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Vigorous Exercise Safe for Those at Risk of Knee Arthritis

Vigorous Exercise Safe for Those at Risk of Knee ArthritisTUESDAY, May 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People at high risk for knee arthritis don't need to avoid jogging and other types of vigorous exercise, a new study suggests. Some folks hold back on physical activity because they fear it will increase their chances of developing knee arthritis, so researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago took a closer look. "Our study findings convey a reassuring message that adults at high risk for knee [arthritis] may safely engage in long-term strenuous physical activity at a moderate level to improve their general health and well-being," said study author Alison Chang, associate professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences. The study included nearly 1,200 people from several U.S. cities, ages...

Heart Screening of Young Athletes Is Cost-Effective

12 May 2020
Heart Screening of Young Athletes Is Cost-EffectiveTUESDAY, May 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Screening to detect potentially deadly heart problems in U.S. college athletes saves lives, researchers say. And it's also cost-effective. "It can be implemented for much less than the cost of a pair of athletic shoes," said study leader Dr. Kimberly Harmon, of the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death among U.S. college athletes, so checking these athletes for undiagnosed heart problems as part of a general health screening has increased over recent decades. An electrocardiogram (EKG) is used to measure the electrical output of a person's heartbeat. EKGs can detect potentially serious heart problems, but critics say they result in too many false-positive findings, leading...

Gentle Yoga May Deliver Migraine Relief

6 May 2020
Gentle Yoga May Deliver Migraine ReliefWEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from regular migraines despite medication might consider investing in a yoga mat. That's according to a new trial that tested the effects of a gentle yoga practice -- with slow-paced physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. Researchers found that people who added the practice to their usual migraine medication suffered about half as many headache attacks as they normally did. In contrast, study patients who stuck with medication alone saw only a small decline in migraine flare-ups. The findings appear in the May 6 online issue of the journal Neurology. Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people have migraine headaches, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. For people who suffer frequent episodes, there...

Running Without Risk During the Pandemic

4 May 2020
Running Without Risk During the PandemicMONDAY, May 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's good for you to take a run during the coronavirus pandemic -- and safe if you take precautions, an expert says. "It's good to get outside, get moving and get some sanity back in such a crazy time," said Grace Neurohr, a physical therapist and running specialist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Running "can provide some structure to your day and build a routine that can help keep you from feeling bored or unmotivated," she explained in a hospital news release. "It also can help ward off depression or anxiety by releasing endorphins, hormones that help us feel happier, more positive and even hopeful." There are also physical benefits, including improved heart and lung health. And those who are physically fit have stronger immune systems and...

Cardiac Rehab Boosts Quality of Life After Heart Attack: Study

27 April 2020
Cardiac Rehab Boosts Quality of Life After Heart Attack: StudyMONDAY, April 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac rehabilitation programs improve heart attack survivors' quality of life, especially if they get lots of exercise, a new British study finds. A heart attack can reduce quality of life due to struggles with mobility and self-care, as well as daily leisure and work activities. Many heart attack survivors take part in cardiac rehab, which emphasizes exercise, quitting smoking, healthy eating, stress management, and taking prescribed medications. "Exercise improves fitness, which has both physical and mental health benefits," said study author Dr. Ben Hurdus of the University of Leeds. "If you're more able to participate in activities that bring you happiness, then you're more likely to have a better quality of life." This study...

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