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Workouts in the Park? Crime Fears Keep Some Away

SUNDAY, July 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parks can be good for your health, but fear of crime stops some people from using them, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that urban green spaces can lower stress levels, weight and heart disease risk, and that living near a park is linked to fewer days of anxiety and depression. This new study found that New York City residents are more likely to exercise in a park if they live nearby, and the more they do so, the less anxious and depressed they feel -- but only if they're not concerned about their safety. For the study, New York University (NYU) researchers analyzed survey responses from more than 3,800 people. The survey results showed that nearly twice as many New Yorkers who lived within a five-minute walk from a park said...

How to Protect Yourself From the Sun's Harmful UV Rays

11 July 2020
SATURDAY, July 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When you're outside this summer, be sure to protect yourself from the sun, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and nearly 20 Americans die every day from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Along with using sunscreen and seeking shade, wearing protective clothing can reduce your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. "The right sun-protective outfit provides long-lasting protection and works great for all skin types and colors," Chicago dermatologist Dr. Omer Ibrahim said in an AAD news release. "The key is to look for dense fabrics and dark or bright colors and pair those with the appropriate accessories." Cover as much of your skin as possible when...

High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet May Help People With Ulcerative...

10 July 2020
FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fat, high-fiber diet may improve the quality of life of patients with ulcerative colitis, a new study finds. "Patients with inflammatory bowel disease always ask us what they should eat to make their symptoms better," said researcher Dr. Maria Abreu. She's a professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "Sadly, there have been very few really good studies that provide that information," she said in a university news release. For the study, Abreu and her colleagues looked at 17 people with ulcerative colitis. Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain. Each patient in the study was either in remission or had mild...

Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

10 July 2020
FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. government-funded clinical trials for new cancer treatments have more Black participants than those run by drug companies, but Blacks are still underrepresented in cancer studies, researchers say. The SWOG Cancer Research Network team analyzed data from 358 clinical trials -- 85 drug industry trials and 273 SWOG trials. They included nearly 94,000 patients who were being treated for 15 types of cancer, enrolled between 2003 and 2018. Three percent of patients in industry trials were Black, compared to 9% in SWOG trials, though Blacks accounted for 12% of U.S. patients with the 15 cancers, according to the study. SWOG Cancer Research Network is part of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). "This...

Changes in IVF May Have Spurred Drop in Cerebral Palsy, Study Says

10 July 2020
FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of cerebral palsy among babies in Nordic countries born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) have fallen by more than half over the past two decades, due to fewer twin births from IVF, according to a new study. A study in Denmark 15 years ago found a significantly increased risk of cerebral palsy in infants born through IVF. The absolute risk was small, but cerebral palsy was the greatest developmental birth defect risk associated with the infertility procedure. "Multiple embryo transfer is still standard care in many countries," said study author Dr. Anne Lærke Spangmose, of Rigshospitalet at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. "Our findings emphasize that single embryo transfer and singleton births should be encouraged...

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