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Live Healthy, Live Longer Without Dementia

Live Healthy, Live Longer Without DementiaTHURSDAY, April 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Staving off Alzheimer's disease might just take a healthy diet, exercise and an active mind, a new study suggests.Women and men who follow a healthy lifestyle live longer — and longer without Alzheimer's or other dementias, researchers say."Eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, berries, whole grains, and low in fried or fast foods and red or processed meat, together with engaging in physical and cognitive activities, such as reading books, visiting museums and playing crosswords, might lower the risk of Alzheimer's as older people age," said lead researcher Dr. Klodian Dhana. He is an assistant professor of internal medicine at the Rush Institute of Healthy Aging in Chicago.Although this study can't prove that a healthy lifestyle is...

Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression

13 April 2022
Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for DepressionWEDNESDAY, April 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- By now, most people have heard that exercise is good for their health.A new review suggests it can it also make a difference in major depressive disorder.Researchers analyzed 15 existing studies with data on exercise and depression, finding an association between physical activity and depression risk. The investigators estimated that almost 12% of cases of depression could have been prevented with a certain amount of exercise. It didn't take much. Physical activity was associated with significant mental health benefits, even when someone wasn't exercising as hard or as often as public health recommendations, according to the researchers, led by Soren Brage and James Woodcock, from the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in...

Sitting Tai Chi Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

11 April 2022
Sitting Tai Chi Helps Stroke Survivors RecoverMONDAY, April 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sitting tai chi provides stroke survivors with recovery benefits similar to those achieved with standard rehabilitation, a new study finds.Tai chi involves a series of slow movements of the hands, arms, neck, legs and core combined with deep breathing. Researchers developed a tai chi routine that stroke survivors can do while sitting."Tai chi has a long history as a form of exercise in China," said lead author Jie Zhao, a lecturer at Yunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in China. "We revised the tai chi movements for people who have weakness or partial limb paralysis. It is tailored so that participants can move one arm with the help of the healthy arm."The new study included 160 adults (average age: 63) in China who had suffered...

Walking: Your Best Step to a Healthier Heart

10 April 2022
Walking: Your Best Step to a Healthier HeartSUNDAY, April 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When the world gets you down, go for a walk and make your heart happy.Physical activity is one of the best ways to manage stress and boost your mood, while reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).The AHA recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week – or about 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And the minutes don't have to be consecutive to bring benefits."Walking is a great way to improve your health and your mental outlook, and it doesn't take a lot of expensive sporting equipment to do it. Put on a good pair of shoes and grab a water bottle and you're ready to go," said Donna Arnett, a past president of the AHA and a dean at the University of...

Walk the Roads at Your Own Risk as Pedestrian Deaths Keep Climbing

7 April 2022
Walk the Roads at Your Own Risk as Pedestrian Deaths Keep ClimbingTHURSDAY, April 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- America's roads are getting ever more dangerous for pedestrians, a new study finds.During the first six months of 2021, there was a 17% increase in pedestrian deaths in the United States — and that just continues the sharp increase seen over the previous 10 years, the researchers noted.There were over 3,400 pedestrian deaths nationwide in the first six months of 2021, which is 507 more than during the same period in 2020.That translated into just over one pedestrian death per 100,000 people during the first six months of 2021, compared with 0.90 per 100,000 in both 2019 and 2020, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) analysis showed. The overall number of pedestrian deaths rose from 4,457 in 2011 to 6,516 in 2020, a 46% increase,...

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