Browsing Tag: Complementary Therapy

Snow Shoveling Causes Death in Men More than Women

A recent study suggests that snow shoveling causes death in men more than women.

Maggie Fox, NBC News, shares a study in which Canadian researchers found a slight increase in both heart attacks and deaths from heart attack in Quebec after a storm. The likelihood went up with each extra day of snow, they reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Typically, men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, particularly after heavy snowfalls. Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise requiring more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate, particularly with heavy loads.

The team studied 128,000 heart attack cases between 1981 and 2014, and more than 68,000 people who died.

A single day of snowfall raised a man’s risk of heart attack by just less than 1 percent, they wrote, and it raised his risk of dying from a heart attack by 12 percent.

Comment:  Chill… Enjoy and Watch the Snow.   Or, get the wife to shovel… (just kidding).

Reduced Risk of Death in Weekend Warriors


Hey… are you a weekend warrior?   Here’s some good news for you…

Do Exercise ‘Weekend Warriors’ Lower Their Risk Of Death?

Dr. Jack cush writing in RheumNow reported a new article published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that compared with inactive adults, weekend warriors who performed the recommended amount of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in one or two sessions per week had lower risks for death from all causes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.

Although it may be easier to fit less frequent bouts of activity into a busy lifestyle, little has been known about the weekend warrior physical activity pattern.

Gary O’Donovan, Ph.D., of Loughborough University, England, and coauthors conducted a pooled analysis of 63,591 adults who responded to English and Scottish household-based surveys. Data were collected from 1994 to 2012. The authors looked at associations between the weekend warrior and other physical activity patterns and the risk for death from all causes, CVD and cancer.

The risk of death from all causes was about 30 percent lower among weekend warrior adults compared with inactive adults, while the risk of CVD death for weekend warriors was 40 percent lower and the risk of cancer death was 18 percent lower.

Comment: Wow.  Unexpected good news.

Fish Oil Prevents Asthma


A surprising benefit of fish oil… next

Fish Oil Use During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids

Denise Grady writing for the New York Times reported that research indicated “women who took fish oil during the last three months of pregnancy significantly” reduced the likelihood “that their children would develop asthma.” The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Comment: dietary fish oil has multiple benefits and this is another one.

Wearable Fitness Trackers Don’t Help With Weight Loss


How much weight does wearing a fitness tracker help you lose?  Next

Wearable Activity Trackers Don’t Improve Weight Loss

Dr. Jack Cush writing in Rheum now reported that an article in JAMA has reported the results of a 24-month trial showing that obese individuals on a long-term healthy diet and exercise program do not have significantly more weight loss from using a wearable device that tracks their activity.

In a randomized clinical trial conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, 471 adult participants (with a BMI between 25-40) enrolled between 2010 and 2012. All subjects were placed on a low-calorie diet, prescribed increases in physical activity, and had group counseling sessions.

Patients randomized to the intervention group were given wearable device and accompanying web interface to monitor diet and physical activity – BodyMedia Fit Core, a wearable activity tracker worn on the upper arm. The Fit Core tracks steps, hours slept and calories burned and costs about $100.

After 24 months, people who used wearable activity trackers lost 2.4 kilograms (5.29 pounds) less than a group on a similar program but using a website to track their progress.

Both groups had improved their body composition, fitness, physical activity and diet, according to the report in JAMA.

The value and impact of wearable technology remains to be proven, especially with regard to weight loss.

Comment: Wow… maybe I should stop wearing this.

Mud Bath Therapy Knee Osteoarthritis


Mud… it’s not just for wrestling in anymore

Reported by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management this item…

Mud-Bath Therapy in Addition to Usual Care in Bilateral Knee Osteoarthritis: Economic Evaluation

An economic evaluation of mud-bath therapy was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial. Patients (103) were randomly assigned to receive either a 2 weeks cycle of MBT in addition to their usual treatment or to continue routine care alone. The European Quality-of-Life Questionnaire-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) questionnaire was administered at baseline, 2 weeks, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Direct healthcare resource consumption data up until 12 months were derived from a daily diary given to patients and returned at prescheduled follow-up visits. The results of this cost-effectiveness analysis support the use of the mud bath therapy as mid-term complementary therapy in the management of knee OA.

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