Physical and mental exercise lower chances for developing delirium after surgery

After having surgery, many older adults develop delirium, the medical term for sudden and severe confusion. In fact, between 10 and 67 percent of older adults experience delirium after surgery for non-heart-related issues, while 5 to 61 percent experience delirium after orthopedic surgery (surgery dealing with the bones and muscles). Continue Reading

Aerobic exercise programs may improve endurance, walking after stroke

Stroke survivors who completed group-based aerobic exercise programs similar in design and duration to cardiac rehabilitation programs significantly improved their aerobic endurance and walking ability, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. Stroke remains the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and physical therapy is Continue Reading

New link between endocannabinoids and exercise may help in treatment of depression

Researchers know exercise improves mood for people with depression, but there are still questions about exactly how it makes people feel better. The answers may be found in the endocannabinoid system. The system is made up of the body’s own naturally occurring cannabinoid molecules and their receptors, said Jacob Meyer, Continue Reading

Exercise associated with benefit to patients with advanced colorectal cancer

Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who engaged in moderate exercise while undergoing chemotherapy tended to have delayed progression of their disease and fewer severe side effects from treatment, according to the results of a new study. Even low-intensity exercise, such as walking four or more hours a week, was associated Continue Reading

New study sheds light on novel exercise treatment for common form of cardiovascular disease

Weight training—also called resistance training—can help people with peripheral artery disease reduce painful symptoms like muscle cramps during walking, a study by UNSW medical researchers recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shown. In people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a build-up of plaque in the arteries—caused Continue Reading

A prescription for exercise

Richard Carpenter, 75, was going through the mail one day last year when he saw a postcard from UCI seeking participants for a study on whether exercise can help with age-related memory loss. “I almost put it into the recycle pile,” Carpenter says. “But I mentioned it to my wife, Continue Reading

Get a workout buddy: Another study confirms that making exercise a social outing keeps you on track, improves quality of life

You may want to consider joining a workout group — or, even better, getting your friends in on the act. This is because a team of researchers from Anglia Ruskin University found that walking in groups could help in keeping people on track with the program and improving their quality of life. Continue Reading

Diet and exercise prevents diabetes in dogs too: Canine obesity is on the rise, along with all the related health problems

Research shows that overweight and obese dogs suffer from a host of health problems like musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, glucose intolerance, diabetes, and bladder and mammary cancer. A high-fat diet, which leads to excess weight and obesity, was also linked to canine pancreatitis, which is characterized by appetite loss and Continue Reading