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More 'Green Time,' Less Screen Time Boosts Kids' Mental Health

More `Green Time,` Less Screen Time Boosts Kids` Mental HealthMONDAY, Aug. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Want to see a temperamental tween or teen act happier?The formula is simple, a large international study suggests."Screen time should be replaced by 'green time' for optimizing the well-being of our kids," said study author Asad Khan, an associate professor in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.That advice stems from surveys of more than 577,000 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds in 42 European and North American countries. Boys who spent about 90 minutes a day on their screens -- including TV, cellphones, computers and video games -- and girls who spent an hour on devices were more likely to feel sad about their lives, the surveys found. And the more screen time they logged, the worse they tended to...

Smoggy Day? Exercise Still the Healthy Choice, Study Finds

16 August 2021
Smoggy Day? Exercise Still the Healthy Choice, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of regular outdoor exercise in areas with air pollution outweigh the risks, a new, long-term study claims."Habitual exercise reduces the risk of death regardless of exposure to air pollution, and air pollution generally increases the risk of death regardless of habitual exercise," said researcher Dr. Xiang Qian Lao, from the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at Chinese University of Hong Kong."Thus, habitual exercise should be promoted as a health improvement strategy, even for people residing in relatively polluted areas," he said.The study included more than 384,000 adults in Taiwan who were followed from 2001 to 2016 to assess how regular exercise and long-term exposure to fine particle air pollution affected...

Achilles Tendon Injures Are Rising - Here's How to Spot Them

14 August 2021
Achilles Tendon Injures Are Rising - Here`s How to Spot ThemSATURDAY, Aug. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Achilles tendon injuries have skyrocketed in the United States this year, researchers report.Physicians at Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan diagnosed more Achilles ruptures during June 2021 than in all of 2020.Injuries to the body's strongest, thickest tendon account for about 30% of all sports-related injuries, and are most common among active, middle-aged men, they added.Experts say the spike in Achilles tendon injuries is the result of many people returning to physical activity after a year of inactivity during the pandemic, said Adam Abraham, a research investigator in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Michigan Medicine."Getting back into the summer with people getting back outside, a lot of people wanted to get back in...

Daily Half-Hour Walk Can Greatly Boost Survival After Stroke

12 August 2021
Daily Half-Hour Walk Can Greatly Boost Survival After StrokeTHURSDAY, Aug. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- After a stroke, survivors can greatly increase their odds for many more years of life through activities as easy as a half-hour's stroll each day, new research shows.The nearly five-year-long Canadian study found that stroke survivors who walked or gardened at least three to four hours a week (about 30 minutes a day), cycled at least two to three hours per week, or got an equivalent amount of exercise had a 54% lower risk of death from any cause.The benefits were highest among younger stroke survivors. Those younger than 75 who did at least that much physical activity had an 80% lower risk of death, according to the study published online Aug. 11 in the journal Neurology."We should particularly emphasize [physical activity] to stroke...

Knee Replacement Won't Keep Golfers Off the Course

9 August 2021
Knee Replacement Won`t Keep Golfers Off the CourseMONDAY, Aug. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Golf after total knee replacement is apparently par for the course.Researchers say most golfers can return to the links within five months of surgery and play as well -- or as poorly -- as they did before."A lot of patients come to the office wondering when they're going to be able to play or if they are going to ever be able to play, and if they can expect to be better or worse at the game after the total knee replacement," said study lead author Dr. Joseph Tramer, a resident in orthopedic surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit."Patients can reliably get back to golf, but it does take a few months," he added.If taking a swing was limited by knee pain, a total knee replacement can help alleviate discomfort so players can take less pain...

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