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Healthy Lifestyle and Functional Outcomes from Stroke in Women

While a healthy lifestyle has been associated with reduced risk of developing ischemic stroke, less is known about its effect on stroke severity. Methods We performed a prospective cohort study among 37,634 women without stroke or missing risk factor data at baseline. The healthy lifestyle index was composed of smoking, physical activity, body mass index, […]

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Are e-Cigarettes Safe?

As the popularity of e-cigarettes increases, concerns are being raised about their safety and lack of regulation. E-cigarettes are not regulated or taxed like normal tobacco-containing cigarettes. Unlike nicotine inhalers, the exact chemical content of the liquid that is heated in the e-cigarettes is unknown, and e-cigarettes have not been clinically proven to promote smoking cessation. […]

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The Mediterranean Diet: What You Should Know

Diet fads are a dime a dozen, but one diet has risen about the rest in terms of effectiveness– the Mediterranean Diet. The American Journal of Medicine often publishes prevention-related articles that focus on diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Given the obesity epidemic, it’s important for physicians to be able to advise patients on weight management and […]

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Dietary Fiber Intake and Cardiometabolic Risks among US Adults, NHANES 1999-2010

After you read this study, you may resolve to change your diet. The benefits of dietary fiber on cardiovascular risk reduction have been documented.1, 2, 3, 4 Specifically, epidemiologic data suggest a protective relationship between dietary fiber and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including components of the metabolic syndrome,5, 6 and related risks such as cardiovascular inflammation.7, 8 Dietary fiber intake is thought […]

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Science of Kissing

Philematology: The Science of Kissing. A Message for the Marital Month of June A friend recently sent me a list of “kissing facts” taken from an Internet website. Having reviewed this list, it occurred to me that the information was not necessarily evidence-based. Nevertheless, because it is now June, a time when many marriages occur, […]

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