Womans Health

Eating high amounts of Antioxidants helped lower Heart Attack Risk for Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women who ate a diet rich in antioxidants had a significantly reduced risk for having a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction. Swedish researchers published their findings in the October issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Lead investigator, Alicja Wolk, DrMedSci, Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, explained that their study was the first to investigate how dietary antioxidants are related to myocardial infarction risk.

Live up to Six More Years by staying Physically Active and Socially Involved

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(Best Syndication News ) - Making healthy lifestyle choices in old age can increase lifespan by up to six years for men and up to five more years for women, according to a Swedish study published in the online edition of BMJ. Healthy lifestyle choices include not smoking, eating right, staying physically active, and staying socially.

The researchers wanted to see if having healthy habits were just as important after a person turns 75. They wanted to see if there was an extension on a person's lifespan.

To investigate, the researchers studied 1,800 participants that were tracked from 1987 to 2005. Over the 18-year period, the participants were documented for their age, sex, occupation, education, lifestyle habits, what they did in their leisure time, and their socializing network.

CDC suggests that all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers in the country be tested once for the hepatitis C virus. The CDC estimates that 1-in-30 baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C and may not even be aware that they are infected. Baby boomers are people who were born between 1945 and 1965.

The CDC said that hepatitis C can cause the liver to become seriously diseased and in some cases, it could lead to liver cancer. The fastest growing rate for cancer related death is liver cancer. In the US, hepatitis C is also a leading cause for liver transplants.

Sleep Apnea rate in 20-Year-old Women was seen 50 percent of the time

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from Sweden found that women have a high rate of obstructive sleep apnea. They found 50 percent of the 20-year-old participants had obstructive sleep apnea. The women who were obese or had hypertension had a higher rate of sleep apnea. The results were published online today in the European Respiratory Journal.

The condition occurs when a person sleeps and their airway becomes blocked preventing regular breathing. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be determined by the number of pauses.

OSA is usually associated with men, but this new research sheds light on OSA in women. This study suggests that it should be identified as a problem for females too.

Getting Active in their Leisure-time helped Middle-Age Adults have Lower Levels of Inflammatory Markers

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that middle-aged adults who kept active on a regular basis during their leisure-time had better protection for the heart than those who remained inactive. The research was published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

The researchers investigated over 4,200 study participants with an average age of 49 to determine if leisure-time physical activities provided benefits to keeping a heart healthy. The leisure-time activities included brisk walking, vigorous gardening, cycling, sports, housework, and home maintenance.

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