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This smart bed can monitor cardiac health without attaching electrodes to your skin. (SIG-NUM Preemptive healthcare)

Inventing a smart mattress that will monitor your cardiovascular health

The technology used to assess cardiac health made great strides over the 20th century. But it is time to take that technology to the next level.
Unequal access to preventive resources such as healthy foods, a family doctor, health screening and health promotion programs put some groups at increased risk for chronic illness. (Shutterstock)

3 lessons the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about preventing chronic diseases

While the pandemic has focused the world’s attention on how to prevent infectious disease, many of the lessons learned from COVID-19 prevention can also be applied to chronic disease prevention.
Some people turn to a vegan diet in the hopes it will benefit their heart health. lassedesignen/ Shutterstock

Are vegan diets good for your heart?

Cutting out dairy, eggs and meat is thought to prevent and reverse heart disease. But as our latest study shows, the evidence doesn’t back this claim up.
Patients who were overweight and obese had lower mortality rates following cardiac surgery than those with BMIs in the normal or underweight range. (Shutterstock)

The obesity paradox: Obese patients fare better than others after heart surgery

For patients recovering from heart surgery, being overweight or moderately obese appears to be an advantage over being underweight or even having a normal BMI.

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