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Getting in Front of Back Pain

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Even though back pain affects nearly 10 million Americans a year, there's a lot you can do to avoid the problem. It begins with healthy habits, including not smoking along with maintaining proper weight through good nutrition and exercise. Good posture, balance, strength and flexibility help increase core strength to support the back.


Taking Iron Improves Women's Exercise Performance

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Women who take iron supplements experience a marked improvement in their exercise performance. Iron supplementation improved women's exercise performance, in terms of both the highest level they could achieve at 100% exertion and their exercise efficiency at a submaximal exertion. Women who were given iron were able to perform a given exercise using a lower heart rate and at a higher efficiency.


Physical Therapy May Not Help Whiplash Pain

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Whiplash injuries can be enduring and painful, but new research finds that counseling on how to manage the disorder - along with a list of optional exercises - reduces pain as effectively as an intensive physical therapy program. The results contradict a "strong biological and theoretical rationale" for the benefits of physical therapy seen in past studies.


Aerobic Exercise May Help Older Women at Risk for Dementia

Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia. It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memory problems. The women also underwent MRIs to assess the size of their hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning.


Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism

Dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism have been studied in a new project. Researchers have found, regardless of whether they owned dogs, the parents of these children reported the benefits of dog ownership included companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility.


Run Now, Remember More Later

Cardio activities in your 20s may mean better memory in middle age. Researchers studied the link between 2,747 healthy participants' mental and physical activity over the span of two decades. It’s easy to put off the gym until tomorrow, but here’s a reason not to delay: cardio activities like running in young adulthood are linked to better memory and recall in middle age.


Heart Health in Young Adults Tied to Later Dementia Risk

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Young adults with healthy blood pressure go on to have better thinking and memory skills in midlife than their peers with higher blood pressure. Previous studies have linked poor fitness and heart health in middle age to declining mental function and dementia around age 70 or 80. The new study suggests the relationship between heart health and brain function starts much earlier.


Autism Can Start During Second Trimester of Pregnancy

While autism is almost certainly the result of a combination of contributing factors, from genes to environmental exposures such as pollution, scientists say some of those influences may start during pregnancy. Researchers found that the brains of autistic children showed differences in certain regions that normally develop in the second trimester of pregnancy.


Key to Easy Asthma Diagnosis is in the Blood

Using just a single drop of blood, a team of researchers has developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma. This handheld technology — which takes advantage of a previously unknown correlation between asthmatic patients and the most abundant type of white blood cells in the body.


Study Ties Breathing Problems, Asthma to Bone Loss

People with asthma-related breathing problems may be at increased risk for bone loss, according to a new study. The study examined the records of more than 7,000 adults in Seoul, Korea, and found those with a certain characteristic of asthma had significantly lower bone density in a region of their spine than those without asthma symptoms.


Severe Sleep Apnea Linked to Stroke, Cancer, Death

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Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death. Results of the 20-year follow-up study show that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die, nearly four times more likely to have a stroke, three times more likely to die from cancer, and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer.


Is it Just a Cold or Is it Allergies?

One of the problems that parents may have during the springtime is deciphering whether their children’s sneezing is due to a cold or allergies. “Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference,” says a pediatric allergist.


Hearing Aids for Kids Could Improve Speech and Language

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For young kids who are hard of hearing, the longer they wear a hearing aid, the better their speech and language skills. "Parents get some conflicting information, especially if their kids only have mild hearing loss: should they get hearing aids now or wait until later," said an audiologist. But even kids in the study with only mild hearing loss had significantly improved speaking skills if they wore hearing aids.


New App Puts Speech Therapy in Patients' Pockets

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Technology and medicine are working together in a smart new way: By putting speech therapy in patients’ pockets. The Name That! smart phone app helps patients with a type of speech disorder called aphasia. The app was developed by AppsLab at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), which seeks to help professors or faculty develop apps with educational value.


'Dyslexia' is a Meaningless Term, New Book Argues

"Dyslexia" is a meaningless term that should be scrapped, two academics argue in a new book. In The Dyslexia Debate, Julian Elliott of Durham University and Dr. Elena Grigorenko of Yale say the misstep comes in searching for a blanket term with which to label children who have trouble reading. "In every country, and in every language, a significant proportion of children struggle to master the skill of reading."


Gender, Genes Play Important Role in Delayed Language Development

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Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk. The researchers of this study believe that children with delayed language development must be identified as early as possible.


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