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After a Heart Attack, a Joint Effort to Lose Weight Works Best

After a Heart Attack, a Joint Effort to Lose Weight Works BestTHURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors are more likely to lose weight if their spouses join them in shedding excess pounds, new research shows. "Lifestyle improvement after a heart attack is a crucial part of preventing repeat events," said study author Lotte Verweij, a registered nurse and Ph.D. student at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands. "Our study shows that when spouses join the effort to change habits, patients have a better chance of becoming healthier -- particularly when it comes to losing weight." The study included 411 heart attack survivors who, along with receiving usual care, were referred to up to three lifestyle change programs for weight loss, increased physical activity and quitting smoking. The patients'...

Could Yoga Calm Your A-Fib? Early Findings Suggest It Might

27 August 2020
Could Yoga Calm Your A-Fib? Early Findings Suggest It MightTHURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People with the heart-rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, may ease their symptoms with the help of a slower-paced yoga, a preliminary study finds. Researchers from India found that over 16 weeks of yoga sessions, a-fib patients saw their symptom episodes drop by about half. Their mental well-being got a boost as well. The findings, which were presented this week at an online meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. But the report adds to evidence that yoga can help control a-fib symptoms, which include palpitations, dizziness and breathlessness. In 2013, Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy led a small study of a-fib patients that came to similar...

Lockdowns Tough on People With Eating Disorders: Survey

24 August 2020
Lockdowns Tough on People With Eating Disorders: SurveyMONDAY, Aug. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has brought significant challenges for people with eating disorders, a new study finds. During the early stages of the pandemic lockdown in the United Kingdom, researchers at Northumbria University in Newcastle surveyed people who currently had an eating disorder or were recovering from one. In all, 87% of the survey respondents said their symptoms had worsened due to lockdown-related disruptions to daily life, and more than 30% said their symptoms were much worse. Harmful mental health impacts included a reduced sense of control, increased social isolation, more thoughts about disordered eating and lack of social support, according to the report published online Aug. 24 in the Journal of Eating Disorders. The...

Will the College Football Season Be Sidelined by COVID?

18 August 2020
Will the College Football Season Be Sidelined by COVID?TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The odds are not good for college football conferences that have decided to press forward with their fall season despite the coronavirus pandemic, experts say. The Big 10 and PAC 12 have decided not to play sports in the fall, but the SEC, the Big 12 and the ACC say they will proceed with college football while still keeping players safe from the coronavirus. "I do predict, because we've already been seeing it in those sports that have been very diligent, that there will be transmission and they will have to stop their games," said Dr. Colleen Kraft, an NCAA medical adviser and a professor of infectious diseases with Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She was one of several experts who recently briefed the media on navigating...

Most Knee Cracking Is Normal, Expert Says

16 August 2020
Most Knee Cracking Is Normal, Expert SaysSUNDAY, Aug. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If your knees crack when you walk or run, don't be too worried, an expert says. "Knee cracking could mean lots of things," said Harshvardhan Singh, assistant professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "If it is painful, then you should see a health care provider." The cause can be a large kneecap that doesn't fit well into the groove, producing cracking during activities such as running and jogging. And if the thigh muscle is too tight, it can pull the kneecap, causing an audible crack. Degeneration of knee cartilage can, too. "The degenerative changes can also lead to pain and/or locking of the knee joint," Singh said in a university news release. "Typically, degenerative changes are...

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