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America’s food security problem and how to fix it

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In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common.

The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the poorest, with […]

Stroke deaths on the rise for some Americans

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Since at least the 1960s, the rate of Americans who die from stroke has been on the decline. But that progress has slowed, and in some cases reversed, according to a new federal report.

The report, issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

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As the Great Recession left the U.S. economy in turmoil, the financial crisis also delivered a blow to the health of African-American teens, a new study finds.

The risk of metabolic syndrome, a common cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, was found to be […]

Efforts continue to understand societal impact on health

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For decades, researchers have been piecing together the unfortunate reality that wide-ranging societal factors affect people’s health.

It’s still too early to know precisely how these things impact heart disease, stroke and other major health problems.

But, as work continues to fully understand these relationships, […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

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Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

More strokes among younger people worry experts

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When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

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Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, but […]

After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

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Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day.

You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today.

Papa Joe, now in his 40s, struggled with his weight since he […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

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A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability.

The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled after […]