For an energizing workout, take it outside

(HealthDay)—As the weather starts to warm up, you might be excited to restart a swimming routine, but swimming isn’t the only water sport that’s also fun exercise. Many activities that used to be vacation-only pastimes are more accessible than you might realize. If you’re a fan of rowing, either the real thing or with cardio equipment that simulates the movement, […]

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I wouldn’t wish an exercise addiction on anyone

“I wish I had an exercise addiction", is a quip physiotherapist and nutritionist Dr Vanessa Alford has heard many times. As an elite marathon runner, sponsored by Nike, New Balance, and sports drink HTW-O, Alford was a fitspiration pin-up-girl for our go-hard-or-go-home exercise culture. Former exercise addict, Vanessa Alford, had to scale her exercise sessions back from 14 a week […]

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YouTube pulls ads from channels pushing anti-vaccination content

YouTube, under fire for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories and other misinformation, said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans “dangerous and harmful” content from eligibility in its monetization program. “We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, […]

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An intricate interaction: Dietary fatty acid intake influences hypertension risk

Hypertension is an important public health problem that can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke. Many studies have attempted to understand the complex relationship between dietary factors and hypertension; none have provided a clear explanation of the interaction between hypertension and dietary intake of n-6 fatty acids (a building block of fat), until now. In a […]

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Do we have an epidemic? Enhancing disease surveillance using a health information exchange

How do public health officials know if there is a disease outbreak and where that outbreak has occurred? Surveillance is the cornerstone of public health practice, yet while disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right […]

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An upbeat attitude might help prevent 2nd stroke

(HealthDay)—If you’ve had a stroke, a positive outlook might just help prevent another one, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when people felt they could protect themselves from a second stroke, they had lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for a recurrent stroke. “You can protect yourself against stroke by reducing your risk factors. […]

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For many women, tracking their fertility can be an emotional whirlwind

Have you ever used a health app to track your personal data, such as diet, exercise, or menstrual cycle? Did seeing the data make you feel excited and empowered? Or stressed and frustrated? With the popularity of self-tracking technologies like apps and wearables, many people are becoming more engaged with their health data. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center […]

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Reasons Why Every Parent of a Toddler Should Own an Amazon Echo

Technology often gets a bad rap when it comes to kids. Sure, parents should be invested in how their kids are using it and monitor accordingly, but tech can be educational, fun and useful for kids. Take the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition. Your child won’t be able to get enough of the fun games and stories that comes with […]

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When You’re in the Depths of Depression, Asking for Help Isn’t Always an Option

I am depressed. Again. And if I’m being honest, I have been for quite some time. That said, it is easy for me to write these words. It feels comfortable, natural. Like I am having a conversation with myself. But to say these words — to look another human being in the eye and admit that I am not OK […]

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An end to arachnophobia ‘just a heartbeat away’

Researchers have discovered that exposing people with phobias to their fear—for examples, spiders for those who have arachnophobia—at the exact time their heart beats, led to the phobia reducing in severity. Hugo Critchley, Chair of Psychiatry at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and principle investigator, said: “Many of us have phobias of one kind or another—it could be spiders, […]

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