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July 13, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The family of drugs that includes the over-the-counter medications Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Sominex and Tylenol PM can double the risk of impaired thinking in elderly African Americans, and presumably in Caucasians as well, researchers said Tuesday. The family, called anticholinergics, blocks the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylchoine, and also includes the prescription drugs Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil. Most of the anticholinergics are used by the elderly to aid sleep and to relieve bladder leakage problems.
December 10, 2001
Preventing heart disease in adulthood begins with reducing risks early in life. Both a child's doctor and parents have roles to play, researchers and cardiologists say. Pediatricians and family practitioners should: * Obtain family health history, including whether parents, grandparents or siblings have had heart attacks, strokes or early heart disease. * Provide dietary guidelines, including limits on the consumption of fatty foods. * Recommend physical activity.
December 28, 1995 | From Times staff and wire reports
Unfit middle-aged men seeking to cut their risk of heart disease should concentrate on diet, not just exercise, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In the study of 111 sedentary and obese men ages 46 to 80, 44 were told to lose 10% of their body weight, and 49 were told to increase maximum aerobic capacity by 10% while maintaining body weight. The remaining 18 were a control group.
November 18, 2002 | Shari Roan
Taste may not be the only reason garlic appears in so many dishes around the world. The bulb has long been valued for its medicinal qualities. Hippocrates treated infections and intestinal disorders with it, and Muhammad used it to relieve pain from wounds. More recent research has confirmed that the compound allicin in garlic has therapeutic properties. Uses: Garlic is perhaps most popular as a remedy to lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
March 22, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Babies born during cold weather appear to have more heart disease and insulin resistance, higher triglycerides and poorer lung function later in life than those born when it's warmer outside. The association comes from a health study of 4,286 British women, ages 60 to 79. Researchers determined the dates and locations of their births, then used climate records to pinpoint conditions at the times they were born.
November 8, 2004 | From the Hartford Courant
For people with metabolic syndrome, there is no shortage of the warning signs for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Now scientists at Yale University Medical School say they have found a molecular common denominator that may help explain why conditions such as obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides tend to cluster in some people.
November 22, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
The cholesterol drug anacetrapib -- or, rather, the hubbub about it -- shows one thing: Consumers desperately want a cholesterol drug that's both effective and safe. Anacetrapid is showing promise in raising good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. And the Booster Shots blog and this related video explain the optimism surrounding the clinical trials so far. But at least one fact has gotten lost amid the excitement: Many people don’t need to take drugs to lower their cholesterol and boost their HDL or good cholesterol.
November 23, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Don't blame Starbucks: Police may have poorer health due to the late shifts and overtime they often work. The resulting sleep deficits may cause them to develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms including high blood pressure, insulin resistance and high triglycerides that raises risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, a study suggests. The research, published in the Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health and conducted by John Violanti of the State University of New York at Buffalo and colleagues, focused on 98 police officers.
November 25, 2002 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
At a time when many dieters are shedding pounds by indulging in great plates of steaks, bacon, eggs and butter, even doctors are seeing some positives in the regimen that flies in the face of conventional nutritional wisdom. Trouble is, no one yet knows whether favoring fat over carbohydrates makes people healthier in the long run. Dr. Eric C. Westman, an internist at Duke University, stepped into the lion's den last week when he presented data to the American Heart Assn.'
October 18, 2004 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
More than 30 years ago, when Dr. David Heber was an intern, he asked the senior doctors the same questions over and over: "How come all my patients have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes? Are these things linked?" He said his mentors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston would shrug and say, "Dave, common things occur commonly. Go back to work." Today, doctors know Heber's intuition was right. Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are physiologically linked.
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