'Hot' Yoga Is No Better for Your Heart: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s called “hot” yoga because it’s practiced in sweltering temperatures, and some research has hinted that it might improve heart health more than traditional yoga. But a new study suggests that adding heat to your Half Moon pose doesn’t boost its cardiac benefits. “We were surprised by the…

Physical Therapist Challenges 'No Pain, No Gain' Theory

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many people think if they’re not sore after a workout, they didn’t push themselves hard enough. But some experts challenge this view. “There’s no evidence that shows individuals with muscle soreness get stronger versus those that don’t,” said physical therapist Heather Henry, from University Hospitals Avon Health Center…

Fluids May Buy Dying Cancer Patients a Day or Two

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Giving fluids to dying cancer patients may help them live a bit longer, a new British study finds. “Hydration plays a key role in delaying the dying process,” said Dr. Agnieszka Michael, medical director of clinical trials at the University of Surrey in England. However, “why this is…

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday. After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious…

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There May Be a Big Medical Upside to Being Short

The taller you are, the higher your odds for blood clots in your veins, research suggests (HealthDay News) — There may be at least one advantage to being short: a lower risk for dangerous blood clots in the veins, a new study shows. These clots, called venous thromboembolisms, include blockages known as DVTs (deep vein…

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Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Here’s what to look for (HealthDay News) — Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen vessels that typically affect the legs. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs: Blue or dark-purple veins. Veins that twist and bulge, resembling electric cords beneath the skin. Pain or a heavy sensation. Veins that itch or bleed. Swelling, cramped muscles, throbbing…

Venous Reflux Disease: Who is susceptible?

Normal veins have valves that prevent the blood they carry from flowing backwards – away from the heart. When the valves do not function properly, they can allow blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs. When this occurs, it is referred to as venous reflux. Venus reflux can cause pain, lead to varicose…