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2023

For NHL Players, More Fighting on the Ice Is Linked to Shorter Lives

For NHL Players, More Fighting on the Ice Is Linked to Shorter LivesTHURSDAY, May 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Fighting is par for the course in professional ice hockey, but a new study raises the question of whether it is shortening some players' lives.The study, of hundreds of National Hockey League (NHL) players, found that those who were "enforcers" on the ice — that is, did a lot of fighting — tend to die at a younger age and from different causes than their peers.Of 45 players who died during the study period, enforcers were about 10 years younger at their deaths compared to other players. And the causes were disproportionately from suicide, drug overdose, car accidents, or, in two cases, degenerative brain disease.Experts stressed that the findings do not prove that frequent fights on the ice played any role in those players' deaths. Release...

Seat Post Defect Spurs Recall of 2 Million Peloton...

11 May 2023
Seat Post Defect Spurs Recall of 2 Million Peloton Exercise BikesTHURSDAY, May 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People who use a Peloton exercise bike at home should check their model number immediately.A recall of 2 million bikes with the model number PL01 was issued Thursday. People should stop using them immediately because of fall and injury hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.The new recall follows reports of seat posts that break and detach from the bike during use. Peloton has received 35 reports of this problem, including 13 involving injuries. The reported injuries include a fractured wrist, cuts and bruises from falling off the bike.Customers who have the recalled bike can contact Peloton for a free seat post and instructions on installing it.The PL01 model number is displayed on the bike's inside front fork, near the...

Different Body Types May Excel Depending on Climate,...

11 May 2023
Different Body Types May Excel Depending on Climate, Study FindsTHURSDAY, May 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A study of triathletes reveals certain body types perform better in certain climates. Taller, leaner runners with long limbs tend to excel in Ironman endurance events held in warm climates, whereas marathoners with stockier builds and shorter limbs perform better in colder climates, a Dartmouth College researcher says.Endurance athletes may want to consider competing in climates their body types are best suited to, said study author Ryan Calsbeek, a professor of biological sciences.Calsbeek observed that Allan Hovda, three-time winner of Norway's Norseman triathlon, is stockier and shorter than one might expect of a successful triathlete."I wondered if there was something about body shape that allowed him to do better in the cold and thought...

The Side Effects of ‘Andro,’ The Banned Supplement...

9 May 2023
The Side Effects of ‘Andro,’ The Banned Supplement AndrostenedioneTHURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Androstenedione is one of those supplements that was peddled to athletes for years as a quick path to bulging muscles and high testosterone levels, but it comes with some serious side effects.Also known as "andro," the dietary supplement was once touted to enhance athletic performance by stimulating muscle growth and boosting testosterone levels. But once it enters the body, it acts like a steroid and can pose similar health risks.In October 2004, President George Bush signed the Anabolic Steroid Control Act, which reclassified androstenedione from a supplement to an anabolic steroid, making it and other steroid-based drugs a controlled substance. They are currently banned in sports.This was because a small number of studies of androstenedione...

Achilles Tendinitis: What Is It, and What Are the Treatments?

5 May 2023
Achilles Tendinitis: What Is It, and What Are the Treatments?FRIDAY, May 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic tendon issues are a frequent source of pain and can limit activity. They become more common with age, weight and certain activities, and early and appropriate diagnosis by a doctor is critical to get the best outcomes.The Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in the human body. It connects the calf to the foot, and it is responsible for push-off power. The tendon is critical for stability during standing, walking, running and other activities. During muscle contraction, the tendon functions as a rope. It has elasticity to generate the tension required to handle the force of six times a person’s body weight. What is Achilles tendinitis?Over time, the tendon can become strained, injured or inflamed. On a day-to-day basis, people put...
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