(Shidlovski/iStock, Getty Images) If you want to protect your brain, get busy protecting your heart. Lifestyle behaviors that boost cardiovascular health, such as physical activity and quitting smoking, also contribute to good cognitive health. It starts with adequate blood flow. “If the heart isn’t pumping strongly or the blood vessels leading to or in the…

(Roger Ashford, Getty Images) About 40 million adults in the U.S. take a statin to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease. They might also be getting an added anti-cancer benefit, a growing body of evidence suggests. Scientists first began investigating a connection between statins and cancer while looking at the drug’s…

(kali9/E+, Getty Images) Some people make resolutions to hit the gym more, others to eat healthier. But for some, retiring might be the top goal for the new year. The first question many people have about retirement is, “What’s it going to do to my finances?” An equally important question might be, “What’s it going…

(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…

(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…

(Poh Kim Yeoh/EyeEm, Getty Images) The end of the year is supposed to be a time to celebrate and relax. But for many, the traditional sounds of the season include a giant, ticking clock – and not the fun kind from your favorite rockin’ New Year’s Eve show. Many workers know the pressure of year-end…

(YinYang/iStock, Getty Images) Decades ago, Nat King Cole gently crooned about chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But since then, scientists have uncovered some troubling truths about wood smoke. Although the image of a log fire is often associated with the holidays, romance and cozy nights inside shielded from plummeting temperatures, experts say wood-burning appliances…

(Shana Novak/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Plentiful in foods like fish and flaxseed, omega-3 fatty acids have long been linked with cardiovascular health, and new research is looking at the biology behind how it might work. A study published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation Research found fish oil supplements containing a specific formula of…

(Marc Bruxelle/EyeEm, Getty Images) When Arctic weather is on the way, forecasters often alert you to protect your pets or watch out on the roads. Perhaps they also should warn you about your heart. Winter cold and other seasonal factors raise the risk of heart attacks and more. It’s an issue whether you’re in frigid…