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There's a Major Misconception About Dairy

It's not linked to increase in cardiovascular disease: study

(Newser) - Gouda news for cheese lovers: Despite claims that the fatty treat does damage to your cardiovascular health, a review of 29 studies has found no evidence that full-fat dairy products like cheese and milk boost one's risk of death, heart attack, or stroke. While many dairy products are high... More »

Beer Isn't Wrecking Just Your Liver—It's Bad for Your Heart

The cardiac arrhythmias seem to be mostly benign, but some are more worrying

(Newser) - Armed with hand-held breathalyzers and EKGs, German scientists put in a hard month's work at Munich's Oktoberfest as they mingled with thousands of men and women who were "under the stress of alcohol," to use the scientific term. Now they're reporting in the European Heart ... More »

Daily Diet Soda May Take Toll on Your Brain

Study suggests an increased risk of stroke and dementia

(Newser) - Diet soda might help with the waistline, but a new study suggests it's bad for the brain. Researchers in Massachusetts found that those who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day were about three times as likely to experience a stroke or dementia compared to those who... More »

More Bad News on Yo-Yo Dieting

People with coronary heart disease have something else to worry about

(Newser) - Losing weight is one thing, keeping it off quite another. And now researchers are finding that among those with coronary heart disease (CHD)—which the Mayo Clinic reports develops from damaged or diseased blood vessels typically caused by blockage and inflammation—yo-yo dieting may dramatically increase the risk of stroke,... More »

Scientists Find Potential New Use for Spider Venom

Poison from funnel web spider reduced brain damage in rats after strokes

(Newser) - Almost 6 million people die from a stroke each year, and although scientists aren't recommending spider bites to remedy that, the poison contained in one particular arachnid may fend off stroke-related brain damage, the Guardian reports. In a study published in the PNAS journal , Australian scientists discovered that just... More »

What Led to the Stroke That Apparently Killed Bill Paxton

TMZ: death certificate notes complications after valve replacement surgery for aneurysm

(Newser) - It's been just over a week since the world found out about the sudden death of actor Bill Paxton at the age of 61, and now there's reportedly more info on what happened. Per an apparent copy of Paxton's death certificate now in the hands of TMZ... More »

Lengthy Marriages May Raise Stroke Survival

People who've never married or been divorced fare worse

(Newser) - A leading cause of death and disability in the US, strokes affect nearly 800,000 adults every year. Now researchers are showing for the first time that current and past marital status can play a big role in survival rates following a stroke, reports MedicalXpress . After tracking the outcomes of... More »

Here's Why You Should Use Heartburn Meds With Caution

Proton pump inhibitors appear to increase the risk of ischemic stroke

(Newser) - Heartburn is a big problem in the US. In fact, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are used to treat acid reflux and heartburn, are among the most prescribed drugs in the country, with millions taking them, and they're becoming more widely available over-the-counter, reports CNN . But a preliminary report... More »

Randy Travis Amazes Crowd at His Hall of Fame Induction

He has recovered from stroke enough to sing

(Newser) - Country singer Randy Travis found his distinctive voice three years after a life-threatening stroke and sang "Amazing Grace" during his induction Sunday into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Grammy-winning baritone singer battled back from the 2013 stroke to sing again during the medallion ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.... More »

Ex-Israel President Peres in Serious Condition After Stroke

Israeli media says he's 'fighting for his life,' but doctors say he's out of the woods, stable

(Newser) - Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was in "serious but stable" condition after suffering a major stroke, doctors treating him said Wednesday, as the nation rallied in prayer and support for the 93-year-old elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Dr. Yitzhak Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center near... More »

Mexico Reports: Teen Dies From Girlfriend's Hickey

A blood clot reportedly traveled to his brain in a matter of hours

(Newser) - A teen boy appears to be the second known case of a hickey causing a stroke and the first of that love bite being lethal. Julio Macias Gonzalez, who was just 17, began convulsing during dinner with his family in Mexico City the day after spending the night with his... More »

New Study Gives You Permission to Eat Butter

Researchers say it has no relation to heart disease and may reduce diabetes risk

(Newser) - We might all owe Paula Deen an apology. A study published this week in PLOS ONE finds no connection between eating butter and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, researchers found eating butter might actually make people slightly healthier by reducing the risk of diabetes. Researchers from... More »

Study: Loneliness, Social Isolation Are Bad for Our Hearts

They may dramatically increase risk of heart attacks and strokes

(Newser) - Sgt. Pepper better have good insurance because—if its name is accurate—his Lonely Hearts Club Band has a dramatically increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. According to a study published Monday in Heart, people who feel lonely or are socially isolated have a 29% increase in risk of... More »

Lawsuit: Salon Shampooing Caused Woman's Stroke

'It's shocking to think such a benign activity can kill you'

(Newser) - A California woman got a 10-minute shampoo at a beauty salon in 2013; two weeks later, she had a "massive" stroke, KGTV reports. Experts are blaming Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome. Sound far-fetched? It's apparently not. [It's] "definitely something that all neurologists know about," one doctor... More »

Feeling Kind of Blue? Blame the Neanderthal In You

Neanderthal genetic variants are strongly linked to a dozen traits

(Newser) - It's long been known that the predecessors of modern humans and Neanderthals lived side by side, but it wasn't until 2010 that it was discovered the two species interbred . In fact, as much as 4% of the DNA of modern humans with European or Asian ancestry comes from... More »

In Final Heroic Act, Man Donates Organs to Fellow Vets

In the final moments of Army veteran Matthew Whalen's life, a tribute

(Newser) - As Army veteran Matthew Whalen was wheeled down the halls of Plaza Fort Worth Medical Center in Texas in his final moments on Monday, current and former service members stood at attention in an emotional tribute. His wife, fellow veteran Hannah Whalen, said her final and tearful "I love... More »

Lamar Odom Can't Recognize Family: Report

Bad news for Khloe Kardashian's husband

(Newser) - After news of Lamar Odom's "shocking" improvement , a dark turn: The former NBA player is in "rough shape" and struggles to recognize family and friends, a source tells TMZ . Worse, the source adds, doctors believe his brain has suffered major damage. Odom's estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian,... More »

Key Clinton Aide Shalala Suffers Stroke

Ex-health secretary fell ill in NYC after Clinton Global Initiative

(Newser) - Closing ceremonies for the Clinton Global Initiative had just wrapped up in Manhattan Tuesday night when Donna Shalala, the head of the Clinton Foundation, fell ill, reports the New York Times . The 74-year-old, a trusted confidante who had previously served eight years as Bill Clinton's health secretary, had suffered... More »

New Blood Pressure Study Could Save Many Lives

Researchers say our blood pressure needs to be much lower

(Newser) - Today, federal health officials announced the "potentially lifesaving" results of a major study that could reduce the overall mortality rate of the United States, the New York Times reports. The study, which looked at 9,300 people over the age of 50, found that doctors aren't aiming low... More »

Even a Little Non-Aspirin Painkiller Could Be Bad News

Risk of heart attack, stroke from NSAIDs higher than thought, even in small amounts

(Newser) - The FDA advised back in 2005 that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs , could up the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the agency is now boosting that warning, noting that drugs like ibuprofen (often sold under the Motrin IB brand), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex) may pose a... More »

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