September 20, 2011

Activity Lessens Pain

1 Back Pain Sufferers Advised to Stay Active

Back pain patients who were advised to stay active fared better than those who were advised to adjust their activity to pain, says a new study. For the study, 109 patients kept a diary for 7 days that included their number of daily steps, the extent to which they could perform regular activities and their physical and emotional statuses. Despite feeling more pain, active sufferers recovered more quickly and did not feel depressed at the end of the follow-up. Less active patients were less mobile and felt slightly depressed. “If you don't keep moving, it's easy to get locked into a downward spiral, as inactivity combined with pain can, in a worst case scenario, turn into long-term disability and an inability to work that, in turn, can lead to depressed mood and more pain."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Routine Lifting May Help with Back Pain

Tags: Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, Back Pain and Physical Activity, Back Pain and Depression

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Death from Strokes Increased Too

2 Depression Could Increase Stroke Risk

Depression may increase the risk of stroke, as well as the risk of dying from a stroke, say Harvard researchers who analyzed 28 studies involving more than 300,000 people. According to the findings, depressed people were 45 percent more likely to have any type of stroke compared with those who weren't depressed. Published in Journal of the American Medical Association, the findings show that depressed people faced a 55 percent increased risk of dying when they have a stroke. WebMD reports that experts say the findings should serve as a call to action for the diagnosis and treatment of depression.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fruit with White Flesh Helps Prevent Strokes

Tags: Causes of Stroke, Depression and Heart Disease, Stroke Risk, Importance Treating Depression, Depression Increases Death Risk Stroke

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Risk Increased 20 Times

3 Whooping Cough Vaccine Wanes After 3 Years

A study has found that the pertussis, or whooping cough, vaccines wane in effectiveness after three years. Researchers looked at about 15,000 kids in Marin County, CA and found that those who had been vaccinated at least three years ago had a 20 times increased risk in developing whooping cough. One hundred and thirty two kids became infected with the bacteria which causes a very specific-sounding cough because they are trying to catch a breath. Over eighty percent of those infected had the recommended vaccines at 2 months, 4 to 6 years and finally at 11 or 12 years old. Most kids recover from whooping cough but it can be fatal for infants. These results they may lead to the CDC recommending boosters shots in teens and adults.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Whooping Cough Outbreak in California

Tags: CDC, Childhood Vaccinations, Pertussis, Whooping Cough, Pertussis Vaccine, Whooping Cough Vaccine

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