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Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay With Healthy Lifestyle

Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay With Healthy LifestyleWEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Want to fend off high blood pressure? New research adds to the pile of evidence showing that living healthy can help you avoid hypertension. The study included nearly 3,000 Black and white U.S. adults, aged 45 and older, who didn't have high blood pressure at the start of the study. The participants' heart health was assessed with the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 tool, which measures seven risk factors: body mass index, diet, smoking, physical activity, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. A score of 10 to 14 is ideal; 5 to 9 is average, and 0 to 4 is poor. The median score among the participants was 9. Over about nine years of follow-up, 42% of participants developed high blood pressure. The rates among...

Even Exercise May Not Ease Pandemic-Linked Stress

15 September 2020
Even Exercise May Not Ease Pandemic-Linked StressTUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is often recommended to combat stress and anxiety. But it might not be the solution to your pandemic-related worries, new research indicates. For the study, researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 900 pairs of identical and same-sex fraternal twins in Washington state during the early stages of the pandemic. While 42% said their physical activity levels fell, 27% said they rose. Another 31% reported no change. Those who said their physical activity levels had declined in the first two weeks after stay-at-home orders were issued reported higher levels of stress and anxiety, a finding that the researchers expected. But they were surprised that the same was true among many twins who boosted their physical activity levels,...

Playing Football at Young Age Doesn't Slow Concussion...

9 September 2020
Playing Football at Young Age Doesn`t Slow Concussion Recovery in CollegeWEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Playing tackle football at an early age doesn't determine how quickly college players recover from a concussion, a new study finds. "Because football is a very physical game and concussions can occur, it has been hypothesized that playing at an early age may interfere with neurodevelopmental growth and increase a person's vulnerability to neurological problems later in life," said researcher Thomas Buckley, of the University of Delaware. However, "our study in NCAA football players, some who started playing tackle football as early as age 5, found no link between playing football earlier in life and worse recovery from concussion," Buckley said. For the study, the researchers collected data on more than 600 football players from 30...

Keep School Sports Safe During Pandemic

5 September 2020
Keep School Sports Safe During PandemicSATURDAY, Sept. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As some school sports return this fall, a number of measures should be followed to keep students safe from the new coronavirus, an expert says. "The best way to prevent risk is to remind students of frequent hand-washing or have hand sanitizers readily available, especially before, during and after practice," said Dr. Irvin Sulapas, a primary care sports medicine physician and assistant professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "It depends on the sport, but if you are touching surfaces or working with something like a football or basketball, just remember to use hand sanitizer after you're done using it and clean the ball as well," he said in a Baylor news release. Whenever school athletes go to a...

AHA News: How to Keep Kids Active While Learning From Home – and Why That's Vital

2 September 2020
AHA News: How to Keep Kids Active While Learning From Home – and Why That`s VitalWEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- When schools close to protect families from the coronavirus, the main worry for many parents might be the lost learning. But for students who end up staying indoors and staring at phones and monitors most of the day, there could be health costs, too. "You have to give the parents some grace and say we're all sort of in survival mode right now," said Hildi Nicksic, a clinical assistant professor in the department of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University in College Station. Still, the increase in screen time and inactivity makes for "a really scary reality." If you're a kid who has lost access to school, you've also lost recess and all the other opportunities for moving around during a school day. You've lost physical...

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