Pregnancy complications linked to higher risk of heart disease, study finds

CNN — Five major pregnancy complications are important lifelong risk factors for ischemic heart disease, a new study discoveries, with the greatest risk occurring within a decade of delivery. Ischemic heart disease refers to heart problems, including heart attack, caused by narrowed or dysfunctional blood vessels that reduce blood and oxygen flow to the heart. … Read more

Bariatric surgery prolongs life, study finds

CNN — Weight-loss surgery reduces the risk of premature death, especially from obesity-related conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to a new 40-year-old study of nearly 22,000 people with had bariatric surgery in Utah. Compared to those of similar weight, people who had one of four types of bariatric surgery were 16% … Read more

Bread: white, sourdough, flaxseed, whole grain – which is more nutritious, helps stop cancer

Welcome to Ask Doctor Zac, a weekly column from This week, Dr. Zac Turner talks about the best breads for a healthy gut. Question: Hey Dr Zac, what the heck arrived at the bread?! Gone are the days when you could choose between white, brown and multigrain. There is now a whole commercial aisle … Read more

Alcohol flushing reaction may increase risk of heart disease

If you’re from East or Southeast Asia, you’re probably very familiar with the alcohol flush reaction, otherwise known as the “Asian glow.” After one or two glassesyour face and body turn redder than a sun-dried tomato, and people start asking if you got sunburned at the bar or at the party that night. The flushing … Read more

Long-term deep meditation can help regulate the gut microbiome for better health

Regular deep meditation, practiced for several years, can help regulate the gut microbiome and potentially reduce the risk of poor physical and mental health, according to a small comparative study published in the open-access journal General psychiatry. The gut microbes found in a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks differed significantly from those of their lay … Read more

On-field emergencies: A look at how NFL medical teams prepare for a game-day emergency

CNN — When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin fell to the ground after going into cardiac arrest earlier this month, help was at his side within 10 seconds administering CPR. It wasn’t coincidence or luck. Rather, it is the result of careful planning and practice – the execution of detailed choreography performed by the medical … Read more

CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people should still be boosted

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday there was a possible security issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech but is unlikely to pose a real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people keep up to date with Covid-19 vaccines. The CDC said … Read more

Intense exercise can damage the heart, stick to moderate limits, study finds

Exercise and physical activity definitely reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), with many studies showing that an active person has a 30-40% lower risk. But the latest research has shattered the myth of unlimited exercise, doing too much and pushing too hard and advised a moderate amount instead. Intense training regimen exercise may actually … Read more

Heart screening may not have prevented Hamlin’s meltdown

Prompt on-the-ground emergency care by well-rehearsed medical personnel is widely credited with helping to save Damar Hamlin’s life. But it is much less certain that his cardiac arrest could have been avoided. Doctors say they are still evaluating what caused Hamlin’s heart to fail after a tackle during Monday night’s game in Cincinnati. One possibility … Read more

Intense exercise promotes calcification of coronary arteries

Exercise and physical activity reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It has been observed that an active individual has a 30-40% lower risk of CVD. However, previous cross-sectional studies have failed to determine whether exercise has a significant impact on accelerating coronary atherosclerosis and plaque morphology. A recent Traffic journal article focused on investigating … Read more