A new study from the University of Vermont in Burlington, US, examined how physical activities could help patients with mental disorders to feel better.
To confirm their hypothesis, the research team installed gym equipment in the psychiatric inpatient facility which included rowing machines, exercise bikes, and aerobic steps. In total, 100 patients participated in the study.
After training sessions, the participants filled out the questionnaires. The analysis of the collected information showed that 95 percent of participants demonstrated improvements in mood and self-esteem, compared with the questionnaire scores before the sessions.
Prof. David Tomasi, the lead author of the study: “The general attitude of medicine is that you treat the primary problem first, and exercise was never considered to be a life or death treatment option. Now that we know it’s so effective, it can become as fundamental as pharmacological intervention.”
There are eight different kinds of vitamin B which include thiamine (B1), riboflavin (b2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12). Among them, only B12 vitamin can be stored by the body for a long time. Others should be received on a regular basis through the diet or taking supplements.
A new study from the Hellenic Open University in Patra, Greece, finds a link between consuming products of the Mediterranean diet and lower risk of depression.
For the study, a team of researchers used data received from members of day-care centers for senior people in the East Attica region in Greece. Among the participants, 64 percent moderately adhered to the mentioned diet and 34 percent highly adhered to the diet.
Having analyzed the received data, the scientists found that participants with higher adherence to the Mediterranean-type diets, especially those who ate more vegetables, less poultry, and drank less alcohol, showed a lower probability of developing depression or depression symptoms.
Study authors note in their paper: “Our results support that depression in older adults is common and strongly associated with several risk factors.”
Recent research, presented at Digestive Disease Week 2019, finds that various types of physical activity including walking and strength exercises are connected to the reduced risk of dying from cirrhosis.
For the study, the researchers prospectively followed 68,449 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 48,748 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of them had liver disease diagnosis at baseline.
Participants of the study provided data on physical activity, which included type and intensity, every two years from 1986 through 2012. These data allowed researchers to examine the link between physical activity and cirrhosis-associated death.
Lead researcher of the study Tracey Simon, MD and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, says: “Our findings show that both walking and strength training contribute to substantial reductions in risk of cirrhosis-related death, which is significant because we know very little about modifiable risk factors.”
A new study from the University of South Australia in Adelaide aimed to determine how much coffee would increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in people with and without the genetic variant.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 347,077 people aged from 37 to 73 from UK Biobank. The number of those who had a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease was 8,368.
Study co-author Prof. Elina Hyppönen concludes: “In order to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy blood pressure people must limit their coffees to fewer than six cups a day — based on our data six was the tipping point where caffeine started to negatively affect cardiovascular risk.”
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed medical records from 1947 patients from the University of Florida health clinic. They were older than 55 years and matched every AMD case. Also, 5841 patients were included as controls.
The authors of the study conclude in their paper: “We found that metformin, but not other medications, was associated with decreased odds of developing AMD. These findings suggest that metformin itself, and not other medications, has an important protective role.”
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