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Did the Pandemic Spur Permanent Decline in Americans' Daily Steps?

Did the Pandemic Spur Permanent Decline in Americans` Daily Steps?TUESDAY, March 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you feel like the pandemic made you a permanent couch potato, a new study shows you're not alone: Well after lockdown measures were relaxed, many Americans were still taking fewer steps each day.Researchers found that, on the whole, Americans' daily step count plummeted at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 -- an understandable decline that prior studies have charted.However, based on the new findings, people had not yet bounced back as of December 2021: U.S. adults were still taking around 700 fewer steps per day, compared to their pre-pandemic norm."It was really surprising to see that kind of impact over a year-and-a-half into the pandemic," said senior researcher Dr. Evan Brittain, a heart disease specialist at Vanderbilt University...

Gear Up (Helmets Included) for a Safe Bike Season

19 March 2023
Gear Up (Helmets Included) for a Safe Bike SeasonMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As the weather warms, folks are bringing out their bicycles for a ride. That’s great, but it’s important to be ready for a safe biking season: The national rate of bike accidents is two fatal crashes and 2,630 accidents requiring emergency room visits every week.Angela Mountz, community car seat safety program coordinator at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, offers some tips for parents to help their young cyclists avoid serious childhood riding accidents. “I had a cousin who was hit by a car [while on a bike],” Mountz said in a hospital news release. Mountz’s cousin didn’t die, but suffered from the injuries for the rest of his life.“Kids go around thinking, ‘It’s not going to happen to me,’” she said....

Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer Players

17 March 2023
Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer PlayersFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well-established that American football players can suffer significant brain impacts as they age.Now, new research shows that elite European soccer players are also more likely than the average person to develop dementia.Men in the Swedish top soccer division between 1924 and 2019 were 1.5 times more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease than those in a control group.The study of more than 6,000 players found they had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.They did not, however, have any increased risk for motor neuron disease, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). And they had even lower risk of Parkinson’s disease than a control group matched by...

Yoga Can Help Seniors Regain Their Strength

14 March 2023
Yoga Can Help Seniors Regain Their StrengthTUESDAY, March 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Practicing yoga might help older adults become a little surer on their feet, a new research review suggests.The review, of 33 small clinical trials, found that older adults who participated in yoga programs typically gained some lower-body strength and boosted their walking speed. Experts said the findings suggest that yoga might help older adults manage some of the strength and movement limitations that can come with age.At the same time, it's hard to give specific advice based on the research that's been done, according to lead researcher Dr. Julia Loewenthal, a geriatrician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.The trials varied in the groups they studied, she said -- sometimes healthy older adults living at home, sometimes nursing...

Could Walks in the Park Ward Off Postpartum Depression?

9 March 2023
Could Walks in the Park Ward Off Postpartum Depression?THURSDAY, March 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New moms who live on tree-lined streets may be somewhat less vulnerable to postpartum depression, according to a new study — the latest to link "green space" to better mental health.The study, of medical records from more than 415,000 new mothers, found that those living in urban areas with more tree coverage had a lower risk of being diagnosed with postpartum depression, versus women from less-green neighborhoods.The link was not explained by factors like household income, or mothers' race or education level.Experts said the findings do not prove that living among trees lowers the likelihood of postpartum depression. But they do add to a body of research suggesting that having green space within sight is a boon for people's mental...

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