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All Those Steps Every Day Could Lead to Longer Life

All Those Steps Every Day Could Lead to Longer LifeFRIDAY, Sept. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Miami publicist Robin Diamond is "step-obsessed."She aims for 10,000-plus steps every day using her Apple watch and even bought a treadmill during the COVID-19 quarantine to make sure she reaches her daily goal. The 43-year-old has lost 15 pounds since April 2019 and feels better than ever before. "Walking saved my sanity and restored my body," she said.Now, a new study suggests that all those steps may also add years to her life.Folks who took about 7,000 steps a day had a 50% to 70% lower risk of dying from all causes during after 11 years of follow-up when compared with people who took fewer steps each day. These findings held for Black and white middle-aged men and women.And quicker steps weren't necessarily any better, the study showed....

One Key Factor Drives Weight Gain in College

1 September 2021
One Key Factor Drives Weight Gain in CollegeWEDNESDAY, Sept. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- College students often put on weight during their freshman year, and a lack of structured exercise may be largely to blame, a new study suggests.Weight gain is so common among first-year college students that it has spawned the phrase "the freshman 15" -- though that figure is something of a myth.More often, studies have found, college freshmen gain about 8 pounds over the academic year.The new study — which followed freshmen at the University of Georgia (UGA), in Athens — found a similar pattern. Students gained 3 to 4 pounds, on average, during their first semester.As for why, it appeared a big culprit was lack of vigorous exercise -- the kind that gets people breathing hard and working up a sweat.At the start of the semester, 40% of...

Pandemic Had Many Young Athletes Reconsidering Their Sport

31 August 2021
Pandemic Had Many Young Athletes Reconsidering Their SportTUESDAY, Aug. 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The pause in youth sports caused by the COVID-19 pandemic wound up shaking some budding athletes to their core, a new U.S. survey shows.More than 1 in 10 youth athletes ended up reconsidering their sports goals or aspirations as the pandemic closed stadiums and gyms. That included one-quarter of athletes in their later teens, researchers found.Some felt that the pandemic cost them too many opportunities on the playing field, while others enjoyed the break from training so much they were reluctant to dive back in, said lead researcher Dr. Henry Ellis, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and associate director of clinical research with Scottish Rite for Children Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine in Dallas."You had a large chunk of kids who...

Getting Healthy After Heart Attack Could Add Over 7...

27 August 2021
Getting Healthy After Heart Attack Could Add Over 7 Years to LifeFRIDAY, Aug. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors could gain more than seven healthy years of life if they take the right medications and improve their lifestyle, new research estimates.Unfortunately, studies have found, heart attack survivors rarely get optimal control over their risk factors.The new research echoes that evidence: Of more than 3,200 patients, only 2% had their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under good control one year after their heart attack or heart procedure.Overall, 65% still had high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, while 40% had high blood pressure. Things looked just as bad when it came to lifestyle -- with 79% of patients being overweight or obese, and 45% not getting enough exercise.It all points to major missed opportunities, the...

One Activity Causes 4 Out of 5 Sports-Linked Spinal Injuries

25 August 2021
One Activity Causes 4 Out of 5 Sports-Linked Spinal InjuriesWEDNESDAY, Aug. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Football and other contact sports get a lot of attention for their injury hazards. But for most adults, bike riding is the biggest back-breaker, a new study suggests.Of more than 12,000 sports-related spinal injuries among U.S. adults, researchers found that a full 81% were due to bicycling mishaps. The injuries mostly included vertebral fractures, often in the neck but also in the middle and lower back. Some cyclists sustained potentially paralyzing trauma to the spinal cord as well.After biking, the study found, skiing and snowboarding were the most common culprits, accounting for 12% of spinal injuries. Contact sports, meanwhile, were behind at 3%.Much research and media attention have gone toward the risks of serious head and spinal...

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