Physical Health

Swimming is Safe and Effective Exercise for Older Adults

The best type of exercise for older adults may be swimming — the one type of activity that lowers the risk of falls among the elderly. LiveScience reported Oct. 20 that Australian researchers who studied active men ages 70 and older found that those who swam were 33 percent less likely to suffer a fall […]

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Double Dosing Sick Kids a Common Mistake

Got a sick kid? Double-check the dosage before treating them with medication. Fox News reported Oct. 20 that it’s fairly common for parents and other caregivers to administer the wrong dose of medicine to children under age 6 — and especially those under age one. Double-dosing is among the mistakes made most: typically, one parent […]

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Control Sugar to Cut Tooth Decay

Risk of developing calories increases dramatically as sugar consumption grows from one to 10 percent of total daily calories, British researchers report. Based on the findings, a new study recommends that adults cut their sugar intake to no more than 5 percent of daily calories, Men’s Health reported Oct. 19. The Institute of Medicine’s recommendation […]

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Sugary Sodas May Affect Longevity

A soda a day could cut years off your life, the Washington Post reported Oct. 20. Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco found that people who consume the most sugary drinks tend to have shorter telomeres — caps on the ends of chromosomes. Shorter telomeres are a sign of cellular aging. From […]

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Some People May Be More Sensitive to Fructose

The rise in obesity rates in the U.S. coincides with more widespread use of high-fructose corn syrup, and a new study suggests that some people may be more likely to store fructose as fat, the New York Times reported Oct. 13. Harvard Medical School researchers found a specific hormone (called FGF21) that rises in response […]

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What’s Your Fitness Age?

Measuring the health of your cardiovascular system is a better way to gauge your longevity than simply looking at your chronological age, the New York Times reported Oct. 15. Cardiovascular endurance is the measure used to define your “fitness age,” which in turn can help predict how long you will live. Endurance is calculated by […]

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Many Smoking Related Illnesses Go Unreported, CDC Says

Smoking rates may be on the decline in the U.S., but tobacco use still carries a massive healthcare cost, LiveScience reported Oct. 15. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking caused 14 million major medical conditions among U.S. adults last year, about half of which were cases of chronic obstructive […]

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Study Finds Diabetes Amputation Rates Higher Among Black Americans

Black Americans are three times more likely to have a leg amputated due to diabetes complications than white Americans, Reuters reported Oct. 15. An analysis of Medicare data found that blacks got less diabetes prevention care, such as blood lipid screening, and were also less likely to get surgical treatments designed to improve circulation among […]

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Melanoma Rates Rose as Bathing Suits Shrunk

Research suggests that covering up Victorian-style at the beach may have helped keep melanoma rates down, Reuters reported Oct. 8. David Polsky, a┬ádermatologist at the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, says that the rise in melanoma cases in the U.S. occurred alongside the adoption of skimpier bathing […]

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HPV Infections More Common Among Smokers

Oral human┬ápapillomavirus virus (HPV) infection — a sexually transmitted disease — is more common among smokers, Reuters reported Oct. 8. Two percent of current smokers tested positive for HPV, commonly transmitted via oral sex, compared to one percent of people who have never smoked. Researchers said that the higher rates of positive tests for HPV […]

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