6 Simple Steps to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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A healthy heart — and a healthier you — starts today with these quick tips from the experts.
By Wendy C. Fries
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Keeping your heart healthy is so simple it can be put into catchy, two-word phrases: Eat right. Get exercise. Don’t smoke.

Putting those heart-healthy catch phrases into action, of course, isn’t so simple.  Which matter most? How can you put them into daily practice?

Here are practical heart health hints you can use every day.

Healthy Oils, Healthy Fats: The ‘New’ Truth

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By Peter Jaret
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New research has overturned some long-held ideas about good fats and bad fats. It used to be gospel truth: Saturated fat is bad. New studies suggest that, while no one would call saturated fats “good,” in moderation they may not be so hard on your heart after all. What’s more, replacing saturated fats with the wrong kinds of foods — such as the highly refined carbohydrates in white bread, white rice, pastries, and sugary candies or desserts — may actually increase your heart disease danger.

Pediatricians Promote Benefits of Recess

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Dec. 31, 2012 — The American Academy of Pediatrics has two New Year’s resolutions for schools: Keep the school nurse and don’t drop recess.

The recommendations are part of two new policy statements published in Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there’s a growing trend in schools to take away recess and use the time to teach subjects.

“There is pressure on schools to increase performance on standardized testing, and a lot of times teachers are using withdrawal of recess as a punishment for children,” says Robert Murray, MD, a co-author of the recess policy statement and a professor at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

20-Minute Home ‘Clean-Ups’ for Better Family Health

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Daunted by the mess in your home? These quick and easy cleanups will tackle that mess while saving you time.
Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS

Doing a thorough, deep clean of your whole home can take several hours — hours you don’t always have available. Make the most of your valuable time with faster, smarter solutions for getting at those places  where germs, dust, and allergens lurk.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis Could Benefit Greatly From Spectroscopy

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Article Date: 31 Dec 2012 – 2:00 PST

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The analysis of small deposits of calcium in breast tissue can help differentiate cancerous and benign tumors, but it is sometimes not easy to make such a diagnosis. Now a team of researchers in the US believes a new method that uses a special type of spectroscopy to locate calcium deposits during a biopsy, could greatly improve the accuracy of diagnosis.
The team, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), writes about the work that led them to this conclusion in a paper published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 24 December.

Scientists Home In On Cause Of Osteoarthritis Pain

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Article Date: 31 Dec 2012 – 1:00 PST

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Scientists Home In On Cause Of Osteoarthritis Pain

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center, in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern University, have identified a molecular mechanism central to the development of osteoarthritis (OA) pain, a finding that could have major implications for future treatment of this often-debilitating condition.

Super-Fine Sound Beam Could One Day Be An Invisible Scalpel

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Super-Fine Sound Beam Could One Day Be An Invisible Scalpel

A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. The University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed the new therapeutic ultrasound approach say it could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery.

Unexpanded Medicaid Programs Under The Affordable Care Act Will Cost Hospitals

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The choice by many states not to increase Medicaid health insurance for the poor may produce unintentional cuts for hospitals that supply uncompensated care, according to a new study conducted by Vanderbilt University.
John Graves, Ph.D., a Vanderbilt policy expert in the Department of Preventive Medicine and his team used data collected from U.S. hospitals and insurance data in each state to determine reductions in Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share (DSH) funds paid to approximately three-fourths of U.S. hospitals that attend low-income patients.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, laid out numbers to show the influence of funding changes and estimate what the difference would be if Medicaid is or isn’t made larger in each state.
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Kids Use Kitchen Items for Risky Games and Highs

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Dec. 28, 2012 — Common kitchen items like ground cinnamon and marshmallows are increasingly being used by kids for dangerous choking games and cheap, easy highs, a toxicologist warns.

“A lot of these spices and household products are around all year. But during the holidays, kids are out of school. So they have less structure and may spend more time on the Internet, where they can learn about choking games and other ways to get high,” says Christina Hantsch, MD, of Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.