A Simple Alternative to Knee Surgery?

A Simple Alternative to Knee Surgery?

Researchers randomized a group of middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tears of the knee. The exercise group was given progressive strengthening exercises in supervised sessions 2-3 times per week for 12 weeks. The surgical group followed standard...
Will Lots of TV Watching Kill?

Will Lots of TV Watching Kill?

Japanese researchers have found that people who watch a lot of TV are at higher risk of death caused by pulmonary embolism (PE). Those who watched more than 5 hours of television were found to be 2.5 times more likely to die of PE or deep vein thrombosis. LifeTip: If...
Sedentary Work Offset by One Hour of Daily Exercise

Sedentary Work Offset by One Hour of Daily Exercise

About an hour of moderate-intensity activity (i.e. brisk walking) can erase the increased death rate associated with sitting at work all day. More than 1 million men and women were included in a meta-analysis which found when the least active participants (5 min. per...
Brawn or Brain?

Brawn or Brain?

Anabolic steroids, technically known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are commonly used by weightlifters to “bulk up.” Norwegian researchers studied the brains of 82 weightlifters who used AAS for more than a year and compared them with 68...
Exercise First in Treating Fibromyalgia

Exercise First in Treating Fibromyalgia

Following a careful review of current evidence, a multidisciplinary group from 12 European countries, has unanimously endorsed the use of exercise as the first line of treatment for fibromyalgia. Exercise is very beneficial in pain management, and improves physical...
Exercise Benefits Depression

Exercise Benefits Depression

A carefully designed, randomized, controlled 12-week study of 106 adults with nonpsychotic major depression with limited response to medication found both high- and low-dose aerobic exercise resulted in significant improvements in psychosocial functioning and quality...
Keep Moving Every Day to Lower Cancer Risk

Keep Moving Every Day to Lower Cancer Risk

Results of 12 prospective U.S. and European cancer studies were pooled (1.44 million participants) to analyze the impact of high vs. low physical activity levels. Leisure-time physical activity was associated with lower risks for 13 common cancers types. Most of these...
Senior Brains Benefit from Physical Activity

Senior Brains Benefit from Physical Activity

Researchers with the Northern Manhattan Study have found that low levels of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in seniors is an independent risk factor for declining cognitive performance compared to moderate to heavy intensity LTPA. More than 1200 participants...
Childhood: The Best time to Start Physical Activity

Childhood: The Best time to Start Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key ingredient of controlling our weight. The best time to start this important habit is in childhood. LifeTip: Watch this short video and encourage all the children you know to be active everyday—also join them yourself! Adapted...
What is Good for the Heart is also Good for the Brain

What is Good for the Heart is also Good for the Brain

Over five years of research, older adults who did not engage in moderate to high levels of exercise experienced greater declines in cognitive processing speed and memory function. This decline was the same as would have been expected with 10 years of aging instead of...
Exercise at the Extreme

Exercise at the Extreme

Can you get too much good physical activity? Maybe, but the American Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Leadership Council has concluded that the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks associated with lifelong, very active endurance athletes. Even small...
Video: How Do You See the World?

Video: How Do You See the World?

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get more physical activity. If that is on your list this year, how will you do? Why do some people struggle to keep moving on a regular basis, while others seem to have little difficulty? Social psychologist...

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