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Light Exercise Lessens Risk of Disability; from British Medical Journal

May 23, 2014

People engaged in regular light physical activity have a lower risk of disability and losing their ability to care for themselves. A new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine focused on low-intensity exercise such as an easy walk while shopping or getting up and walking during commercial breaks on TV.   Researchers studied 1,680 adults, age 49-83. All participants were able-bodied, but at risk for...

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Tweetchat To Discuss Movement As Part Of Health; #InnoPsy Tweetchat

April 29, 2014

Julie Goodale will be leading a discussion of healthy movement for all with the #InnoPsy Tweetchat, Tuesday, April 29, 9pm ET. The discussion will include the relationship of exercise and mental health, the importance of goals, as well as tips to get moving again after injury or illness.   #InnoPsy chats are a platform to discuss ways to innovate and change the healthcare system with inclusion of mental health. Log in to Twitter and...

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Diet and Exercise Guidelines Really Do Lower Cancer Risk; from Cancer Prevention Research

January 09, 2014

Postmenopausal women who follow recommended guidelines for exercise and healthy eating really do have a lower risk of developing and dying of cancer. A large study conducted by researchers a the University of Arizona found that women who most adhered to the guidelines put forth by the American Cancer Society had a lower risk of cancer as well as dying of all causes compared with those who did not follow the quidelines.   Researchers...

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Call For Screening For Heavy Smokers and Former Heavy Smokers; from Annals of Internal Medicine

January 02, 2014

A panel from the U.S. Preventive Health Survey has recommended that some heavy smokers and former heavy smokers have yearly lung cancer screening tests. The recommendations apply to people aged 55-80, including former heavy smokers who have quit smoking in the last 15 years. Heavy smokers are those who smoke a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs per day for 15 years.   The panel found that benefits of screening high risk...

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Tobacco Tax Could Prevent 200 Million Premature Deaths; from New England Journal of Medicine

January 02, 2014

Tripling tobacco taxes could prevent 200 million premature deaths worldwide, according to new research from the U.K.   In the new study by Cancer Research UK, researchers said that large increases in taxes per cigarette would encourage people to stop smoking altogether, rather than just switch to less expensive brands. The extra cost would also help prevent young people from starting smoking, and be particularly effective in lower...

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Walking - More Is Better; from PLOS One

December 30, 2013

People who meet or exceed physical activity recommendations are likely to live longer than those who get less exercise, according to a new study.   Researchers analyzed data from 42,000 people who enrolled in the National Walkers' Health Study from 1998 to 2001. Participants had filled out questionnaires about eating and exercise habits. Researchers, using death records to track participants, found that around 6% had...

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Exercise Improves Joint Pain In Breast Cancer Survivors Taking AIs; from San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

December 17, 2013

Exercise has been shown to reduce joint pain in breast cancer survivors taking Aromatase Inhibitors (AI). The positive effect was shown to be stronger than other interventions, such as acupuncture or glucosimine.    Dr. Melinda Irwin, PhD, of the Yale University School of Public Health, found that exercise reduced pain scores by 20 - 30% in a yearlong, randomized trial. The study included 121 women who had been taking AIs for...

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Resistance Training Benefits Cancer Patients; from the American College of Sports Medicine

December 06, 2013

Resistance training can provide functional benefits and improvements in overall health and well being in cancer patients, according to a meta-analysis of existing studies. Researchers looked at eleven studies to study the effects of resistance training on muscle function, body composition, and fatigue during and after treatment.   Cancer treatments can lead to muscle wasting or atrophy, reduced physical functioning, unfavorable...

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Teenage Weight Tied To Esophageal Cancer; from journal Cancer

October 15, 2013

Overweight teens were twice as likely as normal weight teens to develop esophageal cancer later in life. Israeli scientists also found that lower socioeconomic status was linked to higher gastric cancer risk.    Researchers measured body mass index (BMI) in one million males who had a general health screening at recruitment centers to determine suitability for military service. The average age of the teens was 17 years. Country...

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Walking Linked To Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer In Older Women; from the American Cancer Society; published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention

October 04, 2013

Researchers from the American Cancer Society found that walking is tied to a lower risk of breast cancer in older women. They found that moderate-paced walking for approximately 7 hours per week was linked to a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer among post-menopausal women. The study found that more vigorous exercise conferred an even greater reduction of risk - as much as 25%.    These findings are consistent with other...

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