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Laughter With Exercise May Boost Health In Older Adults

Incorporating laughter into a physical activity programme may improve older adult’s mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise, according to a new study. In the study, led by researchers from Georgia State University in the US, older adults residing in four assisted-living facilities participated in a moderate-intensity group exercise programme called LaughActive. LaughActive incorporates playful simulated ... Read More »

An hour of moderate exercise a day enough to counter health risks from prolonged sitting

The health risks associated with sitting for eight or more hours a day — whether at work, home or commuting — can be eliminated with an hour or more of physical activity a day, according to a study from an international team of researchers. Ever since a study back in 1953 discovered that London bus drivers were at greater risk ... Read More »

The most interesting thing about Philips’ new health gadgets is their FDA status

Forget about fashion aesthetics and the squishy parameters of “fitness goals.” Today Philips enters the U.S. connected health market with five new gadgets, and while the devices aren’t particularly innovative—or even pretty—they do have one feature that less trend-conscious consumers may care about: recognition from the FDA. The suite include a health watch ($250), a body analysis scale ($100), an ... Read More »

Health plans pay patients to get cheaper care

Chris Stein | Getty Images Doctor, stethoscope and money Sometimes you can to spend a little to save a lot. Even if you’re the health-insurance industry. A program that actually makes payments to patients if they agree to get treatment from less-expensive health providers saved eight health plans almost $12 million in 2015, according to an analysis by the company ... Read More »

Vision problems in space travelers inform eye health, disease research

nce Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth in 1957, we have been learning how the human body changes under low gravity. The effects of space travel on muscle and bone, brain and nerves, heart and circulation, sleep, digestion and exercise, and many other body functions continue to be subjects of scientific discovery and investigation. The ... Read More »

Vision problems in space travelers inform eye health, disease research

nce Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth in 1957, we have been learning how the human body changes under low gravity. The effects of space travel on muscle and bone, brain and nerves, heart and circulation, sleep, digestion and exercise, and many other body functions continue to be subjects of scientific discovery and investigation. The ... Read More »

Young workers like those high-deductible health plans

The big boys are embracing health plans with big deductibles. Slightly more than half of large employers analyzed in a new report now offer their workers at least one high-deductible health insurance plan, underscoring a broad trend nationally toward such coverage. Agnieszka Wozniak | Caiaimage | Getty Images And slightly more than 40 percent of workers at large firms that ... Read More »

Do you know your health status?

Are you the kind of person who equates a physical exam to tax returns? Then you will be happy to know that yearly health checkups are a thing of the past. This doesn’t mean that you stop visiting your doctor time and time again. During a typical checkup, your doctor will screen for all conditions that are common in people ... Read More »