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Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image Concerns

Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image ConcernsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who get discouraged by idealized athletic bodies on social media may end up dropping out of sports, a small study suggests.In a preliminary study of 70 kids who played -- or used to play -- sports, researchers found that some had quit because they thought they didn't have the "right" body for the activity. And most got that idea from media images, including TikTok and Instagram posts.Experts said the findings add to evidence that unrealistic, often "filtered" or "edited," images on social media can make some kids feel bad about their own bodies.And in the case of kids who play sports, the study suggests, those feelings could translate into action: quitting.That outcome would be "heartbreaking," said researcher Dr. Cassidy Foley Davelaar,...

Seniors, 18 Holes of Golf Might Make You Smarter

18 October 2023
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...

Pickleball Is All the Rage, Here's Tips on Preventing...

16 October 2023
Pickleball Is All the Rage, Here`s Tips on Preventing InjuriesMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pickleball has become wildly popular, but that may be fueling a rise in pickleball-related injuries.“It’s quickly becoming a sport of choice for adults over the age of 50,” said Dr. Brian Cole, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He also plays pickleball.“The high injury rate can be attributed to the fact that most players tend to be over 50,” Cole said in a hospital news release. “And many of them were largely sedentary before picking up their pickleball paddles.”Pickleball is like a hybrid of ping-pong and tennis, and attracts many beginners. In his practice, Cole often sees strains and sprains, mostly in the legs and ankles. Rotator cuff injuries are also common....

Treatment for Common Rotator Cuff Ailment May Be Useless

12 October 2023
Treatment for Common Rotator Cuff Ailment May Be UselessTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Treating shoulder pain with steroid shots or removal of cartilage buildup yields the same result as no treatment at all, a Norwegian research team reports.They said their findings call into question treatment guidelines for calcific tendinopathy, a painful condition in the shoulder's rotator cuff tendons.Researchers said the common invasive procedure, known as ultrasound-guided lavage, appears to be useless."The study findings should lead to a critical reconsideration of treatment guidelines for this condition, specifically for the use of ultrasound-guided lavage and cortisone injections," said lead researcher Dr. Stefan Moosmayer, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at Martina Hansens Hospital in Gjettum, Norway.Calcific tendinopathy is a common...

Running vs. Meds: Which Works Best to Beat Depression?

9 October 2023
Running vs. Meds: Which Works Best to Beat Depression?MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise has been dubbed "nature's antidepressant" by doctors for years, and now a new study confirms the notion.The finding follows a four-month look at the impact that running had on anxiety and depression when compared to a common antidepressant.SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) work by boosting levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s a key player when it comes to regulating mood, depression and anxiety.But among 140 depression patients, those who engaged in regular group running -- meaning two or three 45-minute runs each week -- actually saw their depression levels drop a bit more than those who took the popular SSRI medication escitalopram (Lexapro).And those who treated their depression with exercise reaped an added...

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