(Lumikk555/iStock, Getty Images) Looking to reboot your health in 2020? What you need to do is clear. “We should sit less, move more, sleep more and be mindful about what we eat,” said Mercedes Carnethon, an epidemiologist and vice chair of the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “Setting goals that balance…

(Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) The most-read stories of the year include pieces on intermittent fasting, Susan Lucci and aspirin. Hookah smoking topped the list of most-watched videos. TOP STORIES 1. Avoid daily aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it, new guidelines advise A new set of guidelines to help people stay heart-healthy advises against daily…

(American Heart Association) Want a holiday snack that’s packed with nutrition? Pick up some pecans. Nuts are considered heart-healthy. They’re part of the blood pressure-lowering DASH diet and full of “good” fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, said Ginny Ives, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Pecans are…

(Gpointstudio/Cultura, Getty Images) Being a workaholic may not just affect your social life. People who put in long hours at the office may be more likely to have high blood pressure, a new study shows. But not all high blood pressure was easily detected. Study participants who worked more had both regular high blood pressure…

(LuckyBusiness/iStock, Getty Images) Remembering to drink enough water is easy during the summer, when higher temperatures and outdoor activities drive the point home. But staying adequately hydrated is just as important during the winter. Environmental humidity plays a role, said Stavros Kavouras, who directs the Hydration Science Lab at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Central…

Jane Herndon survived a genetic heart condition and a heart transplant. So did her sister, Anne. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ray) Jane Herndon and her family share an unusually close bond, forged through tragedy and triumphs. Their difficult journey began when Jane and her three sisters were in their teens and early 20s. Their mother,…

(Tetra Images, Getty Images) Heavy drinking could lead to heart tissue damage even before concerning symptoms arise, according to a new study. The results back previous studies that have shown too much alcohol intake can increase the risk of heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attack, arrhythmias, stroke and death. “By measuring the level of…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the parties and celebrations. Indulging a little won’t hurt – if you plan ahead for meals that are healthy, too. The key is to be prepared for the three-month period that begins with Halloween treats and winds up with New Year’s festivities….

Brian Keith (right) celebrates his son Jahari’s first football championship. (Photo courtesy of LaKeisha Barron-Brown) When Brian Keith discovered that his 4-year-old son Jahari got part of his rock collection stuck in his right ear, he responded with his usual calm. When his car ran out of gas near the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C….

(Christoph Burgstedt/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Advice for how to eat a heart-healthy diet should focus on food that is naturally low in cholesterol, according to a new advisory that says research doesn’t support a specific numerical limit on cholesterol from food. That means eating foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins…