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Exercise

 Stretching more effective than walking to lower high blood pressure

Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 4 days ago
A new University of Saskatchewan (USask) study has found that stretching is superior to brisk walking for reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure or who are at risk of developing elevated blood pressure levels. Walking has long been the prescription of choice for physicians trying to help their patients bring down their blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and among the top preventable risk factors affecting overall mortality. This new finding, published December 18, 2020 in the *Journal of Phys…
The lowest risk of cardiovascular disease seen for those who are most active
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 5 days ago
The freely available paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1003487 IMAGE: A MAN RUNNING ALONG A BRIDGE view more Physical activity is not only associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but there is no threshold for that association, with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease seen for those who are most active, according to a new study published this week in *PLOS Medicine *by Terence Dwyer of University of Oxford, UK, and colleagues. Research has shown that there is an inverse association between self-reported physical act…
Heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
A new study has found that spending time outdoors and switching off our devices is associated with higher levels of happiness during a period of COVID-19 restrictions. Previous academic studies have indicated how being outdoors, particularly in green spaces, can improve mental health by promoting more positive body image, and lowering levels of depression and anxiety. Jointly led by academics from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK, the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Austria, and Perdana University in Malaysia, this new research examined how levels of hap…

Resistance training benefits older women just as much as older men
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
Men and women aged over 50 can reap similar relative benefits from resistance training, a new study led by UNSW Sydney shows. While men are likely to gain more absolute muscle size, the gains relative to body size are on par to women’s. The findings, recently published in *Sports Medicine*, consolidated the results of 30 different resistance training studies involving over 1400 participants. This paper specifically compared the results of men and women aged 50 and over. “Historically, people tended to believe that men adapted to a greater degree from resistance training compared …
Covid-19 

Stress, depression and poor health behaviors can negatively affect the body’s immune response to vaccination
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 4 days ago
While we wait for our turn to get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, we could — and probably should — use the time to make sure we bring our healthiest emotional and physical selves to the treatment, a new review of previous research suggests. Ohio State University researchers reviewed 49 vaccine studies in humans dating back 30 years that document how stress, depression and poor health behaviors can negatively affect the body’s immune response to vaccination, and how improving health factors can enhance that response. The impaired immune responses tended to fall into three categor…

Best to engage in vigorous exercise and get a good night’s sleep in the 24 hours before vaccination
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 5 days ago
Decades of research show that depression, stress, loneliness, and poor health behaviors can weaken the body’s immune system and lower the effectiveness of certain vaccines. A new report accepted for publication in *Perspectives on Psychological Science* suggests that the same may be true for the new COVID-19 vaccines that are in development and the early stages of global distribution. Fortunately, it may be possible to reduce these negative effects with simple steps like exercise and sleep. Vaccines are among the safest and most effective advances in medical history, protecting s…
Diet
MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson’s disease
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 5 days ago
A new study from UBC researchers suggests a strong correlation between following the MIND and Mediterranean diets and later onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD). While researchers have long known of neuroprotective effects of the MIND diet for diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, this study is the first to suggest a link between this diet and brain health for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The MIND diet combines aspects of two very popular diets, the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. “The study shows individuals with Parkinson’s disease ha…
Higher coffee intake may be linked to lower prostate cancer risk
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 5 days ago
Each additional daily cup associated with reduction in risk of nearly 1% BMJ Research News SHARE PRINT E-MAIL Drinking several cups of coffee every day may be linked to a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published in the online journal *BMJ Open*. Each additional daily cup of the brew was associated with a reduction in relative risk of nearly 1%, the findings indicate. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer, and the sixth leading cause of cancer death in men. Nearly three out of four cases occur …
Diets rich in healthy and plant-based foods = gut microbes linked to a lower risk of illnesses, heart disease
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 5 days ago
A large-scale international study using metagenomics and blood chemical profiling has uncovered a panel of 15 gut microbes associated with lower risks of common conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. The study has been published today in *Nature Medicine* from researchers at King’s College London, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Trento, Italy, and health start-up company ZOE. The PREDICT 1 (Personalized Responses to Dietary Composition Trial 1) analyzed detailed data on the composition of participants’ gu…
Including unhealthy foods may diminish positive effects of an otherwise healthy diet
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
Study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center finds adding more foods that are part of Western diet may reduce cognitive benefits of Mediterranean diet RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER Research News SHARE PRINT E-MAIL Eating a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, has a positive impact on health, but little is known about the effects of including unhealthy foods in an otherwise healthy diet. Now researchers at Rush University Medical Center have reported diminished benefits of a Mediterranean diet among those with high frequency of eating unhealthy foods….
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
Researchers led by the University of Tsukuba find that drinking two cups of oolong tea a day can stimulate fat breakdown while you sleep UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA Research News SHARE PRINT E-MAIL Tsukuba, Japan – Does losing weight while you sleep sound too good to be true? According to a study by the University of Tsukuba, it seems that drinking oolong tea might help you do just that. While all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, the degree of oxidation, a chemical reaction that turns tea leaves black, defines its specific type. For example, green tea is unoxidi…
Mediterranean diet may decrease risk of prostate cancer progression
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS M. D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER Research News SHARE PRINT E-MAIL In a study to examine a Mediterranean diet in relation to prostate cancer progression in men on active surveillance, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that men with localized prostate cancer who reported a baseline dietary pattern that more closely follows the key principles of a Mediterranean-style diet fared better over the course of their disease. “Men with prostate cancer are motivated to find a way to impact the advancement of their disease and im…
Higher daily dietary fiber intake is linked to lower risk for depression
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
Fiber is a commonly recommended part of a healthy diet. That’s because it’s good for your health in so many ways–from weight management to reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. A new study also finds that it might be linked with a reduced risk of depression, especially in premenopausal women. Study results are published online in *Menopause*, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that not only affects a person’s ability to perform daily activities but can also lead to…
Diet and lifestyle guidelines can greatly reduce gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
A large-scale, longstanding study of diet, lifestyle and health has found that by adhering to specific guidelines, women can reduce more than one-third of incidence of symptoms MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL Research News SHARE PRINT E-MAIL BOSTON – Findings from the Nurses’ Health Study, one of the longest running studies of women’s health, show that five diet and lifestyle factors, including regular exercise, can make a significant impact on gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or heartburn symptoms. GERD is a common condition, affecting about a third of the U.S. population;…
Medicine
Statins may protect the heart from damaging side-effects of early breast cancer treatment
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 1 week ago
New research from UHN’s Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) shows statins, commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, may also protect the heart from damaging side-effects of early breast cancer treatment. Published Jan. 6, 2021 in the *Journal of the American Heart Association*, an observational study found women already taking statins and treated with either anthracyclines or trastuzumab were half as likely to be hospitalized or visit an Emergency Department for heart failure within five years after chemotherapy. “Our job is to prote…
General Health
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 2 weeks ago
Brown fat is that magical tissue that you would want more of. Unlike white fat, which stores calories, brown fat burns energy and scientists hope it may hold the key to new obesity treatments. But it has long been unclear whether people with ample brown fat truly enjoy better health. For one thing, it has been hard to even identify such individuals since brown fat is hidden deep inside the body. Now, a new study in *Nature Medicine* offers strong evidence: among over 52,000 participants, those who had detectable brown fat were less likely than their peers to suffer cardiac and metab…
Last Health Research Report
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 2 weeks ago
* Diet* 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – Issued December 29, 2020 Jonathan Kantrowitz, Health News Report – 2 days ago 1 *At every life stage—infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy, lactation, and older adulthood—it is never too early or too late to eat healthfully*. • For about the first 6 months of life, exclusively feed infants human milk. Continue to feed infants human milk through at least the first year of life, and longer if desired. Feed infants iron-fortified infant formula during the first year of life when human milk is unavailabl…