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American Heart Association says Insomnia may significantly increase Stroke Risk

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The risk of stroke may be much higher in people with insomnia compared to those who don’t have trouble sleeping, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The risk also seems to be far greater when insomnia occurs as a young adult compared to those who are older, said researchers who reviewed the randomly-selected health records of more than 21,000 people with insomnia and 64,000 non-insomniacs in Taiwan.

Stroke and  insomnia - HSU study.  (American Heart Association) «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reports spices and herbs intervention helps adults reduce salt intake

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – Teaching people how to flavor food with spices and herbs is considerably more effective at lowering salt intake than having them do it on their own, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

Reduction in Salt Consumption Recommended. (Copyright American Heart Association)

Reduction in Salt Consumption Recommended. (Copyright American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association says Moderate Exercise cuts Women’s Stroke Risk

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Women don’t need to run marathons or do intense aerobics to reduce their stroke risk. Moderate-intensity exercise — such as brisk walking or playing tennis — may do the trick, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

The study found that moderate exercise also helps offset the increased stroke risk seen with postmenopausal women taking menopausal hormones, but not completely. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association sets first guidelines for reducing stroke risks unique to women

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.

“If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” said Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., M.H.S., author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Health Launches New Statewide Breastfeeding Hotline

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Tennessee families now have a new resource to support their efforts to breastfeed babies. The Department of Health has launched the statewide Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, which is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 1.855.4BF.MOMS (1.855.423.6667).

Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline

The hotline is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors, and operated in partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

A statement by Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary

U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesWashington, D.C. – Today, we honor the remarkable life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of fighting for racial equality, human rights and economic justice. Dr. King believed deeply that people of every race, religion and creed should have the opportunity to share in the American dream.

His courageous leadership on civil rights included a passionate advocacy on behalf of the poor. Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the “most shocking and inhumane” form of injustice. These words continue to resonate, as there is nothing more essential to opportunity than good health.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Flu on the rise, vaccine still available at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – The Centers for Disease Control has reported an increase of flu-like symptoms in Tennessee and officials expect the numbers to rise in coming weeks.

“The best ways to prevent getting and spreading the flu is to get vaccinated and follow preventive actions, like washing your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer,” said Dr. Samuel Peik, chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reminds Middle Tennessee to get your Flu Shot Now

 

It’s even more important to get your flu shot if you have a Heart Condition

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – You know that miserable, no-good feeling that starts as a simple headache and escalates to a high fever, chills and an overall sense of yuck?

Each year in the United States an estimated 5-20 percent of the population can be infected with the flu, and more than 200,000 people may be hospitalized during the flu season. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reports U.S. stroke deaths declining due to improved prevention, treatment

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke deaths in the United States have declined dramatically in recent decades due to improved treatment and prevention, according to a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The American Stroke Association commissioned this paper to discuss the reasons that stroke dropped from the third to fourth leading cause of death. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Releases Annual Health Insurance Plan Rankings; Including 114 “Best Value” Plans

 

Analysis Found Expensive Care Doesn’t Mean Better Care

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – For the fourth year in a row, Consumer Reports published rankings of hundreds of health insurance plans across the United States to help consumers determine which ones may be best for them.

This marks the first time the organization took additional steps to identify plans that both provide high-quality care and avoid costly care.

The rankings data and the “Best Value” designation come from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a respected non-profit health care quality measurement group. «Read the rest of this article»

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