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'Non-Drug' Approaches Can Fight Depression in People With Dementia

`Non-Drug` Approaches Can Fight Depression in People With DementiaTHURSDAY, March 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, mental stimulation and massage are among the drug-free therapies that are as good or better than medication in treating depression in dementia patients, researchers say.They reviewed 256 studies that included a total of more than 28,000 people with dementia with or without major depression.Medications alone were no more effective than usual care in treating depression in these patients. But 10 therapies were more effective than usual care, according to the study. It was published March 24 in the BMJ."Non-drug approaches were associated with a meaningful reduction in symptoms of depression in people with dementia and without a diagnosis of a major depressive disorder," said researchers led by Jennifer Watt, of the division of...

Can Fitbits, Apple Watch Be a Dieter's Best Friend?

22 March 2021
Can Fitbits, Apple Watch Be a Dieter`s Best Friend?MONDAY, March 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Looking to shed some of those pandemic pounds? A new analysis says wearables like Fitbit and Apple Watch can help people slim down.The researchers examined studies involving commercial health wearables and adults who were overweight/obese or had a chronic health condition. After daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for a period between a month and a year, participants lost an average of 6 pounds and reduced their body mass index by about 2 points, the findings showed. That doesn't mean that slipping a Fitbit on your wrist will automatically make you healthier. "Health wearables, per se, are not the solution to solve obesity, being overweight, or chronic disease," said lead author Zan Gao, an associate professor in the University of...

Which Kids' Sports Have Higher Odds for Head Injury?

19 March 2021
Which Kids` Sports Have Higher Odds for Head Injury?FRIDAY, March 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers outfitted high school athletes with head impact sensors to see which of four popular sports put them at the greatest risk of concussion.No. 1 for both boys and girls: Soccer, according to a study published online recently in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Blame it on intentional headers, which accounted for 80% of head impacts in that sport."Providing reliable data on head impact exposure and sport-specific mechanisms may help sports organizations identify strategies to reduce impact exposure and lower the risk of acute injury," said senior author Kristy Arbogast of the Minds Matter Concussion Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.Teens are especially vulnerable to concussion, she said, because they are active...

Some Folks Do Age Slower Than Others

18 March 2021
Some Folks Do Age Slower Than OthersTHURSDAY, March 198 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People really do vary in how fast they age, and the divergence starts in young adulthood, a new study suggests.The researchers found that by the tender age of 45, people with a faster pace of "biological aging" were more likely to feel, function and look far older than they actually were. And that relative sprint toward old age began in their 20s.The findings, the study authors said, suggest we need to take a different view of aging."Aging is a lifelong process. It doesn't suddenly begin at the age of 60," said lead investigator Maxwell Elliott, a doctoral student at Duke University in Durham, N.C.Anyone who has ever known a spry, sharp-as-a-tack 80-year-old -- or a 50-year-old burdened with health problems and disabilities -- knows that...

Unhealthy in Your 20s? Your Mind May Pay the Price Decades Later

18 March 2021
Unhealthy in Your 20s? Your Mind May Pay the Price Decades LaterTHURSDAY, March 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a 20-something who wants to stay sharp, listen up: A new study suggests poor health habits now may increase your risk of mental decline later in life.Its authors say young adulthood may be the most critical time for adopting a healthy lifestyle in order to keep your brain sharp when you're older.That's the upshot of an analysis of data from about 15,000 adults who were part of four long-term research projects. The participants ranged in age from 18 to 30 and 45 to 95 when the research began.The study linked poor diet, smoking and inactivity in early adulthood to greater mental decline later in life. The related risk factors include high blood sugar, high blood pressure and a high body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body...

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