Author Archives : Emily Lunardo

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.


COPD Patients May Be at a Higher Risk of Osteoporosis and Fracture

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients may be at a higher risk of osteoporosis and fracture. Researchers of the study evaluated incidences of hip fractures and all major osteoporotic fractures among COPD patients and non-COPD patients. Researchers further evaluated the use and performance of fracture risk prediction tools in COPD patients to determine osteoporosis prevalence. here to read more

Lipids May Lead to the Development of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Study

Lipids may lead to the development of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The findings could help to develop possible new treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysms, which is a life threating condition. The researchers discovered that the lipids – known as eoxPL – promote the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms, which cause the aorta to become inflamed here to read more


Recurrent Episodes of Depression in Adulthood Associated with the Risk of Memory Problems Later in Life

Recurrent episodes of depression in adulthood are associated with a risk of memory problems. It is well known that depression and mental health issues can affect short term memory. One study published in Cognition and Emotion found that individuals with persistent unhappiness and depression had poorer working memory compared to people without mental health problems. here to read more

Short, Brisk Walks Reduce Knee Osteoarthritis Related Disability: Study

Short, brisk walks help to reduce knee osteoarthritis-related disability. Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis and is most commonly experienced in the knees. Osteoarthritis is often referred to as a wear-and-tear type of arthritis because cartilage which is found in between joints wears away through repetitive use. Once this cartilage wears away, it cannot here to read more

Consumption of Small Amounts of Red, Processed Meats Associated with Cardiovascular Disease Death: Study

Consumption of small amounts of red and processed meats is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease-related death. Lead author of the study Saeed Mastour Alshahrani explained, “A question about the effect of lower levels of intakes compared to no-meat eating remained unanswered. We wanted to take a closer look at the association of here to read more

List of Foods That Cause Gas

Some foods that we eat can cause gas. Gas is a natural thing, but many people are still embarrassed by it. For some, gas can lead to bloating, which can be painful and make clothing more uncomfortable. Gas is often caused by the swallowing of air or by the digestive process of certain foods. If here to read more