November 15, 2010

Important Lifestyle Choice

1 Regular Exercise Vital for Good Health

Regular exercise may reduce the risk of developing mental and physical health conditions including dementia and some cancers, finds an extensive research review published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice. Regular exercise is as important a lifestyle choice as not smoking, says physiotherapist Leslie Alford, U of East Anglia who reports that an hour of walking or cycling per day is associated with a 16 % reduction in cancer; and regular, moderate to intense physical activity may decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. The review recommends that healthy adults, ages 18 to 65, should aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five days per week and two whole body strength training sessions per week.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cancer, Dementia, Exercise, Strength Training, University of East Anglia, Cardiovascular Exercise, Leslie Alford, International Journal of Clinical Practice

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Amyloid Protein Changes

2 Alzheimer’s Passed Through Maternal Line

A family history of Alzheimer’s can increase risk for the disease but new research indicates that which parent had it is an important factor in who may inherit it. Researchers measured cerebrospinal fluid proteins, which are altered by Alzheimer’s, and compared those with a maternal or paternal history of the disease to those with no family history. Only those whose mothers had Alzheimer’s showed altered levels of amyloid protein, a hallmark of the disease. In contrast, individuals whose fathers had the disease, as well as those with no family history, had proteins within normal ranges. Researchers say genetic mechanisms involved in maternal transmission of Alzheimer’s are not yet known but that identifying a genetic predictor for the disease might lead to preventive treatments.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Alzheimer's Disease Poll Released

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease Risk, Maternal Risk for Developing Alzheimer's Disease, Genetics and Alzheimer's Disease, Amyloid Protein, Cerebrospinal Fluid Protein

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Unintended Drug Effects

3 Sleeping Pills, Anxiety Meds May Shorten Life

Some people who take sleeping pills or anxiety medication could live a shorter time as a result, say researchers in Canada. Findings from the 12-year study, published in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, revealed that people taking sleeping pills or anxiety medicine experienced a 36 percent increased risk of dying during the study period. Researchers controlled for alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity, health and depression symptoms. Researchers say that the increased risk could be explained by several factors. The medications affect reaction time, making falls and accidents more likely. The drugs could also aggravate breathing problems during sleep. Since the medicines have an affect on the central nervous system, judgment could be affected, and suicide risk may be increased.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Handshake Can Predict Life Span

Tags: Predicting Lifespan, Valium, Life Span Factors, How Long Will You Live, Dangers of Sleeping Pills, Side Effects of Sleeping Pills, Reasons to Avoid Sleeping Pills, Dangers of Anxiety Medications, Reasons to Avoid Anxiety Meds, Benefits and Risks of Anxiety Medicine, Universite Laval, Nytol, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

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Morning People Smoke Less

4 Night Owls Have More Trouble Quitting Smoking

Night owls have a more difficult time quitting smoking, and they're more likely to take up smoking than morning people, say researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland. Research findings, available in the journal Addiction, suggest that smokers who are night owls are more likely to have nicotine dependence. It's not completely understood why evening people are more likely to smoke, but researchers think that perhaps it could be because they're are more likely to stay out late in restaurants and bars where people smoke, says MSNBC. Another explanation is that night owls could be more prone to pleasure-seeking behavior and addiction.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Nationwide Smoking Ban

Tags: journal Addiction, Quitting Smoking, Night Owl Behavior, Morning People, Who Smokes More, Night Owls Smoke More, Night Owls Have More Trouble Quitting Smoking, University of Helsinki

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Nose Making Trouble

5 Overweight People Have Better Sense of Smell

Overweight people have a heightened sense of smell, especially after they've just eaten a full meal, suggest researchers. British researchers at the University of Portsmouth found that people are better at smelling food odors after they've eaten. Furthermore, overweight people in the study had a greatly heightened sense of smell when compared with slim people. The heightened smelling ability was even more noticeable after a meal was consumed, reports BBC. Researcher Dr. Lorenzo Stafford thinks that this heightened sense of smell could lead people to keep eating, even when they're full. Findings are published in the journal Chemical Senses.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lipitor Odor

Tags: University of Portsmouth, Chemical Senses, Heightened Sense of Smell, Obesity Link to Smell, Overweight People Better Sense of Smell, Dr. Lorenzo Stafford

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Controlling Radiation Fear

6 Women Shouldn't Fear Mammogram Radiation

Risk of radiation-induced cancer from a mammogram shouldn't deter women age 40 and over from getting routine mammograms, say researchers. Study findings, reported in the journal Radiology, reveal that the risk is slight in comparison to the life-saving benefits of mammography for women age 40 and over. According to the study's lead author, Martin J. Yaffe, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, radiation risk shouldn't keep women over 40 from routine screening with mammography. Using their risk model, the researchers determined that in 100,000 women receiving annual mammograms from 40 to 55 years old and screening every two years to age 74, only 11 fatal radiation-induced cancers would occur among 86 radiation-induced cancers, compared with 497 lives saved by earlier detection.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Debunking Mammogram Myths

Tags: Mammogram Myths, Radiation Concerns, Radiation in Mammograms, Martin J. Yaffe, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Routine Mammograms Safe, Women over Forty, Radiation Induced Cancer

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Another Reason Not to Super Size

7 Big Burgers Can Cause TMJ

If you have a small mouth, beware of the super-sized American fast food burger, says a dentist who is running a clinic in Singapore. Prothodontist Ansgar Cheng, who was trained in the US, states that the petite Asians, whose mouths are smaller, are being diagnosed more often with having temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) in his clinic. TMJ is a painful condition that occurs when the TM joint that connects the jaw to the skull becomes inflamed, making chewing painful. He states that the average –sized Asian person is “trying to fit a Big Mac into their (small) mouth” causing facial muscles to overstretch, damaging mouth cartilage, and increasing the risk of jaw dislocation. He is recommending that his patients order smaller burgers when eating out.

More at UPI | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Burger Diet Increases Asthma in Kids

Tags: Asian Americans, Burger, Fast Food, Super-Size, Jaw Disorders

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