The hidden cause of many heart attacks

More than 40 percent of people who have had heart attacks are diabetic and these patients are the ones who are most likely to die from their heart attacks (Lancet, 2002; 359: 2140-44). Three tests are commonly used to diagnose diabetes: fasting blood sugar, blood sugar level two hours after eating, and HbA1c, a measurement […]

Fausto Coppi’s mysterious death

Fausto Coppi

Fausto Coppi was the best international cyclist in the years before and after World War II because he was the best climber, time trialer and sprinter. He won the Giro d’Italia five times (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953), the Tour de France twice (1949 and 1952), and the World Championship in 1953. He was officially […]

Pepsi removes aspartame from its diet sodas

The artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi, aspartame, will be changed to two others, sucralose and acesulfame, in response to a five percent drop in sales in the United States last year. These artificial sweeteners have all been called safe by the Food and Drug Administration, but Pepsi apparently believes that customer concerns about aspartame are […]

Oncologist shares latest news in prostate cancer research

Dr. Maen A. Hussein

Since 1998, the Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group in The Villages has met to provide positive support for a wide variety of patients  — ranging from the newly diagnosed to those at advanced disease stages. The group is objective and positive in its goals. It’s not about sharing woe — it’s about sharing information resources and personal […]

Best time to eat: Just before or after exercise

The most healthful time to eat is just before or after you exercise. When you eat any source of sugar, it is used for energy and a small amount is stored in your muscles and liver. All the rest is turned into a fat called triglycerides that is stored as fat, forms plaques in your […]

Tips for coping with Parkinson’s Disease discussed as local symposium

Ed and Helene Zeigler

Several hundred Parkinson’s Disease patients and their caregivers filled the American Legion Post #347 on Friday to hear presentations by key physicians and other healthcare providers from the University of Florida’s Movement Disorder and Restoration Department. A lunch, provided by the National Parkinson Foundation, was served after the nearly three-hour session. Villagers Ed and Helene Ziegler and […]

Joan Rivers: No procedure is risk-free

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, one of our best-known comedians who built her career on self-deprecating jokes and criticisms of the rich and famous, died at age 81 on September 4, 2014. Her death came a week after her heart stopped beating when she was given anesthetics so a tube could be put down her throat to check […]

Overweight increases cancer risk

A study in the UK that followed 5.24 million people for 7.5 years identified more than 166,000 who developed at least one of 22 cancers. Each 5-point elevation of BMI above normal (equal to about 30 pounds for a person 5’6″ tall) was associated with significantly higher risk for cancers of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, […]

Nelson Rockefeller: Heart attack during sex

Nelson Rockefeller, former Vice President of the United States, a four-term governor of New York and heir to the Rockefeller family fortune, died at age 70 of a heart attack that was rumored to have occurred during extramarital sex. New York Magazine reported: “Nelson thought he was coming, but he was going”. He was in his townhouse, […]

Natasha Richardson’s needless death

Natasha Richardson was a British stage and screen actress who died at the young age of 45 from an epidural brain hemorrhage caused by a skiing accident. From this tragedy you can learn how to recognize the signs of severe head injury even when the person insists that they do not need any treatment. Natasha […]