(eggeeggjiew/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español “Valentine’s Day in a Pandemic” sounds like the title of a terrible album, or maybe the least-romantic date night movie ever. Unfortunately, it’s also reality in 2021. That doesn’t mean the day can’t be fun, said experts who suggested ways to stay safe while celebrating. Dr. Alson Inaba, a…

(SDI Productions/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español New federal dietary guidelines encourage Americans to focus more on eating healthy throughout life, to be flexible in their eating patterns and to cut down on empty calories. The recommendations, released every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services,…

(Dmitrii_Guzhanin/iStock, Getty Images) A growing body of research shows good mental health can improve heart health and reduce cardiovascular risks, while poor mental health can increase the risk of heart disease, according to a new scientific report. Because of the clear link emerging between psychological health and heart health, doctors should assess the mental well-being…

(LWA-Dann Tardif/Stone, Getty Images) In these stressful pandemic times, health experts have more reason to circle back to the link between anxiety and smoking: Does anxiety cause people to smoke? Or does smoking cause anxiety? Like many other aspects of mental health and addiction, there are no cut-and-dried conclusions. “I think we’ve generated more questions…

(thenatchdl/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Mental decline is one of the most feared aspects of growing older. People will do just about anything to prevent it, from swallowing supplements touted as memory boosters to spending hours solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles. But do these things really keep the aging brain sharp? The short answer…

(DjelicS/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español If you are sick and plan to exercise this cold and flu season, experts say to use your head – and recognize the body’s warnings signs. It’s especially important to take precautions this winter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consulting a doctor always is a good idea if there are…

(Robert Landau/Corbis Documentary, Getty Images) Exposure to ozone, the main ingredient in smog – even at levels below federal safety standards – may increase the risk of going into cardiac arrest, new research shows. Researchers analyzed records of air pollution concentrations in the neighborhoods of more than 187,000 people who had cardiac arrests outside the…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) People with heart failure who eat a diet high in foods that cause inflammation are twice as likely to end up in the hospital or die as those who eat foods known to reduce inflammation, new research shows. “If people with heart failure can reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory…

(VeselovaElena/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español The football teams taking the field on Thanksgiving will bring shrewd strategies and meticulous game plans to make sure they finish the day healthy and successful. As we tackle one of the year’s biggest feasts, should we do the same? On the one hand, it’s just one day. “If…

(TanyaJoy/iStock, Getty Images) To stay healthy, don’t just watch what you eat – watch when you eat it. New research is driving that point home by looking at the impact of changes in meal timing from day-to-day and from weekday-to-weekend. Those changes were associated with several important heart health risk factors, including changes in waist…