The health risks of too much salt

Most Americans, including older adults, consume too much salt—or more accurately, sodium—than they should. In fact, a ­recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those 51 and older average about 3,000 mg of sodium per day, twice what the American Heart Association recommends and about 30 percent more than the DepartmentRead More

Run to Reap All the Benefits

If running is your thing, it can make you feel like a ~*queen*~ – and there’s no doubt it’s good for your body, mind, soul, etc. The thing is, putting one foot in front of the other requires so much effort that many people don’t want to bother. (I FEEL YOU.) However, the results of a new study suggestRead More

Happiness Really Can Improve Health

Scientists have thought for years that happiness may have a real effect on physical health, but a comprehensive new review makes the case stronger than ever. The review, published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, examines the effects of “subjective well-being”—a measure of how people evaluate their own lives—on various aspects of physical health. The topic hasRead More

Can You Die From a Broken Heart?

Elderly married couples have been known to die within hours or days of each other. Doctors sometimes treat patients with heart attack-like symptoms who have come directly from a funeral. In other words, a figurative broken heart can actually lead to a literal broken heart. It’s called stress-induced cardiomyopathy, and it’s one of the more perplexing disorders for cardiologists.Read More

When to break up with your doctor

The doctor-patient relationship is an important one. But it’s not always forever and it’s key to know when it’s run its course. Many people get attached to their doctors and find it difficult to separate. Here are three situations when it’s time to re-think the relationship and break up with your doctor: 1. You’re tooRead More