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Heart surgery: Does it impact cognitive ability?

Heart surgery: Does it impact cognitive ability?

Heart Health A recent systematic review and meta-analysis concluded that, following open heart surgery, a person’s cognitive ability might be reduced — at least in the short-term. A new analysis investigates the impact of heart surgery on cognitive performance....
Can Viagra permanently damage vision?

Can Viagra permanently damage vision?

Pharmacy and Medication Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if...
The Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, too

The Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, too

Heart Health In the largest study of its type, scientists conclude that adhering to the Mediterranean diet might reduce the risk of stroke. The benefits are particularly pronounced for women over 40. Is reducing stroke risk another benefit of the Mediterranean diet?...
Using the immune system to combat addiction

Using the immune system to combat addiction

Addiction According to new research, harnessing specific proteins that the immune system produces may lead to improved treatments for addiction, which is a notoriously difficult condition to treat. New research pits the immune system against addictive behavior. In...
Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?

Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?

Stress and Anxiety According to some observers, anxiety is now snowballing in the United States. So, in this Spotlight, we ask whether anxiety truly is becoming more prevalent in the West and, if so, what may be causing it. The story of anxiety is deep and long. For...
Exotic fruit may help fight obesity

Exotic fruit may help fight obesity

An unusual fruit, native to the Amazon, may be useful in the fight against obesity and metabolic disorders by positively influencing gut bacteria. The camu camu packs a nutritional punch. Obesity increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. By 2030, it...
High blood pressure? Turn up your thermostat

High blood pressure? Turn up your thermostat

Heart Health According to a recently published study, living in a cooler house might be a risk factor for hypertension. The authors believe that the temperature of the home should be discussed with people who are at risk. Ambient temperature may play a significant...
Alcohol and heart health: Consistency may be key

Alcohol and heart health: Consistency may be key

Heart Health The latest study to peer at the relationship between heart health and alcohol concludes that shifting drinking patterns across the years might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Alcohol and heart health are examined once more in a new study....
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