News Briefs: November 2018

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Weightlifting is Good for Your Heart and it Doesn’t Take Much

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Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found.

Source: Newswise

New Concussion Recommendations for Kids

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its concussion recommendations to support children and teens engaging in light physical activity and returning to school as they recover. The report, revised for the first time in eight years, also advises against complete removal of electronic devices, such as television, computers, and smartphones, following a concussion. Source: Newswise

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‘Move More, Sit Less,’ Government Says in New Exercise Guidelines

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If you’re sitting down while reading this, stand up. Guidelines released by the federal government show that most Americans are not getting the exercise they need, costing the health care system over $100 billion each year. The new standards are similar to those released 10 years ago, but the government is scrapping a recommendation that physical activity occurs in 10-minute blocks, instead telling Americans to “move more and sit less” whenever possible. Source: CNN

Research Examines Effectiveness of Music Therapy on Patients with Alzheimer’s, Related Dementias

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While the benefits of music therapy are becoming more well-known, music therapist Meghan Ross says caregivers and family members of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias still are surprised when they see the results firsthand. Source: Newswise

 

A new approach to detecting cancer earlier from blood tests

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Cancer scientists led by principal investigator Dr. Daniel De Carvalho at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have combined “liquid biopsy,” epigenetic alterations and machine learning to develop a blood test to detect and classify cancer at its earliest stages. Source: Science Daily

 

Avoid #Salmonella This #Thanksgiving by Properly Cooking Your Turkey.

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All poultry, including turkey, is highly perishable.  To ensure a safe product, proper handling and storage are important.  University of Delaware Professor Sue Snider, a food safety specialist, says buy poultry only from freezer, refrigerator or chill cases. Turkey is done when temperature reaches 165°F. Source: Newswise

Chemicals Used in E-Cig Flavors Are Toxic and We’ve Known for Decades

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Electronic cigarettes owe much of their appeal to a continually growing list of flavored e-liquids, the nicotine-containing solution that is electronically vaporized and inhaled through the devices. Flavored e-liquids, or e-juices, have also proved to be one of the most contentious concerns about electronic cigarettes. They also may be more hazardous to our health than previously thought. Source: Healthline

Natural Antibiotic Strips Bacteria of Their Defenses

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In the United States, antibiotic resistance causes over 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year. New research may have found a way to penetrate these bacteria’s defenses. Scientists at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland found that thanatin, a naturally occurring antibiotic produced by an insect called the spined soldier bug, can attack the external membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. Source: Medical News Today