Is your doctor snap-happy? Physicians order too many echocardiograms, or ultrasound pictures of the heart, says a new study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Read the full article in Men’s Health News.
Better rush to shrink that gut. The more years of young adulthood you spend obese, the greater your risk of coronary artery calcification—early, “silent” heart disease with no symptoms—in middle age, says a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the full article in Men’s Health News.
First, the good news: In hundreds of counties across the country, more people than ever exercise, according to a new study in the journal Population Health Metrics. The bad news? All that sweating has barely made a dent in nationwide obesity rates. Read the full article in Prevention News.
Each March, more than 15,000 cross-country skiers race 56 miles across the Swedish countryside. The winner claims a prize worth about $10,000—and a higher risk of irregular heartbeat, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal. Read the full article in Men’s Health News.
Most of the time, running is an individual sport. But the increasing popularity of relay races means more runners are learning how to get into that team spirit. Half-marathons and marathons often offer a relay option in which participants typically run one leg of three to seven miles. Relay-specific single-day or overnight events, like the nationwide series of Ragnar relays, require runners to trade off multiple legs of varying lengths, anywhere from three to 16 miles. Here’s how to tackle training for a relay so that you can run strong and also have fun. Read the full article in Runner’s World.
Talk about harmony. Singers’ heart rates sync up when they croon the same tune, according to new Swedish research. Read the full article in Men’s Health News.
Have high blood sugar? Some people can sweat their way to lower levels—but others can’t, even if they lose weight, says new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read the full article in Men’s Health News.
Like tea or yoga, pain relief comes in more than one temperature. You reach for a bag of frozen peas from the freezer if you twist your ankle. You might even take a clue from your chiropractor and use a heating pad to relax that knot in your right shoulder. But what about when your shins start aching from too many miles on the pavement, or when you pull a muscle picking up the cat litter the wrong way? Read the full article on Prevention.com.