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2022

'Healthier' Option? Fit Teens Are More Likely to Vape

`Healthier` Option? Fit Teens Are More Likely to VapeWEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It might seem incongruous, but new research suggests that teens who engage in more physical activity may vape more frequently than their less active peers.In the study, high schoolers who reported being physically active had a higher risk of using vaping products than their peers who were active just one day a week or less. When compared to their less active peers, teens who reported engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity four to five days per week were 23% more likely to use a vaping product. Teenagers were 11% more likely to use such products if they reported being active two to three days per week.The new study by University of Georgia (UGA) researchers, published online recently in the journal Tobacco Use Insights, is the...

School Sports Are Starting Again: Know the Signs of...

28 August 2022
School Sports Are Starting Again: Know the Signs of ConcussionSUNDAY, Aug. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As high school sports get underway this fall, sports medicine specialists remind athletes, parents and coaches that concussions can be challenging to diagnose.Dr. Sean Bradley, a primary care sports medicine physician at Ochsner Health in Baton Rouge, La., emphasizes that neither lab tests nor imaging techniques can determine whether a concussion has occurred.“A diagnosis is generally based off of symptoms at the time of the injury, a physical exam on the sideline and how the injury took place,” Bradley said. “And no two concussions are ever the same. Even if an athlete suffers another concussion, he or she can have totally different symptoms that require a completely different treatment model from the previous injury.”More than 173,000...

Dogs Get Healthier When People Get Fitter

25 August 2022
Dogs Get Healthier When People Get FitterTHURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Writer Jenny Block and her chiweenie, Aurora, are on a health kick."We walk at least 1 mile and up to 4 miles in the early morning, before it gets too hot," said the Houston-based author."She needs it, and I need it, so it works out great," said Block, who has shed several pounds and gotten much more toned since adopting Aurora in March 2020. "I love having the company and having her all excited to go gets me excited about it, too!"Getting fit with Fido (or Aurora, as the case may be) is a win-win for everyone, a new Canadian study finds. While previous research has shown that dog owners tend to get more exercise than folks without dogs, the new study shows that dogs with more active owners also get more exercise.Obesity in dogs is on the...

Get Moving! Any Sports Can Lower Seniors' Odds of Early...

25 August 2022
Get Moving! Any Sports Can Lower Seniors` Odds of Early DeathTHURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Here's a fresh prescription for seniors who want to live longer and lower their odds of dying from cancer or heart disease: Lace up your running shoes or grab your tennis racket.A new U.S. National Cancer Institute study found older folks who played racquet sports lowered their risk of death by 16% over a 12-year follow-up. Running cut the risk by 15%.Daily walking, jogging, swimming laps and playing tennis are some of the sports researchers looked at, but, they said, any moderate physical activity done weekly will do the trick."It's never too late to start," said lead researcher Eleanor Watts, a postdoctoral fellow. "So if you're inactive and you're older, you can still reap substantial rewards by increasing physical activity."Exercise...

Helmets Protect Young Lacrosse Players, Study Finds

25 August 2022
Helmets Protect Young Lacrosse Players, Study FindsTHURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A rule requiring high school girls who play lacrosse to wear protective headgear is paying big dividends in Florida.Their risk of concussion is lower than that of players in states without such a mandate, a new study reports. Most states let players decide whether or not to wear protective helmets.The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced in June that it would take a greater role in the rules-writing process with USA Lacrosse. The announcement fueled speculation about a possible helmet mandate.Girls’ lacrosse is the nation's fastest-growing high school sport. Before the pandemic, participation had jumped nearly 54% over a decade, according to a team led by Dr. Daniel Herman, director of sports medicine...
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