Heart health by the numbers: 5 easy ways to keep tabs on your ticker

Tracking a few simple numbers can be a big help in keeping tabs on heart health.But you need to pay attention to those numbers long before your doctor says they’re an urgent concern, said Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor in the department of endocrinology, diabetes, nutrition and weight management at Boston University School of… … Read More


Stretched thin: Can a pay cut hurt your health?

COVID-19 poses plenty of direct threats to Americans’ health. But with economic hardships mounting, the coronavirus also might be posing an indirect threat – through shrinking paychecks.Recent research has linked sharp changes in income with subsequent health problems. A 2019 study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, for example, found the risk of… … Read More


To your health: Arkansas resort town founded on healing waters

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a resort town in the hills of the Ozark Mountains, is noted for its Victorian architecture; miles of rivers, lakes and hiking and biking trails; and historical springs.It’s also a place that many artists call home.“You can find every type of music and art possible in this town,” said Chris Ritthaler, a… … Read More


‘More than physical health’: Gym helps 91-year-old battle isolation

MONROVIA, Calif. – Most mornings, like clockwork, you could find Art Ballard pumping iron.At least five days a week, he drove to Foothill Gym, where he beat on the punching bag, rode a stationary bike and worked his abs. After he joined the gym five years ago, he dropped 20 pounds, improved his balance and… … Read More


Come on, get appy: How to get the most out of health apps

It’s no secret that apps can turn your phone into a valuable tool for health and fitness. But with hundreds of thousands available, finding a good one can seem daunting.It doesn’t have to be.Choosing an app does need to involve more than clicking and downloading, experts say. But you can take steps to improve the… … Read More