Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they’re fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests.
Researchers tested the fitness and activity levels of 29 children, some with autism and some without. Children with autism averaged 50 fewer minutes per day of [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 American women. They found that the strongest risk factor for diabetes during pregnancy (“gestational diabetes”) was being overweight or obese during pregnancy. [...]

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study

September 29, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular daily exercise appears to improve children’s attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.
Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity showed greater improvements in several areas of so-called “executive function” than similar students who did not [...]

Drinking Alcohol More Common on Exercise Days

September 23, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People tend to drink more alcohol on days when they’re more physically active, a new study finds.
“Monday through Wednesday people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption. But once that ‘social weekend’ kicks off on Thursdays, physical activity increases and so does alcohol consumption,” [...]

Study: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors May Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks

September 22, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, a new study suggests.
Middle-aged and older men were much less likely to have heart attacks over an average of 11 years if they drank moderately, didn’t smoke and did everything [...]

Adults Over 45 Not Meeting U.S. Muscle Strengthening Guidelines, Study Says

September 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most middle-aged and older adults in the United States don’t engage in this type of exercise, according to new research.
Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia — even late in life, according to new research.
The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia [...]

More Than Half of Americans Have Dangerous Belly Fat

September 17, 2014

Americans’ belt size continues to inch up, and women’s waistlines are widening faster than men’s, according to new government research.

3 Ways to Treat Urinary Incontinence

September 16, 2014

Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don’t involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.

Heart Docs Don’t Recommend Routine ECGs for Young Athletes

September 15, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology said in a joint statement that a more detailed personal [...]


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