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

AAP suggests traditional, not electronic, toys for young children

AAP suggests traditional, not electronic, toys for young children

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued an updated clinical report in Pediatrics recommending caregivers give traditional hands-on toys that stimulate imagination and creativity, such as puzzles, building blocks and cardboard boxes, to youths ages 5 and younger, instead of interactive electronic toys. The report also advised that those younger than 5 should only play developmentally appropriate computer or video games with parent or caregiver supervision.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/3),  ABC News (12/3)

Most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer found to have low quality information

Most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer found to have low quality information

The New York Times (11/28, Bakalar) reports on a study published in European Urology finding that in a study of YouTube videos on prostate cancer, those that had the greater number of views and “likes” had lower quality information. The study consisted of searching YouTube for “prostate cancer screening” and “prostate cancer treatment” then scoring “the first 75 hits for each phrase.”

Crain’s New York Business (11/28, Henderson) reports “77% of the 150 most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer contained factual errors or biased content that posed health risks to patients.”