The Washington Post recently reported the story of Josh Hader, a 28-year-old who stretched and popped his neck, tore an artery and nearly lost his life from a major stroke. And earlier this year, the Daily Mail reported the story of Natalie Kunicki, a 23-year-old paramedic who stretched her neck and suffered a similar fate… Read more

The blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise is significantly reduced when people rinse their mouths with antibacterial mouthwash, rather than water, an international team of scientists has shown[1]. The finding highlights the importance of oral bacteria in cardiovascular health. The researchers now suggest that health professionals should pay attention to the oral environment when recommending interventions… Read more

A population of cells called macrophages coat the outer walls of healthy arteries and express a protein called LYVE-1, researchers at National University of Singapore report. The researchers found that when these cells were absent, arteries accumulate collagen and lose their elasticity, becoming stiff and inflexible. Arteries such as the aorta actively transport oxygenated blood… Read more

Antidepressant medications increase the risk of death and cardiovascular events, new research from a McMaster university-led team of researchers finds. It is well known that brain serotonin affects mood, and that most commonly used antidepressant treatments for depression block the re-absorption of serotonin by neurons. It is less widely recognized, however, that all the major… Read more

Adding almonds to your diet may boost levels of HDL cholesterol, so-called “good cholesterol,” while also helping your body to remove cholesterol, a small study suggests. In the study, Penn State researchers compared the levels and function of high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) in people who ate almonds every day to the HDL levels and function… Read more