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Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
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'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
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Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
CANCER
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Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
CAREGIVING
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
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Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
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DENTAL, ORAL
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Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
More Single Women Are Having Babies
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
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Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards

THURSDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Daily exercise provides cardiovascular benefits even during the preteen years, reveals a new German study.

It found that schoolchildren, who averaged 11 years old, lowered their blood pressure, improved their levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and triglycerides and were less likely to be obese if they regularly participated in a supervised exercise program that included at least 15 minutes of endurance training. The research was conducted in the city of Leipzig.

"Even from these first-year results, we can say that regular physical activity has a significant beneficial effect on body composition, exercise capacity and cardiovascular risk markers in children," investigator Claudia Walther, of the Heart Centre of the University of Leipzig, said in a news release issued by European Society of Cardiology. The findings were presented last week at a conference in Stockholm, Sweden, sponsored by the society.

For the study, the researchers randomly assigned 188 children to participate in the daily exercise program or follow the school's regular curriculum of two weekly sports lessons. A year later, the percentage of overweight and obese children in the daily exercise group had fallen from 13 percent to 9 percent while it had risen from 11 percent to 13 percent in the group that did only the standard sports programs.

Although the researchers had expected improvement among those in the daily exercise group, Walther said they were surprised by the "significant reduction in the overall prevalence of obesity or excess weight."

"It's so easy," she said. "All it needs is a little more time allocated to exercise lessons. The teachers are there, they supervise, and they all seem enthusiastic. If we can include daily exercise in the school curriculum, I'm sure we'll see an effect."

Kids who participated in the study will be followed for the next two decades to evaluate whether daily exercise during their youth affects their health in later years, Walther said.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and exercise.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, May 8, 2009

Last Updated: May 14, 2009

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