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Aviva Research Highlights Need for Greater Awareness of Healthy Lifestyles and Cancer Prevention

Aviva Research Highlights Need for Greater Awareness of Healthy Lifestyles and Cancer Prevention

(IN BRIEF) New research by Aviva reveals that there is still a need to raise awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle in cancer prevention. Over half of those surveyed hope cancer won’t happen to them, and 20% admit to not taking any steps to reduce their risk of developing cancer and other serious illnesses. While 42% of respondents claim to lead a healthy lifestyle, many engage in healthy behaviors such as balanced diet, regular exercise, weight management, sun protection, and reduced sugar intake. However, nearly seven in ten acknowledge that there’s more they could do. The research also shows that concerns about various types of cancer have prompted visits to GPs, highlighting the importance of early detection and awareness.

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Get Healthy Carson City: Heart disease top cause of death in women

The heart truth is that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women of all ages, races, and shapes and sizes in the United States. But women sometimes experience heart disease differently than men. Healthy eating and physical activity go a long way to preventing heart disease and keeping it from getting worse if you already have it.

There is good news. You have the power to take action and lower your chance of developing heart disease and its risk factors. Start today. Make a commitment to find out your risk for heart disease and take steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.

To have a healthy heart, it is critical to know the risk factors for heart disease — that is, the behaviors or conditions that increase your chance of developing heart disease. Having just one risk factor increases your chance of developing heart disease, and your risk

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Even With Alzheimer’s Pathology, Healthy Lifestyles May Preserve Cognition

Cognitive function was better for older adults with healthy lifestyles even if they had Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related pathologies, autopsy data showed.

A 1-point increase in a healthy lifestyle score was associated with better cognitive performance proximate to death (β=0.216, P<0.001), reported Klodian Dhana, MD, PhD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and co-authors.

After adjusting for beta-amyloid load, healthy lifestyle scores remained independently associated with cognition (β=0.191, P<0.001), the researchers reported in JAMA Neurology.

Similarly, scores were independently associated with cognition after adjusting for phosphorylated tau tangle pathology (β=0.196, P<0.001) or global Alzheimer’s disease pathology (β=0.193, P<0.001). Lifestyle scores ranged from 0 to 5 points, with higher scores indicating a healthier lifestyle.

“There are a lot of epidemiological studies, including ours, supporting the role of lifestyle in dementia risk,” Dhana told MedPage Today. “However, as individuals age, there is a progressive accumulation

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Stress and Breast Health: Doctor Unveils the Connection

Stress and Breast Health: Doctor Unveils the Connection

Psychological stress and the way we respond to it affects our health in a myriad of ways. Protracted exposure to stress can cause changes in the body’s equilibrium and put the body at risk for many health concerns like heart disease, digestive issues, blood pressure changes, headaches, sleep disturbances, difficulty in concentration, depression, and even an increased risk of contracting viral infections. One of the lesser-known effects of stress is on breast health that needs awareness. In this article, Dr Karishma Kirti, Consultant Breast Specialist and Oncoplastic Surgeon shares the connection between stress and breast health.

In this rat race of the modern world, we face stress almost every day, at times due to daily events like concerns at work, relationships, or finances and sometimes additional stressors add to it, like a bereavement or other sudden adversities. In response to external stressors, the body releases stress hormones like epinephrine and

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Healthy Lifestyle Linked to Better Cognition in Later Life

Leading a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, and minimal alcohol consumption, is associated with better cognitive function in older adults, new research showed.

The study, which combined longitudinal and cohort data with postmortem brain pathology reports, found that the association held even in those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology, suggesting that lifestyle factors may provide cognitive reserve and improve cognitive abilities in older age.

“While we must use caution in interpreting our findings, in part due to its cross-sectional design, these results support the role of lifestyle in providing cognitive reserve to maintain cognitive function in older adults despite the accumulation of common dementia-related brain pathologies,” Klodian Dhana, MD, of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and colleagues wrote.

The study was published online on February 5 in JAMA Neurology.

Better Cognition

The study included 586 participants (71% female) who were followed from

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