- Are Heart Palpitations Dangerous?
“My heart skipped a beat.” It’s a nice saying. But when it really happens—and happens a lot—it can seem less romantic. In the article Heart Palpitations: Are They Dangerous? A Doctor Explains, family doctor Eva Briggs talks about heart palpitations, whether they’re dangerous, and when to see a doctor. She also explains what often causes them. They’re not actually skipped beats. They’re just mistimed ones.
- Does Alcohol Increase or Decrease Your Risk of Cancer?
Well, here we go. Many recent studies, including one I referenced recently, have lauded drinking alcohol for its heart and stroke benefits. Now comes a large British study advising caution: any alcohol at all may increase the risk of cancer.
The study followed women, but I don’t see why its conclusions wouldn’t apply to men too.
- Happy Music May Lead to Happy Blood Vessels
When is the last time you purposely played some joyful music and gave yourself a few moments of pleasure and inspiration? Well, you might want to start making this a daily dalliance. Here's why:
- Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
For more than 10 years, laughter has been suspected of being a helpful component to medicine for pretty much whatever ails you. Studies by Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, a preventive care specialist at Loma Linda University, have suggested that laughter seems to increase the levels of two hormones: one that helps elevate mood (beta-endorphins), and one that helps optimize immunity (human growth hormone) and decrease three stress hormones that can be detrimental to the immune system when consistently high (cortisol, epinephrine, and dopac).
- Is the Vitamin B Trio a Bust?
Is the famed vitamin B trio (folate [vitamin B9] + vitamin B6 + vitamin B12), which is thought to help prevent heart disease, a bust? The answer leads you back to food, not supplements.