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Heart disease affects women

Commentary by Chara Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. About 1 in 5 female deaths are linked to heart disease. Because Friday (March 8) is International Women’s Day, this seems as appropriate a time as any …

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Tomorrow’s life-saving treatments depend on today’s investments

By Sandip Shah Scientists just discovered a potentially revolutionary treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The experimental medicine, which is currently in clinical trials, boosts dopamine production in patients’ brain to reduce tremors and improve motor skills. The drug is one of several “gene therapies” developed in recent years. These medications have the potential to treat – or even cure – the …

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How to take care of yourself

Commentary by Chara Do not underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself. Many people, unfortunately, forget about themselves and put other people’s priorities ahead of their own, such as those of their bosses or loved ones. But self-care makes it easier to meet their needs and yours because it boosts your self-esteem and strengthens your relationships with yourself and …

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UNICEF: Adolescent AIDS-related deaths, infections will continue

By Tere Siqueira For some time, global efforts have focused on ending AIDS by 2030. However, information from UNICEF suggests that will not happen. According to UNICEF on the UNICEF USA website, about 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases through 2030. Projections also show that at the current rate, without an acceleration of efforts and investment in …

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Mental health disorders: Types, warning signs and coping

Commentary by Chara According to Mental Health America statistics, 54 million Americans suffer from a mental health disorder. Some of the most common mental illnesses include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, eating-related disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health America information states that mental illnesses might be related to stress, genetics, biochemical imbalances or a combination of …

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E-cigarettes might help smokers quit, study shows

By Chara E-cigarettes might help people quit smoking, according to a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study, e-cigarettes are twice as effective as regular gum or patches. Based on the monitoring of 886 individuals, the one-year abstinence rate was 18 percent in the e-cigarette group, compared to 9.9 percent in the nicotine-replacement …

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Mental health coverage: What you should know

Commentary by Eulogio JP Sadly, because of President Trump’s repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many Americans are unsure of what their health insurance policies will cover – especially when it comes to mental health. Here are a few facts you should know about mental health coverage: *Although legislators and providers have tried to improve mental health coverage …

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Myths about cardiovascular disease

Commentary by Yanis De Palma Heart disease kills more Americans each year than any other disease. That is why it is important to educate yourself on how to keep your heart healthy. An important way to educate yourself is by learning the difference between the facts and the myths regarding heart disease. Some of the most commonly held, but mistaken …

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FDA claims breast cancer linked to implants

By Chara The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement saying that breast implants are linked to breast cancer. Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma is a risk of having breast cancer implants. Since 2011, the FDA has warned women about the link between implants and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. “We hope that this information prompts providers and patients to have …

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Study shows heart disease becoming more common in younger adults

By Tere Siqueira Heart disease is not limited to old men. Recent research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation showed that heart attacks are increasingly occurring in younger adults, especially women. The research found that 32 percent of the patients suffering from heart disease were between 35 and 54 years old. The trend of young people suffering from …

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