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Volunteerism at a Young Age Benefits the Heart

University of British Columbia researchers find that volunteering at a young age can benefit the physical as well as mental health of adolescents. Hannah Schreier, then a doctoral student at the UBC’s Faculty of Education and Department of Psychology, states that social intervention to support members of the community improved the health of adolescents. The study was recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. For the study, the researchers divided 106 Grade 10 students from an urban Vancouver high school into two groups. One group volunteered one hour per week to work with elementary school children in after-school programs in […]

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Americans Live Longer, but not Healthier Lives

The life expectancy of American has gone up from 76.8 years in 2000 to 78.5 years in 2009, according to the United Health Foundation report, “America’s Health Rankings,” which provides an evaluation of the nation’s health condition. However, Reed Tuckson, MD, executive vice president and chief of medical affairs of UnitedHealth Group, reports that people are living sicker from chronic disease and preventable diseases. The pooled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Medical Association, Census Bureau, and the Dartmouth Atlas Project shows that while deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer have been decreasing due to […]

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Posted in: Diabetes, Hypertension, Lifestyle, Longevity, News Briefs, Nutrition, Obesity

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Optimize Heart Health to Live Longer

Many people develop various types of chronic diseases as they grow older, and among them cardiovascular disease is a common cause for premature death. A new Northwestern Medicine study however, shows that people who have optimum cardiovascular health during their middle age are more likely to live longer that people who possess risk factors related to heart health. The results of the study, which were reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that participants who had good cardiac health lived 14 years longer , disease-free, than their peers who had at least two risk factors. John […]

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