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Workplace Workouts, and Why They Work

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TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Workplace wellness programs are great ways to get in shape, but what if your employer doesn't offer one? Here's how to get the (exercise) ball rolling. First, talk to your human resources manager and make the case for wellness initiatives with physical activity components. Highlight the U.S. government's exercise guidelines for adults – to get 150 minutes of cardio per week – and the health benefits of physical fitness. Also mention the advantages of onsite programs for time-strapped workers who aren't able to fit the added commute to a gym into their day. And explain that creating a culture of wellness at work will improve employees' health, reducing sick days. It might also boost their outlook and job performance, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Steps to Wellness, a guide to implementing physical activity guidelines for ... Read more

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Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

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TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good – it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That's the finding of a new study that tested the effects of a 30-minute sauna session. The researchers say their results may help explain why people who regularly use saunas tend to have a decreased risk for heart disease and even dementia. On average, the study found, sauna users saw a drop in blood pressure and artery "stiffness" immediately after their heat bath. They also showed an increase in heart rate that was similar to the effect from moderate exercise. It's not fully clear why, but the sauna heat is "one major factor," said researcher Tanjaniina Laukkanen, of the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio. For one, heat generates sweating: "That's like a natural diuretic effect – lowering blood pressure and ... Read more

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Fewer Hospitals Closed After Obamacare Expanded Medicaid

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FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed national data from the years before implementation of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare (2008-2012) and the years after it took effect (2015-2016). Hospitals in the 32 states that expanded Medicaid were about 84 percent less likely to close than hospitals in states that did not expand the government-funded insurance program for the poor or disabled, the study found. The findings are reported in the January issue of Health Affairs. The study was done by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "Access to health care is a fundamental element of our health care system," study author Richard Lindrooth said in a university news ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries Healthier

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TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – High doses of vitamin D seem to keep arteries more flexible and pliable, potentially warding off future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, preliminary research suggests. In just four months, vitamin D supplements reduced arterial stiffness in a group of 70 young black men and women, according to results from a small-scale clinical trial. The flexibility of participants' arteries improved even more with higher doses of vitamin D, said senior researcher Dr. Yanbin Dong, a professor with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, in Augusta. "Their arterial stiffness decreased, and the more vitamin D, the better," Dong said. Vitamin D is known to be essential for bone health, but for the past couple of decades scientists have suspected it might be important in other ways, he said. "The vitamin D receptor is expressed everywhere in your body, in ... Read more

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Life in Poor Neighborhoods Is Hard on the Heart

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TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Where you live could influence how likely you are to develop heart failure, a new U.S. study suggests. In addition to people's income and education level, the neighborhood in which they lived helped predict their risk, according to the researchers. People living in the poorest areas were at highest risk for heart failure, the researchers found. The availability of gyms, places to buy healthy foods and medical facilities accounted for nearly 5 percent of the increased heart failure risk in low-income areas, the study suggested. The researchers noted that improving access to these resources could benefit people living in these neighborhoods. "There is existing evidence suggesting strong, independent associations between personal socioeconomic status – like education, income level and occupation – and risks of heart failure and many other chronic diseases," said ... Read more

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Middle-Aged and Out of Shape? It's Not Too Late to Save Your Heart

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MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – Does a youth misspent lounging and lazing condemn middle-aged folks to a future of bad heart health? Maybe not, a new, small study has found. People in their 50s and early 60s can regain the heart health of someone decades younger through a regular and reasonable aerobic exercise program, no matter how long they've been inactive, the study authors said. Middle-aged couch potatoes who worked out four or five days a week – including a couple of days of high-intensity aerobics – for two years experienced a notable decrease in the stiffness of their heart muscle, the researchers found. A more flexible heart means less risk of heart failure as one ages, explained lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Levine, founder and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. "I was astounded at how well this seemed ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Is Good for Obese Teens' Hearts

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MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – Severely obese teens who undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight end up lowering their heart disease risk down the road, new research indicates. For the study, researchers tracked 242 adolescents for three years after they had weight-loss surgery. "This is the first large-scale analysis of predictors of change in cardiovascular disease risk factors among adolescents following bariatric surgery," said the study's lead author, Dr. Marc Michalsky. He is surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "The study demonstrated early improvement and reduction of cardio-metabolic risk factors, offering compelling support for bariatric surgery in adolescents," he explained in a news release from the hospital. Before surgery, 33 percent of the teens had three or more factors that boost the risk for ... Read more

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Poor Credit Scores, Poor Health

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MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – You know that poor lifestyle choices today can affect your health tomorrow. But according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there's another surprising predictor of future illness: your financial health. Scientists looked at the health records of 1,000 people from birth to midlife and found a strong connection between a low credit score and poor heart health. The result: the same factors that can lead to financial woes can also bring health woes. People who didn't manage their financial health well didn't manage their physical health either. Conversely, people with higher credit scores had healthier hearts, the researchers reported. Your credit score is important because it's accessed when you want to open a credit card, get a mortgage, rent a home or buy or lease a new car, so this rating matters. Key attributes that ... Read more

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How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018

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SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 – For those still open to adding to their list of New Year's resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions. First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step as the new year unfolds. The AMA suggests trying an online tool – a self-screening website – to help you do just that. Go to Increasing physical activity is another good idea, based on the notion that all adults aged 18 to 65 should rack up at least a half-hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days a week. Or, as an alternative, you can try 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week. Cutting down on salt (sodium) and processed foods is another positive step, according to the AMA. So is being clear about your ... Read more

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Big Strides Made in Diabetes Care

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FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – This past year was a busy, productive one for diabetes research and care. "2017 was a year of progress in our understanding of diabetes and its complications, the tools available to help people manage their diabetes, and attention to the economic and accessibility challenges faced by people with diabetes," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Strides were made in: Artificial pancreas technology Probably the biggest and most anticipated news of 2017 was the rollout of the so-called artificial pancreas. Created by Medtronic, the device combines an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor and a computer algorithm that measures blood sugar levels and then delivers insulin automatically when those levels rise. Insulin delivery is also temporarily suspended if blood sugar levels drop too low. The ... Read more

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Protect Your Heart in Frigid Weather

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TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – As an Arctic front envelops much of the United States, the American Heart Association wants folks to know that shoveling snow in sub-freezing temperatures can be hard on the heart, especially for those with heart disease. Here are some shoveling safety tips from the association: When shoveling, take frequent breaks so you don't put too much stress on your heart. Assess how you feel during those breaks. Don't drink alcohol before, during or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol can increase your sensation of warmth, and cause you to underestimate the amount of strain your body is feeling. To prevent hypothermia (a dangerous drop in body temperature), wear layers of warm clothing that trap your body heat. Wear a hat to prevent the loss of body heat through your head. If you have a medical concern or question, or have symptoms of a medical condition such as heart ... Read more

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Booze May Help or Harm the Heart, But Income Matters

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TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests. For example, the study of more than 200,000 Norwegian adults found that having a few drinks per week was linked to a lowered odds of dying from heart disease over the 30 years of the study. But that trend was most pronounced in wealthier people. On the other hand, drinking more than that – four to seven drinks per week – was linked to higher rates of heart-linked death, but only for people in the "lowest socioeconomic position," according to a team led by Eirik Degerud, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. The findings couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers believe that any health recommendation that centers on alcohol should keep income levels in mind, since the effects of drinking seem to change depending on a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Your Doctor's Appointment Successful

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-- Preparing for a doctor's appointment doesn't have to be an undue burden. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to make the most of your time at the doctor's office: Do not lie to your doctor when he or she asks about your diet, exercise plan or alcohol use. Come up with a few important questions to ask the doctor. Describe any medical issue clearly and succinctly, since the doctor may be on a very tight schedule. Share your feelings about the appointment with your doctor. Let him or her know if you feel rushed, worried or uncomfortable Accept that your doctor may not be able to answer every question immediately. Read more

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Getting Back in Shape in 2018? Great, But Do It Safely

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TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Getting into shape or losing a few pounds is a worthy New Year's resolution, but one that comes with a warning: Take it slow. Jumping whole-hog into an exercise regime is a good way to get yourself hurt if you haven't worked out for a while, experts say. "People get into trouble when they want to do too much too soon," said Dr. Gerardo Miranda-Comas, an assistant professor of rehabilitation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "You need to increase your level of activity gradually." "Consider it more like a marathon than a sprint," he said. Keep in mind that you've likely lost a good amount of fitness if you haven't worked out in a while, warns the American Council on Exercise (ACE). People who stop regular resistance training tend to lose their strength at about half the rate it was gained, and cardio fitness declines even faster ... Read more

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6 Steps to a Healthier You

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TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – As one year ends and another begins, people often assess their habits and lifestyle, and consider changes that could improve their health. But what, exactly, should you do? Here are six steps you can take to enhance your well-being, according to doctors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): 1. Keep a personal health calendar. "In our busy lives, we hardly pay attention to our health, and most health issues start with subtle symptoms that we fail to follow," Dr. Aparna Sridhar said in a UCLA news release. She's an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the university's David Geffen School of Medicine. "In fact, most patients with illness cannot pinpoint when symptoms started and if there was any association with life events," Sridhar said. "By maintaining a health calendar and jotting down symptoms, medications and mood changes, ... Read more

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