Less exercise may mean weaker bones for teens, study says

A study measuring physical activity and bone strength among more than 300 teens found those who got less exercise had weaker bones. Researchers reported in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research that increasing bone health does not require participation in structured or organized sports — simple activities such as dancing, playing tag or skipping are effective.

HealthDay News (3/31) 


Running May Increase Life Expectancy, Study Suggests

The New York Times (4/12, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports “running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy,” according to a review study published in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. Researchers concluded that runners tended to live three years longer than non-runners, and no other form of exercise evaluated by the researchers had a comparable effect on life expectancy. The researchers also found that running could reduce “a person’s risk of premature death by” nearly 40 percent

Most Kids Who Die Of Flu Not Vaccinated Against The Virus, Study Shows

The CBS Evening News (4/3, story 9, 2:00, Pelley) reported, “A new study…says getting young children vaccinated against the flu could save their lives.”

The NBC News (4/3, Fox) website reports that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that “most children who have died of flu in recent years were not vaccinated against the virus.” The researchers “found that at least three-quarters of kids who died from influenza between 2010 and 2014 had not been vaccinated in the months before they got sick.”

HealthDay (4/3, Norton) reports, “On average, the CDC team estimated, 65 percent of flu-related deaths could be prevented if all US” children received a “yearly flu shot.” Meanwhile, “among children with high-risk medical conditions, the vaccine could cut the risk of death in half.” The findings were published online in Pediatrics.

Advisory Updates Guidance On Benefits Of Fish Oil Supplements On Heart Health

CBS News (3/13) reports on its website that while “millions of people take fish oil supplements for heart health…a new report from the American Heart Association shows not everyone may benefit from it.” The report indicated “that omega-3 fish oil supplements can help people who have suffered a heart attack or heart failure in the past.” However, “there wasn’t enough evidence to support their use in people without a history of heart trouble.”

Reuters (3/13, Emery) reports, “The scientific advisory published in…Circulation updates a 2002 guidance with data from 15 newer studies.”