|Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being in good shape seems to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, researchers report. They looked at data from more than 57,000 Americans, including more than 35,000 with high blood pressure, who underwent treadmill tests between 1991 and 2009. Those in the poorest shape had a more than 70 percent chance of having high blood pressure at the start of the study, compared to a 50 percent chance for those with high level...
Health Tip: 12 Ways to a Healthier Holiday
Health Tip: 12 Ways to a Healthier Holiday (HealthDay News) -- No one wants to be sick over the holidays. So, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these 12 tips to help you stay healthier: Wash hands frequently. Bundle up in layers to stay warm. Keep stress in check and get plenty of sleep. Take it easy and slow on the road. Quit smoking. See your doctor for vaccinations and regular checkups. Make sure children are always supervised. Take care to prevent falls. Practice good food s...
Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says. The findings suggest that total tooth loss could provide an early warning of increased risk of physical and mental decline in older people, the British researchers said. However, the findings don't prove that tooth loss causes the physica...
E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Former tobacco smokers find e-cigarettes less addictive than traditional cigarettes, new research finds. Even though they "smoke" e-cigarettes as often as they did regular cigarettes, thousands of ex-smokers said they have fewer cravings and are less likely to feel impulsive and irritable over their need to smoke, researchers reported. "The pattern was really very clear. The score was significantly...
Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk
Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk 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 strokes is high, the investigators reported online Dec. 18 in the journal Stroke . "Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as we...
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests. Cytisine, an acid-like chemical found in the seeds of the golden rain tree, has been used in Eastern Europe for decades to help smokers quit, researchers say. But it's not widely available. "Cytisine is one of the most affordable smoking cessation medicines available...
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. "Work is the No. 1 sleep killer," said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. A time-use survey of nearly 125,000 Americans, ages 15 years and older, found that work is the main activity exchanged for sleep...
Health Tip: Pack Essentials for Outdoor Exercise
Health Tip: Pack Essentials for Outdoor Exercise (HealthDay News) -- When you're ready to hit the hiking trails, be sure to pack a few essentials. The Letsmove.gov website suggests what to bring: A backpack. A supply of water. A stash of healthy snacks, such as apples, nuts, unsweetened dried fruits, whole grain pretzels or crackers, or some baby carrots. Protective gear, such as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. A few extra layers of clothing, and a rain coat.
Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors
Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. In fact, the benefits were similar to those of conventional exercise such as brisk walking, said lead researcher Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University's Health Policy Program in Boston. The review, of 37 clinical trials, found that people randomly ass...
Health Tip: Be Aware of Icy Spots
Health Tip: Be Aware of Icy Spots (HealthDay News) -- Anyone can slip and fall on an unseen icy spot. So it's important to be aware of frozen patches as soon as the weather is near or below freezing. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture suggests these tips to help prevent falls: When walking on snowy or icy ground, keep hands out of pockets. Wear warm boots with good traction. Bring a change of shoes if you need to wear something more glamorous. Use your toe to carefully see if a...
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