Monday, 22 October 2018

New study says not exercising is pretty much the worst thing you can possibly do

Do not be a couch potato. Do some simple exercises sitting is better than none.

It is no secret that there are a lot of things that can potentially impact your overall health. What food you eat, what habits you adopt or drop, and even how much sleep you get can have serious impacts on your wellbeing, but a new study by cardiologists reveals that of all the things you can do that might negatively impact your health, a sedentary lifestyle is the most deadly.

The research, which was published in JAMA Network Open, surveyed a whopping 122,007 patients between early 1991 and late 2014. The doctors recorded fitness levels of the individuals and then followed up to track mortality rates. The numbers were, as one of the authors of the paper put it, “extremely surprising.”

According to the data, lack of cardiovascular fitness is a huge risk factor for death. That might not sound shocking, but keep in mind that it is being compared to things like hypertension and even being a smoker. Lack of exercise is, as far as this study is concerned, actually worse than being a current smoker.

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Adult bones healthier when kids participate in organized sports

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Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids, a new study suggests

Australian researchers found boys and girls who consistently participated in sports between the ages of 5 and 17 ended up with better bone density at age 20 than those who dropped out or never played, according to the results in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Bones respond to the loads placed on them," McVeigh explained in an email. "There is convincing evidence that the growing skeleton has a better ability to respond to mechanical stresses - loads - than the adult skeleton does. Therefore being part of organized sport during these critical developmental periods allows for optimal bone acquisition, leading to higher bone mass in young adulthood, and later life, according to ead author Joanne McVeigh of the School of Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University in Perth.

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Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

HIV transmission rates among gay and bisexual men fell by almost a third in the Australian state of New South Wales following the wide-scale introduction of a daily anti-HIV drug, sparking calls for other health authorities to follow suit.

According to research by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, new HIV infections among Australian-born gay and bisexual men fell by almost 50% following the mass introduction of PrEP, an oral prophylactic.

For gay and bisexual men living in inner-city Sydney, the research, published on Wednesday in respected health journal the Lancet HIV, revealed HIV transmission rates dropped by just under 52%.

The study, based on the EPIC-NSW trial which provided 9,714 HIV-negative people with PrEP between March 2016 and April 2018, offers further evidence of the drug's efficacy, experts said.

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US tops global competitiveness rating, Singapore takes 2nd spot

The US economy topped the World Economic Forum's annual global competitiveness survey for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, benefiting from a new ranking methodology this year, the Swiss body said on Tuesday (Oct 16).

Singapore came in at 2nd ahead of Germany (3rd), Switzerland (4th) - which was top last year - and Japan (5th).

The WEF, which hosts the annual Davos conference of business and political elites, said it used a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies.

This year's report studied how 140 economies fared when measured against 98 indicators organised into 12 pillars, including institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, business dynamism and innovation capability.