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Exercising improper restraint. Women over age 75 are less likely to get advice about exercise from their doctors than younger women, even though late-life exercise has numerous benefits and women in this age group are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, the least likely to be physically active, and the most likely to follow a doctor's recommendations. When it comes to exercise, it's never too late to start. That goes for men as well. (Journal of the American Geriatric Society)
Bitter ain't better. When the FDA banned the stimulant ephedra from weight-loss supplements, largely because of negative effects on the heart, supplement makers went looking for alternatives. One stimulant popping up in these products is bitter orange. Cardiologists at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston report a case of a 57-year-old man who developed spasmodic chest pain (variant angina) after taking CortiSlim, a weight-loss product containing bitter orange. It illustrates the continuing lesson that just because something is "natural," or ephedra-free, doesn't make it safe. (Mayo Clinic Proceedings)
Hearts and minds. After reviewing nearly 100 studies, a panel assembled by the National Institutes of Health's Cognitive and Emotional Health Project says that several factors recommended for maintaining a healthy heart — controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; a healthful diet; and regular exercise — may protect memory and mental health, too. (Alzheimer's and Dementia)
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