Tag: stroke

Digest this: heavy people may die up to 3 years early

LONDON (AP) — Being too heavy may cost you your life – literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely. Doctors have long warned that being overweight can lead to health complications including heart disease, stroke and cancer, and previous studies have already found that extra pounds can take years off your life, based mostly on data from Europe and North America. In the new study, which the authors say is the largest-ever such analysis, researchers sifted through data for nearly 4 million non-smoking adults...

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‘Deaths of despair’ drag life expectancy lower for whites

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism — labeled “deaths of despair” by one expert — are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average. Increases in these types of deaths among whites means that life expectancy for whites is not increasing as fast as it is for other groups, according to a government report that offers an unusual look at how different threats are affecting U.S. lifespans. “Things are moving in the wrong direction,” said Anne Case, a Princeton University researcher, of what...

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Women at Increased Risk of Stroke, Think FAST

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States; for women, it’s the third leading cause. I spoke with a vascular neurologist, who says Hispanic women are at greater risk. “It’s our mission to make sure that every single woman in the valley recognizes that they may be at risk of stroke, that we can prevent it, and that if the stroke is still happening, we can treat it.” Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen is pairing up with the American Heart Association–to spread the word at ‘Vestido Rojo’ a nation-wide conference educating Hispanic women–who are...

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Hearing Postponed for Officer Arrested in Killing of K9 Deputy

The hearing for a Brownsville police officer facing up to a year in prison for the death of his K9 deputy is rescheduled. According to court records, Officer Juan Villarreal left 5-year-old K9 deputy Bruno tied up and unattended outside of his home, causing the K9 to die of heat stroke. Villarreal is being charged with animal cruelty. As well as jail time, he also faces a four thousand dollar...

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