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More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head Injury

More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head InjuryTHURSDAY, March 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers already know that repeated hits to the head on the football field are linked to a degenerative brain disease, as seen in a number of retired NFL stars. Now, experts have turned their attention to ice hockey, another high-contact sport.When studying whether the hits, year after year, can also be linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in hockey, the Boston University research team found the link is there: Each additional year of playing ice hockey may increase a person's chance of developing CTE by about 23%, the investigators found.And for each year a person played hockey, there was an associated 15% increased chance for progressing one CTE stage, according to the study."It's an important finding. It's something we can...

An Hour of Weight Training Per Week Can Extend Your Life

1 March 2022
An Hour of Weight Training Per Week Can Extend Your LifeTUESDAY, March 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adding regular strength training to your exercise routine may not only make you stronger, but let you live longer, too, researchers in Japan report.Their new study says 30 to 60 minutes a week of muscle strengthening may reduce your risk of dying early from any cause, and from heart and blood vessel disease, diabetes or cancer by up to 20%."Doing muscle-strengthening activities has a health benefit independent of aerobic activities," said lead researcher Haruki Momma, a lecturer in medicine and science in sports and exercise at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Sendai.Strengthening exercises include lifting weights, using resistance bands and doing pushups, situps and squats. It can also include heavy gardening, such as digging...

Staying Fit May Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

28 February 2022
Staying Fit May Keep Alzheimer`s at BayMONDAY, Feb. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If there was something you could do to ward off Alzheimer's disease, would you do it?If so, a new study has a suggestion: Get moving.Participants who were most physically fit were 33% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than the least fit, the researchers found. And those whose fitness was below the most fit were, depending on their level of fitness, 26% to 13% less likely to develop the mind-robbing disease than the least fit."This is more independent evidence that good heart health is the best path toward good brain health," said Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health in New York City.Gandy, who was not involved in the study, noted that both maintaining normal blood pressure and blood flow to the brain...

Eating Disorders Are Different for Men

28 February 2022
Eating Disorders Are Different for MenMONDAY, Feb. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- People tend to have a specific image when they think of eating disorders -- a disturbingly skinny white girl with reed-thin arms, her ribs and shoulder blades prominent.You don't think of a ripped, beefy muscle man chugging a protein shake and fretting about carbs between weightlifting sessions. But maybe you should.Men and some minority groups have been drastically underrepresented in clinical trials that research treatment options for eating disorders, a new study reports.The percentage of men who participated in clinical trials for eating disorders during the past decade was "less than half of the proportion we would hope to see," said study co-author Helen Burton Murray, director of the GI Behavioral Health Program at Massachusetts General...

Getting Active Can Keep Those 'Senior Moments' at Bay

21 February 2022
Getting Active Can Keep Those `Senior Moments` at BayMONDAY, Feb. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Want to preserve all those precious memories, including your first kiss and how you felt the first time you got behind the wheel of a car?If you do, start moving: New research shows that when sedentary older adults started to exercise, they showed improvements in episodic memory, or the ability to vividly recall meaningful moments and events.These benefits were most pronounced among folks who weren't experiencing any memory loss yet, but everyone saw some benefit when they exercised consistently several times a week.Episodic memory is the first to show changes in people living with Alzheimer's disease, said Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, a neurologist at Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago, who was not involved in the new study. "As episodic...

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