Georgia State University Researcher Examines State of Warning Labels on Cannabis, Tobacco and Opioid Medications
“ATLANTA — A growing number of states have legalized recreational marijuana use, but a lack of consistency in warning consumers of potential harms threatens public health. That’s one of many takeaways from a review article authored by a Georgia State University School of Public Health researcher and her colleagues that examines the impact of warning labels on tobacco, cannabis and prescription opioids. The article appears in the early online edition of the journal Annual Review of Public Health.”

Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness for Heart Health: Promoting Adherence to the DASH Diet and Beyond
“Recent studies have uncovered intriguing links between mindfulness training and improved adherence to the DASH diet, a diet plan renowned for its cardiovascular benefits. This notable finding emphasizes the potential of mindfulness as a tool for fostering healthier dietary habits, particularly among those battling hypertension. The research offers invaluable insights into the interplay between mindfulness and heart health, shedding new light on the possible advantages of mindfulness practices for managing high blood pressure. The message is clear: adopting a mindful approach to eating could hold the key to better heart health.”

Harnessing the Power of Diaphragmatic Breathing for Stress Relief and Better Health
“In today’s fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become pervasive issues affecting millions of people. While there are various coping mechanisms, one simple and effective method that often gets overlooked is diaphragmatic breathing. It’s a mindful breathing technique that can be practiced anytime, anywhere, and has been scientifically proven to lower stress and reduce feelings of anxiety.”

Study says long COVID makes exercise difficult, but a North Texas doctor says not impossible
“A recent study found long COVID can adversely affect your ability to exercise. And not just because of chronic fatigue. However, Dr. Salman Bhai, director of the neuromuscular center at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Dallas, told KERA’s Sam Baker that with help, an exercise routine is still possible with long COVID.”

You Probably Can’t ‘Exercise Away’ the Calories in Sodas: Study
“Key Takeaways: Working out won’t eliminate the risk to heart health posed by sugary drinks. People consuming sugary drinks more than twice a week had a higher risk of heart disease, regardless of their physical activity levels. Artificially sweetened beverages were not associated with heart risk”

Does Your Blood Type Affect Your Heart Health? Yes, but Here’s the Full Story
“Certain blood types are associated with health problems like blood clotting, but that’s just one piece of the heart health puzzle.”

We asked. You answered. Here are your secrets to healthy aging
“In the 1960s and ’70s, The 2,000 Year-Old Man, was popular a comedy routine performed by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. Brooks played a 2,000 year-old man – apparently in terrific health – and Reiner, a modern man, would ask him questions, including if he’d share the secrets to his longevity. “The major thing is that I never ever touch fried food,” was Brooks’ response in one early recording. Also, “Never run for a bus; there will always be another,” and eat lots of nectarines. Not bad! Whether you’re 2,000 or 20, we’re all aging and we all have wisdom and experiences to share. That’s why NPR asked our listeners and readers to share their secrets to living a long and healthy life, as part of our new series, How to Thrive as You Age. To date we’ve received over 1,000 responses from readers and listeners ages 16 to 103.”

Weight-loss drugs aren’t a magic bullet. Lifestyle changes are key to lasting health
“The headlines are compelling, with phrases like, “The Obesity Revolution,” and “A new ‘miracle’ weight-loss drug really works.” The before-and-after pictures are inspiring. People who have struggled for decades to shed pounds are finally finding an effective strategy.”