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  • Early Humans Grew Taller Long Before Bulking Up

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Early Humans Grew Taller Long Before Bulking Up TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As humans evolved, height and weight developed at different rates. That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed 311 fossil specimens of modern-day human's hominin ancestors, dating from 4.4 million years ago to humans who lived after the last ice age. Hominin evolution was a "long and winding road with many branches and dead ends" that included bursts of growth followed by long periods of little change, accord...

  • Eat Well, Age Well

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    Eat Well, Age Well SUNDAY, Nov. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet may translate into a healthier old age, researchers report. The scientists followed close to 1,000 men and women in England, who were born in March 1946, throughout their adulthood. Those who ate more fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals -- and fewer highly processed foods -- throughout adulthood did better on three tests of physical function in their early 60s than those with less healthy eating habits. The study also foun...

  • Even Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Gain From Exercise

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Even Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Gain From Exercise THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women with advanced breast cancer, a well-planned exercise program might have a big impact on their quality of life, a small study suggests. Though cancer treatment can extend the lives of women with advanced breast cancer, many patients experience pain, fatigue and a reduced ability to carry out normal daily activities. The study involved 15 women, aged 34 to 68, who were undergoing treatment for adva...

  • Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk

    Posted: 11/10/2017

    Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms that breast-feeding for two to four months of a newborn's life can significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But the study also found moms don't need to breast-feed exclusively to reap that benefit. Even partial breast-feeding will do, the 20-region study found. "What is, perhaps, surprising is that there does not appear to be any benefit of exclu...

  • Easy Fix for Post-Op Shivers?

    Posted: 11/02/2017

    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...

  • Even a Little Walking Can Lengthen Your Life

    Posted: 11/01/2017

    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: 11/01/2017

    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...

  • 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...