|Getting Healthier a Big Money-Saver for People With Diabetes
Getting Healthier a Big Money-Saver for People With Diabetes THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Not only is eating better and exercising healthy for people with diabetes, it can save them hundreds of health-care dollars a year, a new study finds. The study, led by Mark Espeland, a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., included more than 5,100 overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients. Participants ranged in age from 45 to 76, and w...
Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking
Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don't smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study. This means they don't inhale more toxic chemicals than other smokers, the researchers say. The month-long study included 72 adult smokers, aged 18 to 65, who smoked regular cigarettes with nicotine emission levels of 1.2 milligrams (mg) each for one week. The participants then swit...
Health Tip: Incorporating Flexibility Training
Health Tip: Incorporating Flexibility Training (HealthDay News) -- Flexibility training, such as stretching, is an often-ignored type of exercise designed to improve the body's range of motion. The American Council on Exercise says benefits of flexibility training may include: Better posture and improved freedom of movement. Improved relaxation, both mentally and physically. Reduced muscle soreness and tension. Lower risk of injury.
Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home
Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at thousands of people in the United Kingdom and found that 76 percent of men and 72 percent of women drove to work, 10 percent of men and 11 percent of women used public transit, and 14 percent of men and 17 percent of women cycled or walked. Those who drove to work weigh...
Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women
Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows. Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association . Active women enjoyed this protection a...
High-Risk Melanomas Often on Head or Neck, Study Finds
High-Risk Melanomas Often on Head or Neck, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The speed at which cancer cells grow may help doctors diagnose and treat the most aggressive melanomas, researchers say. Using this measure, investigators have found that the deadliest skin cancers occur most often on the head and neck of older men with a long history of sun exposure. These lesions also grow quickly and are often colorless, the researchers discovered. Rapid cell growth -- called "high mit...
Fitness May Boost Kids' Brainpower
Fitness May Boost Kids' Brainpower TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. The finding doesn't prove that fitness actually makes children smarter, but it provides support for the idea, the researchers said. "Our work suggests that aerobically fit and physically fit children have improved brain health and superior cognitive [thinking] skills than their less-fit peers,...
Education Linked to Activity Levels During the Week
Education Linked to Activity Levels During the Week TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College-educated Americans tend to be more physically active on weekends, while adults without a high school diploma are more active on weekdays, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the 2005-2006 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that people with a college degree were inactive an average of 8.72 hours a day on weekdays, compared with 7.48 hours for people without a h...
Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit
Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help. The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts to quit and tracked whether they might need more anti-smoking counseling. The study suggests that ho...
For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds
For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years. The study, which followed nearly 4,000 children in Sweden for 16 years, underscores the dangers of parental smoking, experts say. "Exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy or infancy increases a ...
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