How many steps per day to extend your life?
There is a simple way to reduce your risk of dementia, heart disease and cancer: start walking.
Taking those recommended 10,000 steps a day really makes a difference, new research confirms, but even fewer will reap big benefits. It doesn’t matter how much you log, just pick up your pace for the greatest benefit.
For every 2,000 steps you log, up to about 10,000 a day, your risk of premature death drops by between 8% and 11%, researchers found.
‘Slugging’ trend is making people cover their faces with fat
To snail or not to snail? That’s the question for millions of TikTok users, who turn to the social media giant for tips and information on what amounts to a DIY skincare phenomenon.
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Slugging involves smearing some type of sealant — such as petroleum jelly or another petroleum-based ointment — on the skin.
What’s the problem with that? New research warns that most TikTok posts aimed at reducing wrinkles are medically unreliable, hyped for benefits and downplaying risks.
Breathing dirty air can make teens’ hearts skip a beat
Air pollution can cause irregular heart rhythms in otherwise healthy teens within two hours of exposure, a new study shows.
Irregular heart rhythms or arrhythmias occur when the heart’s electrical impulses don’t work properly. Symptoms may include palpitations, chest pain, fainting, or dizziness. Some arrhythmias increase a teen’s chance of sudden cardiac death or developing heart disease later, researchers say.
“The most important message for the teens is that air pollution can cause serious heart disease, even contribute to death, [even if] they are normally very healthy,” said study author Fan He, an instructor in public health sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine.
Which position works best to help the baby stop crying?
A new study gives parents what seems like a miraculous gift: a simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put crying babies to sleep.
Researchers in Japan found that walking around while carrying babies for five minutes calmed the newborns, while sitting for another eight minutes while calmly holding the sleeping babies made the transition to a crib smooth.
The team studied the calming process using a baby EKG machine and video cameras to compare changes in heart rate and behavior while 21 mothers performed some activities common for calming babies.
WHO says the end of the pandemic is near
The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, the World Health Organization leader said on Wednesday, with deaths at the lowest level worldwide since the novel coronavirus first began spreading in March 2020.
However, the death rate is relatively flat and not yet at the lowest level in the United States, experts note.
About 11,000 people around the world died from COVID in the week of September 5-11. That was a 22% drop from the previous week, the WHO reported.
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