You're more likely to die during sex than the numbers suggest

Here's a little anecdote that shows how hard it is to get accurate data on risk. Just to keep things spicy, the "risk" involved is the likelihood of dying from a fatal heart attack during sex. It's more complicated than it seems. » 1/12/14 1:00pm 1/12/14 1:00pm

This is the main environmental cause of heart attacks

People have long believed that there was a link between air pollution and an increased risk of heart attack. But a new study shows that link is negligible. Instead, there is strong evidence that the main environmental factor in heart attacks is low temperatures. Here's what this means for you. » 9/01/13 10:30am 9/01/13 10:30am

What we know now about cholesterol that we didn't 10 years ago

Cholesterol is bad and lowering cholesterol is good. Well, at least this is what we’ve been led to believe for nearly four decades. But it’s a misconception — a big, fat stinking lie. Here’s what we’re learning about cholesterol — and what it really means to your health. » 8/05/13 11:15am 8/05/13 11:15am

Watch a PSA about CPR, by Splice director Vincenzo Natali, with zombies

How does one adequately convey the importance of CPR? If you're the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, you recruit Cube, Splice, and future Neuromancer director Vincenzo Natali for a post-apocalyptic survival saga. With multiple twists, no less! [The Undeading via MeFi] » 10/04/12 5:45pm 10/04/12 5:45pm

The Science of Being Scared to Death

Fear isn't just the mind-killer... it can actually kill your body as well. The notion of being scared to death may sound like a myth, but it does happen to people — and animals. The authors of Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Health And Science of Healing examined the question in detail. » 6/18/12 3:24pm 6/18/12 3:24pm

Medical science proves that fearing illness makes your illness worse

When in a cardiac emergency, your body turns your own worst fears against you. The more acutely you feel fear, the worse your heart problem gets. It's like the plot of IT, but without the bad special effects. » 6/02/11 8:30am 6/02/11 8:30am