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Have Arthritis? Take a Swing at Golf for Better Health

Have Arthritis? Take a Swing at Golf for Better HealthWEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Could golfing be good medicine for arthritis?Yes, according to researchers who found that for people with osteoarthritis, golfing lowered psychological distress and improved general health when compared with the general population."Golf is a health-enhancing source of physical activity, particularly for older adults," said lead researcher Brad Stenner, an occupational therapist at the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. "Golf is fun, affordable and a sport for life, with clear physical and mental health benefits."For people with osteoarthritis (often called the "wear and tear" form of arthritis), golf helps maintain joint range of motion, strength and endurance, and...

What Is Gonococcal Arthritis?

25 April 2023
What Is Gonococcal Arthritis?TUESDAY, April 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Heard of gonorrhea? Most likely. What about gonococcal arthritis? Maybe not.Most folks are familiar with what is gonorrhea, but few may know about gonococcal arthritis, a rare side effect of this sexually transmitted disease (STD).Unfortunately, gonorrhea cases are on the rise, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, especially among individuals between 15 and 24. While gonorrhea can trigger several health issues, one lesser known complication is related to the joints.Here’s everything you need to know about gonococcal arthritis, including its symptoms, causes and treatments.What you should know about gonorrhea and gonococcal arthritisGonorrhea can cause infections in the genital area, rectum and throat, but one of...

Comedian, Actor Richard Lewis Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

24 April 2023
Comedian, Actor Richard Lewis Reveals Parkinson`s DiagnosisMONDAY, April 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Comedian Richard Lewis is the latest celebrity to reveal that he has been diagnosed with the central nervous system disorder Parkinson’s disease.Lewis, 75, said in a video shared on Twitter Sunday that he’d had a series of health complications over the past 3 ½ years.When he noticed he had "started walking a little stiffly" and was "shuffling" his feet, he sought care."I went to a neurologist and they gave me a brain scan and I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and that was about two years ago," Lewis said in the post. "But luckily I got it late in life and they say you progress very slowly if at all and I'm on the right meds so I'm cool."Lewis also said in the video that he had been having “sort of a rocky time” with four...

Psoriatic Arthritis: Types, Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

24 April 2023
Psoriatic Arthritis: Types, Causes, Symptoms & TreatmentsMONDAY, April 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people have heard of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. But for some, psoriatic arthritis is the new kid on the block. Here’s what you need to know about psoriatic arthritis, including symptoms, types and treatments.What is psoriatic arthritis?Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a progressive inflammatory condition of the joints and enthuses (places where the tendons and ligaments attach to bones), occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive and creates inflammation. This leads to pain and swelling. It is related to the skin disease psoriasis. Most people with psoriatic arthritis suffer from psoriasis first, although some don’t have skin issues until after the other symptoms begin.Psoriatic arthritis typesPsoriatic arthritis comes...

In Small Study, Hints That a Sleeping Pill Might Help Prevent Alzheimer's

21 April 2023
In Small Study, Hints That a Sleeping Pill Might Help Prevent Alzheimer`sFRIDAY, April 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Taking a particular sleep medication may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s too soon to say for sure after a preliminary study.Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that participants who took a sleeping pill called suvorexant before bed had a drop in levels of key Alzheimer’s disease proteins.“This is a small, proof-of-concept study. It would be premature for people who are worried about developing Alzheimer’s to interpret it as a reason to start taking suvorexant every night,” said senior study author Dr. Brendan Lucey, an associate professor of neurology and director of Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center. “We don’t yet know whether long-term use is effective in...

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