A mindfulness-based program helped people with multiple sclerosis [MS] improve quality of life, depression and fatigue in a randomized controlled trial published in the journal Neurology (2010; 75, 1141–49). Researchers from University Hospital Basel and the University of Basel, Switzerland, undertook the study to determine whether mindfulness training could improve health-related quality of life in patients with MS.
Individuals with metabolic syndrome may now have another concern: memory loss. Older adults who present with symptoms of metabolic syndrome—high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat, low high-density lipoprotein levels and more—appear to be at greater risk for diminished cognition. A recent study, published in Neurology (2011; 76 , 518–25), included 7,087 men and women aged 65 and older from three French cities.
Intense exercise can help cancer cells survive treatment and lead to disease recurrence. This staggering statement is the result of a research study published in Molecular Cancer Research (2010; 8 , 1399–412). Stress, including the physical stress of intense exercise, seems to activate a protein that enhances the ability of cancer cells to survive treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. This protein, called heat shock factor-1, is induced by stress.
Are your golf clients determined to lower their handicap? According to researchers from Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, golfers’ fairway performance was best after a dynamic warm-up and no static stretching. The study appeared in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (2010; 24 , 3326–33) and included nine “young” male golfers.
Here’s another addition to the long list of the benefits of exercise. Researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis have found that colon cancer patients who exercised regularly were less likely to die from the disease. The data, gleaned from the American Cancer Society Prevention Study II, involved more than 150,000 men and women.
Kidney disease patients looking to improve quality of life and longevity should pick up a set of dumbbells, suggests a recent study. The authors of the study, published in the December issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2010; 5 , 2258–68), measured mid-arm muscle circumference in 792 dialysis patients. During the study period the patients with the highest mid-arm circumference were 37% less likely to die than those with the lowest circumference.
Tai chi may be a useful treatment for fibromyalgia, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2010; 363, 743–54). Medical professionals recommend exercise for those with fibromyalgia; however, many sufferers live with chronic pain and are aerobically unfit, with little muscular strength and poor flexibility.newsletter_teaser: Tai chi may be a useful treatment for fibromyalgia, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2010; 363, 743–54). Medical professionals recommend exercise for those with fibromyalgia; however, many sufferers live with chronic pain and are aerobically unfit, with little muscular strength and poor flexibility.