Exercise & Fitness

Link Between Blood Pressure And Dementia

Staying sharp and warding off dementia might rely, in part, on doing your best to keep high blood pressure at bay. So finds a new study that suggests strict control of hypertension may help prevent dementia. In the study, researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) used MRIs to scan the brains of hundreds of ...

Read More »

Second Leading Cause Of Cancer

The American Cancer Society reports that an estimated 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 31,620 prostate-related deaths will occur in the United States this year. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men and is the second leading cause of cancer death for this group behind lung cancer. It develops mainly ...

Read More »

This Is Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Study Pain

Imagine you have been asked to define pain by your doctor. They might have asked for a rating on a scale from zero, no pain, to 10, unbearable pain. Or you chose from a selection of faces ranging from happy to tearful. Maybe you answer with your words and gestures. You may have even drawn on a human outline found ...

Read More »

Pain and gain: Skin nerves anticipate and fight infection

Pinch yourself. If you feel pain, it’s thanks to specialized nerve endings in the skin. And, in a surprising discovery, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine demonstrated that pain-sensing nerves also help fight skin infections and prevent its spread, suggesting a new type of immunity. The findings, based on studies in mice, were published today in the ...

Read More »

What is a healthy blood pressure?

Almost half of American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension. It’s often called the “silent killer” because people often don’t have any symptoms and many don’t know they have it. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure refers to the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, according to the American Heart Association. When your heart beats, it pumps ...

Read More »

What Causes Those Random Sharp, Stabbing Pains?

Have you ever been struck by a sudden excruciating pain, concluded you need to get to the hospital, only to be totally fine and pain-free two seconds later?  What causes these pains to appear in the absence of other symptoms or obvious ailments? The sensation of pain has all to do with our sensory nerves. When you burn your finger or cut ...

Read More »

Trump’s Diabetic Shock

Bernie Sanders has been registering his outrage about the price of insulin, and the presidential candidate thinks government-run health care is the solution to high drug costs. But almost no one noticed last week a Trump Administration move that could make the diabetes treatment more affordable for more Americans. In any event the insulin story is more about perverse incentives ...

Read More »

Back pain: The ‘good, safe’ exercises to alleviate back pain in just 12 weeks

In the largest U.S. randomised controlled trial of yoga to date, published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, yoga classes were linked to better back-related function and diminished symptoms from chronic low back pain. “We found yoga classes more effective than a self-care book – but no more effective than stretching classes,” said study leader Karen J. Sherman, PhD, MPH, ...

Read More »

The profound effects of exercise on the brain

John Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as the author of numerous article and books, including Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. In his clinical work, Dr. Ratey focuses on attentional disorders. He collaborates with institutions around the world, helping children and adults move better and with more ...

Read More »