(Mauro Matachhione/iStockphoto) Final exams – and the ensuing all-night study sessions they cause – are looming large for many students across the country. But reaching for energy drinks to perk up those drooping eyelids and boost study performance could do more harm than good. Recent research shows just one energy drink can affect blood vessel…

The rate of deaths from heart disease barely decreased last year while deaths from stroke increased slightly, and life expectancy continued to slip in the U.S., according to federal statistics released Thursday. The annual report on mortality from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that heart disease killed 647,457 people in 2017, more…

After a heart attack, Alanna Gardner learned her childhood fainting spells were triggered by an undiagnosed heart defect. (Photo by Danielle Massi) Growing up, Alanna Gardner learned she couldn’t be too active. If she was, she would faint. Sometimes the spells prompted an emergency room visit. Doctors, however, never diagnosed the cause. Reluctantly, she gave up…

(Rawpixel, Envato Elements) Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it could. Researchers have linked infections such as pneumonia and urinary…

(Sam Edwards, Getty Images) There isn’t much news about this flu season yet, and the headlines about last year’s terrible toll have faded. But don’t stop paying attention to the annual health menace, and what nearly everyone needs to do about it: Get a flu shot. “It’s still early in the season,” said Dr. Trish…

Tim Landis was a healthy 66-year-old who hiked, biked and jogged, wasn’t overweight and watched what he ate. But after he died suddenly of a heart attack in January, tests revealed years of untreated high blood pressure that caused cardiovascular disease. At his annual physicals, Tim’s systolic blood pressure (the top number) was usually in…

(Vitapix, iStockphoto) Keeping Type 1 diabetes under tight control through medication may help prevent people with the disease from developing an immune reaction to their own bodies, one that specifically attacks the heart, according to new research. Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease that affects the way the body regulates…

(PeopleImages, Getty Images) Holiday foods and healthy eating don’t always go hand in hand. But even amid the festivities, it’s possible to stick to a nutritious path with a few simple strategies. “You want to try to eat as healthfully as you can during the season. It’s just not a time to derail the train…

(Christopher Boswell, Envato Elements) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them.   No respectable Thanksgiving plate is without some form of cranberry, but the…

Twins Carter (left) and John Cox were born with a heart defect that could cause cardiac arrest. (Photo courtesy of the Cox family) Katie and Lance Cox were watching TV one evening, their infant twins Carter and John asleep nearby, when Katie dropped the remote control. As it clattered across the floor, the couple froze, staring…