Replacing 30 minutes of daily sitting with any kind of movement on a daily basis may increase lifespan

Replacing 30 minutes of daily sitting with any kind of movement on a daily basis may increase lifespan

TIME (1/15, Ducharme) reports new research “published in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting with any kind of movement, every day, could help” people have a longer life. The study found that “getting up for half an hour of light activity – like walking, when a person would usually be sitting – corresponded to an estimated 17% lower risk of early death.” The study also found that “the same amount of moderate or vigorous exercise corresponded to about a 35% lower mortality risk.”

According to HealthDay (1/15, Preidt), “the new study involved nearly 8,000 American adults, aged 45 and older.” Participants “wore physical activity monitors for at least four days as part of research conducted between 2009 and 2013.” The study authors “then tracked deaths among the participants until 2017.”

Eating 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily may reduce risk for early death, study indicates

Eating 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily may reduce risk for early death, study indicates

Reuters (1/10, Kelland) reports research “commissioned by the World Health Organization” reveals that “people who eat lots of high-fiber and whole grain foods have lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic diseases than people whose diets are low in fiber.” The study found that for every eight-gram “increase in fiber eaten a day, total deaths and incidences of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer fell by” five “to 27 percent,” while also conferring “protection against stroke and breast cancer.”

Doctor creates resource to help consumers learn about vitamins, supplements

Doctor creates resource to help consumers learn about vitamins, supplements

Reuters (1/10, Crist) reports “a new patient resource published in JAMA Internal Medicine” suggests that most people do not need vitamins or nutritional supplements because they can obtain all the necessary nutrients through a healthy diet. Reuters says the “new patient page…offers practical advice and answers to questions about vitamins and nutritional supplements that patients often bring up with their doctors.” The article mentions, “Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees the vitamin and dietary supplement industry, the products are assumed to be safe without testing, unlike prescription drugs, which undergo an approval process.” Additionally, Reuters states that “there are more than 90,000 supplements on the U.S. market that include a wide range of vitamins, minerals and chemicals” and approximately “23,000 emergency department visits each year are related to nutritional supplements.”

Worst measles outbreak in decades sweeps New York as cases surge in Oregon, Washington and abroad

Worst measles outbreak in decades sweeps New York as cases surge in Oregon, Washington and abroad

  • At least 160 people in New York have been infected with measles 
  • One in 20 children that get the highly-contagious virus develop pneumonia, and one to two per 1,000 die  
  • The disease can only be prevented by vaccination 
  • Over 90 percent of babies in the US are vaccinated 
  • But people of certain religions and ideologies sometimes refuse to get their children vaccinated 
  • In New York, the infection is spreading primarily among Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County