Thursday, February 21, 2013

Exercise and physical fitness

Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.

The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly. [From MedlinePlus]

Exercise and physical fitness
[Source: MedlinePlus]

How much physical activity do you need?
    Video: "What counts as aerobic activity"
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts
[Source: Mayo Clinic]

Exercise tips for children
[Source: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]

Strength Training for Older Adults
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Monday, February 4, 2013

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, February 2013

Here are highlights from recent health and wellness newsletters at the UCSF Patient Health Library.  To see the entire articles, visit the Patient Health Library!

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Consumer Reports on Health

February 2013
-Fat facts and fat fiction, pp.1,4-5
-Advice on eggs and cholesterol, p.8
-Weight gain traps you can avoid, p.10
-Colon cleanse, p.12

Harvard Health Letter

January 2013
-New approaches to Alzheimer's, pp.1,7
-Therapy for low testosterone, p.5

Harvard Men's Health Watch

January 2013
-Topical relief for arthritis joint pain, pp.1,7
-Pain relievers: bad for your heart? p.3
-Prostate biopsy: what to expect, pp.4-5
-Mindful eating, p.5

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

Winter 2012 (special issue)
-Sight-saving treatments for age-related macular degeneration, pp.1-4
-Retraining an overactive bladder, pp.5-8

January 2013
-Prostate cancer: to treat or not to treat? pp.1-2
-Fibromyalgia treatment strategies, p.3

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

February 2013
-Finding balance in Alzheimer's caregiving, p.3
-Mindful meditation may cut risk of common cold, p.4
-Urinary tract infections in women, p.6
-Foot exercises to boost stability, p.7
-Overactive thyroid and fatigue, p.8

February 2013 supplement on cardiovascular exams