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Belly fat hormone may pump up spare tires
Researchers have found that the fatty tissue that sits on the abdomen can produce a hormone that stimulates fat cell production – creating a cycle that makes belly fat easy to gain and hard to lose. Belly fat boosts heart risk
You don’t have to be overweight or obese for your belly fat to put you at risk of heart disease. An international survey shows that even a few extra pounds around the abdomen can be enough to put you in danger. Heart tests urged for ADHD kids
Stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have side effects that put kids’ hearts at risk. TV in teen bedroom spurs unhealthy habits
It can be annoying to fight with your teenager over the remote control, but according to a recent study, it’s better than letting her have a TV in her room. Heart defects linked to smoking during pregnancy
Babies are more likely to be born with heart defects if their mother smoked early on in the pregnancy, according to a study from Pediatrics. Normal BMI may not protect against heart disease
According to a new study published in Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism, people who are considered to be at a normal weight according to their body mass index (BMI) can still have a dangerously high percentage of body fat, which increases their risk of heart disease. Active kids avoid heart risks as teens
Children who get frequent physical activity are less likely to face heart risks as teens, according to a study from the journal Dynamic Medicine. Shift work not a risk to your heart, study says
People who perform shift work do not appear to face any additional risk of death from heart disease than people who work regular office hours, a recent study in the journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine shows. Breakfast linked to lower weight in teens
Teenagers who eat breakfast have a lower weight than teens who skip their morning meal, according to a new study from the journal Pediatrics. Canadians take responsibility for poor health, survey finds
Canadians believe that it is their own responsibility to take care of their health, yet a large percentage of those people admit their health isn’t in great shape, the Health Care in Canada Survey reveals. Fast food companies aim healthier ads at kids
In Canada, some of the biggest food companies, such as Kellogg, Kraft, McCain Foods and McDonald’s have pledged not to advertise unhealthy products to children. Instead, these food companies will create ads that focus on their healthier food options and active living. Second drink of alcohol not helpful to heart
One drink of either red wine or alcohol slightly benefits the heart and blood vessels, but the positive effects disappear with two drinks, shows a recent study by Dr. John Floras, a Career Investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A little activity cuts bad cholesterol
Just a small increase in moderate physical activity can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body, a recent study from the Journal of Applied Physiology shows Stroke risk lower for veggie, fruit lovers
Researchers have found a link between increased consumption of vegetables and a lower risk of stroke, a recent study shows. Heavy drinking harms teen hearts
A recent study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has shown that starting to drink at a young age and drinking heavily in adolescence and early adulthood may be linked to worse heart health and a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, a medical condition that often leads to heart disease. Big breakfast may slow middle-age spread
Have you ever thought that eating more could actually help you to gain less weight? According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, a hefty meal at breakfast could help men and women reduce weight gain that typically occurs at middle-age. Diet soda ups risk of metabolic syndrome
Grabbing a diet soda with your hamburger combo may save you some calories, but it could be dangerous for your heart. According to a recent study in Circulation, diet soda, red meat, and fried foods are all linked to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a medical condition that often leads to heart disease. Heart patients benefit from combined activity, Foundation-funded research shows
Women recovering from heart surgery or heart attack can get a big boost from aerobic activity. It helps improve the heart’s pumping action, supplying more oxygen and improving the ease of activities such as walking, stair climbing or lifting. According to a recent study from Heart and Stroke Foundation funded researcher, Dr. Heather Arthur, these benefits can last even longer if women add strength training to their program Lung Association & Heart and Stroke Foundation mobilize support for a smoke-free BC.
The BC Lung Association and Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon applaud recent efforts by government to toughen BC tobacco laws, but are calling for even bolder action to achieve a smoke-free BC. Heart and Stroke Foundation celebrates Early Bonus Car Winner
Linda Ceylan from North York, Ontario could not believe her luck when she received a call from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario informing her that she was the winner of the Early Bonus Car Prize in the Heart&Stroke Lottery. Linda has won a 2008 Toyota Matrix! Take charge to protect your heart
When you understand how harmful high cholesterol is to your heart health, the more willing you may be to take your medication and follow your doctor’s advice for lifestyle changes, Montreal researchers suggest. No-added-salt diet lowers blood pressure
Eating excessive amounts of salt may increase a person’s blood pressure, but there’s good news. A recent study shows that trying a no-added-salt diet can significantly lower your blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart disease. Seniors get boost from activity
It’s never too late to be active, no matter what your age.  That’s the message from a new study that showed regular physical activity benefits older adults in a big way. Healthy Weights Advocacy
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario is dedicated to reducing the impact of obesity on the health of Ontarians. Ontario researcher receives Foundation award
At this year’s annual general meeting on Nov. 23, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario recognized Dr. Rob Gros with the Maureen Andrew New Investigator Award. Message to our donors
Recent media reports on the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario’s cash surplus needs clarification. Read the full details here. Preventing heart failure
Biochemical molecules known as cytokines send critical information between the many different cells of the immune system, helping the body protect itself from disease. Dr. Yuichiro Maekawa is examining one of the most significant of these molecules, Brine shrimp may hold clues to protecting the heart
Heart and Stroke Foundation funded researcher, Dr. Tom MacRae, is looking to brine shrimp and their stress proteins to unlock doors that may protect human hearts from such stressors as low oxygen levels and cell damage. High blood pressure help on the way
People with high blood pressure who are untreated or under-treated are the target of a new Heart and Stroke Foundation initiative. Regular activity keeps blood vessels young
Blood vessels become less flexible as a person ages, making it more difficult for blood to pump its way around.