A home-based, moderate-intensity walking program may help prevent fatigue
in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a study
published in the August 1 issue of Cancer (2004; 101 , 550–7).
Cholesterol Peaks in Winter
People may benefit from having their cholesterol screened during both the summer and winter months. According to a study in the April issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine (2004; 164 , 863–70), cholesterol levels fluctuate over the course of the year and are highest during the winter months.
Thirty college coeds who participated in a biweekly tai chi program for 3 months at Georgia State University in Atlanta had an improved perception of both physical and mental health, according to
results published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2004; 32 , 453–9).
Using visualization techniques helps older adults remember to take their medications and follow medical advice. Older adults who spent a few minutes imagining how they would test their blood sugar were 50% more likely to perform the tests as directed than people who used other memory techniques, according to a study published in Psychology and Aging (2004; 19 , 318–25).
Think your kindergartner is too young to worry about dieting? You might be surprised to learn that girls as young as 5 years old who dabble in dieting are at higher risk for future weight gain,
negative body image and disordered eating than girls who have
no dietary restraints during childhood.
Researchers may have uncovered a seemingly small behavior that could make a big difference in childhood weight gain: starting the day with a simple, ready-to-eat cereal. According to a study in the Journal