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Fish Oil, Vitamin D and Exercise: How Helpful Are They If You're Over 70?

Fish Oil, Vitamin D and Exercise: How Helpful Are They If You`re Over 70?THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 (HealthDay) -- Vitamin D, fish oil supplements and weight training have long been touted for their health benefits, but for healthy seniors, none of them -- either in combination or alone -- boosts physical or mental performance or prevents broken bones, Swiss researchers report.For three years, they tracked more than 2,100 men and women (average age: 74) who were randomly assigned to a program involving one or more of the three health interventions.The upshot: "The results suggest that additional vitamin D and omega-3 [fish oil] intake in active 70-plus adults without previous illnesses, carries no benefit for the risk of non-vertebral fractures, or for muscle and memory function," said study leader Dr. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, head of geriatrics and aging...

Living Healthy Good for Your Heart, Even if You're on Meds

12 November 2020
Living Healthy Good for Your Heart, Even if You`re on MedsTHURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- No matter how many medications you take, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and getting plenty of exercise will help keep you alive, a new study finds."We've long known about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. The results from our study underscore the importance of each person's ability to improve their health through lifestyle changes even if they are dealing with multiple health issues and taking multiple prescription medications," said researcher Neil Kelly. He's a medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University in New York City.For the study, Kelly's team collected data on more than 20,000 people who took part in a study on racial differences in stroke.At the start of the study, 44% of participants were taking...

Face Masks Won't Hamper Your Workout, Study Says

10 November 2020
Face Masks Won`t Hamper Your Workout, Study SaysTUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to work out while wearing a cloth face mask, a new study says you can do it safely.Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada found that wearing a triple-layer cloth face mask during a strenuous workout did not affect exercise performance or have a detrimental effect on blood or muscle oxygen. "If people wear face masks during indoor exercise, it might make the sessions safer and allow gyms to stay open during COVID," said study co-author Phil Chilibeck, a professor in the university's College of Kinesiology. It's noteworthy for gym users "since respiratory droplets may be propelled further with heavy breathing during vigorous exercise and because of reports of COVID-19 clusters in crowded enclosed exercise...

Help Young Athletes Keep Their Competitive Edge During...

9 November 2020
Help Young Athletes Keep Their Competitive Edge During PandemicTUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of ways that young athletes can maintain their conditioning while away from their sports during the coronavirus pandemic, an expert says."Although competitive practice or play isn't an option for most right now, athletes should create and stick to a routine, just as if they were with the team. A conditioning routine should incorporate cardiovascular movements, weight and strength training, and core stability," said Dr. Natasha Trentacosta, a sports medicine specialist at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Santa Monica, Calif.Teams and coaches can provide athletes "with the tools they need at home, either through virtual workouts or emailed weekly plans to keep up with their training while at home. You also can search the...

Teens Benefit With Less Screen Time, More Time With Sports and Art

9 November 2020
Teens Benefit With Less Screen Time, More Time With Sports and ArtMONDAY, Nov. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Walking away from TV, laptops and cellphones and spending more time in sports and other extracurricular activities boosts teens' mental health, Canadian researchers say.Spending less than two hours a day browsing the internet, playing video games and using social media was linked to increased levels of life satisfaction and optimism and lower levels of anxiety and depression, especially among girls, the study found."Although we conducted this study before the COVID-19 pandemic, the findings are especially relevant now when teens may be spending more time in front of screens in their free time if access to extracurricular activities, like sports and arts programs, is restricted due to COVID-19," said lead author Eva Oberle, an assistant professor...

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