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Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for DementiaTHURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your daily walk, cleaning the house and lunch with friends could together be keys to staving off dementia, according to researchers.A new study looked at lifestyle habits that could help lower risks, instead of factors that may contribute to the disease.Researchers in China combed the data of more than a half-million British people in the UK Biobank and found that household chores, social visits and exercise were all associated with reduced risks for multiple forms of dementia.The study, led by Dr. Huan Song of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, followed the participants for an average 11 years. By the end of the follow-up, 5,185 participants had developed dementia."We can't just look at this study and say, 'if you exercise, you're going...

Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study Finds

27 July 2022
Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Living next to nature may improve the function of little lungs.Researchers studying kids’ exposure to green space found that those who had vegetation near their homes in the first 10 years of life performed better on a test of lung function than those who did not live near nature."Our research suggests the greener, the better," said Diogo Queiroz Almeida, who studies genetic, behavioral and environmental determinants of health at the University of Porto in Portugal. "These improvements are modest at around 2%. However, if we look at the whole population, making our neighborhoods greener could have a considerable impact."For the study, researchers measured the lung function of nearly 3,300 Portuguese children, using a device that measures...

Have Leg Artery Disease? Walk Until It Hurts

27 July 2022
Have Leg Artery Disease? Walk Until It HurtsWEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- That phrase "no pain, no gain" might truly apply to people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study finds.Researchers found that people with PAD who walked at pace that caused discomfort or even pain improved their walking ability."Exercise that induces leg pain is beneficial, though difficult," said senior author Dr. Mary McDermott, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago."We now are working to identify interventions that can make the higher intensity exercise easier -- and still beneficial -- for people with PAD," she said.PAD occurs when the arteries that transport blood from the heart throughout the body narrow, reducing blood and oxygen flow. It can cause cramping, weakness, fatigue, and...

Want to Live Longer? Exercise Is Key, Study Confirms

26 July 2022
Want to Live Longer? Exercise Is Key, Study ConfirmsTUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged people could add years to their lives just by getting off the couch and going for a walk every day -- though it wouldn't hurt to do even more, a large new study suggests.The researchers followed over 100,000 Americans for decades and found what many have shown before: People who exercise as much as health experts recommend tend to live longer.According to those recommendations, adults should strive to exercise moderately for 150 to 300 minutes a week, through activities like brisk walking. The other option is to go for sweatier activities, like jogging or biking at a fast clip, for 75 to 150 minutes each week. In this study, middle-aged people who met those goals were about 20% less likely to die over the next 30 years.But while...

More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your Health

26 July 2022
More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your HealthTUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your fitness tracker, pedometer or smartwatch may motivate you to exercise more and lose weight, Australian researchers say.In a large research review, the investigators found that tracking your activity might inspire you to walk up to 40 minutes more a day (about 1,800 more steps). And those extra steps could translate to the loss of more than two pounds over five months."In the mainstream media, there can be a lot of skepticism about wearable activity trackers, such as whether they make any difference and whether they even have negative impacts, such as making people feel guilty," said senior researcher Carol Maher. She is a professor of population and digital health at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. "Our review didn’t...

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