TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 -- Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good -- it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise.
That's the finding of a new study that tested the effects of a 30-minute sauna session. The researchers say their results may help explain why people who regularly use saunas tend to have a decreased risk for heart disease and even dementia.
TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 -- Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble.
The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut in order to ward off a sneeze. He suffered significant pain and was barely able to speak or swallow.
TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 -- Workplace wellness programs are great ways to get in shape, but what if your employer doesn't offer one? Here's how to get the (exercise) ball rolling.
First, talk to your human resources manager and make the case for wellness initiatives with physical activity components. Highlight the U.S. government's exercise guidelines for adults -- to get 150 minutes of cardio per week -- and the health benefits of physical fitness.
MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 -- The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds.
Low mood, tiredness and the inability to gain pleasure from usually enjoyable activities peaked in the winter months, according to the researchers' analysis of data on more than 150,000 people in the United Kingdom. Most affected, they found, were women.
SUNDAY, Jan. 14, 2018 -- Whether you're training for a marathon or just logging miles, cold-weather running requires some special health and safety precautions, according to a sports medicine expert.
That said, it also gives you a chance to get ahead of the competition because people often don't train once serious cold sets in, Dr. Joshua Blomgren said in a news release. He's a primary care sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, and the aid station medical lead for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.