Simply walking for half an hour a day, 6 days a week could reduce the risk of death in elderly men by a massive 40%, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Men who did regular exercise also lived for 5 years longer on average than sedentary men. The study was done in Oslo, Norway, and I think the results are fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to live an extra 5 years? Continue reading to see what they did.
If you follow my blog posts you will remember a series on headaches that I did recently. These included posts on several different types of headaches, tips for helping yourself at home, chiropractic care and headaches and then headache warning signs. I came across an article that was published in The Lancet in July 2014 that caught my attention. The paper was titled “Chronic subdural haematoma secondary to headbanging”. I will explain what the title means soon, but this paper is a great case study of what can happen with headaches and why you need to be aware of certain headache types and when you need to seek help. Continue reading to find out what happened.
We all know that exercise is good for your body and I have written several posts in the past on this topic. Some new research, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in March this year, involving identical twins suggests that it can have a big impact on your brain. The study showed that a twin who worked out regularly had significantly more gray matter in their brains than the twin that did not exercise as much. This increase was prevalent in the area of the brain involved in motor control. The exciting part about using identical twins in this type of research is that they have the same genetic makeup and usually have grown up in a similar environment. This means that the differences in the brains were more likely due to the exercise habits than other genetic factors. Continue reading to find out what they did.
As you have learnt from my previous 4 posts on headaches, a lot of headaches are often caused by something simple like postural problems, neck dysfunction, lack of sleep, poor diet etc. However, in a small number of cases, some headaches can be a warning sign for a potentially more serious issue. In this post I wanted to discuss some headaches that are more of a medical emergency and need to be looked at quickly. These headaches are important to know and be aware of so if you, or someone you know gets one, you can act quickly. These are often referred to as “Red Flags”. Continue reading to find out what they are.
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