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Dancing Your Way to Better Health

Dancing Your Way to Better HealthSATURDAY, July 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Someone who wants to work out, socialize and feel the beat at the same time may want to put on their dancing shoes.Dancing has many health benefits, according to a doctor from the Hospital for Special Surgery in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is a competitive ballroom dancer.“I have patients ranging in age from young children to 90-year-old adults who enjoy Latin and other styles of dancing,” said Dr. Kathleen Davenport, a physiatrist who specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of orthopedic injuries and conditions, with special expertise in dance medicine. She is also company physician for the Miami City Ballet.“Dancing checks a lot of boxes. In social dancing, you interact with different people and can make new friends, which has multiple...

Exercise + Good Sleep Best Combo for Aging Brains

7 July 2023
Exercise + Good Sleep Best Combo for Aging BrainsFRIDAY, July 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Getting regular exercise can help protect against mental decline in an aging brain. But poor sleep can take away those benefits.A new study found that people who were more active but slept less than six hours on average had faster cognitive (mental) decline. After 10 years, their cognitive function was equivalent to that of their more inactive peers.“Our study suggests that getting sufficient sleep may be required for us to get the full cognitive benefits of physical activity. It shows how important it is to consider sleep and physical activity together when thinking about cognitive health,” said lead author Dr. Mikaela Bloomberg, of University College London (UCL) Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, in England.“Previous studies...

Australian Footballer Is First Female Athlete to Receive...

5 July 2023
Australian Footballer Is First Female Athlete to Receive Diagnosis of CTEWEDNESDAY, July 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Heather Anderson, a star Australian rules football player who died last November, is the first female professional athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. "She is the first female athlete diagnosed with CTE, but she will not be the last," researchers wrote in a paper published Friday. Anderson was 28 when she died from what was believed to be suicide.CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head impacts, like those suffered when heading a ball in soccer (football).The finding was made possible after Anderson’s family donated her brain to the Australian Sports Brain Bank, hoping to discover "whether a lifetime of exposure to repetitive head trauma contributed to her death," according...

As Pickleball's Popularity Rises, So Do Related Injuries

4 July 2023
As Pickleball`s Popularity Rises, So Do Related InjuriesTUESDAY, July 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pickleball has burst onto the scene, inspiring people of all ages to pick up a paddle.But as with any sport, it’s possible to get hurt. Some best practices can help prevent injuries, according to a sports medicine expert.For pickleball players, the most common injury is to the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder.This can cause shoulder pain, especially with movement and use. Problems range from tendonitis and bursitis to a tear of the tendon itself. Bigger tears can create weakness. Someone might not be able to use their arm.“The unfortunate reality of the rotator cuff is that everyday use can cause tearing and damage,” said Dr. Bruce Moseley, an orthopedic surgeon from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “You don’t necessarily...

Staying Fit Lowers a Man's Cancer Risk, Study Confirms

3 July 2023
Staying Fit Lowers a Man`s Cancer Risk, Study ConfirmsMONDAY, July 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A man’s cardio fitness might influence whether he’ll develop -- or survive -- three of the most common cancers in males, a new Swedish study reports.Higher levels of cardio fitness are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon and lung cancers, researchers report.Cardio fitness also plays a role in a man’s likelihood of surviving prostate, colon and lung cancers, results show.“Better cardiorespiratory fitness [CRF] is not only important for reducing cardiovascular disease risk, which is often communicated, but also for reducing cancer risk in men,” said lead researcher Elin Ekblom-Bak, a senior lecturer with the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm.“Current cancer prevention guidelines focus...

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