September 15, 2014

Better Math & Reading Skills

1 Physical Activity Helps Kids Academically

Parents who refuse to let their young school-age children walk or bike to school may be doing so to the detriment of their learning ability. A study from the University of Eastern Finland has documented statistical associations between physical activity and reading and math skills. Specifically, researchers found that children in grades one through three who are more active at recess have better reading abilities than the less active, that those who take part in organized sports tend to perform better on math tests than those who don't, and that boys who walk and ride bicycles to and from school have especially better reading skills than their less mobile peers. The associations between physical activity and academic performance held for both genders but was stronger in boys.

More at Myfoxny.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Physical Activity a Tonic for ADHD Kids

Tags: Active Children, Activity and Learning, Physical Activity and School Children, Physical Activity and Test Scores

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Contrave

2 FDA Approves New Diet Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for the treatment of obesity. The prescription drug, Contrave, is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs for depression and addiction. It is approved for adults with a BMI of 30 or higher or with a BMI of 27 but with weight-related conditions including Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. While the drug helped people in clinical trials lose more weight than those using a placebo, it is not without its dangers. The FDA warns of risks of increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors, seizures, raised blood pressure and heart rates. Patients on Contrave should be closely monitored by a physician and reevaluated after using the drug for 12 weeks. If less than 5% of the patient’s body weight has been lost, the drug should be discontinued.

More at Www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Diet Pill Contrave Closer to Approval

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Contrave, Diet Drug

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Longer Hours, Greater Risk

3 Working Longer Hours Increases Heart Risk

Working more than 40 hours a week could increase your risk for developing coronary heart disease, suggest researchers. The study found that the longer hours employees worked, the greater their chances of developing coronary heart disease in 10 years. Individuals who worked 61 to 70 hours had a 42 percent increased risk of developing heart disease, and those who worked 71 to 80 hours had a 63 percent increased risk. Adults who worked more than 80 hours a week had a 94 percent increased likelihood for heart disease. Coronary heart disease is the narrowing of vessels supplying blood and oxygen to the heart. The research, which involved 8,350 Korean adults, was published in American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Rudeness May Impact Work Performance

Tags: Working Hours, Heart Risk Factors, Risk of Coronary Heart Disease, American Journal of Industrial Medicine

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Obesity's Hidden Problem

4 Diet High in Fat Can Up Parkinson's Risk

Obesity resulting from consuming a diet high in fat might increase the risk for developing Parkinson's disease, new research suggests. The study, conducted on mice, found that a diet high in fat can significantly accelerate the onset of neurological symptoms in mice that had a genetic predisposition for Parkinson's disease. The findings suggest that an unhealthy diet can cause brain damage, as well as negative effects on glucose and insulin regulation. Researchers say that more study is needed to discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the process. The research is available in The Journal of Neurochemistry.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: High Fat Meals Bad for Asthma

Tags: fatty food, Obesity, Increase Risk for Parkinson's Disease, Risks of Poor Diet, Risk Factors Parkinson's Disease, The Journal of Neurochemistry

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Even Public Transport Is Better

5 Walking or Cycling to Work Beats Driving

Not only are walking, cycling or taking public transportation better for the environment, they're better for your psychological wellbeing! Researchers found that people who stopped driving to work and walked or cycled instead experienced improved wellbeing. People who walked or cycled to work reported that they felt an improved ability to concentrate paired with less stress. The researchers also found that those who took public transportation also experienced improved wellbeing compared to driving. The research used 18 years of data on nearly 18,000 British commuters aged 18 to 65 years. The study is published in Preventive Medicine.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cycle Affects Change

Tags: Reasons to Bike to Work, Reasons to Walk to Work, How to Improve Wellbeing, Preventive Medicine, Active Commuting Improve Psychological Wellbeing

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