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Arm in a Cast? Exercising the Other Arm Can Curb Muscle Loss

Arm in a Cast? Exercising the Other Arm Can Curb Muscle LossTUESDAY, March 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- You can keep an arm in a cast from wasting away, researchers say, by working out your free arm.A small group of young men who performed eccentric contraction exercises with one arm — lowering a dumbbell in a slow and controlled motion — saw a 4% strength improvement in the other arm, even though it was immobilized by a cast at the elbow. Another group assigned to perform concentric contraction exercises — lifting a dumbbell — only lost about 4% of muscle strength in their immobilized arm, the study results showed.By comparison, a "control group" that did no exercises suffered a 15% decrease in their immobilized arm during the three-week study.It was already known that gaining muscle strength in one limb through resistance training will...

Gearing Up for Kids' Sports Season? Put Safety First

4 March 2023
Gearing Up for Kids` Sports Season? Put Safety FirstSATURDAY, March 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Playing sports can be good for kids of all abilities.A leading medical organization offers some tips for getting children involved, while helping keep them safe and injury-free.“We encourage children to play a variety of sports, both to increase their enjoyment over time and to avoid injuries we often see with overuse,” said Dr. Alison Brooks, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. “Parents can play a big role in influencing their children to play sports that are appropriate for their age, development and physical abilities,” Brooks explained in an AAP news release.Sports help kids stay fit and feel good about themselves, the AAP noted. Pediatricians also encourage young people with...

70 or Older? An Extra 500 Steps a Day Could Do Wonders...

2 March 2023
70 or Older? An Extra 500 Steps a Day Could Do Wonders for Your HeartTHURSDAY, March 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While the idea of getting 10,000 steps a day is bandied about as a good walking goal, that can be intimidating to some people, depending on how fit they are. Now, new research in adults between the ages of 70 and 90 finds that a much smaller number of steps can make a difference in heart health. It’s possible, according to researchers, that just 3,000 steps a day has benefits for heart health, and adding increments of just 500 more steps can also make a big difference.“Walking, I think, is just such a great activity that we can encourage people to do,” said study author Erin Dooley, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama's School of Public Health. “Getting up throughout the day and...

Short Brisk Walk Each Day Could Cut Your Odds of Early Death

1 March 2023
Short Brisk Walk Each Day Could Cut Your Odds of Early DeathWEDNESDAY, March 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A brisk 11-minute daily walk can help you live longer, a new University of Cambridge study reports.Researchers found that 75 minutes a week — 11 minutes daily — of moderate-intensity physical activity is enough to lower a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.The investigators estimated that 1 in 10 early deaths could be prevented if everyone got that amount of exercise, which is half the level recommended by U.S. and British guidelines.“If you are someone who finds the idea of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week a bit daunting, then our findings should be good news,” co-researcher Dr. Soren Brage, of the Medical Research Council at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, said in a...

10 Ways You Can Cut Your Risk for Dementia

25 February 2023
10 Ways You Can Cut Your Risk for DementiaSATURDAY, Feb. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Causes of different kinds of dementia vary, but about 40% are affected by risk factors a person can influence through lifestyle choices.Two University of Michigan neurologists offer 10 tips for modifying those risks.Keep blood pressure in check. Dr. Judith Heidebrink, a neurologist who is co-leader of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Clinical Core, recommends aiming for a systolic blood pressure (the upper number) of 130 mm Hg or lower from around age 40. This helps reduce risk of cognitive impairment, dementia, heart attack and stroke.Guard your hearing. Wear ear protection around excessive noise to reduce the risk of hearing loss, center director Dr. Henry Paulson urged. Use hearing aids, if needed. A recent study...

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