It’s really quite simple if you think about it. [Read more…]
BOSTON As you age, walking can keep the pounds away, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society, an organization of weight-loss researchers and care providers.
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh found that overweight middle-aged people who walked briskly for 30 to 60 minutes a day lost 7 pounds in a year and a half, while similar adults who didn’t exercise consistently gained seven pounds in that time.
In the second study, University of North Carolina researchers did an analysis of data on young adults, ages 18 to 30, over a 15-year period and found those who walked four or more hours a week were the least likely to gain weight as they aged.
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Even the simplest physical activity may lengthen lives — no sweating required, new research shows.
In fact, mundane physical activity like household chores may count.Sound too good to be true? That’s the finding from the National Institute on Aging’s Todd Manini, PhD, and colleagues.
“Simply expending energy through any activity may influence survival in older adults,” they write in The Journal of the American Medical Association‘s July 12 issue.
Does their theory hold water? Perhaps, says a journal editorial. Manini’s finding on longevity motion is “provocative and if documented by future research would have major implications for physical activity recommendations,” the editorialists write.
A new study was just published by the Archives of Ophthalmology which showed that smoking contributes to ones risk of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD).
ARMD is particularly disturbing because it is progressive, there is no known cure and no way to reverse the loss of vision. It tends to run in families – for example, it affects my mother as well as all of her siblings. It is also more common in women.
What can you do?
- See your eye doctor (either an ophthalmologists or optometrists) for a check up.
- There are various vitamin/antioxidant preparations available which appear to slow the development and progression. It should contain vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc oxide and copper.
- There is evidence that supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin (in addition to the above) can also be helpful.
- Stop Smoking!
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I don’t know about you, I swear that the print on the screen is getting smaller!
Of course, for a few years now (and especially since having Lasik done), I’ve been using reading glasses, but sometimes I just want to take a quick peak at the screen without having to find where I left yet another pair of glasses. (Do you keep them all over the house and in the car like I do?)
So this morning, I hit something on my keyboard and the print on the screen got larger. I had no idea what I did, so as usual, I googled the problem.
I don’t know about on Macs, but on a PC all you need to do (which was not what I did to begin with, but it still works) is hit:
- Control and the plus or minus sign to make the print (actually the entire page including graphics) larger or smaller.
Barbara C. Phillips, NP