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CALGARY – Shirley Jager has a wicked right hook and iridescent lime-green boxing gloves and shoes.She's 79 and has taken up boxing as part of her own personal title bout against the ravages of Parkinson's disease.
BOSTON – Meet a victim of the nation's opioid addiction scourge: the American worker.A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while helping those who became hooked to avoid potentially deadly consequences.
Getting physical exercise within a week of suffering a concussion may reduce a young person's risk of experiencing ongoing symptoms, say researchers, whose finding runs counter to conventional guidelines calling for strict mental and physical rest following the common brain injury.
It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and that includes older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, according to a study. Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that a low-impact exercise program in senior centers in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing, Queens communities helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life for many participants.
More than 2,200 organizations have used Canada's Healthy Workplace Month as a resource hub to launch their workplace wellness initiatives, strategies, and award-winning employer-of-choice performances, according to Excellence Canada, an independent, not-for-profit organization.
RED BANK, N.J. – Riverview Medical Center, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey, was named an affiliated treatment center by the National Lymphedema Network. An affiliated treatment center is a center in which more than one therapist is a certified lymphedema therapist, and is properly trained to successfully treat and manage lymphedema affecting various parts of the body.
In a novel controlled clinical trial, participants in a six-day Ayurvedic-based well-being program, which featured a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga and massage therapy, experienced measurable decreases in a set of blood-based metabolites associated with inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk and cholesterol regulation.
Complementary therapies, such as yoga, massage therapy acupuncture, have high potential for managing chronic pain, according to a review conducted by the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
HALIFAX – Canada trails the pack when it comes to mental health funding levels among comparable industrially developed nations – but advocates say a promise from the federal government to improve services means the time is ripe to push for change.
Researchers from Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute – both in London, Ont. – recognize that adolescents with emerging mental health concerns require a different treatment framework than adults.
Females are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature led by the University of Cambridge.
Morneau Shepell Inc., a human resources consulting and technology company, has announced the launch of InfluenceCare – a program built to deliver the right recovery support at the earliest time using evidence-based diagnoses of mental health conditions, assessments of musculoskeletal conditions, treatment recommendations and immediate access to resources to accelerate an employee's return-to-work.
Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying in a new analysis by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Columbia University. The study is the first to demonstrate the association in a large, nationally representative sample over an extended time period, particularly in an older population.
MIAMI – After a few weeks of working out at CrossFit, Charles Banfield says his back hurt constantly and his joints felt terrible. The 47-year-old's aches and pains were so bad, he initially blamed his bed and purchased a new mattress.
Patients recovering from heart attacks or other heart trouble could cut their risk of another heart incident by half if they incorporate stress management into their treatment, according to research from Duke Health in Durham, North Carolina.
In recent years, health and human service providers have shown a growing interest in using yoga as an option for treating people who experience mental health problems. But a recent study from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill found that while there are some promising benefits to using yoga, there isn't yet enough evidence to support the practice as a standalone solution for improving mental health and well-being.
Mindfulness programs may help alleviate chronic low-back pain among older adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
For a second year in a row, Canadian fitness experts are touting functional fitness and high-intensity interval training as top workout trends.
Strong evidence suggests that implementing workplace-based resistance training can help prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper extremity, which includes the neck, shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand. That's one of the key findings coming out of a systematic review conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), published today as an open access paper in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (doi:10.1136/oemed-2015-102992).
Alberta's Department of Health has launched a Mental Health Review questionnaire to collect inputs from Albertans on how to improve the lives of those living with addiction and mental health challenges.
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