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High blood pressure: A moving target
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High blood pressure: A moving target
After a review of hundreds of studies, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently revised their guidelines for labelling and treating high blood pressure. Many people, however, can reduce their blood pressure by healthy lifestyles.
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Soup starter
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Soup starter
Spring is on the march, but winter isn’t done with us yet. That means that I am not done with soup.
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Ketogenic eating
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Ketogenic eating
After a lifetime of making dietary choices by gut instinct, I recently embarked on my first real diet. I’m gunning for my visceral belly fat, the insidious deposits that lurk between your internal organs — or sometimes in them or on them — far beneath the abdominal wall. It’s the fat you can’t squeeze, no matter how wide your pinch.
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BMI does not tell the whole story
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BMI does not tell the whole story
Postmenopausal women who carry too much body fat may be at risk for invasive breast cancer, even if their BMI is within normal limits.
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A new vaccine for shingles
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A new vaccine for shingles
The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox as well as shingles. There are vaccines to prevent both conditions. The vaccine for shingles has been recently updated, and provides protection for a longer period of time.
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The decline in cervical cancer
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The decline in cervical cancer
With the advent of Pap smears and immunization against certain types of HPV, the incidence of cervical cancer in this country has plummeted in the past 50 years.
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Leave the lettuce
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Leave the lettuce
“Locavore” was anointed 2007’s word of the year by the Oxford American English Dictionary. Since then the idea of wanting to eat closer to home has only gained traction, which has naturaly invited skepticism. Number-crunchers have found enough cases of it being more carbon-friendly to purchase food from far-away places that the locavore movement should be sunk, at least if saving the world were the goal.
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Prevalence of obesity: An upward curve
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Prevalence of obesity: An upward curve
Obesity is a major risk factor for the incidence of many illnesses, including cancer and heart disease, the two leading causes of death in this country.
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Life expectancy takes another dip
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Life expectancy takes another dip
Life expectancy in the U.S. population had a decrease of 0.1 year between 2015 and 2016, according to a data brief by the National Center for Health Statistics. You might say that’s not significant and too minor to even mention. But this is the second year in a row that it has dropped in this country. That’s not a good sign.
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Roxbury Community College — Your future is our focus
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Roxbury Community College — Your future is our focus
The New Roxbury Community College (RCC) is now open! The College is currently undergoing $72.5 million in renovations; and, our fully-renovated Media Arts Center, new Student Commons, and new Health Sciences Building opened in September 2017. In January 2018, the second floor of our Academic Building will re-open. It now includes a new Library, Academic Support Center and Testing Center.
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Meatless holiday
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Meatless holiday
As the days get short and blustery and we dig in for the holidays, I find myself pondering the Tofurky, and how we got here. The soy-and-wheat-based cylinder was designed to resemble a baked stuffed turkey with gravy, and it would, if a stuffed turkey resembled a plant-based cheese Combo.
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Addiction in the elderly: An overlooked group
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Addiction in the elderly: An overlooked group
It’s hard to imagine your kindly white-haired grandmother may have a substance use disorder (SUD). But it’s very possible. In 2015 drug overdose death rates increased for all age groups, including those 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the coming of age of the baby boomers, these rates may continue to rise. This group is expected to account for about 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2030.
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