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Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for Arthritis

Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for ArthritisWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Olympic athletes aren't like the rest of the population -- but this time it's in a far less positive way.Two new studies show that athletes who performed at the top of their sport have a higher risk of developing arthritis and joint pain in later life. The linked studies found that 1 in 4 former Olympians dealt with these issues.Those who'd been injured during their sporting career had a higher chance of knee and hip osteoarthritis when compared with the general population. These athletes also had an increased risk of lower back pain overall."High performance sport is associated with an increased risk of sport-related injury and there is emerging evidence suggesting retired elite athletes have high rates of post-traumatic osteoarthritis,"...

Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side Effects

28 November 2022
Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side EffectsMONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid users, especially teen boys and young men, seem indifferent to the serious side effects and dependency associated with use of the drugs, a new study finds.“We’re seeing more young adults and adolescent boys engaging in risk behaviors, such as the use of steroids, to achieve what many see as the ideal male body,” said lead author Kyle Ganson, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 2,700 adolescents and young adults in the Canadian Study of Adolescent Health Behaviors. The investigators found steroid use relatively common: Almost 2% of adolescents and young adults surveyed across Canada reported having used steroids...

Exercise Might Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

25 November 2022
Exercise Might Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer TreatmentFRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An exercise program, even if it's not as intense as national guidelines suggest, could help breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy reduce fatigue and have a better quality of life, new research suggests.Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Australia included 89 women in this study -- 43 participated in the exercise portion; the control group did not.Exercisers did a 12-week home-based program. It included weekly resistance training sessions and 30 to 40 minutes of aerobic exercise.Researchers found that patients who exercised recovered from cancer-related fatigue more quickly during and after radiation therapy compared to the control group. Exercisers also saw a significant increase in health-related quality of life, which...

There's a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Women's Heart...

21 November 2022
There`s a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Women`s Heart HealthMONDAY, Nov. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise has long been hailed as a great way to preserve heart health, but could a morning workout deliver more benefits than an evening visit to the gym?New research suggests that for women in their 40s and up, the answer appears to be yes.“First of all, I would like to stress that being physically active or doing some sort of exercise is beneficial at any time of day,” noted study author Gali Albalak, a doctoral candidate in the department of internal medicine at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.Indeed, most public health guidelines ignore the role of timing altogether, Albalak said, choosing to focus mostly on “exactly how often, for how long and at what intensity we should be active” to gain the most heart...

Even Moderate Exercise Can Boost Survival After Breast Cancer

21 November 2022
Even Moderate Exercise Can Boost Survival After Breast CancerMONDAY, Nov. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors may be able to extend their lives, just by taking a brisk walk every day, a new study suggests.The value of regular exercise -- including the oft-cited daily walk -- is well known. One of the potential health benefits is a lower risk of developing breast cancer.But it has not been clear whether regular physical activity can help people who've already had breast cancer live longer. The new findings, published Nov. 17 in JAMA Network Open, suggest it can.Researchers found that among more than 300 women who survived early-stage breast cancer, those who were moderately active were 60% less likely to die during the study period than those who were more sedentary.In fact, those moderate exercisers had the same survival...

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