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Heart Disease Risk Factors Affect Brain Function

New research published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke shows that brain function in young adults may decline as their risk factors for heart disease increase. Lead author Hanneke Joosten, M.D., a nephrology fellow at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands states that while people think that risk factors such as smoking and obesity are bad for the heart, they are not aware that these are also bad for the brain. The study included around 3,800 participants aged 35- to 82-years who underwent mental function tests that measured their ability to reason, plan and initiate and […]

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Posted in: Brain Health, Cigarette Smoking, Heart Disease, News Briefs

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The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that childhood obesity rates have risen dramatically over the past three decades, with children being affected more than twice, and adolescents being affected three times more often than before. This has resulted in the increase in frequency of diseases and conditions previously only seen in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Dr. Sharon Saydah, a CDC senior scientist, now report, in the recently published journal Pediatrics, that the combination of obesity, high blood sugar levels and smoking can significantly increase a young adult’s and […]

Continue reading Obesity, Smoking, and High Blood Sugar Cause Premature Death

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New research published in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology indicates that even light to moderate smoking among women increases their risk of sudden cardiac death, and long-term smokers have an even greater risk. However, lead author Roopinder K. Sandhu, M.D., M.P.H., a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says that smoking cessation significantly reduces this risk. A sudden cardiac death occurs when the heart stops and abruptly loses its pumping action within a few minutes. It is a major cause of heart-related deaths and accounts for up to 400,000 deaths in the US every year. For […]

Continue reading Moderate Smoking Increases Sudden Death Risk in Women

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Exercising to Quit Smoking

The American Lung Association observes that it usually takes cigarette smokers an average of five to six “serious attempts” to succeed in quitting the habit. There are many ways people try to kick the habit, including the use of chewing gum or pharmaceutical aids to reduce cravings. A team of researchers evaluated the effects of physical activity on smoking cessation by studying data from past clinical trials, each involving a few participants who were not involved in a quit program or using nicotine replacement products like gums or patches. Adrian A. Taylor, a professor of exercise and health psychology at […]

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