How Many Steps You Really Need to Take Each Day, According to Science?

photo: Lyupco Smokovski (Shutterstock) The more you walk, the lower your risk of all-cause and cancer mortality, according to a new study, with the benefits leveling out once you reach 10,000 steps per day. So clearly, that is the number of steps to aim for—or is it? Studies that compare health outcomes to step counts … Read more

Low-calorie sweeteners might not be as good for us as we thought

Artificial sweeteners, from mice to humans For more than a decade, Elinav has been interested in uncovering the links between nutrition, gut microbes, and the risk of developing common diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, with the hope of devising microbiome-based personalized medicine. In 2014, Elinav and colleagues found that saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame each … Read more

Omaha gym builds community among people with multiple sclerosis | Local News

At first glance, MS Forward looks like a typical gym. Exercise equipment lines the walls. Artificial turf and rubber mats cover the floor. In one room, owner Daryl Kucera coaches Mike Valentino through a series of upper-body exercises. Valentino punches forward, one arm at a time, with the 5-pound dumbbells in his hands, and then … Read more

Exercise pill: Scientists identify molecule that could help drugs replace workouts

If you could take a pill to get the benefits of exercise, would that be the end of your fitness regime? It’s a question we may be a step closer to grappling with, after researchers said they identified a molecule in the blood that is produced during exercise. The scientists from Baylor College of Medicine … Read more

‘I’m an athlete’: Omaha woman with MS stays positive on fitness journey ahead of Lincoln race | livewell

On a recent Friday morning, Kim Freeman helps Kim Kozelichki start her day at a kitchen table. Freeman slips Kozelichki’s arm into a teal windbreaker. Kozelichki stands. She tugs on the zipper, struggling. “Can you get it, Kim?” Freeman asks. “Of course not,” Kozelichki says, matter-of-factly. Kim Kozelichki’s frame is slight. Her hair highlighted blond. … Read more

US Rep. Gaetz’s diagnosis of what’s driving insulin costs misses the root cause

At the end of March, after the House passed a bill that would cap the cost of insulin at $35 per month for insured consumers, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted about why he voted against the legislation. “Insulin price increases have more to do with increased consumer demand than the bad behavior of Big Pharma, … Read more

Study pinpoints the reasons behind racial and ethnic gaps in Medicare’s quality program

For the past 10 years, the Medicare system has tried to improve the quality of health care that millions of older Americans receive, while slowing the growth in costs to the federal budget, by encouraging health care providers to join Accountable Care Organizations. Today, ACOs coordinate the care of 11 million people, most of them … Read more

‘Exercise got me into this, exercise is going to get me out of it’: A Liberty Lake man’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury | News

“He found it in the far, right back corner behind a trash can,” Liberty Lake resident Anthony Guastella casually mentioned on the short walk from his front yard to his garage. The ‘it” Guastella is referring to is a hook which now sits almost insignificantly on a shelf in his garage. “That’s the hook,” Guastella … Read more

A third of GPs plan to quit within five years, finds survey

The survey has run approximately every two years since 1999, and so provides evidence about changes over time. The evidence it provides is used by the Department of Health and Social Care to inform their evidence to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body. The survey was run for the 11th time in 2021. It … Read more

Do You Really Need to Check With a Doctor Before Starting to Exercise?

photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock) I’m sure you’ve heard it everywhere: CHeck with a doctor before beginning any exercise program. This is the standard disclaimer on fitness advice of any sort, which most of us probably ignore. but should you? Not necessarily, it turns out. Why are you supposed to check with a doctor before … Read more