Women and work-related stress

Women are out working as hard as men and  although they don't have the same pay as men, they have similar chances of having heart risks known to men.  As one author says „Working women are equal to … [Read more...]

Have a safe and healthy winter

January is Cold Weather Safety Month in the US. Down here in NZ where I am now with my family, it’s actually summer time though it’s been rainy and wet in the west coast of New Zealand, Still, it’s … [Read more...]

Alcohol on New Year’s Eve

Sorry, I don’t want to be such a spoilsports and dampen your holiday spirit. But studies have shown that a lot of accidents happens at certain time of the year, especially around the 4th of July in … [Read more...]

Great tasting, zero alcohol, low calories: holiday cocktail recipes

Hey, wanna try some real cool cocktails this New Year without the day-after complaints and the lifetime risks? Well, that’s what we are bringing you with this post today – recipes for great tasting … [Read more...]

Being active this winter Part II: There’s more you can do!

Hibernating in the winter time is natural. Animals do that all the time. I can understand why we tend to be very slow come winter, why our bed seems to be the coziest place in the world. The bears and … [Read more...]

Family Health History Part I: Why is it important?

Many health problems have a genetic component to it. Yet, many of us never look back at our past for lessons for the future. Until health history repeats itself. Take me, for example. I was quite ill … [Read more...]

Being active this winter Part I: No freeze mode for your health

This weather can turn even the most active among us into couch potatoes. Combine that with lots of holiday partying and by the end of winter, we are a few kilos more. I must confess, I, too have … [Read more...]

The crazy yet healthy things we do in wintertime

We are having a real cold spell in Europe this year. But that doesn't mean we put our health on freeze mode. Sometimes we do seemingly crazy things (at least for others) to keep a healthy lifestyle. … [Read more...]

`Tis the season for heart attacks?

‘Tis the season for joy and cheers ... and cardiac events. Okay, I don't want to dampen your high spirits during the holidays but it has been shown again and again that there is a distinct spike in … [Read more...]

Your guide to drinking alcohol during the holidays

`Tis the season to be jolly... and tipsy? Well, the holiday season is full of parties. And parties are full of alcohol. Research studies have reported conflicting findings on the benefits and … [Read more...]

Running is a family tradition

We did our annual family run yesterday, 12 December. This was the 6th for me and my husband, the 12th for our boys. We started this tradition in 2006 when we first moved as a family to Switzerland but … [Read more...]

Heart(y) News, Dec 10: Medical Devices Updates

Phone it in: Remote monitoring could offer peace of mind for patients with "recalled" ICD leads What a bummer when the implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) inside you and is supposed to … [Read more...]

Warning messages on US cigarette pack: your input is needed

I haven’t held a pack of cigarettes in 20 years so I was shocked lately when I saw what’s in the packaging. It was not only the warnings in words but also pictures of cancer-ridden lungs that were … [Read more...]

Have heart disease and arthritis? No reason to stop moving!

What a bummer! You need to exercise to keep your heart fit but arthritis keeps you from moving. This is especially tough because arthritis seems to be quite common among those with heart disease. A … [Read more...]

Heart over head: weak pumping linked to smaller brain

People are supposed to be rational and shouldn’t let their heart rule over their minds. But the human anatomy and physiology say otherwise: When the heart stops, brain damage and death follows. … [Read more...]

Too old to run a marathon? Stop making excuses

I have learned a lot of new things and met lots of new people over the weekend. But one of the most important things I learned was “one is never too old to run a marathon.” I just came back from a … [Read more...]

Heart(y) News, 12 Nov: the famous and the rich

This Friday, we are bringing you some heart(y) news on celebrities... Sudden death of Argentina's past president six weeks poststenting prompts questions, fears A well-known statesmen died from … [Read more...]

Menu nutritional info: does it help you make healthy choices?

How often do you read the nutritional info on a food package? Does the info influence your decision to buy? It does for me. But what about food in restaurants? Would info on fat, cholesterol, sugar … [Read more...]

Cough: the annoying and persistent side effect of ACE inhibitors

All medications come with side effects, some minor, some severe, some dangerous, some simply annoying. The class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are indicated for … [Read more...]

Time change and heart health

We Europeans have reset our clocks to winter time last Sunday.  The Americans haven't shifted to Daylight Savings Time (DST) yet but will next week. No wonder people are a bit confused. Not only … [Read more...]

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