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Tai Chi Could Be Good Medicine for Heart Patients

Tai Chi Could Be Good Medicine for Heart PatientsTUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Tai chi might be just what doctors should order for their heart patients, new research suggests. Many of these folks experience anxiety, stress and depression. For example, depression affects about 20% of people with heart disease or heart failure, 27% of those with high blood pressure, and 35% of stroke survivors. Tai chi is a mind-body exercise that combines set movements with relaxation and breathing. It requires concentration on posture, relaxation and breathing. Researchers analyzed 15 clinical trials that examined how tai chi affected the mental well-being of more than 1,800 people, average age 66, who had heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, or had survived a stroke. Overall, tai chi was associated with lower levels of...

Latest in Cancer Prevention: Move More, Ditch Beer and Bacon

9 June 2020
Latest in Cancer Prevention: Move More, Ditch Beer and BaconTUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The latest cancer prevention guidelines may change your typical backyard barbecue: Gone are the hot dogs and booze. In are veggie kebobs and maybe a swim or some badminton. The American Cancer Society's new cancer prevention recommendations suggest, among other things, adding more physical activity to your days. About 20 minutes a day is the minimum, but 40 minutes or more daily is even better. The new guidelines also add emphasis on avoiding unhealthy foods, including red and processed meats, refined grains and alcohol. "The new recommendations really increase emphasis on a few key areas [including healthy weight and diet, physical activity, and avoiding or limiting alcohol]," said Dr. Laura Makaroff, senior vice president of...

Video Games May Sabotage Fitness Among College Students

8 June 2020
Video Games May Sabotage Fitness Among College StudentsMONDAY, June 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Video games often stand in the way of exercise and healthy eating among male college students, a new study shows. "It's important to understand that video games are a risk factor for poor lifestyle habits that may contribute to poor health," said researcher Dustin Moore, a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire. "We know that habits developed in adolescence and early adulthood can stick with people for the rest of their lives, so if we can encourage video game users to eat healthier and exercise more, we could help them live healthier without completely giving up video games," he noted. For the study, Moore and his team collected data on 1,000 male students aged 18 to 24 at the University of New Hampshire. Participants...

Walking or Biking to Work Might Save Your Life

5 June 2020
Walking or Biking to Work Might Save Your LifeFRIDAY, June 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Walking or biking to work may lower your risk of getting sick or dying early, British researchers report. "As large numbers of people begin to return to work as the COVID-19 lockdown eases, it is a good time for everyone to rethink their transport choices," said lead researcher Richard Patterson, from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Scientists from Imperial College London also participated in the study. "With severe and prolonged limits in public transport capacity likely, switching to private car use would be disastrous for our health and the environment," Patterson said in an Imperial College London news release. "Encouraging more people to walk and cycle will help limit the longer-term consequences of the...

Exercise Habits Key to Gauging Seniors' Longevity

5 June 2020
Exercise Habits Key to Gauging Seniors` LongevityFRIDAY, June 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Knowing how much older adults exercise can predict their odds of developing heart disease or dying early, a new study suggests. Asking patients during atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) screening about their levels of exercise can help start treatment sooner, researchers say. "With people now living longer, there is a growing need to determine how we can best detect latent heart disease and its associated clinical risk in older adults," said study author Dr. Alan Rozanski, a professor of cardiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "Our study showed that simply asking patients to rate their level of physical activity, while using a test to look at the plaque in their coronary arteries, markedly improved our...

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