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2022

Working Out After Your COVID Shot Might Boost Immunity

Working Out After Your COVID Shot Might Boost ImmunityMONDAY, Feb. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If want to get more out of your next flu shot or COVID-19 vaccination, an early study hints at a simple way: Take a long, brisk walk afterward.Researchers found that when people exercised moderately for 90 minutes right after either vaccination, their bodies produced more infection-fighting antibodies over the next month.The findings are preliminary, stressed researcher Marian Kohut, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University in Ames.She said it's not clear whether the ramped-up antibody response translates into a lower infection risk, or longer-lasting protection.But the findings — published in the May issue of the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity — add to evidence that being physically active may enhance the body's response...

Soccer Headers May Disrupt Key 'Pathways' in the Brain

17 February 2022
Soccer Headers May Disrupt Key `Pathways` in the BrainTHURSDAY, Feb. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Soccer headers are a staple of scoring in any match, but new research suggests that the practice can harm what experts called "signaling pathways" in the brain.The findings are based on analyses of blood samples from 89 professional soccer players, aged 18 to 35, in Norway.The blood samples were taken when the players were at rest and one hour and 12 hours after three situations: repetitive headers during practice; accidental head impacts during a game (any situation where a player appeared to be hit in the head, face or neck, the match was interrupted by the referee and the player remained lying on the ground for more than 15 seconds); and high-intensity exercise.The blood samples were analyzed for levels of biomarkers called microRNAs,...

Never Too Late:  Starting Exercise in 70s Can Help the...

16 February 2022
Never Too Late:  Starting Exercise in 70s Can Help the HeartWEDNESDAY, Feb. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Here are some numbers that could add up strongly in your favor.If you're in your 70s and get 20 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise, you may ward off heart disease in your 80s, new Italian research suggests.In the study of close to 3,000 Italians over 65, regular exercise was linked with a 52% lower risk of heart disease among men. Women also benefited.The greatest benefit seemed to occur at age 70. Risk was only slightly lower at 75 and no lower in the early 80s, the study found."Engaging in physical exercises daily is of great importance even in late life, but at the same time, the sooner one starts, the better," said lead researcher Dr. Claudio Barbiellini Amidei, of the University of Padua in Padova, Italy."These results...

A Non-Opioid Way to Pain Relief After Knee, Shoulder...

14 February 2022
A Non-Opioid Way to Pain Relief After Knee, Shoulder SurgeriesMONDAY, Feb. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies on pain relief suggest there is a safer alternative to addictive opioid painkillers after knee and shoulder surgery.The findings dovetail with changes to voluntary federal guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers proposed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. The proposal urges doctors to prescribe non-opioid therapies whenever possible."These studies demonstrated that an alternative non-opioid pain regimen was just as effective in managing postoperative pain following ACL and rotator cuff surgery compared with traditional opioid medication," said Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, lead author of both studies. He's an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic’s orthopedics and sports medicine facility in...

Apps Can Help Keep Older Folks Healthy — But Most Don't Use Them

14 February 2022
Apps Can Help Keep Older Folks Healthy — But Most Don`t Use ThemMONDAY, Feb. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Mobile health apps can help older Americans but only about four in 10 use them, and those most likely to benefit are least likely to take advantage of them, a new survey reveals.Health apps monitor everything from calories and exercise to blood pressure and blood sugar to help users manage chronic conditions or achieve health goals."Now that most older adults have at least one mobile device, health-related apps can provide an opportunity to support their health-related behaviors, manage their conditions and improve health outcomes," said Dr. Pearl Lee, a geriatrician at Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan who worked on the poll report.But this phone poll of more than 2,100 Americans between 50 and 80 years of age found that only 44% had...
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