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Strike a Pose: Yoga Helps Heart Failure Patients

Strike a Pose: Yoga Helps Heart Failure PatientsTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure can make everyday activities and exercise tough to carry out, but yoga might be a beneficial add-on to standard care.A new study from India finds this ancient practice improves quality of life and cardio functioning.“Our patients observed improvement in systolic blood pressure and heart rate compared to patients who were on medication without yoga,” said lead study author Ajit Singh, a research scientist at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. (Systolic blood pressure is the first number in a blood pressure reading.)In heart failure, the heart muscle is either too weak or too stiff to pump properly. This can lead to fluid buildup, shortness of breath and other complications.How might yoga help?“Yoga is a combination of...

Early Morning Exercise May Be Best for Weight Control

19 September 2023
Early Morning Exercise May Be Best for Weight ControlTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to staying trim, timing may be everything.That's according to new research that found adults who routinely engaged in moderate-to-vigorous exercise early in the morning were less likely to be overweight or obese than those who worked out later in the day.“For individuals who exercise regularly, their body mass index [BMI] is 2 units lower and waist circumference is 1.5 inches shorter if they exercise in the early morning than in other times of day,” said study author Tongyu Ma, an assistant professor of exercise physiology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.BMI and waist circumference are considered two key measures of obesity risk.The upshot, said Ma, is that a “morning workout is a promising tool for weight...

Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child's...

19 September 2023
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 Alzheimer's

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...

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