Go Take a Hike — Safely

May 23, 2015

SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Before setting out on a hike, make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected.
The American Hiking Society outlines 10 things needed on every hike, starting with appropriate footwear.
Trail shoes are fine for a short day hike that doesn’t involve carrying a heavy pack or negotiating difficult terrain. But […]


Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It’s not clear whether diet and exercise can prevent muscle loss as people age, a new British review finds.
People lose 30 percent to 50 percent of their muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80, according to the study authors. Muscle loss can lead to reduced strength, […]


Rugby Player’s Head Injuries Linked to Brain Decline

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Add rugby to the sports that can lead to degenerative brain disease, a new study suggests.
The first case of a rugby player who died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a condition associated with repeated concussions — is outlined in a new study.
To date, the link between brain […]


Weight Training’s Benefits May Depend on Genetics

May 21, 2015

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — How well resistance exercises work may depend on a woman’s genetic risk for obesity, new research suggests.
Strength-building workouts seem to be most effective for those with a low genetic risk for a high body-mass index (BMI), the study found. BMI is a rough estimate of a person’s body […]


Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC Warns

May 21, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As more adults and kids head to swimming pools, lakes and the ocean this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. health officials are warning about accidental drownings from underwater breath-holding games and exercises.
Whether as horseplay or part of swim training, “dangerous underwater breath-holding behaviors” can lead to […]


At-Home Walks Help Those With Clogged Leg Arteries Stay Mobile

May 20, 2015

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Support groups that encourage walking exercises at home can improve the mobility of people with clogged leg arteries, a new study finds.
Clogged leg arteries — called peripheral artery disease — can cause pain and fatigue while walking. This often limits mobility, which is crucial for independent living, doing […]


Nation’s Capital Named ‘Fittest City’ in U.S.

May 19, 2015

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a resident of Washington, D.C., congratulations — the nation’s capital is also the fitness capital of the United States, according to a new report.
Washington, D.C, is the fittest of the 50 largest cities in the United States, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego, according to […]


Preschoolers Get Too Little Physical Activity in Child Care

May 18, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study.
Preschoolers in the Seattle study spent just a half hour playing outside and were offered less than an hour each day for indoor play at child care centers, the […]


Preschoolers Aren’t Getting Enough Physical Activity in Child Care

May 18, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study.
Preschoolers in the Seattle study spent just a half hour playing outside and were offered less than an hour each day for indoor play at child care centers, the […]


Activity Improves Survival for Those With Implanted Defibrillators

May 15, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study of nearly 100,000 people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators found that more physical activity was tied to living longer.
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are battery-powered devices implanted in patients whose hearts cannot maintain a normal rhythm. The devices keep the heart beating normally and can provide […]




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