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Young Men Are Using Banned 'SARM' Supplements to Bulk Up, With Harmful Results

Young Men Are Using Banned `SARM` Supplements to Bulk Up, With Harmful ResultsTUESDAY, May 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is once again warning consumers to avoid muscle-building "supplements" that are anything but a safe alternative to steroids.In an advisory sent out last week, the agency said it continues to receive reports of serious side effects linked to selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). The compounds mimic some of the effects of testosterone, and have long been under study for treating muscle-wasting and bone loss caused by certain medical conditions.None have been approved by the FDA, however, and the agency stresses that SARMs are drugs, not dietary supplements.Still, online companies are marketing SARM-containing products, with the help of social media."Online vendors and social media influencers are...

How to Ease Back Into Exercise After Surgery

29 April 2023
How to Ease Back Into Exercise After SurgerySATURDAY, April 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who’ve had surgery should ease back into movement and exercise. These efforts may be small, but they’re better than nothing, according to one surgeon who emphasized the importance of listening to your body.“The most important thing is patient comfort. After surgery, there is often this apprehension of, ‘If I move or do something, I will hurt or damage the area where I had surgery,’” said Dr. Adil Ahmed, an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “We must counsel patients pre-op and post-op, telling them what is safe to do in terms of physical activity because they should be mobile.”Start by doing small tasks after surgery. For shoulder replacement patients...

Exercise Could Be an Antidote to Addiction, Data Suggests

27 April 2023
Exercise Could Be an Antidote to Addiction, Data SuggestsTHURSDAY, April 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise might help people who are battling addiction stay on the straight and narrow, a new research review finds.Investigators who analyzed 43 studies from around the world found a link between physical activity and reduced substance use among people in treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.The idea for the study review “came to me when I was working as a kinesiologist in a therapy house for people with substance use disorders, and realized that physical health was not considered at all in these treatments, although the need was enormous,” explained study lead author Florence Piché. She is a doctoral candidate in sciences and physical activity at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières and the University of Montreal, in...

Dog-Walking Downside: Fractures, Head Injuries

27 April 2023
Dog-Walking Downside: Fractures, Head InjuriesTHURSDAY, April 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Walking your dog gets you moving and out in the fresh air, but head injuries and fractures are very real possibilities, especially for older dog owners, researchers say.The most common injury from walking a leashed dog that sends folks to the ER is fractured fingers, a new study from Johns Hopkins University found. But traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the second-most common injury adults suffer while walking a leashed dog. The third most common injury is shoulder sprain or strain.“According to a 2021-2022 national pet ownership survey, nearly 53% of U.S. households own at least one dog,” said study co-author Ridge Maxson, a third-year medical student.“Dog ownership also increased significantly in recent years during the COVID-19...

Have Arthritis? Take a Swing at Golf for Better Health

26 April 2023
Have Arthritis? Take a Swing at Golf for Better HealthWEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Could golfing be good medicine for arthritis?Yes, according to researchers who found that for people with osteoarthritis, golfing lowered psychological distress and improved general health when compared with the general population."Golf is a health-enhancing source of physical activity, particularly for older adults," said lead researcher Brad Stenner, an occupational therapist at the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. "Golf is fun, affordable and a sport for life, with clear physical and mental health benefits."For people with osteoarthritis (often called the "wear and tear" form of arthritis), golf helps maintain joint range of motion, strength and endurance, and...

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