November 18, 2002 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.'
March 4, 2011 |
When a nearly 600-pound man who boldly promoted food at a restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill dies, one of the first reactions is likely to be ... , well, not one of surprise. But then comes the news that Blair River might have died of pneumonia. Hold on. Don't order up that 8,000-calorie burger just yet. Note that there is a potential link between obesity and pneumonia. "After accounting for factors such as lifestyle and education, moderately obese men -- those with a body mass index between 30 and 34.9 -- had a 40% greater risk of pneumonia compared with those of normal weight (BMI of less than 24.9)
October 20, 2010
Kids with obese parents are known to be at increased risk of childhood obesity themselves. Moms with unhealthy diets have been shown to pass along metabolic problems to their kids, but exactly how dads fit into the equation is unclear. In humans, this is particularly difficult because fathers and children often share not just genes, but a home environment as well. Thankfully, we have rats to help sort this out. Australian researchers fed some male rats a high-fat diet and kept others on a healthy diet.
October 18, 2004 |
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.
September 11, 2012 |
Is there something fishy going on with omega-3 fatty acids? For years, major health and medical organizations have recommended fish oil supplements rich in omega-3s to reduce the threat of heart disease. In Europe, where support is particularly enthusiastic, a doctor's failure to recommend the supplements is viewed by some as bordering on malpractice. But several recent studies have raised questions about the benefits of fish oil, sparking no small amount of confusion. A report published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.