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Chinese restaurant syndrome: What you need to know

Chinese restaurant syndrome: What you need to know

Some people experience symptoms, such as headaches and sweating, after eating in Chinese restaurants. The medical community once called this group of symptoms Chinese restaurant syndrome. Doctors now call it MSG symptom complex. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a food additive that enhances flavor. It is commonly used in restaurants and pre-packaged foods. While there are […]

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Fit at Midlife May Mean Healthier Brain, Stronger Heart Later

Fit at Midlife May Mean Healthier Brain, Stronger Heart Later

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re fit in middle age, you might be guarding against not only depression as a senior, but also dying from heart disease if you do develop depression, a new study suggests. Among nearly 18,000 Medicare patients, the most fit were […]

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Homocysteine (Normal and Elevated Levels Blood Test)

Homocysteine (Normal and Elevated Levels Blood Test)

What is the definition of homocysteine? What is it? Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body by chemically altering adenosine. Amino acids are naturally made products, which are the building blocks of all the proteins in the body. Most labs report normal ranges of homocysteine as about 4-15 µml/L. Can elevated homocysteine levels […]

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Tab for Young Binge Drinkers May Be Heart Trouble Later

Tab for Young Binge Drinkers May Be Heart Trouble Later

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who party hard in their 20s could wind up paying for it later with a higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Young adults who binge drink are more likely to have heart risk factors such as high […]

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Why do I get heart palpitations after I eat?

Why do I get heart palpitations after I eat?

Heart palpitations occur when the heart starts to beat faster, and they feel like a fluttering in the chest, neck, or throat. Palpitations can make people feel short of breath and anxious. If people experience heart palpitations after eating, the foods or beverages they have consumed recently may be responsible. Something in the diet might […]

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Five hot baths per week may be good for the heart

Five hot baths per week may be good for the heart

A new study shows that taking at least five hot baths every week can improve cardiovascular health for seniors. For those of us who enjoy indulging in hot baths, a new study has some good news. Several new studies have pointed to the health benefits of saunas. From slashing the risk of high blood pressure […]

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metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)

metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)

Why are the uses for metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)? Metoprolol is used to treat: Metoprolol also is useful in slowing and regulating certain types of abnormally rapid heart rates (tachycardias). Other uses for metoprolol include: What are the side effects of metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)? Metoprolol is generally well tolerated. Side effects include abdominal cramps, […]

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Six health benefits of safflower oil

Six health benefits of safflower oil

Research suggests that safflower oil may provide some health benefits, especially for blood sugar, cholesterol, and skin inflammation. Safflower oil is a popular cooking oil made from the seeds of the safflower plant. Some research suggests it may have some health benefits when used in the diet and on the skin. Safflower oil may be […]

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Targeting ‘microtubules’ could prevent heart failure

Targeting ‘microtubules’ could prevent heart failure

Researchers publish a study in the journal Nature Medicine that determined the cause of “stiff heart.” The findings could help to prevent future cases of heart failure. Microtubules (depicted here) may be key to the future treatment of heart failure. One of the most common causes of congestive heart failure is “stiff heart syndrome.” According […]