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A study in The Journal of the American Medical
Association found that a vegetarian diet emphasizing a
“portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods did a better job of
reducing low-density lipoprotein — the so-called “bad”
cholesterol — than a low-saturated-fat vegetarian diet. All
participants in the study followed a heart-healthy diet rich in
fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
If you're close to age 75, you may have followed the same schedule for mammograms, Pap smears, and other screening tests for decades. And if you're like many women, you may be surprised that your physician is suggesting fewer tests or longer intervals between them. The practice seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. After all, the risk for many degenerative diseases increases with age, so shouldn't older women be monitored even more closely? The answer is, "It depends on the woman."
Compulsive hoarders accumulate unneeded items beyond reason.
While hoarding is sometimes a symptom of obsessive-compulsive
disorder, most hoarders do not exhibit the characteristics of
OCD. Television shows such as Hoarders and Hoarding:
Buried Alive have increased public awareness and mental
health professionals are also taking a fresh look at the problem.
A study, led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health,
is the first to quantify just how much exercise is needed to
reduce the risk of heart disease. It found, as expected, that you
can lower the risk more by exercising longer. Interestingly, the
effect was stronger for women than for men.
More than half of adults ages 65 and over have sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. Chronic sleep apnea is associated with many health risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Older women with sleep apnea may be at higher risk of developing cognitive problems and dementia.
People with high cholesterol are urged to eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. A study suggests that when it comes to reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, they may do even better if they also eat certain cholesterol-lowering foods. The findings were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
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