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Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child's Odds for Injury

Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child`s Odds for InjuryTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Playing sports can offer a lot of benefits for kids, but it’s also important to help protect them from injuries. Parents and coaches can make a big difference in helping kids play safely, according to Nemours Kids Health. The medical organization suggests starting with proper equipment. Use it, but also make sure the safety gear is the right size, fits well and is right for the sport. That includes helmets for baseball, softball, bike riding and hockey, as well as for inline skating or riding scooters and skateboards.Ask your child's coach about the appropriate helmets, shoes, mouth guards, athletic cups and supporters, and padding, Nemours advised. Also ask about protective eyewear for racquet sports, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball,...

Dementia Risk Rises as Activity Rates Fall

12 September 2023
Dementia Risk Rises as Activity Rates FallTUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Bolstering the notion that a strong body equals a strong mind, new research indicates that the more inactive seniors are, the higher their risk for dementia.The finding stems from a look at the onset of dementia among nearly 50,000 Brits.All were at least 60 years old when information about typical daily activity routines was entered into the UK Biobank database at some point between 2006 and 2010.Their risk for dementia was then tracked for an average of about seven years.“We looked into whether sitting too much can increase the risk of getting dementia,” said lead author David Raichlen, a professor of biological sciences and anthropology at the University of Southern California. “Turns out, if you're sedentary for over 10 hours a day,...

An Exercise-Induced Hormone Might Help Protect Against...

8 September 2023
An Exercise-Induced Hormone Might Help Protect Against Alzheimer`sFRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Therapies based on a hormone people make while exercising may be the next frontier in treating Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.Researchers have found that the exercise-induced hormone irisin may reduce both the plaque and the tau tangles characteristic of the disease.Before this, this same team developed the first 3D human cell culture models of Alzheimer’s disease, which it was able to use in this new research into the impact of irisin on amyloid beta in the brain.Physical exercise had already been shown to reduce amyloid beta deposits in mouse models of Alzheimer’s, but it wasn’t clear how.The increase of circulating levels of the muscle-derived hormone irisin through exercise regulates glucose and lipid metabolism in...

Fitter Folks Need Fewer Psychiatric Meds, Study Finds

6 September 2023
Fitter Folks Need Fewer Psychiatric Meds, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Being fit doesn’t just help your body -- it also helps your mind, a new study reports.People in better physical condition appear to have less need for drugs to treat mood disorders, Norwegian researchers have found.“We find that people who are in better shape fill fewer prescriptions for anxiety and depression medications,” said senior author Linda Ernstsen, an associate professor of public health and nursing at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.For the study, researchers analyzed data from the Trøndelag Health Study, which has gathered health data since 1984 for more than 250,000 residents of that Norwegian county.The research group compared that data with information from the Norwegian Prescribed Drug...

Mountain Biking May Not Be as Risky as You Think

1 September 2023
Mountain Biking May Not Be as Risky as You ThinkFRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If mountain biking is your exercise of choice, go for it.A new study finds that the benefits of this sport outweigh the risks, dashing a common view that it's always dangerous, injury-inducing and meant for thrill seekers.“Mountain biking and hiking are some of the fastest growing recreation activities in the world, so understanding the spectrum of injuries becomes paramount for effective medical care,” said lead author Paul Braybrook, a doctoral candidate at Curtin University School of Nursing in Western Australia.His team analyzed data from dozens of studies across the world that included more than 220,000 injured mountain bikers and more than 17,000 injured hikers to try to pinpoint injury types.For mountain bikers, injuries were...

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