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Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes' Performance

Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes` PerformanceTUESDAY, July 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Medical and recreational marijuana use has surged across the United States as more states legalize the drug, but young female athletes may want to think twice before taking a toke.A new study from the University of Northern Colorado connects regular cannabis use in fit young women to decreased anaerobic power, a component of physical activity involving short, intense bursts of exercise. The study also found that people who consumed cannabis products containing THC — the chemical behind pot's psychological effects — had a moderate increased risk of heart disease compared to nonusers. The consumption method didn't matter, the researchers said.The study included 24 women — 12 active cannabis users and 12 nonusers (who had not consumed any...

Repair or Reconstruction: What's Best for ACL Tears?

18 July 2022
Repair or Reconstruction: What`s Best for ACL Tears?MONDAY, July 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who tear a key ligament in the knee can fare well with a less extensive type of surgery, preliminary research suggests.The study involved patients treated for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a strong band of tissue that helps stabilize the knee joint. ACL tears commonly happen during sports that involve jumping or sudden stops and pivots, like basketball, soccer and skiing.The injury is often treated with surgery, and the "gold standard" is ACL reconstruction: A surgeon removes the torn ligament remnant and replaces it with a portion of a tendon from elsewhere in the body, or with donated tissue from a cadaver.For many years, reconstruction has been the preferred choice over repairing the tear in the existing ligament....

Do You Live in America's Fittest City? Experts Rank Best...

12 July 2022
Do You Live in America`s Fittest City? Experts Rank Best to WorstTUESDAY, July 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Want to get fit and stay fit? Arlington, Va., may be the city for you: For the fifth year in a row, it has been named the fittest city in America.Meanwhile, the title of the least fit city goes to Oklahoma City, according to the annual fitness rankings of America's 100 largest cities from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)/Elevance Health Foundation's American Fitness Index.This year, the Index included 34 indicators of personal and community health (think exercise, sleep, chronic disease, parks, playgrounds, bike paths, safe streets and more), with an emphasis on how physical activity affects mental health due to widespread reports that the ongoing pandemic took a toll on mental health."Arlington, Va., was ranked as the fittest...

Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy...

11 July 2022
Think You`re at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal DiseaseMONDAY, July 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over nearly three decades."Healthy" meant they exercised regularly, refrained from smoking, kept their weight down and favored fish over processed meat.Men who met those goals had a 1.6% lifetime risk of dying from prostate cancer. That compared with a 5.3% chance among their counterparts with unhealthy habits, the investigators found.However, healthy habits did not appear to protect men from developing prostate cancer in the first...

Gardening Can Blossom Into Better Mental Health

11 July 2022
Gardening Can Blossom Into Better Mental HealthMONDAY, July 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you are feeling stressed and depressed, new research suggests that grabbing a trowel and getting your hands dirty may improve your mood.Researchers found that tending to plants can reap mental health benefits, even for first-time gardeners. The activity was linked to decreased stress, anxiety and depression in healthy women who attended twice-weekly gardening classes. No one in the small study had gardened before."Past studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have existing medical conditions or challenges," said lead investigator Charles Guy, a professor emeritus in the University of Florida's environmental horticulture department. "Our study shows that healthy people can also experience a boost in...
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