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Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

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TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds. Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found. At the same time, disparities between whites and Hispanics closed. By 2013, the hospitalization rate for Hispanic adults was just 6 percent higher than for whites – down from a 45 percent difference in 2002. On the other hand, hospitalizations for heart failure remained stubbornly high among black Americans. Over 5 million Americans have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. It's a chronic disease in which the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's needs. As a result, people with the condition often become fatigued and breathless, and they may develop swelling in ... Read more

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What Is 'Moderate' Exercise Anyway?

Posted 19 hours ago by

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – You've probably heard the U.S. National Institutes of Health's recommendation for most adults to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days to stay fit. But what exactly is moderate? And how do you know if you're working hard or hardly working? One of the easiest ways to measure the intensity of your workout is with the "talk test." If you're working in the moderate range, you can talk without too much difficulty. But if you can sing, pick up the exercise pace, according to the American College of Cardiology. And if you're doing vigorous activity, you'll be able to say just a few words before pausing for a breath. Another way to figure out how hard you're working is to monitor your heart rate. To do this, first figure out your maximum heart rate. Subtract your age from 220. For a 50-year-old, this would be 170 beats per minute. A person's target heart ... Read more

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Health Tip: Create a Food-and-Activity Journal

Posted 19 hours ago by

-- Jotting down your eating and exercising habits helps you track healthy habits and foster new ones. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Logging what you ate and drank, starting when you woke and ending when you went to bed. Include how much of each food you ate or drank. Writing down what you did to exercise each day, and for how long. Making a commitment to daily journaling, and thinking about what you've learned from your journal. Keeping your journal with you throughout the day, so you can stay on track without forgetting key activities. Read more

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Health Tip: Get Fit Without the Gym

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by

-- Even though you may not have the time or budget for a gym membership, you can still be fit and healthy. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Exercise for 30 minutes daily, five days a week. This can happen anywhere: at home, at the office or elsewhere. Create realistic goals that help keep you motivated. Vary your routine and keep it fun. Incorporate exercises to work muscles throughout your body. Build a group of exercise buddies to keep each other accountable. Read more

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Health Tip: Rewarding Kids Without Food

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-- Rewarding kids for good behavior or a job well done doesn't have to involve food. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these alternatives: Offering stickers or temporary tattoos. Enjoying a special sleepover, a play date with friends or one-on-one time with a parent or grandparent. Getting a special seat at the dinner table, or skipping household chores. Taking a special visit to a local zoo, park, skating rink, pool or bowling alley. Allowing for older kids a few extra minutes of screen time, phone time or car privileges. Read more

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Too Few Women, Docs Understand Dangers of Heart Disease

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THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Heart disease is the leading killer of U.S. women, but many women and their doctors don't recognize the danger. A survey of more than 1,000 women between 25 and 60 years of age found 45 percent were unaware that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in America. Most respondents said they had had a checkup in the past year, but only 40 percent said the doctor had assessed their heart health. "Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable, yet women's heart disease is underdiagnosed, under-researched and underfunded," said British Robinson, head of the Women's Heart Alliance, a nonprofit organization that paid for the study. "It is critical that women ask their health care providers to check their hearts and that health care providers know that when it comes to heart disease, men and women are different – women's hearts are smaller, their risk ... Read more

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Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

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THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D – know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupation is a factor that is important in determining if someone may be vitamin D-deficient or not," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Straube. He's an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Vitamin D is found naturally in a few foods, and often added to milk and other products. Skin exposure to sunlight also produces vitamin D, which is why it's called the sunshine vitamin. In the new research, Straube and ... Read more

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Tips to Curb Nighttime Eating

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THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Are you a regular victim of the late-night snack attack? Mindlessly munching on chips or diving head first into a pint of ice cream? Research done at Harvard and the Oregon Health & Science University suggests that our natural body clock – also known as the circadian rhythm – programs us to reach for sweet, starchy, and salty foods in the evening. This may have helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce, but today it only helps to widen our waistline. So how do you fight these late-night cravings? It begins at the breakfast table, says registered dietitian and nutrition consultant Rachel Begun. Research shows that breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight or overeat later in the day. So, no more skipping out on the first meal of the day. To keep from opening the fridge when the sun goes down, get enough protein and fiber during daylight hours ... Read more

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Health Tip: Become an Active Family

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-- Getting more active should be a family affair. It can even be fun if you approach it the right way. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Have an open and honest conversation with the family about why it's important to be more active. Don't nag family members to get active. Instead, plan fun, adventurous outings that get everyone moving, such as biking, hiking, bowling, canoeing or swimming. Buy inexpensive sports equipment, such as mitts, balls, racquets and hula hoops. Set limits on family screen time. But if you do watch screens together, opt for a physically active video game for the whole family. Have fun, enjoy yourself and set a good example for your kids. Read more

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Breaking Bad (Eating Habits)

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TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – Breaking bad eating habits and starting good ones is one of the healthiest steps you can take. But making healthy choices second nature can take time. After all, it's hard to change a lifetime of bad habits overnight. In fact, research published in the European Journal of Psychology shows it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to many months for a new habit to feel automatic. So how do you stay on track until your new healthy-eating plan takes hold? First, start small. Setting too many goals or too many unrealistic ones can sabotage you right from the start. Next, set yourself up for success. To break a 3 p.m. candy bar habit, have alternatives ready to grab, like cut-up veggies, low-fat yogurt, and berries. If you work outside the home, bring some healthy, tasty snacks to work with you each day to curb mid-morning and mid-afternoon hunger. Don't leave ... Read more

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Better Sleep for Better Weight Loss

Posted 9 days ago by

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – Did you know that the key to your "dream diet" may be as close as your bedroom? Along with cutting calories and adding exercise, getting enough sleep is important to fight weight gain. Sure, you can't eat if you're asleep. But there's more to it than that. Studies show that sleep deprivation increases the hormone that stimulates the appetite and lowers the one that tells your brain you're satisfied. So, sleepy people really may feel more hunger than those who are rested, and they tend to reach for comfort foods, too, like those rich in fat and carbs. Most adults should get at least seven hours of sleep a night, with some people needing up to nine, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But, between work, the house, and the kids, how do you "turn off the day" and get more Zzzzzs? Exercise regularly, but do it several hours before hitting the sack so you ... Read more

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Give Dad the Gift of Health on Father's Day

Posted 12 days ago by

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – The best present you can give your dad this Father's Day is to help him get healthy, according to a doctor specializing in men's health. "We tend to think men don't want to talk about their own health, but I find that's really not the case with most. Dads are much more open than you'd think to talk about their health," said Dr. Jesse Mills. He is director of The Men's Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles. One way that children, no matter their age, can help dad is to become his workout buddy or at least be part of his exercise routine. "Even when dad is taking care of the kids, the kids don't have to be a roadblock for his exercise. Dads of toddlers can run while pushing the stroller, and stop at the playground with his kids mid-workout," Mills said in a university news release. Sleep is another important health habit for fathers. Men should get ... Read more

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High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for the Bowels

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FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage. "The stress response of prolonged vigorous exercise shuts down gut function," said lead author Ricardo Costa. "The redistribution of blood flow away from the gut and towards working muscles creates gut cell injury that may lead to cell death, leaky gut, and systemic immune responses due to intestinal bacteria entering general circulation," Costa added. He's a senior researcher with the department of nutrition, dietetics and food at Monash University in Australia. Researchers observed that the risk of gut injury and impaired function seems to increase along with the intensity and duration of exercise. The problem is dubbed "exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome." The researchers ... Read more

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Are US.Teens Now as Inactive as 60-Year-Olds?

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FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Here's some compelling evidence that Americans have become a sedentary bunch: Research suggests that the average teen is no more active than the average 60-year-old. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,500 people of various ages who wore activity tracking devices for seven straight days as part of national health surveys conducted between 2003 and 2006. The study found that physical activity levels among children and teens were lower than previously thought. The World Health Organization recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day for children ages 5 to 17. But in the study, more than 25 percent of boys and 50 percent of girls aged 6 to 11 and more than 50 percent of males and 75 percent of females aged 12 to 19 did not reach the WHO guidelines, according to the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of ... Read more

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Want a Workout for Mind and Body? Hop on Your Bike

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THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Riding a bike is good for your body – and your mind. So say health experts at Penn State, who add that biking provides superb heart conditioning. "That helps prevent weight accumulation, decreases the risk of heart disease and risk for diabetes," said Dr. Alan Adelman. He made his comments in a news release from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he practices family medicine. Riding on varied terrain offers riders the type of interval training that gives the heart a good workout, another exercise expert said. "Working hard to climb a hill – even just a small one – followed by the recovery of going down the other side is similar to high-intensity interval training, which is very popular, and we know that it is an effective way to do physical conditioning," said Deborah Tregea. She's a senior exercise physiologist and campus wellness ... Read more

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