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Women Can Dance Themselves to Better Health After Menopause

Women Can Dance Themselves to Better Health After MenopauseWEDNESDAY, Aug. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Better health and self-image might just be a samba or some funky moves away.That's true for postmenopausal women who, a new study says, can dance their way to better physical and emotional health."In addition to the positive effects on physical, metabolic and mental health aspects, dance promotes a moment of leisure, fun, socialization, self-knowledge and many other benefits," said Camila Buonani da Silva, from the department of physical education at Sao Paulo State University-UNESP in Brazil.The small study had 36 postmenopausal women with a mean age of 57 dance three times a week for 90 minutes each time. They did this for 16 weeks, engaging in dances as varied as axé, samba, funk, sertanejo and Zumba.Researchers analyzed their body...

Try These 3 Tips to Lose Those Pandemic Pounds

4 August 2021
Try These 3 Tips to Lose Those Pandemic PoundsWEDNESDAY, Aug. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) – If you're like many people, your waistline has expanded during the pandemic. "The world shut down," said Heather Tressler, a registered dietitian at the Penn State Celiac Clinic at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. "Maybe you didn't change what you ate, but you became less active."Lately, Tressler says she's seeing patients -- adults and children -- who have gained 20 to 40 pounds during the pandemic.A study published this spring in the journal JAMA Network Open found that among 270 middle-aged men and women, they had gained an average of 1.5 pounds per month between February and June 2020.Now may feel like the right time to shed that extra pants size, but it's important to approach it in a healthy way.Tressler offered...

Just 250 Fewer Calories Per Day Brings Big Health...

2 August 2021
Just 250 Fewer Calories Per Day Brings Big Health Rewards for Obese SeniorsMONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors, it may be easier than you think to undo the damage of decades of bad eating and precious little exercise.New research shows that cutting just 250 calories a day and exercising moderately could lead to not only weight loss but improved vascular health in older obese adults.These lifestyle changes may help offset age-related increases in aortic stiffness, which is a measure of vascular health and impacts heart disease."This is the first study to assess the effects of aerobic exercise training with and without reducing calories on aortic stiffness, which was measured via cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging [CMR] to obtain detailed images of the aorta," said study author Tina Brinkley, an associate professor of gerontology and...

Could Kids Swim Their Way to Better Vocabularies?

2 August 2021
Could Kids Swim Their Way to Better Vocabularies?MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Kids may be able to swim their way to a deeper vocabulary.That's the takeaway from a study in which researchers taught 48 kids ages 6 to 12 a few new words before they swam, did CrossFit-type exercises or coloring.The swimmers did 13% better in follow up tests of the new words -- an outcome that did not surprise study author Madison Pruitt, a former college swimmer who conducted the research as a graduate student at the University of Delaware. "Motor movement helps in encoding new words," Pruitt said in a university news release. Pruitt, who also takes CrossFit classes, said exercise boosts levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein that's the "Miracle-Gro of the brain." She explained why swimming boosted kids' ability to learn new...

Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to Play

30 July 2021
Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to PlayFRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Having a genetic heart condition often means the end of sports for young athletes, but new research could be a game changer. A 20-year study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., suggests that for kids with most genetic heart conditions, the risks of playing sports can be managed through a shared decision-making process.The study is a continuation of research on return to play that genetic cardiologist Dr. Michael Ackerman, director of Mayo's Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, first published in Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012."When I joined Mayo Clinic's staff in 2000, we rejected the prevailing approach to athletes with genetic heart diseases that was embraced throughout the world: 'If in doubt, kick them...

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