Frail older adults who practiced tai chi reduced their risk of falling,
according to a study conducted at Emory University Medical School
Researchers noted that adults in their 70s, 80s and 90s—some of whom could not walk without assistance—who participated in weekly tai chi for 48 weeks had fewer falls than subjects who participated in wellness education, according to results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2003; 51 , 1804–5).
Older Adults Benefit From Doctor Referral Program
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have formed a relationship to boost physical activity among older adults. The ICAA Age-Friendly Facility Locator and Patient Referral Program connects participating family physicians with ICAA-approved facilities, programs and services that “have gone above and beyond in their design, staffing, programming, marketing and operations” for the older-adult market.
Exercise Decreases Risk of Depression in Kids
Middle-school students who increase their physical activity have fewer symptoms of depression, according to a study published in the May–June issue of Psychosomatic Medicine (2004; 66, 336–42).
Despite evidence that older adults are becoming more active, many still shy away from exercise. In a survey published in the
May issue of Age and Ageing (2004; 33, 287–92), investigators found that 95% of older adults questioned believed that physical activity was beneficial and 79% believed they did enough to stay healthy. However, 36% were inactive and 17% did less than 2 hours per week.
Breast Cancer Increasing Among Men
Although breast cancer in men is still a
rarity, the incidence is increasing, according to a study published in the May 24, 2004, online edition of Cancer. Using data from
the National Cancer Institute’s, “Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results 1973–1998” database, researchers found that male breast cancer rose from 0.86 per 100,000 men in 1973 to 1.08 in 1998. Men also had a higher median age at diagnosis and were more likely to have lymph-node involvement.
With so much news about the obesity epidemic plaguing today’s kids, researchers recently set out to discover if there has been an increase in the number of cases of metabolic syndrome in this population. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), metabolic syndrome is a constellation
of medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, that are thought to be caused by insulin resistance or glucose intolerance. The AHA estimates that approximately 20%–25% of American adults suffer from this condition.
Youth Fitness Club (YFC) LLC has launched a new website to help improve the health and fitness levels of preteens and teens who are struggling with their weight. Information on the site focuses on behavior modification through nutrition and physical activity, rather than on the latest diet.
What’s one way to lower the number of stressed-out adults who have hypertension? Help teenagers with high blood pressure.
A study of 156 inner-city black adolescents in Augusta, Georgia, with high-normal blood pressure showed that teens who practiced 15 minutes of transcendental meditation (TM) twice daily steadily lowered their daytime blood pressures over 4 months and that their pressures tended to stay lower, said Vernon A. Barnes, PhD, a physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and the principal author of the paper.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has launched a new program to support health and physical activity for the 6 million American children and youth who have disabilities. Supported by more than 50 national organizations,
the initiative is being led by the HHS’ Office on Disability in collaboration with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS).