The use of three B vitamins folate, B-6 and B-12 as a sound strategy to promote heart health may be coming to an end. These three vitamins still seem to lower blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine, but this reduction doesn't appear to affect heart disease or stroke risk.
All body fat is not the same. Researchers and health care professionals often measure overweight in pounds or with a calculation called the Body Mass Index.
The importance of eating at least three servings of whole grains is becoming clearer and more widely publicized. Yet surveys suggest that Americans still eat no more than a single serving a day.
About one in seven American women have raised a grandchild for six months or more, but grandmothers who provide care for even a few hours a day may be at increased risk for heart attacks.
Fewer than 20 percent of adults can correctly identify the signs of stroke and know to call 911 in the case of acute stroke events.
There's no question that vegetarian eating can be healthful and nutritionally adequate, according to the American Dietetic Association. But experts say that the question of whether vegetarian eating is better than non-vegetarian eating depends on exactly what is in that vegetarian diet.
Older Americans need more motivation to exercise regularly, say a series of studies published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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