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5 Healthy Steps to Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer's

5 Healthy Steps to Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer`sWEDNESDAY, June 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of healthy habits -- such as a good diet and regular exercise -- may lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60%, a new study suggests. Data from nearly 3,000 people in the United States was scored on five beneficial lifestyle factors: high-quality diet, physical activity, not smoking, brain-challenging activities, and light-to-moderate alcohol consumption. Compared to people with none or just one of the healthy lifestyle factors, the risk of Alzheimer's was 37% lower in those with two to three, and 60% lower in those with four to five healthy lifestyle factors. The study, which was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), was published online June 17 in the journal Neurology. "This observational...

America's Gyms Are Reopening and Your Workout Will Change

15 June 2020
America`s Gyms Are Reopening and Your Workout Will ChangeMONDAY, June 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Gyms are finally reopening across the United States, but your workout will not be the same. Some chains are offering individual workouts while group classes are still on hold, post-workout showers will be done at home, the 6-foot rule is in place for gym patrons, and sanitizing your hands and equipment frequently is a must. "Y members should expect that facilities will look and operate different than what they're used to," said Ryan O'Malley, national director of public relations at the YMCA. "We know our members are anxious to rejoin us, but we have to do this safely and responsibly," he said. According to data from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), a trade group, nearly 61 million Americans are members of...

Female Athletes Shortchange Themselves on Nutrition

14 June 2020
Female Athletes Shortchange Themselves on NutritionSUNDAY, June 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many female athletes lack knowledge about nutrition, which could harm their performance and put them at risk for health problems, a researcher says. A review of two decades of literature on female athletes older than 13 found "a lack of general knowledge of nutrition among athletes, coaches and other sports team specialists," said study author Mary Downes Gastrich, an associate professor at Rutgers University Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. "Other factors included poor time management and food availability, disordered eating behaviors such as chronic dieting or a drive for lower body weight," Gastrich added in a Rutgers news release. "Some female athletes may purposefully restrict their calorie intake for performance or aesthetic...

Tai Chi Could Be Good Medicine for Heart Patients

9 June 2020
Tai Chi Could Be Good Medicine for Heart PatientsTUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Tai chi might be just what doctors should order for their heart patients, new research suggests. Many of these folks experience anxiety, stress and depression. For example, depression affects about 20% of people with heart disease or heart failure, 27% of those with high blood pressure, and 35% of stroke survivors. Tai chi is a mind-body exercise that combines set movements with relaxation and breathing. It requires concentration on posture, relaxation and breathing. Researchers analyzed 15 clinical trials that examined how tai chi affected the mental well-being of more than 1,800 people, average age 66, who had heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, or had survived a stroke. Overall, tai chi was associated with lower levels of...

Latest in Cancer Prevention: Move More, Ditch Beer and Bacon

9 June 2020
Latest in Cancer Prevention: Move More, Ditch Beer and BaconTUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The latest cancer prevention guidelines may change your typical backyard barbecue: Gone are the hot dogs and booze. In are veggie kebobs and maybe a swim or some badminton. The American Cancer Society's new cancer prevention recommendations suggest, among other things, adding more physical activity to your days. About 20 minutes a day is the minimum, but 40 minutes or more daily is even better. The new guidelines also add emphasis on avoiding unhealthy foods, including red and processed meats, refined grains and alcohol. "The new recommendations really increase emphasis on a few key areas [including healthy weight and diet, physical activity, and avoiding or limiting alcohol]," said Dr. Laura Makaroff, senior vice president of...

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