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In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer`s ReturnMONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know obesity can lead to diabetes or heart disease, but excess weight can play a role in cancer, too, researchers say.A new study found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight have a statistically significant increased risk of developing a second primary cancer – one not connected to their previous cancer.The risk likely owes to shared risk factors between the two cancers – of which obesity is one – as well as genetic susceptibility and long-term effects of breast cancer treatment, the study authors said."The risk is comparable to what we would see for an initial breast cancer," said Heather Spencer Feigelson, senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, in Aurora. "It's just...

Pandemic Stress Keeps Many From Exercising

19 April 2021
Pandemic Stress Keeps Many From ExercisingMONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can provide a much-needed mental health boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. But stress and anxiety may hold you back, new research suggests.According to a survey by researchers at McMaster University in Canada, some people may need mental health support to exercise during the pandemic."Maintaining a regular exercise program is difficult at the best of times, and the conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may be making it even more difficult," said study co-author Jennifer Heisz, an associate professor in the department of kinesiology."Even though exercise comes with the promise of reducing anxiety, many respondents felt too anxious to exercise. Likewise, although exercise reduces depression, respondents who were more depressed...

Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

17 April 2021
Strike Out Kids` Overuse Injuries This Baseball SeasonSATURDAY, April 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Young baseball players are at risk for overuse injuries, but there are ways to play it safe and prevent such problems, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says."Overhead athletes, such as baseball players, place significant repetitive stress on the shoulder and elbow joints," orthopedic sports surgeon Dr. Nima Mehran said in an academy news release.Between overuse and the year-round nature of the sport, young athletes are at increased risk for shoulder and elbow injury, he said."The best way to avoid these injuries in baseball players is by avoiding single sport specialization and encouraging the kids to be active in multiple sports," said Mehran, an AAOS spokesman. "This will allow them to break from the repetitive motions...

Cycling During Dialysis? It Might Help Patients

16 April 2021
Cycling During Dialysis? It Might Help PatientsFRIDAY, April 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Dialysis is time-consuming, making it hard for kidney failure patients to keep fit. But cycling during treatment sessions could boost patients' heart health and cut medical costs, new research shows.Dialysis can lead to long-term scarring of the heart, which can eventually lead to heart failure, so British researchers decided to find out if exercise could reduce these side effects."We know that being more active can help reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as helping to control weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve mental health," said chief investigator James Burton. He's a professor of renal medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the United Kingdom. "For all those reasons -- but especially...

One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: Exercise

14 April 2021
One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: ExerciseWEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise guards against a host of chronic diseases that can plague people as they age, but can it also protect against severe cases of COVID-19?New research suggests that's so: Being physically active reduced COVID-19 patients' risk of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death, and even being just somewhat active provided some protection."This is a wake-up call for the importance of healthy lifestyles and especially physical activity," said study author Dr. Robert Sallis. He's a family and sports medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center.The "study truly shows how important that is during this pandemic and beyond," Sallis said in a Kaiser Permanente news release. "People who regularly exercise...

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