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Many suffer from heart disease despite the fact they don’t smoke, have healthy diets, and are of a healthy weight. Tim Marshall/Unsplash

How our immune system causes heart disease

Many people die of heart disease who don't fit into the traditional risk factors. We're learning the immune system can be to blame.
The type of sugar in popular soft drinks varies from country to country even if the brand name is the same. from shutterstock.com

We know too much sugar is bad for us, but do different sugars have different health effects?

A recent study found Australian soft drinks had higher concentrations of glucose than US soft drinks, which had more fructose. Does this mean Australian drinks are worse for health than US drinks?
A controversial editorial has questioned whether saturated fats really clog up your arteries and put you at risk of heart disease. But can it really overturn decades of research? from www.shutterstock.com

Viewpoints: is saturated fat really the killer it’s made out to be?

We need to eat a healthy diet, do some exercise and avoid stress rather than blame saturated fat for heart disease, says a recent editorial. But does the evidence stack up?
Shifting your diet away from processed foods and towards fruits and vegetables can reduce symptoms of asthma. from www.shutterstock.com

Food as medicine: how what you eat shapes the health of your lungs

Upping your intake of vegetables and fruits can do more than just reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – it could also help you breathe easier.
Our heart works hard for every second we are alive. Eventually its processes will wear out. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Heart disease: what happens when the ticker wears and tears

Given our increasing lifespan, we need to better understand how and why the cardiovascular system ages and whether we can slow down the processes involved.
This interactive body map highlights the health risks associated with inactivity.

Interactive body map: physical inactivity and the risks to your health

Being physically inactive has been shown to significantly increase the risk of many causes of death and disease. This interactive body map highlights the links between physical inactivity and disease.
Sometimes people having a mini stroke can experience visual loss, dizziness or vertigo. D. Sinclair Terrasidius/Flickr

A mini stroke is a warning! A stroke may follow

People having a mini stroke can experience a variety of symptoms. The most important are weakness on one side affecting the face, arm or leg – or all three – or speech disturbance.

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