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  • Obesity to Blame for Epidemic of Knee Dislocations, Complications

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Obesity to Blame for Epidemic of Knee Dislocations, Complications FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to keep your weight under control? Excess weight can cause dislocation of your knee and may even lead to a complication that results in amputation of your leg. A new study attributes a surge in dislocated knees to the U.S. obesity epidemic. "Obesity greatly increases the complications and costs of care," said study lead author Dr. Joey Johnson, an orthopedic trauma fellow at Br...

  • One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who follow a low-fat weight-loss plan could tack extra years onto their life, a new review of medical evidence suggests. Such diets appear to help decrease overall risk of early death by 18 percent in people with obesity, amounting to six fewer deaths for every 1,000 people, researchers concluded. "Weight loss by cutting calories with diets low in fat -- diets which also happened to be low in sugar and r...

  • Office Workers Don't Like Being Chained to Their Desks

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Office Workers Don't Like Being Chained to Their Desks FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with desk jobs want to move more, a new study suggests. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate how long desk-based workers actually want to sit, stand, walk and be physically active," said study lead author Birgit Sperlich. She's a postdoctoral researcher at German Sport University Cologne. Sperlich and her colleagues interviewed 614 people with desk jobs in Germany and found that t...

  • Older Women Can 'Walk Away From the Grim Reaper'

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Older Women Can 'Walk Away From the Grim Reaper' MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ladies, slip on your sneakers and walk briskly every day, and you might prolong your life. In a new study, women who logged an average of nearly 70 minutes daily had up to a 70 percent lower risk of death compared to the least active women, who moved just eight minutes a day. The study also found that the benefits were significant mainly for women who participated in moderate to vigorous exercise. "Overall, this st...

  • One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of early onset dementia known as frontotemporal degeneration appears to take an even more punishing toll on family finances than Alzheimer's disease, a new report suggests. Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is the most common type of dementia to strike men and women under 60, the study team noted. The investigation revealed that families caring for a patient with FTD face an annual bill of nearly $120,000, on ave...

  • Online Game Could Boost Family Fitness

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Online Game Could Boost Family Fitness MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The family that plays an online game together may get more exercise together, a new study suggests. Sound counterintuitive? Well, researchers have long struggled with finding ways to coax families to move more, but the online game -- where the only prize was a lowly mug -- convinced spouses, parents and kids to log more steps in their daily walking routines. While all of the participants were white, and richer and healthier ...

  • Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of older Americans who took their own lives told someone about their intentions before doing so, a new study reveals. Researchers reviewed 10 years of national data and found that 23 percent of people aged 50 and older who killed themselves had disclosed their suicide intent. The older they were, the more likely they were to disclose, the investigators found. Any indication of suicid...

  • Overuse Injuries Don't Impact Young Football Players

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Overuse Injuries Don't Impact Young Football Players SUNDAY, Oct. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overuse injuries do not appear to be a major problem among young football players, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data on injuries among youth and high school football players across the United States during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Of the nearly 1,500 reported injuries among players ages 5 to 14, only 3.6 percent were overuse injuries. Of the more than 12,000 reported injuries among players a...

  • One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity surgery can have long-lasting effects on weight and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds. Doctors have known that a type of obesity surgery, called gastric bypass, works in the short-term. Patients typically lose a lot of weight, and obesity-related health problems can be prevented or even cured. But the new findings show that the benefits are still apparent 12...

  • Oxygen Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Survival

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    Oxygen Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Survival WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Oxygen therapy is a routine treatment for people suspected of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests there may be no benefit for these patients. That was true even for patients who were older, smoked or had diabetes or heart disease, according to the Swedish researchers. The "study questions the current practice of routine oxygen therapy for all patients with suspected [heart attack]," said lead auth...