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Keeping your blood pressure below this number reduces risk of severe Covid, study finds

By Sandee LaMotte CNN – High blood pressure is a known risk factor for a bout of Covid-19 severe enough to raise the specter of hospitalization and death. In fact, research has shown having high blood pressure doubles the risk of having a severe case of Covid, even if you are fully vaccinated and boosted. Sodium intake should be monitored to prohibit excessive consumption. Blood pressure is measured in units of millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg), which...

Meditation works as well as a popular drug to reduce anxiety, study finds

PLUS: Drug makers are turning cartwheels over the "positive impact" of COVID-related depression on their sales potential SHOTS HEALTH NEWS – If you're suffering from anxiety, those negative thoughts and bad feelings can overwhelm you and interfere with your daily life. And while there are effective treatments, some people don't want to take medicine or see a therapist – or don't respond well to such treatments. Now, there's new evidence supporting another option. For the first time,...

Naked In Freezing Water: Why ‘Viking Swimming’ Is Trending In Europe

FORBES – Although swimming naked in cold water during the hardest days of winter could seem like an activity for the brave at heart, it’s a growing trend gaining momentum among everybody over the age of 16 around Europe. The main reasons for the popularity of what’s known as ‘Viking style swimming’—in addition to its daring nature and the simple thrill—are the mental and physical health benefits attached to immersing oneself into freezing water for...

Eating certain foods and additives can make rheumatoid arthritis worse

While you likely know your main RA triggers, you may be surprised by some of these other factors. EVERYDAY HEALTH – We often discuss treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and keep an eye on what’s in the pipeline. We are focused on what can help manage RA symptoms and disease progression, as you would expect. But it is equally important to be cognizant of what can make RA worse. You need to know what you...

Breathing Techniques for Stress Relief

Health & Balance / Stress Management / Written by Paige Fowler WEBMD – Take a deep breath in. Now let it out. You may notice a difference in how you feel already. Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Some simple breathing exercises can make a big difference if you make them part of your regular routine. Before you get started, keep these tips in mind: Choose a place to...

Best evidence yet that lowering blood pressure can prevent dementia

The George Institute for Global Health (Australia) – A global study of over 28,000 people has provided the strongest evidence to date that lowering blood pressure in later life can cut the risk of dementia. Dr Ruth Peters, Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney and Program Lead for Dementia in The George Institute’s Global Brain Health Initiative, said that in the absence of significant dementia treatment breakthroughs, reducing the risk of developing the disease would be...

Many products by the largest food firms are considered unhealthy, research shows

Heard on Morning Edition Two new reports paint a dismal picture of nutrition in the U.S. One says about 70% of products sold by the largest food companies, including Kraft, Heinz and Kellogg, are considered unhealthy. And that's the food that stocks a lot of U.S. grocery shelves. And new Gallup data shows just how much Americans' diets are lacking. It's not a new problem. But as NPR's Allison Aubrey reports, what is new is the...

Is It Time to See a Sex Therapist?

We spoke to several sex therapists about some common misconceptions around sex therapy and why it sometimes takes their patients so long to find care.

Sleep may be just as important to heart health as diet and physical activity, research finds

CNN – If you want to keep your heart healthy, add a good night’s rest to your to-do list, a new study says. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the country, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Someone in the US dies from cardiovascular disease every 34 seconds. In June, the American Heart Association added sleep duration to its cardiovascular health checklist, now called “Life’s Essential 8.” These science-based guidelines were created to help...

Study links omega-3s to improved brain health

Healthy study volunteers whose red blood cells contained higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids were found to have better brain structure and cognitive function in middle age.

Too many of you sleep with your phone, and it’s bad for your health

If you are experiencing difficulties falling asleep, have insomnia, or can’t stay awake during the day, solid data suggests your phone may be the reason why.

Daily ‘Breath Training’ May Help Lower Blood Pressure as Much as Medication—Here’s How to Do It

HEALTH.COM There's new research showing that daily breath work may be helpful in promoting heart health and reducing high blood pressure. A study recently published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, which was conducted by teams at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Arizona, showed that a daily regimen of breath training for the diaphragm (the core muscle responsible for breathing), helps to boost heart health and lower blood pressure. The global...

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Managing osteoarthritis for hips and knees

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Recently, I started having more aches and pains, especially in my knees and hips. I wonder if I have arthritis. What are my treatment options? ANSWER: Osteoarthritis, also known as mechanical arthritis or "wear-and-tear" arthritis, is the most common joint disorder in the U.S. This condition occurs when the protective cartilage lining the joints is lost, resulting in pain and impaired function. An estimated 20%-30% of adults older than 45 have evidence...

If You Can’t Do This Balance Exercise, You’re Likelier to Suffer Falls in Old Age

A study found that those who couldn’t pass this balance test were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years.
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