Get Rid Of Night-Time Bathroom Breaks
A sedentary lifestyle may mean less sleep for men. Middle-aged men who were physically active for an hour or more per week were 13 percent less likely to report nocturia (needing to urinate two or more times a night) and 34 percent less likely to report severe nocturia (needing to urinate three or more times) than those who didn't exercise, found a large study led by a Loyola University Chicago researcher.
End Night-time Bathroom Breaks
A sedentary lifestyle may mean less sleep for men. Middle-aged men who were physically active for an hour or more per week were 13 percent less likely to report nocturia (needing to urinate two or more times a night) and 34 percent less likely to report severe nocturia (needing to urinate three or more times) than those who didn't exercise, found a large study led by a Loyola University Chicago researcher. Physical activity may improve sleep and reduce inflammation of the prostate, which can trigger middle-of-the-night bathroom trips.
Avoid Unnecessary Knee Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery for tears in the meniscus, the knee's cartilage, doesn't seem to benefit patients with age-related tears, a new Canadian study found. When researchers analyzed studies randomizing 805 participants (at an average age of 56,) who had such tears to receive either surgery or more conservative treatment, they found no differences in the patients' pain and functioning in either the short term or long term. Age-related injuries may be better treated with options like physiotherapy.
Serious Warnings for Stents
Developing a blood clot after a stent has been implanted has generally been considered a risk in the first year after the procedure. However, in a recent study in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, researchers studied seven patients who experienced major heart attacks from stent thrombosis (ST), a blood clot in the stent. The average time between stent implantation and ST was six years. Researchers urge those with heart stents to get regular checkups, take low-dose aspirin or other prescribed medicine, and refrain from smoking.
The TV Show That Spoils Your Diet
Distracting, high-action TV-thanks, Scandal!-may cause viewers to eat more, according to Cornell University researchers. Scientists recruited 94 undergraduates to munch on chocolates, carrots, cookies, and grapes while watching 20 minutes of television. Students who watched a segment of an action movie (The Island) ate almost twice as many snacks as those who viewed a talk show.
Memory Loss Linked to Blood Type
People with AB-type blood are more likely to experience memory problems with age than those with other blood types, a new Neurology study found. Researchers followed more than 30,000 subjects ages 45 and older for three years, giving them various memory and thinking-skills tests. Participants with blood type AB, about 4 percent of the population, were 82 percent more likely to have memory loss than those with other blood types.
Game to Improve MS
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may want to try gaming. For 30 to 40 minutes daily, five days a week, MS patients in a recent Italian study played with Nintendo's Wii Balance Board, which resembles a scale and translates a person's move--ments into action on a TV screen. Participants improved on tests of balance and reported fewer accidental falls, and MRI scans showed improvements in the protective sheath around nerves, which helps conduct impulses between the body and brain.
Clean Hands, Healthy Tummy
Travellers in developing or tropical areas often encounter diarrhea, but clean hands can protect guts. About 30 percent of people who didn't use hand sanitizer fell sick during travel, compared with only 17 percent of those who used a germ-killing gel, French researchers recently found. Sanitizing before meals during travel can help you avoid bacteria like E. coli, a common cause of diarrhea.