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Back Pain Patients Seek Pain Relief First, Mobility Second
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Pain relief is a greater concern than mobility for people with a common form of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, a new study indicates.

When asked to choose between a treatment that would reduce discomfort and one that would help them stand and walk, the vast majority of patients wanted to ease their pain, the researchers found.

 
More Educated More Likely to Delve Into the Arts, Study Finds
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People with a high level of education are more likely to participate in the arts, a new study suggests.

Social status and income didn't seem to affect participation in music, painting, photography, dance and drama, but having a college degree did, according to the report published recently in the journal Sociology.

 
Health Tip: Rake Leaves Safely
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Raking leaves is not only a fall necessity, it's a great way to burn calories. So don't forget to prepare your body for the pending workout.

The AARP website recommends:


Layer clothing so you can remove a layer at a time as you get warmer.
Warm up before raking.

 
Could a Texting App Help Your Heart?
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Regular text message reminders can help people with heart disease stick to a healthier lifestyle, Australian researchers report.

Patients who received automated text messages throughout their week saw improvements in their "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight, the study found.

 
Health Tip: Prevent Back Injury When Lifting
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Repeated or heavy lifting can strain the back and leave you with aching or injured back muscles.

The American Academy of Family Physicians advises:


Test how heavy something is before you lift it.
Make sure boxed items are packed properly so the weight is balanced.

 
Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region That Manages Multistep Tasks
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Scientists say they have pinpointed a region of the brain that helps you complete a series of activities in the right order, such as getting dressed and carrying out typical daily routines.

The study authors say that the area, the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex (RLPFC), is like a foreman that helps you remember what to do step by step.

 
Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery
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Some newborns who undergo complex heart surgery may be more likely to have neurological or motor disabilities -- such as cerebral palsy -- as they grow older, a new study suggests.

However, one pediatric surgeon not involved with the study said such complications were relatively rare.

 
Hi-Tech Scans Spot Brain Damage in High Blood Pressure Patients
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Sophisticated scans can spot early signs of brain damage in patients who have high blood pressure, researchers say." />
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Health Tip: Shave Properly
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Taking extra care while shaving can help prevent nicks, cuts and ingrown hair.

The American Academy of Dermatology advises:


To soften the hair and skin, shower or wet the skin before shaving.
Lather with a shaving gel or cream.
Use a fresh blade.

 
Parents Should Be Involved in Teen's Bulimia Treatment: Study
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Teens with bulimia recover faster when their parents are involved in their treatment, new research reports." />
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Most Smokers Haven't Considered Quitting
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The idea of quitting doesn't cross the minds of most smokers, and the few who do think about it don't actively try to quit." />
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Artificial Pancreas Works Well in Home Trial
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The latest trial of an artificial pancreas system offers good news for people with type 1 diabetes -- the system lowered blood sugar levels without increasing the risk of dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), a new British study says." />
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Study: Lowering Beta-Blocker Dose May Boost Survival After Heart Attack
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People treated with low-dose beta blockers after a heart attack may fare better than those given the standard dose of this commonly prescribed medication, a new study suggests.

Heart attack patients given just one-fourth of the dosage used in clinical trials lived just as long as patients on a higher dose, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.

 
Suicides Decline With Prevention Measures at Known 'Hotspots': Study
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Preventive measures at "suicide hotspots" such as high bridges and cliffs might greatly reduce the number of suicides at these locations, a new review suggests.


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Exercise May Help Keep an Aging Mind Agile
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Regular exercise may help seniors' minds stay as agile as their bodies, a new study finds.

The study included 100 adults, aged 60 to 80, who wore monitors to record their physical activity levels over one week. The participants also underwent MRI scans to measure blood oxygen levels and assess brain activity at rest.

 
Relaxed Guidelines on PSA Testing Might Miss Aggressive Tumors: Study
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Relaxed guidelines on prostate cancer screening may delay diagnosis and treatment of aggressive tumors, a new study suggests.

In 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, to curb over-diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer.

 
Researchers Pinpoint Genes Linked to Height, Heart Disease
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Scientists report they have identified new genes associated with height, heart disease risk and regulation of the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen." />
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Smoking Linked to Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
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Smokers have a much greater risk for type 2 diabetes than those who never smoked, and the same is true for those routinely exposed to secondhand smoke, a new study suggests." />
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Childhood Vaccines Debate Rekindled at GOP Presidential Debate
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Some parents' long-simmering concerns over the safety of childhood vaccines received unexpected -- and, in some quarters, unwelcome -- notice during the second Republican presidential candidates' debate." />
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Health Tip: Find Time to Stretch
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Stretching is an essential part of a fitness plan, but sometimes it can be tough to find the time.

The American Council on Exercise suggests:


Stretch at least three days per week for at least 30 minutes. If that isn't possible, squeeze in five minutes of stretching after each workout.

 
Fidgeting Might Be Good for Your Health
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Tapping your foot, drumming your fingers, shifting in your office chair -- many people fidget at some point in their day.

And now a new study suggests that fidgeting might actually be healthy for you.

The new British research looked at the issue of long hours spent sitting, which prior studies have found to be bad for people's health.

 
Lonsurf Approved for Advanced Colon Cancer
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The combination pill Lonsurf (trifluridine and tipiracil) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced colon cancer for people who aren't responding to other treatments, the agency said Tuesday in a news release.

Colon cancer is the third most common cause of non-skin cancer in the United States, the FDA said, citing the U.

 
Health Tip: What May Cause Urinary Incontinence
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The inability to fully control the bladder, a condition known as urinary incontinence, has many potential causes and treatments.

The Womenshealth.gov website says possible causes include:


Weakening of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy or childbirth.

 
Tai Chi Might Help People With Long-Term Health Conditions
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The slow, fluid movements of tai chi -- an ancient Chinese exercise -- appear to help older adults with chronic conditions improve their physical function, a new review suggests.

Specifically, those with breast cancer, heart failure, osteoarthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, which includes emphysema) saw improvements in strength, balance and posture without worsening pain or being out of breath, researchers said.

 
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