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2023

Seniors, 18 Holes of Golf Might Make You Smarter

Seniors, 18 Holes of Golf Might Make You SmarterWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Want to do something to protect your thinking skills as you age? Swing that golf club or go for a walk.A new study found that walking about 3.7 miles or playing 18 holes of golf improved cognitive function. Nordic walking, a type of full-body walking using poles, showed the same benefit.“These findings underscore the value of age-appropriate aerobic exercise, such as golf, Nordic walking and regular walking, in maintaining and enhancing cognitive function among older adults," said first author Julia Kettinen, a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland. "Previous research has shown that exercise also holds promise as a potential strategy for those experiencing cognitive decline," she said in a university news release. For...

Blood Pressure's Ups & Downs Could Harm Heart, Brain

18 October 2023
Blood Pressure`s Ups & Downs Could Harm Heart, BrainWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Fluctuating blood pressure can be a harbinger for both dementia and heart disease, a new study finds.Ups and downs within 24 hours or even over several days or weeks were linked with impaired thinking, researchers from Australia reported.Higher variations in systolic blood pressure, the top number, were linked with stiffening of the arteries, which is associated with heart disease.“Clinical treatments focus on hypertension, while ignoring the variability of blood pressure,” said lead author Daria Gutteridge, a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia's Cognitive Aging and Impairment Neuroscience Laboratory.“Blood pressure can fluctuate across different time frames -- short and long -- and this appears to heighten the risk of...

U.S. Injuries From E-Bikes, E-Scooters Jumped 21% in One...

18 October 2023
U.S. Injuries From E-Bikes, E-Scooters Jumped 21% in One YearWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- E-bikes, e-scooters and hoverboards are everywhere -- and injuries related to their use are soaring. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a new report on Tuesday showing that injuries associated with these so-called micro-mobility devices increased nearly 21% in 2022 alone, compared to 2021.Injury estimates were based on data collected between 2017 and 2022 from a nationally representative sample of U.S. hospitals. About 46% of all estimated e-bike injuries from 2017 to 2022 occurred in 2022 alone. Hoverboard injuries were the only type to go against trend, decreasing 26% from 2021 to 2022.Between 2017 and 2022, 233 deaths were associated with these devices, according to the CPSC, although reporting is not yet complete....

Serotonin May Play Big Role in Long COVID

18 October 2023
Serotonin May Play Big Role in Long COVIDWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research has uncovered evidence that remnants of the COVID-19 virus may remain in some patients' guts for months, contributing to the lingering symptoms known as long COVID.The remnants appear to trigger a drop in levels of the chemical serotonin, which may explain such symptoms as fatigue, brain fog and memory loss. About 20% of people who have had COVID-19 infections have symptoms that last for months or even years, a condition called long COVID.“Many aspects of the basic biology underlying long COVID have remained unclear. As a result, we are lacking effective tools for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease,” senior author Maayan Levy, an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School...

A Doctor's Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer Care

18 October 2023
A Doctor`s Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer CareWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A breast cancer diagnosis often causes anxiety and depression, but an empathetic doctor can help.Supportive communication is key to reducing patient uncertainty and promoting mental well-being, Rutgers University researchers have found.“Our findings suggest that provider communication is a key component to reducing uncertainty, and thus providers play a key role in helping to facilitate psychological well-being,” said lead researcher Liesl Broadbridge. She's a doctoral candidate at Rutgers School of Communication and Information in New Jersey.Discussing uncertainties and responding with empathy to patients' concerns is critical to their healing and recovery, according to the study authors.“Our findings are directly applicable as...
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