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  • Even a Little Walking Can Lengthen Your Life

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Even a Little Walking Can Lengthen Your Life THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- That evening stroll you take after dinner most nights may be doing you more good than you realize -- new research suggests even a bit of regular walking can reduce your risk of death. "Walking has been described as the 'perfect exercise' because it is simple, free, convenient, doesn't require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age," said study leader Alpa Patel, a cancer epidemiologist from th...

  • Exercising With Asthma or Allergies

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Exercising With Asthma or Allergies FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Allergies and asthma can make exercise more challenging. But if your condition is well managed and you take a few precautions, you should be able to work out without worry. Know your allergy or asthma triggers and exercise around them. For instance, when the pollen count is high, exercise indoors with windows and doors closed. When you do exercise outside, avoid high-allergen areas like grassy fields, parks and heavily traffic...

  • Easy Fix for Post-Op Shivers?

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Easy Fix for Post-Op Shivers? SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Giving patients acetaminophen during surgery may reduce their risk of shivering when they wake up, according to a small study. Up to half of patients have shivers and chills when they regain consciousness after surgery. The cause is unknown, but may be linked to the body cooling down, according to the study authors. "Postoperative shivering is a frequent complication in patients recovering from general anesthesia. It causes signif...

  • Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

    Posted: 10/09/2017

    Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet. But the new draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say there isn't enough evidence at this time to either endorse or advise against taking vitamin D or calcium suppleme...

  • Even a Little More Activity Could Save Millions of Lives

    Posted: 10/04/2017

    Even a Little More Activity Could Save Millions of Lives FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a half-hour of physical activity a day could prevent millions of early deaths and cases of heart disease worldwide, a new study says. "Meeting physical activity guidelines by walking for as little as 30 minutes most days of the week has a substantial benefit, and higher physical activity is associated with even lower risks," said study lead author Scott Lear. Lear is a professor in the faculty of hea...

  • Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients

    Posted: 09/28/2017

    Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may slow kidney damage in people with lupus while stress may prompt the opposite effect, new research suggests. The autoimmune disease causes the body to attack and damage vital organs such as the kidneys. Singer Selena Gomez put lupus in the spotlight last week when she received a kidney transplant because the disease had ravaged her own kidneys. But the new research, which included two mice t...

  • Even Teens Can Suffer Organ Damage From High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 09/28/2017

    Even Teens Can Suffer Organ Damage From High Blood Pressure SUNDAY, Sept. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure can lead to organ damage -- and the risk isn't limited to adults, new research suggests. Along with a growing number of obese children in the United States, high blood pressure is on the rise -- and with it the risk of organ failure in teens, the study shows. But the study also found that damage to the heart and blood vessels can occur in teens who aren't red-flagged as having blood...

  • Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

    Posted: 09/25/2017

    Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds. "These women should be screened for major cardiovascular risk factors and prevention strategies should be implemented as soon as possible," said study author Dr. GianLuca Colussi. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Udine in Italy. Pre-e...

  • ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen

    Posted: 09/22/2017

    ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows. The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says. ER visits could be reduced if patients had better access to dental and mental health care, accord...

  • Evolution Not Over for Humans

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Evolution Not Over for Humans TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report they have spotted signs that human DNA is still evolving. "It's a subtle signal, but we find genetic evidence that natural selection is happening in modern human populations," said study co-author Joseph Pickrell, an evolutionary geneticist at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center. Pickrell and his colleagues explored the genomes of 60,000 people of European descent from California and 150,000 from G...