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2022

Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can HappenSATURDAY, Aug. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them. The most common problem is with the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder, which can cause pain. Issues can included tendonitis, bursitis and even a tear in the tendon. Bigger tears are harder to fix and can make your arm weak."The unfortunate reality of the rotator cuff is that everyday use can cause tearing and damage," said Dr. Bruce Moseley, a surgeon in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "You don’t necessarily have to do anything wrong or abnormal to get a rotator cuff tear -- in many instances it just happens as a...

Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your Bones

5 August 2022
Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your BonesFRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While a plant-based diet may be associated with lower bone mineral density and increased fracture risk, there might be a way to counteract that: pumping iron.New Austrian research shows that vegans who lift weights or do strength training have stronger bones than vegans who only do other forms of exercise such as biking or swimming."Veganism is a global trend with strongly increasing numbers of people worldwide adhering to a purely plant-based diet," said Dr. Christian Muschitz, of St. Vincent Hospital Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. "Our study showed resistance training offsets diminished bone structure in vegan people when compared to omnivores."Generally, people who follow vegan diets eat only plant-based foods and avoid all...

Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

28 July 2022
Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for DementiaTHURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your daily walk, cleaning the house and lunch with friends could together be keys to staving off dementia, according to researchers.A new study looked at lifestyle habits that could help lower risks, instead of factors that may contribute to the disease.Researchers in China combed the data of more than a half-million British people in the UK Biobank and found that household chores, social visits and exercise were all associated with reduced risks for multiple forms of dementia.The study, led by Dr. Huan Song of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, followed the participants for an average 11 years. By the end of the follow-up, 5,185 participants had developed dementia."We can't just look at this study and say, 'if you exercise, you're going...

Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study Finds

27 July 2022
Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Living next to nature may improve the function of little lungs.Researchers studying kids’ exposure to green space found that those who had vegetation near their homes in the first 10 years of life performed better on a test of lung function than those who did not live near nature."Our research suggests the greener, the better," said Diogo Queiroz Almeida, who studies genetic, behavioral and environmental determinants of health at the University of Porto in Portugal. "These improvements are modest at around 2%. However, if we look at the whole population, making our neighborhoods greener could have a considerable impact."For the study, researchers measured the lung function of nearly 3,300 Portuguese children, using a device that measures...

Have Leg Artery Disease? Walk Until It Hurts

27 July 2022
Have Leg Artery Disease? Walk Until It HurtsWEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- That phrase "no pain, no gain" might truly apply to people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study finds.Researchers found that people with PAD who walked at pace that caused discomfort or even pain improved their walking ability."Exercise that induces leg pain is beneficial, though difficult," said senior author Dr. Mary McDermott, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago."We now are working to identify interventions that can make the higher intensity exercise easier -- and still beneficial -- for people with PAD," she said.PAD occurs when the arteries that transport blood from the heart throughout the body narrow, reducing blood and oxygen flow. It can cause cramping, weakness, fatigue, and...
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