Health Bits: Moderate exercise will do just fine

2013-09-22 06:00

City Press health reporter Zinhle Mapumulo’s pick of new health and lifestyle research.

» One plus one isn’t two

Lazy bees will be happy to know that moderate exercise for half an hour is just as effective as going full-steam for an hour.

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health this week showed that people who exercise moderately appear to be more motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle than those who do hard fitness training.

» Bullied children more likely to suffer psychosomatic problems

Headaches, stomach aches, sleeping problems, shoulder aches and nausea could all be signs that your child is being bullied, new research has revealed.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Padua in Italy, was published in the October issue of Paediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics this week.

Researchers reviewed 30 existing previously published studies on bullying.

They found that children who were bullied experienced psychosomatic health problems, which include headaches, dizziness and aches around the shoulder and neck.

These were classified as mental conditions because no clear cause for the symptoms could be identified.

» Have back pain? Saline shots are just as effective

For decades, epidural steroid injections have been the most common nonsurgical treatment for lower back pain even though extensive research shows mixed results.

Now new research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that it may not be the steroids in spinal shots that provide relief from lower back pain, but the mere introduction of any of a number of fluids, such as anaesthetics and saline, to the space around the spinal cord.

The research is published in the October issue of the Anaesthesiology journal.

» New knowledge offers hope for better cancer treatment

Researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen have developed a sophisticated method for identifying modified proteins that affect a cell’s ability to repair DNA damage.

This offers hope for improving treatment options for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers using the latest types of treatments involving the so-called PARP inhibitors.

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