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Healthy lifestyles not high on most people’s list

Only 2.7 percent of adults in the U.S. follow the four behaviors of a healthy lifestyle. While not smoking is the most common behavior observed, maintaining a healthy weight is the least.

How old is your heart?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asks a strange question on their website — “how old is your heart”? That doesn’t seem to make much sense. Surely if you’re 40, your heart is 40 as well. But, according to ...

Universal screening recommended for depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. Yet, it often goes undiagnosed or untreated. It is a leading cause of suicide.

A step closer to ovarian cancer screening

Although ovarian cancer is rare, it is the fifth deadliest form of cancer in women. To date, a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer has not been developed.

Roxbury Presbyterian Church offers trauma education program

The Roxbury Presbyterian Church’s Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program is a new approach to healing from trauma that provides a safe space in which people share their stories, learn about the impact of trauma, and give and receive support for ...

Glaucoma: The silent thief of sight

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness in this country. There is no cure for glaucoma, but it can be treated with medicine and surgery.

The flu: Will antibiotics work?

Antibiotics are often prescribed for people suffering from the flu. However, antibiotics are designed to treat infections from bacteria. The flu, on the other hand, is a virus and does not respond to antibiotics.

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

With the advent of Pap smears and immunization against certain types of HPV, the incidence of cervical cancer in this country has plummeted in the past 50 years.

Diabetes and Cancer

Current data indicate that the incidence of diabetes may be on the decline. Since research suggests that there is a link between type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer, a drop in diabetes rates may result in lower cancer ...

The Food and Drug Administration: Attack on added sugars

The Food and Drug Administration is at it again. Now the target is sugar, but it’s not just any sugar. It’s the added sugar the administration is going after.

Exercise and high blood pressure

Regular exercise can increase the efficiency of the heart, which can help prevent or control high blood pressure.

The DASH eating plan

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, was a study that determined that healthy eating could control blood pressure. Reduced daily intake of sodium decreased blood pressure even further.

Edamame stew

This recipe is high in potassium and fiber and low in unhealthy fats and sodium. This combination will help lower blood pressure and decrease its risk.

Quinoa-stuffed tomatoes

This side dish pairs quinoa, a whole grain, with vegetables for a healthy recipe that is low in unhealthy fats, sodium and calories and high in fiber, protein and potassium

Kidney failure: A silent complication

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. Once diagnosed, the only treatments available are dialysis and kidney transplant.