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Is Sugar Toxic?

Is sugar toxic? The new documentary Sugar Coated explores how the food industry has hoodwinked us to stop asking this important question. The documentary zeroes in on how eating too much sugar is a key culprit driving alarming increases in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and likely dementia too. I watched the show this week and thought it was […]

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Is Cocoa the Brain Drug of the Future?: Scientific American

Could cocoa really be the brain drug of the future by improving cognitive function in the elderly? Hope springs eternal for studies trying to find that chocolate is good for you! Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy with scientists from Mars Inc. (that’s right, the candy company) conducted a study among elderly people […]

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Run to Quit Smoking

Do you want to quit smoking or know someone who does? This spring, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room are collaborating on a new program called Run to Quit, to help people learn to run while quitting smoking and substitute a healthy habit for a destructive one. Despite the great strides in awareness […]

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New Canadian Heart Monitor for Atrial Fibrillation to Prevent Strokes

February is Heart Month and atrial fibrillation is making headlines again. A year ago, I spoke with Dr. David Gladstone about his EMBRACE trial for a new device, the first 30-day cardiac monitor for stroke patients. The monitoring belt tracks heart rhythm data continuously for a complete month rather than the standard Holter-monitor 24-hour test, […]

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First Bedside Genetic Test Identifies Right Drug for Stent Patients

For many cardiac patients who receive stents–tiny tubes that help restore blood flow through clogged arteries–a gene that is responsible for processing a common anti-clotting drug can complicate their recovery. Worldwide, there are more than 2 million stent procedures performed each year, about 528,000 in the U.S. alone. But up to 30 percent of Caucasians […]

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Manage Your Blood Pressure To Reduce Stroke Risk

High blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke, yet many people are totally unaware this silent killer is lurking, as there are usually no symptoms until the damage is well underway. More than 68 million American adults, about 1 in 3, have high blood pressure, putting them at risk for stroke, the third […]

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Designer Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Three new game-changing anticoagulants have been developed for the prevention of strokes in people with atrial fibrillation. The new designer drugs dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban offer significant benefits compared to decades-old warfarin, but there are some downsides to consider. More than 2.7 million Americans have atrial fibrillation today and an estimated 12 million may have […]

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Heart Attack is Different for Women Than Men

It’s a pretty sobering fact that heart disease kills more women at all ages than breast cancer. But why can’t we think of someone we know who has heart disease? Well, to put it bluntly, because those who have it often die from sudden cardiac arrest. Due to significant advances over the last 40 years […]

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