attack

Does Cooking With Olive Oil Ruin Its Health Benefits?

Scientists have found that cooking with olive oil reduces its polyphenol content. There is still plenty to spare, though, making olive oil heart-healthy.

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Heart Attack

Should You Restrict the Number of Eggs You Eat?

If you have been told to restrict the number of eggs you eat, you may want to check again. A large study shows it is safe to consume an egg a day.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of Bad Food Bible
Podcasts

Show 1200: Making Sense of Changing Nutritional Guidelines

Is fish oil helpful or useless? Does eating red meat make any difference for heart health? Can you keep up with changing nutritional guidelines?

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Heart Attack

Can You Reduce the Deadly Impact of Bereavement?

Australian scientists have found two inexpensive drugs can lower the risk of heart problems early in bereavement, although nothing eases the pain of grief.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improve Health?

A number of studies lead to the conclusion that cocoa flavanols improve health. But that doesn't make chocolate bars health food.

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Cancer

Is It Really Risky to Eat Red Meat?

An analysis of six studies suggests that if you eat red meat you may run a higher risk of heart problems, However, the additional risk is small.

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Diabetes

What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Chocolate?

There are health benefits of coffee and chocolate as well as tea. You don't have to feel guilty about your beverage!

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Drug Side Effects

Avoiding Insecticides That Could Harm the Heart

Pyrethroid pesticides may increase cardiovascular risk, although these compounds work to repel ticks. People want help on avoiding insecticides.

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Heart Attack

Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

A large study in China monitored people's tea-drinking habits and their health. Those who sip green tea several times a week seem to live longer.

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Heart Attack

Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

A long-term study of atherosclerosis revealed that adequate magnesium is critical for good heart health.

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Drug Side Effects

Are Insecticides Bad for Your Heart?

Greater exposure to pyrethroid insecticides was linked to higher mortality from heart disease in a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Heart Attack

Should You Take Aspirin or Shun the Wonder Drug?

It's surprising to learn that even after a century aspirin remains highly controversial. Should people take aspirin to prevent heart attacks and cancer?

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Heart Attack

Will Chile Peppers Extend Your Life? Hot Peppers vs. Heart Disease!

People all over the world love hot peppers. New research suggests that chile peppers can help you live longer and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

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Angina

Beware Routine Stents or Bypass Surgery for Stable Heart Disease

Heart patients have been told for years that stents or bypass surgery prevent heart attacks and prolong life. A $100 million study contradicts that belief.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Will Taking Fish Oil Protect You from Heart Disease?

New data suggests that taking fish oil can protect people from heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and premature death without boosting prostate cancer.