You probably know that smoking, poor diet choices and a sedentary lifestyle are bad for your ticker, but you may be surprised to find that other things – like climate change, your relationship status and even the sports you watch — could increase your heart attack risk.
Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties.
Rats and snails in Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange and Hillsborough counties tested positive for the rat lungworm parasite, according to a study in PLoS ONE by researchers in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Researchers say people and pets can become infected by eating snails, infected frogs and crustaceans, causing potentially fatal meningitis.
- About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked; in 2015 that number had dropped to 15 percent and experts would like it to drop to 12 percent by 2020
- Research has found it’s never too late to quit as people between 50 and 74 demonstrate improved health benefits each year after quitting
- When you quit smoking your body repairs the damage done by the toxic chemicals in the cigarettes, reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers each year you remain smoke free
Sitting isn’t dangerous just because it means you’re not exercising. It’s dangerous all by itself.
Prolonged time spent on your bum has significant metabolic consequences. It negatively affects your blood sugar, triglycerides, good cholesterol, resting blood pressure and levels of the “appetite hormone” leptin, all of which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Some forms of dementia affect the parts of the brain that govern judgment, self-control, violence and sexual behavior. As they become more compromised, you might find yourself in trouble with the law for the first time. Crimes commonly committed by people with dementia include theft, trespassing and public urination. Aggression and violence is also a common manifestation of dementia, with one long-term study reporting that up to 96 percent of people with dementia become aggressive at some point.
Iron is essential for life as it transports oxygen in your body, helps regulate cell growth, maintains brain function, metabolism and endocrine function and is involved in energy production and immune functionHaving either too much or too little iron can have serious repercussions. While iron deficiency is commonly checked for, iron overload is actually far more common a problem, yet is often overlooked or ignoredExcess iron accelerates every major disease we know of, and causes the pathologies associated with liver and cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, treatment is easy and inexpensive: Simply donate your blood