Latest by Diane Domina

Statins and heart health.
Medication

Statins Can Lower Heart Risks in People Over 75 Too

According to an analysis of 28 clinical trials, statins lower the risk of major cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke, even in people over 75.

Fasting diet note on plate.
Nutrition

Could Fasting Boost Your Metabolism?

Fasting — putting the body into “starvation mode” — can increase metabolic activity, produce antioxidants, and reverse some effects of aging, suggests a study.

Warfarin blood thinner.
Medication

FDA Issues Warning About Blood Thinner Test Strips

The FDA is warning that certain test strips used with medical devices to monitor blood levels of warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) may provide inaccurate results.

Apple juice box on shelf.
Risk Factors

Arsenic and Lead In Fruit Juice?

About half of 45 popular commercial fruit juices have elevated levels of potentially harmful heavy metals, according to this report.

Cat in litter box.
Risk Factors

Parasite in Cat Poop Linked to Schizophrenia

A large study suggests common pathogens, including one found in cat feces, are associated with an increased risk of serious psychiatric disorders and suicide.

Nurse caring for a patient after surgery.
Death & Dying

Post-Surgery Deaths Surpass Those From HIV, TB, and Malaria Combined

Worldwide, more than 4 million people die within 30 days after surgery each year, while HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria cause nearly 3 million deaths per year.

Tired woman in pain.
Risk Factors

Not Getting Enough Sleep? You May Feel More Pain

Pain can make it difficult to sleep, but does a lack of sleep also affect pain levels? A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests it does.

Vitamin D capsules in sunshine.
Supplements

Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk

Results of a study suggest vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, improves insulin sensitivity, lowers glucose levels, and reduces type 2 diabetes risk.

Heart disease medical form.
Risk Factors

Heart Disease Now Affects Nearly Half of American Adults

According to the AHA's Heart and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update, 48 percent of adults in the U.S., about 121.5 million people, have heart disease.

Senior man, stroke survivor, walking with a cane in the woods with his adult daughter.
Risk Factors

'Healthy Thoughts' May Lower Blood Pressure in Stroke Survivors

Stroke survivors who believe they can take steps to prevent a subsequent brain attack have significantly lower blood pressure than survivors who feel hopeless.