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Mediterranean-style diets, physical activity can lower risk of first-time stroke

Mediterranean-style diets, physical activity can lower risk of first-time stroke

Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping your blood pressure under control can lower your risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated AHA/ASA guideline published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. [More]
UMass Amherst epidemiologist investigates risk of early menopause

UMass Amherst epidemiologist investigates risk of early menopause

The estimated 10 percent of women in Western nations who enter menopause before age 45 have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as lower fertility. Now epidemiologist Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is conducting the first large study to investigate whether vitamin D deficiency, inflammatory factors, hormones and other factors are associated with risk of early menopause, funded by NIH. [More]
Study reveals that evening daylight plays role in increasing physical activity among children

Study reveals that evening daylight plays role in increasing physical activity among children

Having later sunsets may lead to an increase in children's physical activity, according to research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Bristol. [More]
Mindfulness improves cardiovascular health

Mindfulness improves cardiovascular health

Pay attention to the implication of these new research results: People who pay more attention to their feelings and experiences tend to have better cardiovascular health. [More]

Daylight saving associated with public health benefits

We all like the light evenings and dread the clocks going back, but it has now been shown that more hours of waking daylight may be beneficial to our health. Research published today (just before the end of UK daylight saving) shows that permanent adoption of daylight saving could increase the amount of physical activity in children. [More]

SensorUp, Vivametrica partner to standardize wearable device data for healthcare environments

The exponential growth in the number of people tracking their health through activity monitors and biosensor devices is driving the need for industry standards. [More]
Newborns of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have altered stress hormones, DNA

Newborns of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have altered stress hormones, DNA

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have studied the effects of smoking during pregnancy and its impact on the stress response in newborn babies. Their research indicates that newborns of mothers who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy show lower levels of stress hormones, lowered stress response, and alterations in DNA for a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to fetus. [More]
Depression, anxiety after MI more common in women than men

Depression, anxiety after MI more common in women than men

Women are more likely to develop anxiety and depression after a heart attack (myocardial infarction; MI) than men, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Professor Pranas Serpytis from Lithuania. [More]
The Female Athlete Triad: A medical condition in active girls and women

The Female Athlete Triad: A medical condition in active girls and women

Sophie is a 15 year old cross country runner who has a history of a foot stress fracture and shin splints. Often she does not eat prior to her workouts. [More]
New telemedicine system acts as 'activity coach'

New telemedicine system acts as 'activity coach'

Today's smartphone user can obtain a lot of data about his or her health, thanks to built-in or separate sensors. Researcher Harm op den Akker of the University of Twente (CTIT Institute) now takes this health monitoring to a higher level. [More]
Researchers reveal hidden benefits of healthy eating, exercise during pregnancy

Researchers reveal hidden benefits of healthy eating, exercise during pregnancy

It might not be obvious on the scales, but healthy eating and increased physical activity from walking during pregnancy is directly associated with a range of improved outcomes at birth, according to researchers from the University of Adelaide. [More]
U.S. college students do better than U.K. counterparts in physical activity, healthy diet

U.S. college students do better than U.K. counterparts in physical activity, healthy diet

U.S. college students do better than their counterparts in the United Kingdom when it comes to physical activity, a healthy diet and less smoking, according to new research published in the latest issue of the journal Education and Health. [More]

Extra physical activity can stimulate learning, improve school performance

Just two hours of extra physical activity each week can improve school performance. This has been shown by a study of approximately 2,000 twelve-year-olds carried out by scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. [More]
New miniaturized, wireless monitoring system for heart failure patients

New miniaturized, wireless monitoring system for heart failure patients

A new miniaturized, wireless monitoring system, implanted in the pulmonary artery, is helping keep patients with severe heart failure out of the hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital is the first institution in Houston to offer this to heart failure patients. [More]
I.V. lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients against chronic pain

I.V. lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients against chronic pain

More than two-thirds of women who have had mastectomies struggle with persistent pain, but it doesn't have to be that way. [More]
Coastal dwellers more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than inland dwellers

Coastal dwellers more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than inland dwellers

People who live close to the coast are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than inland dwellers, finds a new study released today. [More]
DiabeticWatchers launches web-based app to create awareness, prevention of diabetes

DiabeticWatchers launches web-based app to create awareness, prevention of diabetes

DiabeticWatchers announced today the official launch of DiabeticWatchers.com, a web based and mobile application devoted to creating awareness and prevention of diabetes, through community outreach campaigns, and offering cutting edge technology to help those living with diabetes to manage the disease. [More]
Women may halve their stroke risk through healthy living, new study shows

Women may halve their stroke risk through healthy living, new study shows

Women who follow a healthy lifestyle may be cutting their risk of stroke by more than 50%, report Swedish researchers. [More]

Healthy and active ageing improves quality of life

30 years ago, the elderly were not expected to be active at all – they were actually advised not to exercise as it was considered dangerous. [More]
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds USPSTF's recommendations on screening for diabetes

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds USPSTF's recommendations on screening for diabetes

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds the work of the United States Preventative Services Task Force for amending its recommendations on screening for diabetes based on its review of current best evidence. [More]