Blame it on the weather?

The weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis, new research reveals. It’s long been thought episodes of both back pain and arthritis can be triggered by changes in the weather, including temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation.

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Keep on walking.. Faster!

A new study shows that even moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Adults who walked at a pace faster than three miles per hour had a 50%, 53%, 50% lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and total CVD, respectively, compared to those who walked at a pace of less than two mph. Those who walked an average of seven blocks per day or more had a 36%, 54% and 47% lower risk of CHD, stroke and total CVD, respectively, compared to those who walked up to five blocks per week. Those who engaged in leisure activities such as lawn-mowing, raking, gardening, swimming, biking and hiking, also had a lower risk of CHD, stroke and total CVD, compared to those who did not engage in leisure-time activities.
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Prolonged sitting does not kill you!

A new UK research has demonstrated that prolonged sitting, by itself, does not increase the risk of earlier death. This study followed more than 5000 participants for 16 years (making it one of the longest studies in this area). However, maintaining physical activities is important for overall health.
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Relationship between depression and low back pain

For a long time it has been known that there is a relationship between depression and low back pain. However, recent research on 2500 twins it was found that common genetic links are the biological processes for pain rather than depression being the cause.
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