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Arthritis patients not getting enough exercise

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Regular exercise can be beneficial to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but a study finds that two out of five people with the disease may not be active at all.”

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Exercise improves mood for those with chronic illnesses

Reuters reports patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and back pain improve their mood by working out on a regular basis, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Pilates, general exercise equally effective at easing lower back pain

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports a study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggesting that Pilates is “as effective for easing lower back pain as a general exercise program.”

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Need to exercise more? This may help you now!

Health and fitness experts have for years tried to entice people to exercise more by flogging long-range benefits such as losing weight or avoiding long-term illness caused by chronic disease. However, they might have been going about it all wrong.

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Hormone produced by exercise helps control obesity, blood sugar levels

The San Francisco Chronicle reports a study in Nature showing that irisin, “a hormone naturally found in muscle cells … rises during exercise, converting white fat into brown fat, a substance whose primary function is to generate body heat.”

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Risk of cardiac arrest for marathon participants is very, very small

The Wall Street Journal reports that new research suggests that the risk of cardiac arrest for those participating in marathons may be very small.

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Exercise may benefit people susceptible to Alzheimer’s

Bloomberg News reports, “People who are genetically susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s disease may be able to reduce their risk with exercise,” according to a study published in the Archives of Neurology.

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For chronic neck pain, what’s the best treatment? Medicine? Exercise? A chiropractor?

When it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Many studies show benefits of exercise

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Numerous studies show that small tweaks to one’s routine can improve a person’s health.”

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Exercise improves sleep quality

Exercise now, sleep better tonight: A study finds that 150 minutes of exercise a week significantly improves sleep quality.

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Want to dramatically reduce your breast cancer risk?

USA Today ran a number of articles discussing breast cancer, focusing in particular on the role of inflammation. The great news here is that doing something that is highly healthy (increasing exercise) seems to reduce breast cancer risk.

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TV watching as dangerous as smoking and lack of exercise

Researchers in Australia say smoking “can shorten of life expectancy by more than four years after the age of 50. That represents 11 minutes of life lost for every cigarette and that’s the same as half an hour of TV … Continue reading

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15 minutes’ daily exercise boosts life expectancy by three years

ABC World News reported, “If you need any more convincing that a little bit of exercise can make a huge difference in your life, here’s some powerful new proof: A study in the medical journal Lancet looked at 400,000 people and … Continue reading

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Even small amounts of aerobic exercise lowers coronary heart disease risk

More research is showing that even small amounts of aerobic exercise help lower coronary heart disease risk. The newest review was published in the journal Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, and should encourage even the most sedentary of us … Continue reading

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Regular exercise boosts the brain, especially for kids

Regular workouts not only do your body good, they likely improve your mind as well, at least according to review of the data on the subject.

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CDC: Most teens not getting enough aerobic activity

The CDC released a report of a nationwide survey of more than 11,000 high school students across the country, finding that only 15 percent get the minimum of 60 minutes per day of aerobic activity that meets the goals outlined in the … Continue reading

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Exercising at school boosts test scores, study finds

When physical activity was combined with academic skills, elementary students retained more. In other words, exercising at school or while learning might improve kids’ test scores, a new study finds.

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Study suggests physical exercise significantly reduces IBS symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a chronic disease whose symptoms can be difficult to control. Now, HealthDay is reporting that “Increasing one’s physical activity routine can help improve symptoms among irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients.”

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New study reignites debate on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The New York Times notes that after a disease can be “diagnosed reliably through lab tests, creating an accurate case definition” becomes easy. But for illnesses with no known cause and subjective symptoms, such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), competing definitions … Continue reading

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Surprise! Stretching before run may not help in preventing most running injuries

A new study is raising eyebrows among those of us who include sports medicine in our practices. Now, before I give you the details of the research, a couple of disclaimers:

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Three lifestyle changes significantly reduce cancer rates

In two previous blogs (“Thirty percent of breast cancers could be prevented by lifestyle changes” and “Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds“) I’ve discussed the association between cancer risk and lifestyle choices.

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Moderate exercise delays age-related memory decline

Studies show, and my experience with my patients concurs, that people, as they age, fear memory loss, in general, and Alzheimer’s, in particular, even more than cancer. To date, there’s been little that’s been shown to be effective to prevent … Continue reading

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Regular exercise wards off colds and flu

Earlier this week I discussed how regular exercise can reduce your risk of depression. It can also help you reduce your risk or colds and the flu. The CNN “The Chart” blog reported, “Working out regularly helps ward off colds … Continue reading

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Exercise Reduces Depression Risk

In past blogs I’ve told you about how exercise can help both prevent and treat depression. I also discuss this phenomena in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Now, along comes one of … Continue reading

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Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of debate about mammograms for breast cancer screening, but an even more important health promotion exercise would be for women to everything they can to prevent breast cancer. And now experts are reporting that women can … Continue reading

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Ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes lasting for at least an hour

The AP reports, “Ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last at least an hour,” with more fit exercisers reaping a greater number of benefits. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital came to that conclusion after measuring “biochemical changes … Continue reading

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Expectant Mom’s Exercise Keeps Newborn’s Birth Weight Down

A pregnant mother’s exercise may lower her baby’s risk of obesity later in life. The new research shows that regular moderate-intensity exercise during pregnancy reduces an infant’s birth weight, which may lower the child’s risk of obesity later in life. In … Continue reading

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Women may need at least an hour of exercise daily to avoid weight gain

Here’s a bad news story to post the day after the Easter holiday — a day when many of us consume more calories that we should. Nevertheless, being committed to always bring you the truth about the medical news you … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 3 – Exercise

In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I teach what I call “The … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize the ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I’ve developed a list of what … Continue reading

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