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How Many Daily Steps to Lengthen Your Life? Fewer Than You Might Think

How Many Daily Steps to Lengthen Your Life? Fewer Than You Might ThinkWEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you’re one of the millions of folks bent on racking up at least 10,000 steps a day, read on.A new study finds that heart health starts to improve with as few as 2,300 steps a day. The research also indicates your risk of dying from any disease starts to decrease with only about 4,000 daily steps.However, the more daily steps you get, the bigger the benefit becomes, the study also found.“Ten thousand steps per day is, in fact, still a correct way of thinking if we take into account the most pronounced [death] reduction,” said study author Dr. Maciej Banach. He is a professor of cardiology at the Medical University of Lodz in Poland, and an adjunct professor at the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at Johns Hopkins...

Study Confirms it: Texting While Walking Is Dangerous

9 August 2023
Study Confirms it: Texting While Walking Is DangerousWEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It seems obvious that texting and walking can be a dangerous duo, but now a new Australian study offers solid evidence of the dangers.Emergency room doctors Dr. Michael Levine and Dr. Matthew Harris, who were not involved in the study, weren’t surprised by the findings.“I think we've had, this summer, several people who either have been distracted while walking and have been hit by a car or been hit by a bicycle," said Harris, from Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. “I've definitely seen people stepping off curbs when they were not supposed to, not seeing cars come… because they were too busy looking at their phone when they should have realized where the sidewalk ended," added Levine, from UCLA Health. “So, I've seen all...

Aerobic Exercise Might Ease Pain for Women Who've...

9 August 2023
Aerobic Exercise Might Ease Pain for Women Who`ve Survived Ovarian CancerWEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Patients being treated for ovarian cancer often experience peripheral neuropathy, a side effect from their chemotherapy that can cause both pain and numbness for months, or even years.Now, a new study suggests that six months of aerobic exercise may ease this unpleasant side effect."The results from this trial hold the potential to transform supportive care for ovarian cancer survivors by offering a new approach to managing CIPN [chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy]," said senior study author Leah Ferrucci, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and a member of Yale Cancer Center. "These findings provide compelling evidence that a structured, home-based aerobic exercise program can significantly...

Fatigue Can Plague People With MS. Exercise May Help

9 August 2023
Fatigue Can Plague People With MS. Exercise May HelpWEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a type of multiple sclerosis (MS) known as relapsing-remitting MS could have less fatigue if they got more active and were in better physical shape, according to new research.The study also found that a lower disability rate was also associated with less fatigue.“The findings are interesting and support previous studies very well," said corresponding author Marko Luostarinen, a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio. "Patients with MS should find a suitable form of exercise, taking into account their disability, which maintains their functional capacity and reduces fatigue.”In relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), patients experience periods of new symptoms or relapses that are followed by quiet periods...

Yoga Might Do Wonders for Women's Aging Brains

3 August 2023
Yoga Might Do Wonders for Women`s Aging BrainsTHURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga is known for its benefits to both the mind and body. And a gentle form of yoga may be an ideal early intervention technique for older women at risk of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.In a small study involving kundalini yoga, participants reported that its stress-relieving effects translated to more efficient memory.“Women tend to practice yoga more readily than men. And I've done other studies previously in people, older adults with mild cognitive [mental] impairment and in caregivers with similar interventions,” said Dr. Helen Lavretsky, the lead psychiatrist on the study. “We are focusing now on women who are not as impaired as in my previous study, but still at risk for cognitive decline. And the idea is to get to...

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