How to prioritize healthy behaviors to support kids’ physical and mental health

As cities and states across the country enact phased guidelines to re-open, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, encourages parents and caregivers to consider the same concept for re-prioritizing healthy routines that influence both immediate and long-term health. “During this unprecedented time, parents and caregivers have been the primary […]

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Strong relationships promote physical activity in older adults

Relationships are key to influencing positive health behaviors and should not be forgotten during social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong relationships can help adults stay active in older age, according to a new study from public health researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, in collaboration with international partners. The results, published in the Journal of Aging […]

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Children miss more school when their mothers experience high physical violence

A new study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, led by Anna M. Scolese, Master of Public Health student at George Mason University, found that 23.3% of women who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) reported their child’s school attendance was disrupted due to IPV. The study used baseline data from a sub-sample of 659 women in Mexico City who […]

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Relation between physical violence and not having adequate check-ups during pregnancy

Women who fail to have adequate check-ups during pregnancy are more likely to be suffering physical violence at the hands of their partners. The study also found that pregnant women who fail to attend regular hospital check-ups during pregnancy are more likely to be suffering physical violence at the hands of their partners. The research, published by the European Journal […]

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Individualized physical therapy reduces incontinence, pain in men after prostate surgery

For decades, therapy to strengthen pelvic muscles has been the standard treatment for men dealing with urinary incontinence after prostate surgery. But a new study from UT Southwestern’s Departments of Urology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation suggests that may not be the best approach. The study examined records from post-prostatectomy patients with stress urinary incontinence—meaning loss of bladder control while […]

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Study finds most Australian teens not doing enough physical activity

Nearly 90 percent of Australian children aged 11 to 17 are not meeting current recommendations on daily physical activity, according to an international study by researchers at the World Health Organization. The study, published today in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, and co-authored by The University of Western Australia’s Professor Fiona Bull, says that recommendations of one hour per […]

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Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep

Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center (BMC). Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, […]

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Childhood sexual abuse linked to a range of physical and mental health conditions

A new review of previous studies into the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse has suggested that earlier mental health support for victims would reduce the chances of victims developing psychiatric conditions and substance misuse later in life. Childhood sexual abuse is known to be associated with a wide range of health conditions, from chronic pain to mental health problems. […]

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Adolescents with high levels of physical activity perform better in school over two years

Adolescents with higher levels of physical activity performed better in school during transition from primary school to lower secondary school than their physically inactive peers, a new study from Finland shows. However, the researchers, from the University of Jyväskylä, found that increased physical activity did not necessarily result in improved academic performance. Previous cross-sectional studies have reported that physically more […]

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