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Aerobic Exercise Reinvigorates the Aging Brain

Aerobic Exercise Reinvigorates the Aging BrainWEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Regular aerobic exercise improves blood flow to the brain, which should help keep seniors sharper as they age, a new trial has revealed.At least a half-hour of power walking or jogging four to five times a week promoted better blood flow in and out of the brain among a small group of older adults, said study co-author Rong Zhang. He directs the cerebrovascular laboratory at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, a collaboration between UT Southwestern and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.“The intensity was like if you’re rushing to a meeting where you are 10 minutes late,” Zhang said. “You’re brisk walking, and you feel a shortness of breath.”The brain requires about 20% of the body’s total blood flow...

Even in Kindergarten, White Kids More Likely to Join...

15 November 2022
Even in Kindergarten, White Kids More Likely to Join Extracurricular ActivitiesTUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Extracurricular activities may have many benefits for young children, but researchers have discovered racial gaps in who takes part.Among a group of 401 kindergarten students in Ohio, white children were 2.6 times more likely to participate in the most common extracurricular sports than children of other races and ethnicities. The study found similar results for other after-school activities in this age group."If racial-ethnic minority students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds don't have access to extracurricular activities at a young age, they may miss opportunities that could help them succeed in school," researcher Elise Allen said in an Ohio State University news release. She's a graduate student in educational studies at the...

Got the 'Winter Blues'? Exercise Can Help

12 November 2022
Got the `Winter Blues`? Exercise Can HelpSATURDAY, Nov. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A good workout can boost mood, making it an ideal routine as the days get shorter and darker.If you're one of the millions affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and you feel tired, unmotivated, down on life and crave carbs and sweets, staying active can help. An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston offers some tips for maintaining an exercise routine. “With seasonal affective disorder, it is desirable to continue to exercise or maybe even increase your exercise,” said Dr. James McDeavitt, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. “Relatively sustained aerobic exercise effects mood positively, but you don’t just have to run or do aerobics — you can do things like yoga, tai chi or meditation, which help...

Brain Waves Could Help Guide Concussion Diagnosis, Treatment

27 October 2022
Brain Waves Could Help Guide Concussion Diagnosis, TreatmentTHURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A particular brain wave may help diagnose concussions in high school football players and predict when it's safe for them to return to play, new research suggests.Delta waves are markers of brain injury and perhaps healing. They tend to decrease with age, but researchers found increased levels of these low-frequency waves in the brains of high school football players after a concussion. Levels declined only after symptoms eased, the researchers observed."There's debate right now in the science literature over whether that indicates damage or if it's a healing response to the damage," said lead researcher Elizabeth Davenport, an assistant professor of radiology at University of Texas Southwestern O'Donnell Brain Institute in Dallas. "The...

Exercise Is Key to Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

27 October 2022
Exercise Is Key to Recovery After Breast Cancer SurgeryTHURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The best way to get back to feeling more normal after breast cancer surgery is to get moving, experts say.One surgeon offers some post-surgery suggestions for arm stretches and light aerobic exercise."People who return to everyday activity sooner after surgery tend to heal better and have fewer complications," said Dr. Alastair Thompson, section chief of breast surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "If you have had surgery to the chest wall, the breast or the armpit, exercising the arm gently is a good way to improve shoulder mobility and reduce swelling," he said in a college news release.Thompson recommends gentle stretches. Start by touching the top of your head. Reach behind your back. Reach toward the ceiling.Yoga may also...

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