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Bicycling to work can vastly improve your health and reduce your risk of death, a new study shows.

People who bike commute have a 47% lower overall risk of an early death, researchers found.

They also are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer an...

Exercise near bedtime won't necessarily wreck a person's sleep, a new study says.

Intense exercise is typically discouraged as bedtime approaches, since such activity can disturb sleep by increasing body temperature and heart rate, researchers said.

But short resistance exercise "a...

Nearly half of cancer deaths and 4 of 10 cases of cancer are linked to a person's lifestyle, a new study says.

Cigarette smoking remains the biggest cancer risk, contributing to 30% of cancer deaths and 20% of cancer cases, results show.

But excess body weight, drinking, lack of exercise, diet and skipping cancer-preventing vaccinations also increase a person's risk of developing or...

Prediabetes can be successfully fought through diet and exercise, a new study shows.

People with prediabetes can reduce their long-term risk of death and illness if they use diet and exercise to delay the onset of diabetes for just four years, according to findin...

Going to the gym is good for your overall health, but if you and the gym aren't practicing good hygiene you could still catch a nasty illness, an expert says.

"Good hygiene prevents sicknesses like a cold, influenza and even salmonella, but cleanliness can also indicate that a gym is well-maintained overall, including the quality of equipment,"� said

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  • Simple exercises performed during rounds of chemotherapy can help people avoid nerve damage normally associated with the cancer-killing drugs, a new study suggests.

    About twice as many cancer patients on chemo wound up with long-lasting nerve damage if they didn...

    Parks and lakes aren't just good for your soul -- new research suggests they also appear to protect your arteries.

    Living near green space and "blue"� water space lowers a person's odds of hardened arteries in middle-aged urban dwellers, researchers found.

    For every 10% increase in access to green space, the odds of having coronary artery calcification decline by 15%, on average, ac...

    Youth sports are important for the development of children and teenagers, but there's no sure way to ensure a youngster doesn't get hurt while competing.

    That's why it's important for parents to spot and appropriately respond to their children's sports injuries, Dr. Eileen Crawford, an orthopedic surgeon with ...

    Role models are important in health as well as in life, but such inspiration is more likely to come from your mom than a celebrity like Dwayne "The Rock"� Johnson, a new study says.

    People had greater motivation to reach their health goals if they looked to a person in their everyday life "� a friend, relativ...

    Exercising in natural surroundings -- a jog through a park, a bicycle ride along a trail -- could be more beneficial than working out indoors, a new review suggests.

    However, access to natural areas that are public varies widely, with not everyone having the chance to exercise ou...

    Folks trying to control their blood sugar levels might do best to work out in the evening, a new study suggests.

    Exercise performed between 6 p.m. and midnight appeared to be better at controlling blood sugar levels all day long, according to results published June 10 in the journal Obesity.

    This was partic...

    It's tempting to binge-watch TV, but yet another study finds that when it comes to healthy aging, the less time on your sofa, the better.

    The study looked at 20 years of data on more than 45,000 people taking part in the Nurses' Health Study. All were at least age 50 in 1992 and free of chronic disease when they entered the study.

    Researchers tracked lifestyle habits like time sitti...

    New research shows that a set of healthy lifestyle habits can help preserve brain function in folks with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia.

    About 71% of patients who ate healthy, exercised regularly and engaged in stress management had their dementia symptoms either remain stable or improve without the use of any

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  • June 7, 2024
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  • Vigorous exercise more than once a week can lower the risk of dementia for people with high blood pressure, a new clinical trial shows.

    People who engaged each week in vigorous physical activity had lower rates of mild cognitive impairment and dementia despite their h...

    While going through menopause, many women who gain weight head to the gym for intense workouts, but new research suggests that too much exercise may help trigger another side effect: hot flashes.

    In a report published May 29 in the journal

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  • May 31, 2024
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  • For decades, Todd Vogt has been dedicated to the sport of rowing, believing he was in peak physical condition. Then, a series of symptoms began to emerge, turning his life upside down.

    "My left arm stopped swinging, and I felt incredibly fatigued," Vogt, 49, recalled. "Eventually,...

    Some folks like to count their daily steps, while others prefer exercising for a certain amount of time during a day or a week.

    Luckily, either approach boosts health, a new study finds.

    Exercise targets based on either step count or minutes are equally associated with lowe...

    Athletes who push themselves to maximum performance don't appear to pay a price when it comes to their longevity, a new study says.

    The first 200 athletes to run a mile in under four minutes actually outlived the general population by nearly five years on av...

    Children and young adults who are couch potatoes could wind up with enlarged hearts, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and early death.

    Sedentary behavior contributed as much as 40% to the total increase in heart size between the ages of 17 and 24, researchers found.

    Further,...

    The benefits of physical fitness for kids spill over into their mental health, new research shows.

    Getting plenty of exercise may guard against depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study published April 29 in the journal J...

    Doctors argue that genetics aren't destiny when it comes to a person's health, and a study appears to support that notion.

    A healthy lifestyle can offset the effects of life-shortening genes by more than 60%, researchers found.

    People at high genetic risk of a curtailed lifespan could extend their life expectancy by nearly 5.5 years if they've adopted a healthy lifestyle by age 40, ...

    Want to live longer? Choose the stairs over the elevator, a new review suggests.

    Folks who regularly climb stairs have a 24% reduced risk of dying from any cause, and a 39% reduced risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those who always take the eleva...

    Active women using the pill appear to receive an added bonus from their birth control, a new study says.

    These women are less likely to suffer sprains and strains than women not on birth control, researchers reported recently in the journal Medicine & Science...

    Walking is one of the best exercises available to average folks, and it can be as easy as stepping out your front door, experts say.

    "It is something you can easily fit into your lifestyle,"� said Dr. James McDeavitt, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and executive vice president and dean of clinical aff...

    You know exercise is great for your cardiovascular health, but new research suggests that your brain has a lot to do with it.

    It's all about physical activity's ability to lower stress levels within the brain, explained a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

    Bolstering that finding, their study found that exercise brought the greatest heart benefits to peop...

    People with Long COVID might be able to exercise to improve their health, something that up to now has been discouraged, a new study suggests.

    "The World Health Organization [WHO] and other major bodies have said that people with post-COVID should avoid intense exercise,"� said lead researcher

    Desks that require folks to stand or move as they work also might help them produce better results on the job, a new study suggests.

    People's brains became sharper when working at a desk that made them stand, step or walk rather than sit, results show.

    Reasoning scores in particular improved when at an active workstation, researchers said.

    "It is feasible to blend movement wit...

    Seniors wound up with lower blood pressure after they were coached to get up and move more often, a new study says.

    Health coaching successfully reduced sitting time for a group of older adults by just over 30 minutes a day, according to a report published March 27 in the journal JAMA Network Open<...

    Some folks struggling with obesity appear to be hampered by their own genes when it comes to working off those extra pounds, a new study finds.

    People with a higher genetic risk of obesity have to exercise more to avoid becoming unhealthily heavy, researchers discovered.

    "G...

    The weight room is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for folks trying to get into shape, a new study discovers.

    Head and facial injuries related to weightlifting have increased sharply during the past decade for both men and women, researchers found.

    Between 2013 and 2022, the annual rate of exercise- and weightlifting-related

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  • March 22, 2024
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  • If you're in your 60s, 70s or even older, you might think your days of productively pumping iron are behind you.

    That's just not true, said Dr. Adil Ahmed, an assistant professor in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    Building and maintaining muscle is ...

    Athletes whose coaches are open, authentic and positive are more likely to have better mental health, a new study says.

    Athletes feel happier and deal with problems more easily if their coaches adopt an "authentic leadership"� style, researchers report in the journal ...

    Even a little physical activity can cut a person's stroke risk compared to being a complete couch potato, a new review shows.

    Folks whose physical activity levels fell short of recommended guidelines still had a lower risk of stroke than those who got no exercise, researchers report.

    Compared with no exercise, the highest "ideal"� amount of physical activity cut stroke risk by 29%, ...

    A bicycle built for two could be a positive prescription for Parkinson's patients and their caregivers, a small, preliminary study says.

    Parkinson's patients had better overall quality of life, improved mobility, and faster walking speed after sharing regular rides on a stationary tandem bike with a care partner, researchers plan to report at the annual meeting of the American Academy of ...

    In a new study, yoga appears to have bolstered the brain health of older women who had risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

    The study can't prove that the ancient practice will slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's, but it did seem to reverse some forms of neurological decline, researchers said.

    "That is what yoga is good for -- to reduce stress, to improve brain health, subject...

    Regular standing and walking activities in the classroom can aid in the fight against childhood obesity, a new study shows.

    Children who took part in the Active Movement program experienced an 8% reduction in their waist-to-height ratio, according to results from British primary schools.

    Participation in sports also increased by 10...

    Women might need a lot fewer daily steps to lower their risk of heart failure than they think, a new study suggests.

    The usual recommendation is that people get 10,000 steps a day, but women ages 63 and older actually gain solid heart benefits from around 3,600 steps daily, researchers report Fev. 21 in the journal

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Junk food increases people's risk of colon cancer, as well as alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.

    Unfortunately, many Americans don't know about these risk factors for colon cancer, a new survey has found.

    Colon and rectal cancers have been rising in people under 50 for two decades, researchers said, meaning that many develop the cancer before screening colonoscopies are recommen...

    An open question for weight-loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy and Zepbound has been whether folks will keep the pounds off when they stop taking them.

    Regular exercise could be the key to quitting the drugs without regaining weight, a new Danish study says.

    "It is actually possible to stop taking the medication without large weight regain, if you follow a structured exercise regime,"�...

    Folks can lose weight even if they pack all their weekly exercise into one or two days, a new study finds.

    Guidelines recommend that people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.

    "Weekend warriors"� who condense all that exercise into one or two days each week can lose about the same amount of weight as people who per...

    There's good news for females who think that men shed pounds faster than women do: New research shows women get more health benefits from exercise than men, even if they put in less effort.

    When exercising regularly, women's risk of an early death or fatal heart event drops more than that of men who work out, researchers found.

    Over two decades, physically active women were 24% less...

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2024 (Health Day News) -- Schools that want little girls to get plenty of exercise might want to rethink their dress code.

    A University of Cambridge study of more than 1 million kids in 135 countries found that in countries where most students wear school uniforms, fewer kids get the 60 minutes a day of physical activity recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO...

    Folks who get regular exercise are less likely to become infected with COVID or develop a severe case requiring a hospital stay, a new study finds.

    Compared to couch potatoes, adults who adhere to U.S. physical activity guidelines have 10% lower odds of COVID infection and 27% lower odds of hospitalization from it, results in

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  • Pickleball has become the darling of older folks trying to stay in shape, but new research shows that with that popularity has come a surge in serious injuries.

    Bone fractures related to pickleball have increased 90-fold over the last 20 years, with most injuries occurring in adults ages 60 to 69, finds a new analysis presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Or...

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    "Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated wi...

    Being active may help ease ongoing cancer pain.

    That's the key takeaway from a study of more 10,600 people with a history of cancer and over 51,000 without the disease.

    A team led by Erika Rees-Punia of the American Cancer Society and

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  • February 12, 2024
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  • New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    Exercise is crucial to recovering from a stroke, helping victims regain lost physical and mental function.

    And stroke survivors are more likely to remain physically active -- or even exercise more than before -- if they have access to a neighborhood rec center or gym, a new study finds.

    The odds of a patient being more active in recovery than before their stroke was 57% higher among...

    Losing the use of an arm after a stroke can be devastating, but new research could offer survivors fresh hope.

    The study found that a combination of targeted brain stimulation therapy, along with intense physical rehabilitation, can restore control of an affected arm or hand.

    "This is the first time that brain stimulation combined with rehabilitation therapy for stroke is available ...

    Even small increases in a man's cardio fitness can significantly reduce his risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers report.

    An annual increase in aerobic fitness of 3% or more is linked to a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer, according to a report published Jan. 30 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    "Improvements in [cardiorespiratory fitness] in adult men s...

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