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Resistance (exercise) is far from futile

With apologies to Mr. Spock, it turns out that he was wrong about resistance. It's far from futile. A review out of the University of Limerick says that if you're depressed or anxious, resistance exercises effectively ease those feelings. The researchers looked at 12 studies and concluded that resistance exercise provides measurable emotional ...Read more

Avoid ultra-processed foods and their packaging if you're pregnant

It comes as no surprise that pregnant women -- and all the rest of us -- should avoid ultra-processed foods that are loaded with unhealthy fats, excess salt and sugar and a slew of coloring, preservatives, texturizers and other additives that Mother Nature never put into whole, healthy foods. But there's a new twist from researchers at the ...Read more

Study shows that two weight loss surgeries are equally safe

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, there were 160,609 gastric sleeve surgeries and 62,097 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures in 2020. The ASMBS/IFSO Guidelines now say that the procedures are for anyone with a BMI of 35 or more "regardless of presence, absence, or severity of obesity-related conditions" and ...Read more

The ABCs of AMD

In 2019, actress Dame Judi Dench made it known that she had a dry form of macular degeneration in one eye and a wet form in the other. "I just want to go on being mobile ... I'm not going to be beaten by my eyes," she told England's Sunday Post. Today, she has friends help her memorize lines since she can no longer read.

Eleven million people ...Read more

Are you iron deficient?

When Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, from 2008 ("Iron Man") to 2019 ("Avengers: Endgame"), he stormed the world shielded by iron armor. Ironically, that's not the best use of iron if you want to protect yourself.

According to the American Medical Association, the more than 10 million people in the U.S. with iron deficiency (...Read more

The power of a posse and purpose

We often mention how important it is for longevity and happiness to have a network of supporters (your posse) and a purpose (something that provides meaning to your life). Chronic loneliness is associated with depression as well as a 50% increased risk of dementia. a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.

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Maybe it's not dementia, it could be liver disease

About one out of nine adults in America say they're experiencing cognitive decline -- a potential precursor of dementia. Mild cognitive decline affects 22% of folks 65 and older, while almost 10% of seniors have full-blown dementia, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology.

But sometimes cognition problems are a symptom of another ...Read more

Give your kids a sporting chance

Around 60 million kids and teens play "organized" sports. That's terrific -- and we wish it were more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even a single day of play can help kids manage stress and anxiety. And when they play regularly, it improves cardiorespiratory fitness, builds strong bones and muscles, and helps them...Read more

A breakthrough in diagnosing early Alzheimer's

More than 6.5 million folks in America are living with Alzheimer's disease and many more are undiagnosed. But AD may be easier to ID with a newly designed blood test. In January, a study in JAMA Neurology announced the development of a test that's up to 96% accurate in identifying elevated levels of beta amyloid and up to 97% accurate in ...Read more

Walk away from health problems

When Tony Bennett crooned "I Walk a Little Faster," he was singing about how looking for love put some pep in his step. Looking for health can do it, too!

Walking is known as the sixth vital sign -- an important indicator of current and future vitality -- along with body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation...Read more

The pros and cons of a popular herb for insomnia and stress

Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is a Sanskrit word used to describe the smell of its root -- "like a horse." Used in traditional Ayurvedic and Unani medicine systems of India, the National Institute for Complementary and Integrative Health (NICIH) says there is research showing that some preparations of the herb may be ...Read more

An attitude adjustment -- and onions -- can increase weight loss

Around 55% of the 170 million American adults who are overweight or obese say they want to lose weight. But it's a challenge -- many folks try but fail to shed significant weight, and most of those who succeed regain much or all of it within three to five years.

Why is it so tough to reach your goal? One obstacle you might not have considered: ...Read more

Study confirms the remarkable benefits of a daily multivitamin

Whether you're a fan of Fall Out Boy's "Thnks fr th Mmrs," or "Thanks for the Memories," as sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the 1938 film "The Big Broadcast of 1938," we're pretty sure you're a fan of keeping your memories alive. So, for the 40% of people aged 65 or older who contend with some degree of age-associated memory impairment, we ...Read more

Three ways to avoid a fractured hip

There are around 350,000 hip fractures in the U.S. annually -- most to folks over age 50. Only 25% of folks fully recover and 40% can't walk independently a year later. No matter your age, you want to protect yourself from a fall that fractures your hip and upends your life:

Exercise. Maintain balance by improving your core strength. Practice ...Read more

 

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