Bits of activity add up; cardiac care for diabetics; lifesaving app: Healthy Living [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.]
(Oregonian (Portland, OR) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 30--Plenty of news about heart health making the rounds this week:
EXERCISE THIS: Add up those short bouts of activity -- taking stairs instead of the escalator, chopping produce instead of buying pre-chopped, pushing a lawn mower instead of riding atop one -- and they might be just as beneficial to your health as a regular exerciser's routine at the gym. So says new research out of Oregon State University and Bellarmine University. The study appears in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
BRCA GENE: Women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer because of harmful mutations in the BRCA gene tend to go through menopause substantially earlier than those without the gene mutations, according to researchers at University of California, San Francisco, published this week in the journal Cancer. The research, investigators found, suggests that women with the mutation should consider earlier childbearing, and their doctors should encourage them to initiate fertility counseling along with other medical treatments, says a report on the research in MedicalExpress.com.
DIABETES & CARDIAC HEALTH: Kaiser Permanente researchers this week published results of a large new study that suggests those with diabetes need to pay even closer attention to controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, in addition to blood sugar, if they want to reduce the looming risk of heart attack and stroke.
LIFESAVING APP: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is the first Oregon fire department to implement PulsePoint, which alerts those who download the smartphone application that someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. The hope: that those phone users will rush to the scene and administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or even employ an automated electronic defibrillator. The app's developers hope its use spreads to departments across the state -- even around the world.
- Katy Muldoon; twitter.com/katymuldoon
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