The eyes may have it, at least when it comes to showing who might be in danger of having a stroke. Australian researchers took retinal photographs of several thousand middle age and older people, checking for signs of blood vessel damage in the eye. Researchers say eye vessel bulges and leaks may mirror changes to vessels in the brain. At the end of the seven year study, people with blood vessel damage in the eyes were 70 percent more likely to have a stroke that those without eye trouble.
If your curious about your fitness level, there's an easy way to fit in a little exercise and get a general picture of your cardio health. Take a walk on a measured mile, like a school track, making sure you time yourself and take your heart rate. Then, check the American Heart Association's Web site to grade your fitness level. Complete directions and a scoring chart can be found at American heart.org under fitness test.
Mushrooms lovers have yet another reason to adore their favorite fungus, a new study finds mushrooms have a high level of the cell protective antioxidant ergothioneine Penn State food scientists have developed a test that determines the level of this relatively unknown antioxidant. Using the test, researchers found that Button Mushrooms have twelve times more ergothioneine than wheat germ and four times more than chicken liver, both of which were the previous powerhouse for this antioxidant.