Exercise program reduces fall rates

Exercise program reduces fall rates

The AP (6/4, Tanner) reports a s study examined participants aged 70 and older who had recently fallen, half of whom were enrolled in an exercise program that “involved exercises three times a week at home for a year, with five sessions led by a physical therapist.” In the study, “there were 236 falls…among the exercise group compared with 366 falls among the others.” The findings from this study were also published in JAMA.

Early sports specialization tied to higher injury risk in youths

Early sports specialization tied to higher injury risk in youths

Child athletes who focused on a single sport at an early age had a higher likelihood of having an injury history and having multiple injuries, as well as requiring a prolonged injury-related rest, compared with those who played multiple sports, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Researchers also found higher odds of multiple injuries but similar likelihood of getting scholarships or recruitment among those who had 28 hours of weekly training in their sport prior to high school, compared with those who had fewer training hours.
HealthDay News (3/29)

Exercise regimen may be as effective as medication for hypertension

Exercise regimen may be as effective as medication for hypertension

Reuters (12/27, Carroll) reports that an analysis suggests that “for people with high blood pressure, starting an exercise regimen may lower blood pressure by as much as taking medication would.” Investigators “combined data from nearly 400 randomized trials that assessed the effects of blood pressure drugs or of exercise on blood pressure.” The researchers “found that overall, each lowered blood pressure by nearly 9 mmHg…in patients with hypertension.” The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Some parents report lack of child care readiness for holiday hangovers

Some parents report lack of child care readiness for holiday hangovers

Twenty-five percent of parents who attended holiday parties with alcohol said they didn’t plan how they will care for their children the day after, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Researchers also found that 1 in 12 reported one or more instances where they had been too impaired to perform their parental responsibilities, many of whom said they learned from the experience and changed their alcohol intake, as well as better planned child care during and after the events.

Reuters (12/17)

Brief program may prevent people from gaining weight during holiday season

Brief program may prevent people from gaining weight during holiday season

Reuters (12/12, Crist) reports researchers found that “a brief program that encouraged people to track their weight and to be mindful of the excess energy in every holiday cookie or cup of nog seems to have helped participants get through the holiday season without gaining weight.” The findings were published in The BMJ