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Tai Chi May Ease Depression, Insomnia for Stroke Survivors: Study

Tai Chi May Ease Depression, Insomnia for Stroke Survivors: StudyMONDAY, June 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The ancient practice of tai chi may help reduce depression, anxiety and stress in people recovering from a stroke, a small new study suggests. It might also improve their sleep.At the beginning of the study of 11 stroke survivors, most had "mild to moderate symptoms of depression," noted lead author Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae, of the University of Arizona, in Tucson.But after a two-month regimen of tai chi classes, "I was surprised and pleased with the improvements we observed in these self-reported symptoms and in sleep," Taylor-Pillae said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). She presented the findings Friday at a virtual meeting of the ESC.One expert who wasn't involved in the research said the findings are...

Women, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological Health

19 June 2021
Women, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological HealthSATURDAY, June 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women who try to hold their pee during the day might want to rethink that strategy.It's time to "get up and go," according to the Urology Care Foundation, which is encouraging women to be proactive about their urological health.That, of course, means get up and go to the bathroom if you need to. But the foundation also suggests a number of activities a woman can get up and go do, to get in some self-care that can benefit their urological health."Our goal is to help women understand what steps they can take to improve not only their urologic health, but their overall health," Dr. Harris Nagler, president of the Urology Care Foundation --- part of the American Urological Association -- explained in a foundation news release.Several...

On Father's Day, Give Dad Tips to Keep Healthy

18 June 2021
On Father`s Day, Give Dad Tips to Keep HealthySUNDAY, June 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Men tend to put their health care last, but Penn State Health offers some tips this Father's Day for ensuring guys stay healthy in the future. "Men tend to take care of their cars more frequently than they do themselves. But when men wait to see the doctor once their 'check engine' light comes on, they suffer major health problems that could've been prevented," said Dr. Eldra Daniels. He is a family medicine and primary care sports medicine physician at Penn State Health Medical Group — Mount Joy and Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center. Some of those major preventable health problems include heart attack and stroke."The damage from a stroke can leave you with an inability to walk, talk or perform previously enjoyable activities,"...

How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

17 June 2021
How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?THURSDAY, June 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Your health and fitness apps may have privacy issues that put your personal information at risk, researchers warn."This analysis found serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices in mHealth [mobile health] apps. Clinicians should be aware of these and articulate them to patients when determining the benefits and risks," lead study author Muhammad Ikram and his co-authors concluded. He's a computing lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.The researchers looked at more than 15,000 free health apps in the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices with a random sample of more than 8,000 non-health apps.Health apps — including step and calorie counters, menstruation trackers and symptom checkers...

Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts Say

16 June 2021
Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts SayWEDNESDAY, June 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Strict rest isn't advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from a U.S. expert panel says.Most adult athletes fully recover within two weeks and children within four, according to the statement published June 15 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.The number and severity of initial symptoms are the best indicators of how long it will take a patient to recover."Most athletes who have been concussed will get better, and will be able to return to play," said Dr. Margot Putukian, a member of the panel that drew up the new statement."Each injury is unique and will have its own timeline. But athletes should take comfort in knowing that there are treatments out there, and...

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