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Friday Roundup: Earlobes and Heart Disease, Allergy Season Updates, and More

admin - April 12, 2013


Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. March is National Nutrition Month so this news roundup features recent headlines focused on diets and nutrition. Headlines include how earlobes predict heart disease, allergy season news, and a report on obesity of older Americans.


Will You Develop Heart Disease? Check Your Earlobes

You’re probably wondering, “how can my earlobes predict if I have heart disease?” Sounds fishy, but a new study in the journal Angiology found that earlobes may hold a sign that points towards increased risk of developing heart problems in the future.

Specifically, the study examined 253 people with no known heart conditions. Among the participants, those with a noticeable ear crease on the earlobe were 10 percent more likely to have blocked arteries, a common cause of heart disease. The earlobe creases were the most common among participants suffering from the most severe arterial backups, further indicating the connection.

Read the full study results here:


Are You Ready for Allergy Season?

Most of us are excited for the beginning of spring. With the birds chirping, buds popping up on the trees, grass turning green again, and more sunshine, what’s not to love? We can name one thing: allergies.

Experts say that this year, springtime allergies will be more severe and last longer, plaguing more people with allergy symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, and fatigue caused by tree pollen. Southern states typically seen an increase in allergies beginning in January, but northern states usually experience symptoms from high tree pollen levels in March, April, and May.

Read the full article on springtime allergies here:


Report: Older Americans More Obese

Americans may be living longer lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of life is better. A recent article from NBC News discusses a report that details a trend among older Americans: they’re becoming more obese.

From the years 1988 to 1994, approximately 22 percent of Americans over the age of 65 were considered obese. As of 2010, however, that number has increased to 38 percent, leading to even more risk of preventable diseases and health problems, like stroke, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and even depression.

Read the full article here:


What’s Trending on

You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at Here’s what’s trending:

  • Sweeteners: Are there any natural sweeteners out there that aren’t bad for your health? Which ones do you prefer? Share with us.
  • 100 Days of Real Food: Have you ever considered eating only “real” food for a certain length of time by cutting out unhealthy sugars and fats? Please join the discussion here.
  • What Suggestion Would You Give a Company to Promote Wellness? Wellness and prevention are two central themes that are taking center stage lately. Do you have any suggestions for companies looking to get involved? Share them.


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