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Artificial sweeteners may increase blood sugar

A recent scientific study says people should reconsider their heavy use of artificial sweeteners, which may actually increase blood sugar by altering natural gut bacteria. The study, published in the science journal Nature, was conducted largely on mice and included […]

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Flu is recurring and approaching health issue

With Ebola requiring attention around the world, public health officials warn that the flu is a recurring health issue that should not be ignored. “We should be as worried

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EMT used stroke warning signs to save her son’s life

It was a snowy January day and Alex Newton was home from school watching cartoons when he felt the entire right half of his body start tingling. Soon after,

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Mini-stroke’ may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder

A “mini-stroke” may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Transient ischemic attack, like stroke, is caused by

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her

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Low-dose aspirin as effective as high-dose aspirin at preventing future heart attacks

If a loved one is treated for a heart attack and is placed on daily aspirin therapy, consider checking with the physician about the appropriate dosage. While the current

Support Network helps in heart disease, stroke emotional recovery

When Catherine Clinkscales’s son, Cain, was born with severe heart defects, the first place she turned to was the American Heart Association. Four years later, she’s helping the

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Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors

Having few friends, family and a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in young men and women a

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Tech leaders discuss the future of health

Innovation and collaboration in digital technology will hopefully help build a roadmap toward improved health and healthcare, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said during a meeting on

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Scientific statement: Understand the radiation risks before having heart imaging

People should understand why a heart-imaging test is needed before undergoing the procedure, including the benefits and risks involved, such as the potential long-term risk from radiation exposure,