Browsing Archive: October, 2014

Muscle-strengthening recommendations

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Muscle Strengthening 

According to new research, 75% of Adults fail to meet muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services.


Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most adults don't engage in this type of exercise, according to the research.

Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study found.

Strength is essential for pr...

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How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Stress 

Physical exercise has many beneficial effects on human health, including the protection from stress-induced depression. However, until now the mechanisms that mediate this protective effect have been unknown. A 2014 study demonstrates that exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle that can purge the blood of a substance that accumulates during stress, and is harmful to the brain. 

The study provides an explanation for the protective biochemical changes induced by physical exercise t...

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Evidence-based medicine needs shared decision-making

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014,

Medicine cannot, and should not, be practiced without up-to-date evidence. Nor can medicine be practiced without knowing and respecting the informed preferences of patients. Clinicians, researchers, teachers, and patients need to be aware of and actively facilitate the interdependent relationship of these approaches. Evidence-based medicine needs shared decision-making, and shared decision-making needs evidence-based medicine. Patients need both. http://ja.ma/1yy3ZYv


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Hatha yoga boosts brain function in older adults

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Neurological Disorders 

A 2014 study revealed that practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults' performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life.

"Hatha yoga requires focused effort in moving through the poses, controlling the body and breathing at a steady rate," researchers said. "It is possible that this focus on one's body, mind and breath during yoga practice may have generalized to situations outside of the yoga classes, resulting in an improved abil...
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