Americans Know How to Protect Heart, But Don't: Very few Americans regularly adhere to heart-healthy habits, despite the fact that doing so could decrease their risk of death by up to 76 percent, according to recent research. Only around 1 percent of people follow all seven of the American Heart Association's recommended behaviors, which include: getting regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, not smoking, and being at a healthy weight.
Daily Aspirin Could Combat Cancer: Aspirin may do more than just ease aches and hinder heart attacks—it could also reduce a person's risk for developing cancer, according to scientists from Oxford University. This recent study suggests that people popping an aspirin a day could experience a decreased risk in as few as two or three years. Evidence also indicated that aspirin could benefit people who already have the disease by reducing the risk that their cancer will metastasize.
Supreme Court Hears Arguments Against Health Insurance Mandate: During the final week of March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments against the individual health insurance mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. With a final ruling on the issue expected in June, the court will aim to answer one major question: Does the government have the right to force people to buy health insurance?
Seniors Paying More for Common Prescriptions: The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has released a report highlighting the skyrocketing prices of drugs for the older Americans. Their data indicates that the prices of the most commonly prescribed drugs for people older than 50 have increased by almost 26 percent in four years (2005-2009).
Cancer Survivors May Get to Keep Their Memory: People who survive a battle with cancer may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers analyzing data from the Framingham Heart Study. Those that beat any form of cancer had a 33% decrease in their risk for developing Alzheimer's, while those that survived cancer brought on by smoking saw their risk lowered by 74%. Study authors say that more research is needed to solidify the connection between cancer and Alzheimer's risk, but they feel that the results likely have to do with the inverse relationship between the causes of the two diseases—brain cell death is a hallmark of Alzheimer's, while unchecked cell growth is cancer's calling card.