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  • Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Talk therapy may help relieve menopause-related sleep problems and depression, a new study suggests. Insomnia -- an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep -- and depression are common in menopausal women. "Given the high prevalence rates of insomnia and depressive symptoms in midlife women, we felt there was a need for more research to be done on the effectiveness of possible alternatives for treating these symptoms," stu...

  • Two Ebola Vaccines Spur Lasting Immune Response

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Two Ebola Vaccines Spur Lasting Immune Response WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two experimental vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus are able to trigger an immune response that lasts for at least a year, a new clinical trial has found. Experts said the results give more support to one of the vaccines, in particular. That vaccine, dubbed rVSV-ZEBOV, made headlines last year when it appeared highly effective at preventing Ebola disease in a large clinical trial. That trial was done in Gui...

  • Trauma's Toll on a Woman's Heart

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Trauma's Toll on a Woman's Heart WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trauma may be more than psychologically damaging for women: New research suggests it also could boost their chances of heart trouble. Close to 300 nonsmoking women who were approaching or were past menopause were analyzed in the new study. They were asked about their life history of traumatic experiences such as sexual harassment, death of a child, being in a car crash, surviving a natural disaster, or being beaten or mugged. ...

  • Tai Chi: A Gentler Way to Exercise for Ailing Hearts

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Tai Chi: A Gentler Way to Exercise for Ailing Hearts WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart disease who shy away from traditional cardiac rehabilitation may benefit from tai chi. A small study found that the slow, gentle movements of this traditional Chinese practice may help increase physical activity among those who are reluctant to exercise. More than 60 percent of heart attack survivors opt out of cardiac rehabilitation, often because of the perception that the exercise invol...

  • The Body Benefits of Pilates

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    The Body Benefits of Pilates THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for an exercise that's gentle yet challenging and works your core like no other, consider Pilates. Created by Joseph Pilates, a German gymnast and bodybuilder who immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, this fitness method uses controlled movements that can help flatten your stomach, strengthen your back, and give you better posture and flexibility. Pilates combines exercises with a special breathing techniq...

  • Texting Smarts for Adults and Kids

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Texting Smarts for Adults and Kids FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Texting is a quick and easy way to communicate, but it can be a dangerous distraction when you're also doing anything else. Young or old, the human brain simply can't give full attention to several tasks at once. Besides stealing your attention, texting slows your reaction time and keeps you from focusing on the world around you. Knowing when and when not to text will help you stay safe when you're connected. Make it a rule not...

  • Trouble With #2? One Simple Step May Help

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Trouble With #2? One Simple Step May Help MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're constipated, try grabbing a small footstool before you plunk yourself down on the potty, a new study suggests. Most Westerners sit down on the proverbial throne the way they would sit on a chair, but a novel leg-lifting device offers an option that seems to encourage good bowel movements, researchers report. The footstool helps sitters assume a squat-like position while conducting their business. And that posit...

  • The Value of Unplugging

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    The Value of Unplugging WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret that we love our smartphones and other electronic devices for staying connected. Perhaps too much. According to one study on cellphone use by a mobile security company, 63 percent of women and 73 percent of men between the ages of 18 to 34 can't go even one hour without checking their phones. And research published in the internet-based journal First Monday found that when college students took a break from social media,...

  • The Upsides and Downsides of Telecommuting

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    The Upsides and Downsides of Telecommuting WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Workers who "telecommute" appear to have a lot more job satisfaction than folks who report to an office every day. But that positive comes with tradeoffs. Remote employees may also have a harder time separating work from their personal lives, and they can become socially isolated, researchers report. "The upside for workers is that they are happier when they are not tied to a fixed place of work," said study author A...

  • The Value of Strength Training

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    The Value of Strength Training MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strength training -- also called resistance training or, simply, weightlifting -- isn't just for those muscular bodybuilders at the gym. It's a type of exercise that should be part of everyone's overall fitness plan. Why? Strength training keeps muscle toned, reduces body fat, and helps burn more calories even when you're not working out. Strong muscles are especially important as you age to stay steady on your feet and as independe...