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Exercise Can Increase Artery Plaque

The general assumption among health experts and exercise advocates is that exercise is if good for heart health, then more exercise is better. But now comes research from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Kaiser Permanente suggesting that a great deal of active exercise may actually increase the risk […]

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Just Watching Hockey Can Double Heart Rate

Without even lacing up your skates, hockey can put some serious stress on your heart. That’s the verdict of researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute at the University of Montreal. Scientists at the institute took the pulse of fans during a hockey game and found that on average, their heart […]

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Sauna Helps Control Blood Pressure

Readers will not be surprised to learn it was Finnish researchers who recently determined that frequent saunas can help keep blood pressure in check. A news release from the University of Eastern Finland reports that researchers at the school surveyed 1,621 middle-aged men who did not have elevated blood pressure […]

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The Best Exercise? All Of Them

What’s the best exercise you can do? Researchers at Skidmore College believe the answer is “all of them, all the time.” HealthDay reports that when Skidmoore researchers compared the effects of different exercise regimens, they found the greatest benefits from a program that included resistance exercise, cardio workouts, interval training and […]

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Wealthy Seniors Get Healthier

By the time people reach the age of 65, most know that life is not fair. And so the latest news about the health of people over 65 should surprise few seniors.  Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that older Americans report feeling dramatically healthier than they did […]

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Flu Shot Effectiveness Is In Your Genes

The annual question: “Does this flu shot really work?” has a brand new answer this year: “It depends on your genes.” Researchers at Yale have identified several genes and gene clusters associated with the immune response to influenza (“flu”) vaccination, a finding that suggests that doctors may someday use genetic profiles […]

Attitude Health

You Are What You Think, Fitness-Wise

Thinking that you’re less fit than others, even if you are actually just as fit as they are, can shorten you life. That’s the verdict from researchers at Stanford University, who analyzed surveys from more than 60,000 U.S. adults, documenting participants’ levels of physical activity, health and personal background, among […]

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Clipping Knee Cartilage Doesn’t Help

For decades, surgeons treating meniscal tears have clipped and smoothed any dislodged cartilage they found. Why?  Because it seemed like it would help. But now comes a study from doctors at the University of Buffalo suggesting that the practice, called debridement, doesn’t actually benefit the patient. In fact, patients who […]