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Health Fusion

Health care journalist Viv Williams delivers daily health tips. Meet amazing people who’ll share their stories of illness, wellness and how they find joy.

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Health Fusion: A pinch less of salt each day could mean dramatic reductions in heart attack and stroke
Fri Aug 19 11:14:48 EDT 2022
Can reducing salt really help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and other diseases? A new study shows cutting out about 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt each day could ward off certain diseases and death over time. Viv Williams has details in this episode of NewsMD's "HealthFusion."

Health Fusion: In one week, two friends were treated for tick-borne illnesses. Time for a tick trouble update
Fri Aug 12 17:55:57 EDT 2022
Ticks can survive a Minnesota winter, but their go time is March through October. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams goes in-depth with a tick expert who helped discover two pathogens that ticks can carry. And both of them can make you sick.

Health Fusion: Sound and electrical stimulation may help relieve chronic pain
Thu Aug 11 16:00:26 EDT 2022
Sound and electrical stimulation may offer hope for people suffering from chronic pain and other conditions. Researchers are exploring the combination with the goal of developing treatments that are safer and more accessible than opioid medication. Viv Williams has details of a new study in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: How to care for baby teeth to promote a life of good dental health
Wed Aug 10 18:09:34 EDT 2022
When those first baby teeth appear, it's time to start teaching little ones about good dental health. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams consults a pediatric dentist about when kids should have their first dental appointment and she shares tips on brushing.

Health Fusion: Low levels of vitamin D linked to chronic inflammation
Mon Aug 08 11:58:50 EDT 2022
When you sprain your ankle or have an infection inflammation helps to heal tissues. But when inflammation is chronic, or long term, it can contribute to conditions such as heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Researchers have found a link between chronic inflammation and low levels of vitamin D. Viv Williams has details in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: Sleep And Your Heart. Why The American Heart Association Added Sleep As A Measure Of Heart Health
Mon Aug 08 02:42:02 EDT 2022
Blood pressure, body weight, cholesterol and blood glucose are some of the numbers that measure heart health. The American Heart Association has added sleep to that list. Why? Because research about how sleep effects those numbers keeps emerging. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and sleep expert about why sleep is vital to your heart health.

Health Fusion: Breathe in the smells of nature to improve your sense of well-being
Thu Aug 04 14:51:17 EDT 2022
What is it about our sense of smell that can both transport us back to Grandma's cozy kitchen or send us fleeing, noses pinched shut, for fresh air? Aromas can be powerful. New research shows that the smells of nature can improve your sense of well-being. Viv Williams has details in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: Find out what being a victim of financial fraud or a scam could do to your blood pressure
Wed Aug 03 16:10:25 EDT 2022
When a scammer calls about your car's warranty or overdue taxes that must be paid immediately or you'll be hauled off to jail, do you get mad, scared or irritated? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams checks out a new study that explores what being a victim of financial scams and fraud can do to your blood pressure.

Health Fusion: What gout flare-ups may mean to your risk of heart attack and stroke
Tue Aug 02 17:51:06 EDT 2022
If you're ever had gout, you know how painful and debilitating the flare-ups can be. But your feet may not be the only things that need attention. A new study shows a bout with gout may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke temporarily afterwards. Viv Williams has details in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: Baby blues or postpartum depression? How to tell the difference and when to seek treatment
Mon Aug 01 15:03:52 EDT 2022
Many women feel tired, anxious and a little down after delivering a baby. Persistent symptoms could mean it's more than just the baby blues. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to an OBGYN physician about warning signs and treatment options.