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WHILE several decades of nutrition research focused on individual nutrients like cholesterol, saturated fat, fiber and antioxidants — which unintentionally complicated and often confused the concept of healthy eating — a new emphasis on foods rather than nutrients aims to simplify recommendations for healthy eating, making them easier to understand and put into action, says the November 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

 

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THERE has been so much interest in the role of nutrition in eye health since no one knows how to prevent the eye disorders that often come with aging, though not smoking and avoiding strong sunlight may help reduce the risk of cataracts, says the November 2011 issue of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.

 

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A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) puts the spotlight on vascular dementia — the partner in crime of Alzheimer’s disease which steals memory and so much more — and offers recommendations for preventing it, says the October 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

 

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ALTHOUGH anyone who has had to run up a flight of steps or has had a frightening experience is quite familiar with a racing heartbeat, for the more than 2 million Americans who suffer from atrial fibrillation (also referred to as AF or AFib), that sensation of a fast, irregular and chaotic heartbeat all too often becomes a way of life, severely impairing the quality of life of many and may put their health at risk, says the October 2011 special supplement of the Johns Hopkins HealthAfter 50.

 

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ACCORDING to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), while annual vaccination remains the best means of protection for everyone against two of the biggest threats to the health of older adults — namely, influenza and pneumonia — many individuals remain unaware of the difficulties surrounding immunization and immune response for adults over age 65, says the October 2011 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics Healthy / Years.

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