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Mental Health of America's Children Only Getting Worse

Mental Health of America`s Children Only Getting WorseMONDAY, March 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A fresh review of recent government surveys suggests the well-being of 73 million American kids is under strain and seems to be getting worse.The upshot: anxiety, depression and behavioral problems appear to be on the rise, while the amount of time kids spent being physically active or getting preventive care has been on the decline. Parental emotional well-being and mental health -- as well as the ability of caregivers to meet the demands of parenting -- were also found to be suffering in tandem.And that was all pre-pandemic. Once the pandemic struck, the review found, behavioral problems appeared to worsen even more. That was accompanied by even steeper declines in access to pediatric preventive care; an uptick in unaddressed health care...

More Evidence That Exercise Protects the Aging Brain

11 March 2022
More Evidence That Exercise Protects the Aging Brain FRIDAY, March 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Just a bit of exercise can help keep your brain in shape as you age, according to the latest study that shows how physical activity can benefit older minds."This finding isn't saying, 'If you're older, you need to go out there and start running marathons,'" said lead author Marissa Gogniat, a recent doctoral graduate in psychology from the University of Georgia."This is saying if you get more steps, if you’re moving around your environment a little bit more, that can be helpful to your brain health and keep you more independent as you age," Gogniat said in a university news release. The researchers measured the fitness and physical activity of 51 older adults. Their thinking skills were measured using tests on cognitive functioning, and...

Some Americans Gained Better Habits During Pandemic,...

9 March 2022
Some Americans Gained Better Habits During Pandemic, Poll FindsWEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- About one-quarter of Americans say they made positive changes to their daily habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll shows.As U.S. states ended masking mandates and infection numbers dropped this year, most (64%) respondents said their mood had been stable since January and that the pandemic either hadn't affected their daily habits (49%) or had changed them for the better (26%).But 28% said their mental health was fair or poor, 17% said they were smoking more, and 18% said they were drinking more, according to the latest American Psychiatric Association (APA) monthly survey of 2,500 adults, conducted Feb. 18-19, 2022."While many Americans seem to have emerged from the pandemic feeling good about their new habits, there are some...

NFL Drops All COVID Restrictions

4 March 2022
NFL Drops All COVID RestrictionsFRIDAY, March 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The National Football League's COVID protocols will be lifted immediately under a deal reached between the league and its players association.The agreement makes the NFL one of the first major sports leagues to take such action, CBS News reported.The decision is based on "encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the evolving guidance from the CDC, changes to state law and the counsel of our respective experts" according to the memo sent to all NFL teams and staff and obtained by CBS News.The NFL said it will no longer mandate testing, mask use, COVID-19 signage, isolation and room capacity limits.Players who test positive will still have to notify their teams, but will only be required to isolate for the five days...

Exercise Helps You Sleep, But Which Workout Is Best?

3 March 2022
Exercise Helps You Sleep, But Which Workout Is Best?THURSDAY, March 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks tussling with lousy sleep often turn to the sidewalk or the treadmill or the bike, figuring that aerobic exercise will earn them a few more minutes of solid snoozing.They might be better off hefting some weights, a new study argues.Resistance exercise appears to be better than aerobic workouts as a way to improve your 40 winks if you're having problems sleeping, researchers reported Thursday at an American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.For study participants who had been unable to regularly get at least seven hours of sleep, weight training added an average 40 minutes of shuteye, said lead researcher Angelique Brellenthin, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.By comparison, aerobic exercise increased...

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