COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the third leading cause of death in American. According to the World Health Organization, it shares fourth and fifth places (with HIV-AIDS) as the cause of death worldwide. The disease is marked by significant lung damage, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and a significant amount of mucous, and is primarily caused by smoking.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, 97% of Americans have poor heart health. Seeing as America ranks last when compared to 16 other comparable countries, it is no surprise to see that only 3% of the U.S. population have healthy hearts.
Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can be an extremely embarrassing problem. The issue isn’t a serious one, but it could leave you feeling dirty, uncomfortable, self-conscious, or even socially isolated. But you’ll be happy to find out that artificial mouth freshening products simply aren’t necessary, that there are many home remedies for bad breath that can be taken advantage of.
A joint international study between researchers in the UK, USA, and China suggests that second-hand smoke could increase the risk of severe dementia. Previous studies have found that environmental smoke can cause lung cancer and coronary heart disease in non smokers, however, this is the first study to show a strong link between passive smoke and syndromes of dementia and cognitive decline.
If you’re trying to kick the nicotine habit, you’ve got to have some support. This support can come from being accountable to friends and family, eating the right foods to fight cravings, or something like meditation. Interestingly, exercise is often touted as a way to reduce nicotine cravings too, but researchers say the effects of exercise on smoking are complex.
We know our diet and activity levels have a significant impact on our health and even our lifespan. But as many of us spend more time sitting than we do sleeping or moving around, we need to realize that this activity is becoming a significant problem. It’s time to add ‘sitting’ to the list of harmful and even disease-causing activities.
Sometimes scientific studies come to conclusions that shock no one. A recent study presented at the ESC Congress this past summer is a great example. Scientists found (are you ready for this?) that hypertension prevention is accompanied by a healthy lifestyle. Who thought that being healthy could reduce blood pressure?
Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking have been linked to yet another frightening health condition — brain shrinkage. It may sound outlandish, but the famous Framingham Heart Study has published the findings as a part of a study that has been ongoing in a Massachusetts town since 1948.
Smoke-free workplaces and public businesses weren’t always the order of the day. Depending on your age, you likely remember smoker break-rooms or even people lighting up at their desks. But in recent decades, that all began to change. With the knowledge of just how harmful the chemical clouds of second-hand smoke are, workplace smoking rules began to change. In 2007, smoke-free workplaces became the norm.
Big Pharma and conventional medicine have made us accustomed to reaching for an over-the-counter drug when we experience an itch or ache. Nature’s medicine cabinet, however, is bursting with healthier and less expensive remedies. Here are 5 strange but true health tips you might not know about.