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Most Canadians eat at least double the daily adequate intake of sodium. And, shockingly, 93 per cent of children aged four to eight exceed Health Canada’s Tolerable Upper Intake Level. (Shutterstock)

Dietary salt, the silent killer: How much is too much?

Most men, women and children in Canada exceed the tolerable upper limits of salt for their bodies. Consumers need to understand how much salt is too much -- to avoid hypertension and heart disease.
Many people aren’t aware of the long-term risks alcohol poses to health. Adam Jaime/Unsplash

Four ways alcohol is bad for your health

The growing list of alcohol-related diseases includes bowel cancers, mouth and oesophageal cancers, breast cancers, heart disease, respiratory infections and mental health problems.
College is a fun time for young adults, but it can also become an unhealthy time. oneinchpunch/

College students may not be as heart-healthy as they think

College students may think they are living a fit life, but a recent study adds to growing research that suggests that many students are developing risk factors for heart disease.
Governments in countries such as Mexico and the United Kingdom have responded to the over-consumption of refined sugar with a “sugar tax;” Canada lags behind. (Unsplash/Neven Krcmarek)

Just how bad is all that sugar for your heart?

Too much refined sugar in your diet is not just a risk factor for obesity and diabetes, it also increases your chances of heart disease.
Former governor general David Johnston invests Toronto scientist Janet Rossant as a Companion of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada’s unsung female heroes of life sciences

Canada's female scientists are superstars in their fields yet most Canadians have never heard of them. On International Day for Women in Science, it's time to give them the recognition they deserve.
Women are referred less than men for in-hospital treatments such as angioplasty, performed here at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women globally. And yet women's symptoms and risk factors are less well recognized, and they receive less in-hospital care, than men.
The presence of sidewalks, green space, healthy food outlets, and trustworthy neighbours can all play a part in minimizing your risks of heart disease. (Shutterstock)

How your community impacts the health of your heart

As 'Heart Month' kicks off across North America, a cardiovascular researcher explains how the neighbourhood you live in can affect your risks of heart disease.
Do not be derailed by news reports that exercise is bad for the heart. Taking more exercise is a New Year’s resolution to stick to. Exercise reduces risks of depression, cancers, heart disease, stroke and sudden death. (Shutterstock)

Exercise more in 2018 – it really is good for your heart

Taking more exercise is a New Year's resolution to stick to. Exercise reduces risks of depression, cancers, heart disease, stroke and sudden death.
The evidence shows that both low and high fat diets can reduce your risks of cardiovascular disease – if they are plant-based. (Shutterstock)

These foods will lower your risk of heart disease

From donuts to avocados, food impacts your heart health. Here we delve into the science of how to eat -- to reduce your chances of cardiovascular disease.
For many parents, it’s the haul of gummy worms, licorice, chocolate bars and other high-sugar candies that their kids bring home - not the ghouls and zombies - that is terrifying about Halloween. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid a Halloween sugar disaster

Halloween is upon us, and the sugar is horrible for your kids' teeth and health. But fear not -- there are things parents can do to lessen the impact of the candy binge.
Is coconut oil all it’s really cracked up to be, or is it just another fad? Sebastien Gabriel/Unsplash

Five claims about coconut oil debunked

Coconut oil is being hailed as the new "superfood", helping us lose weight and kill harmful bugs. But how do the claims stand up to scientific scrutiny?

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