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Playing Sports Offers Physical, Mental Benefits for Kids and Adults

A new poll shows that many parents say playing sports helps their children mentally, physically and socially. Despite understanding the potential health benefits of playing sports, only one in four adults participate in such activities, according to the poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. […]

Nutritional Counseling Helps Patients Lose Weight, Stay Healthy After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery not only helps people lose weight but it also improves or resolves other medical problems associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes. To have the best success with weight loss surgery, it’s important for patients to pay careful attention to how and what they eat following their procedure. It takes a commitment […]

Breastfeeding Helps Keep Breast Cancer from Recurring, Study Finds

New research finds that breastfeeding has a protective effect for moms who later have breast cancer. Those who breastfed their babies had a lower risk of the cancer recurring and a lower chance of dying from the disease. According to the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, women diagnosed with breast […]

Health Benefits Abound for Smokers Who Quit

Are you quitting smoking? Congratulations! Despite widespread awareness of the dangers of smoking, it’s not easy to quit. The good news is that once you start quitting cigarettes, your body begins to heal. In fact, within three days, nicotine leaves your body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As your body starts […]

Quit Smoking Completely for Maximum Health Benefits

If you’re thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, you’ll be in good company. The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the lowest prevalence […]

More Mothers Choose to Breastfeed Newborns, CDC Report Shows

A new federal report shows more women are choosing to initially breastfeed their newborns but many discontinue the healthy practice too soon. Nearly 8 out of 10 newborn infants in the United States start to breastfeed after they are born, according to this year’s Breastfeeding Report Card, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Walking Program Helps Treat Peripheral Artery Disease

Patients who have peripheral artery disease can benefit from a home-based exercise program that encourages walking, a new study shows. Although previous studies have shown that supervised exercise lessens the symptoms of peripheral artery disease – also known as PAD – research shows that a home-based walking program offers long-term benefits. The findings, published in […]

Guideline: People with Irregular Heartbeat Should Take Blood Thinners

The American Academy of Neurology has updated its guideline to recommend that people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, take oral anticoagulants – a type of blood thinner pill – to prevent stroke. The guideline, published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has also been endorsed by the World […]

Moderate Physical Activity Helps Women Lower Stroke Risk

Intense exercises such as running, boot camp classes and high-impact aerobics may burn a lot of calories, but when it comes to cutting the risk for stroke among women, moderate physical activity may be all that’s needed. Researchers say activities such as brisk walking and playing tennis – moderate physical activities – can lower a […]

Can Breastfeeding Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Although women are at greater risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis compared to men, there may be something they can do to reduce their chances of developing this painful disease: breastfeeding. Renowned for its health benefits to children, breastfeeding is also linked with lowering a woman’s risk for postpartum depression, Type 2 diabetes and breast and […]