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Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study

March 23, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says.
However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was cut by more than half when elderly women engaged […]

Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions

March 5, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exercise may increase the size of brain regions that contribute to balance and coordination, preliminary research suggests.
The small new study in twins found that those who exercised more had increased brain volume in areas of the brain related to movement.
These changes “may have health […]

Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

January 27, 2015

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many seniors don’t tell their doctors they’ve had a fall because they’re worried they’ll be told they can’t live on their own anymore, a physician says.
Millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, fewer than […]

Don’t Become a Blizzard Casualty

January 27, 2015

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns.
If you must be outdoors, staying warm is critical, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“In the cold weather, it’s important to keep your […]

Watch Out for Falling Icicles

January 25, 2015

SUNDAY, Jan. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns.
“An icicle is like a sharp, stiletto-shoe heel-like dagger. Coupled with the forceful dynamics of impact from falling a sizeable distance, a person can sustain serious injury,” Dr. Mark Cichon, chair of emergency medicine […]

Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

January 19, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For American seniors, a fall can have disabling or even fatal consequences. And a new study finds that the rate of older people who suffer a fall is actually on the rise.
A research team led by Dr. Christine Cigolle, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann […]

Take Steps to Avoid Winter Falls

January 17, 2015

SATURDAY, Jan. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Falls are a major cause of injuries during the winter, but there are steps you can take to help stay on your feet, an expert says.
“Many falls can be successfully avoided or the impact minimized by applying a few basic strategies,” Mike Ross, an exercise physiologist with the […]

Life Satisfaction Linked to Bone Health in Older Women

January 16, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older women who are satisfied with their lives may have better bone health, a new Finnish study suggests.
Up to half of all women older than 50 will develop the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, which can lead to serious bone fractures, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Major […]

Exercise May Cut Fall Risk for Some Parkinson’s Patients

December 31, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercises that focus on balance and leg strengthening may help some people with Parkinson’s disease avoid falls, according to a new clinical trial.
The study, reported online Dec. 31 in Neurology, found that the benefits were limited to people with milder Parkinson’s symptoms. The exercise program […]

Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk

December 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest.
Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious […]



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