Friday, February 27, 2015

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.

[Source: MedlinePlus]

How much physical activity do you need?
Measuring Physical Activity Intensity (Watch the excellent video on this page)
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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

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

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

Additional exercise and physical fitness resources
[Source: MedlinePlus]

Monday, February 2, 2015

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, February 2015

The UCSF Patient Health Library subscribes to over a dozen health and wellness newsletters that are not available for free online. We also have access to all of the online journals the UCSF subscribes to.

Here are highlights from the newsletters. To read the articles, look at the online journals or ask a health or medical question, visit the Patient Health Library.

Consumer Reports on Health

January 2015
-The trouble with diet pills, pp.1,4-5
-Make your home a safer place, pp.6-7
-Stop paying too much for drugs, p.8
-What you must know about milk, p.9
"Q: Should I opt for organic milk? A: Yes....[benefits include] 100% organic feed, no growth hormones, and no antibiotics....and healthy agricultural practices."

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

January 2015
-Which drugs are best for preventing fractures, pp.1-2
-New device for a hard-to-treat type of hearing loss: the hybrid cochlear implant, p.3
-Ways to manage your angina and reduce symptom frequency, p.5

Winter 2014-2015
-You can fight age-related weight gain, pp.1-2
-A team-based approach to weight loss, p.3
-Probiotics: what to consider before adding these supplements to your diet, pp.4-5
-How to make snacking a sensible part of your weight control efforts, p.6

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

January 2015
-Exercise after join replacement: DOs and DON'Ts, pp.4-5

February 2015
-Seven ways to prevent cancer, pp.4-5

Supplement, February 2011665
-Aging and skin

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

January 2015
-Can you train your brain to crave healthier foods? pp.1,3

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

Winter 2014-2015
-Vitamin D, pp.1-4
-Family history 101, pp.5