Competitive college swimmers who practiced qigong at least once per week experienced fewer upper-respiratory-tract infections (URIs) than those who did not do qigong, according to a pilot study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (39 ; 461–75). URIs are common among intensively trained swimmers and can interfere with training schedules and harm performance. Qigong is a traditional Chinese health practice that aims to improve vitality and strengthen the immune system.
People with Parkinson’s disease who are experiencing difficulty walking should engage in regular low-intensity practice on a treadmill, suggests a recent study. Sixty-seven participants were split into three groups: high-intensity treadmill (faster pace, shorter duration); low-
intensity treadmill (slower pace, longer duration); and stretching and resistance exercises that included leg presses, leg extensions and leg curls. Various gait and fitness assessments were taken pre- and post-intervention.
Are you or other colleagues at your facility providing any mind-body classes specifically for cancer survivors? If yes, what type of class have you been offering, how have you reached out to members of this community and what has been the response?
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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.