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Fitness trackers may help older folks lose weight
Older people who had the fitness trackers (over a 5-month initiative to lose weight) weighed about 10% less than their baseline weight, while those without the trackers weighed only about 5% less. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fitness-trackers-may-help-older-folks-lose-weight/2014/08/18/7b54e802-c716-11e3-8b9a-8e0977a24aeb_story.html
Wake Forest University
Cancer Tops List of Surprising Health Problems Tied to Obesity
A new study found that 10% of all gallbladder, kidney, liver, and colon cancers could be attributed to excess weight. A whopping 41% of uterine cancers were tied to obesity. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cancer-tops-list-health-problems-tied-obesity/story?id=24977349
Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran PhD, Ian Douglas PhD, Harriet Forbes MSc, Prof Isabel dos-Santos-Silva PhD, Prof David A Leon PhD, Prof Liam Smeeth PhD
Hatha Yoga Boosts Brain Function in Older Adults
Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults' performance on diverse cognitive tasks relevant to everyday life.
Neha Gothe, Wayne State University; Edward McAuley, University of Illinois; Arthur Kramer, Beckman Institute
One in 10 global cardiovascular deaths due to high sodium intake
Excess sodium intake attributable to 1.65 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in MA
Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain.
One year after the trial started and following 24 Alexander Technique lessons the number of days in pain fell by 85% compared with the control group.
Paul Little, professor of primary care research,1 George Lewith, reader,1 Fran Webley, overall trial coordinator and trial manager for Southampton site,1 Maggie Evans, trial manager for Bristol site,4 Angela Beattie, trial manager for Bristol site,4 Karen Middleton, trial data manager,1 Jane Barnett, research nurse,1 Kathleen Ballard, teacher of the Alexander technique,5 Frances Oxford, teacher of the Alexander technique,5 Peter Smith, professor of statistics,3 Lucy Yardley, professor of health psychology,2 Sandra Hollinghurst, health economist,4 Debbie Sharp, professor of primary care4