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Study finds link between hairstyle choice and level of physical activity among African-American teens

Study finds link between hairstyle choice and level of physical activity among African-American teens

As a childhood obesity expert and black woman, Susan Woolford, M.D., MPH, knows that some girls and women in the black community feel as if they have to choose between their health and their hair. [More]
Text message program improves diabetes risk behaviors among people in India

Text message program improves diabetes risk behaviors among people in India

A study that sent twice-weekly text messages to a million people in India advising them to exercise, eat less fat, and eat more fruits and vegetables increased these health behaviors known to prevent diabetes, reports new research from Northwestern Medicine and Arogya World, a global health non-profit organization. [More]
Healthy adults who regularly exercise may be misdiagnosed with heart disease, study shows

Healthy adults who regularly exercise may be misdiagnosed with heart disease, study shows

Scientists have shown that people who exercise for even a few hours each week can enlarge their hearts. This is a normal and beneficial response to exercise, but until now has only been recognised in athletes. [More]
Playground zoning can help maximize physical activity of students during recess period

Playground zoning can help maximize physical activity of students during recess period

Most grade school students are likely to claim recess as their favorite period of the day; however, in many cases recess still can be sedentary with students not engaging in enough physical activity. [More]
Customizing weight management program for individual personalities may increase success rates

Customizing weight management program for individual personalities may increase success rates

Adapting a weight management program to the client's personality may help improve success rates, according to South Dakota State University health and nutritional sciences researcher Lacey McCormack. [More]
Study shows 40% of female horse-riders experience breast pain

Study shows 40% of female horse-riders experience breast pain

Thousands of women could be experiencing breast pain while horse-riding, according to a new study. [More]
Regular physical exercise could lead to higher brain volumes and decreased dementia risk

Regular physical exercise could lead to higher brain volumes and decreased dementia risk

Using the landmark Framingham Heart Study to assess how physical activity affects the size of the brain and one's risk for developing dementia, UCLA researchers found an association between low physical activity and a higher risk for dementia in older individuals. [More]
Blood pressure hormone system important for cardiovascular health can promote obesity

Blood pressure hormone system important for cardiovascular health can promote obesity

New research by University of Iowa scientists helps explain how a hormone system often targeted to treat cardiovascular disease can also lower metabolism and promote obesity. [More]
Changes in the brain's pleasure center may decrease physical activity in postmenopausal women

Changes in the brain's pleasure center may decrease physical activity in postmenopausal women

As women enter menopause, their levels of physical activity decrease; for years scientists were unable to determine why. [More]
Scarring can have negative impact on patients' quality of life

Scarring can have negative impact on patients' quality of life

Whether it's from sudden trauma, scheduled surgery or serious acne, scarring can have a profound impact on patients. [More]
CATCH program identified as excellent example of evidence-based physical activity intervention

CATCH program identified as excellent example of evidence-based physical activity intervention

In a paper published today in a special physical activity series of The Lancet, the Coordinated Approach to Child Health program developed by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was identified as an excellent example of an evidence-based physical activity intervention that has been successfully scaled up to affect population health. [More]
Exercising for one hour daily offsets ill effects of sedentary lifestyle

Exercising for one hour daily offsets ill effects of sedentary lifestyle

Engaging in physical activity for at least one hour a day may eliminate the increased risk of death associated with 8 hours or more of sitting every day. [More]
Study explores ethnic differences in physical activity among kidney transplant patients

Study explores ethnic differences in physical activity among kidney transplant patients

People's ethnicity impacts their physical activity following a kidney transplant, according to research carried out by the University of Leicester. [More]
Mexican scientists create new walker that uses artificial intelligence to help elders

Mexican scientists create new walker that uses artificial intelligence to help elders

In case of emergency, the improvement creates an alert to bring help to the affected user. [More]
Groundbreaking research opens door for prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research opens door for prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment. [More]
Shorter and longer reproductive durations can raise risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women

Shorter and longer reproductive durations can raise risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women

Using data from the Women's Health Initiative, a new study has found that women with reproductive-period durations of less than 30 years had a 37% increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with women whose reproductive durations were somewhere in the middle (36 to 40 years). [More]
Online behavioural intervention provides long-term, sustainable ways to lose weight

Online behavioural intervention provides long-term, sustainable ways to lose weight

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has found that an online behavioural counselling tool is effective at helping people lose weight. [More]
Early and late menopause linked to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Early and late menopause linked to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Women who begin menopause before age 46 or after 55 have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study of more than 124,000 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, a large national trial aimed at preventing disease in postmenopausal women. [More]
Community-based lifestyle programs can also improve health-related quality of life

Community-based lifestyle programs can also improve health-related quality of life

The value of a healthy lifestyle isn't reflected only in the numbers on the scale or the blood pressure cuff. [More]
Smartphone app Pokémon Go could be new solution to rising obesity levels and Type 2 diabetes

Smartphone app Pokémon Go could be new solution to rising obesity levels and Type 2 diabetes

Leading diabetes researchers believe smartphone craze Pokémon Go could be an "innovative solution" to rising obesity levels and chronic disease. [More]
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