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Effect of Exercise on Hot Flashes

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A new study was performed to show the effect of exercise on hot flashes among women going through menopause. Study included 248 women randomized into two groups, one group that exercised three times per week for 12 weeks and other group that did their usual activity. All the women included in the study were going through menopause or had already gone through it. Confounders were reduced by only including women that were already presenting frequent hot flashes at the start of the study. Participants were told to keep track of the number and severity of hot flashes using daily diary. Researchers found no connection between exercise and reduction in hot flashes. Author of the study still recommended women to exercise because of its beneficial effects on other menopausal symptoms such as depression and insomnia. What are your thoughts about these findings?

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Why Four Workouts a Week Might be Better Than Six

4K7F2199A new study published in Exercise & Science in Sports and Medicine evaluated 72 older women in terms of benefits of exercising two, four or six times a week.  Researchers reported that women in all 3 groups were more fit and had better endurance by the end of 4-month experiment.  It was surprising that women who exercised 6 times a week ended up spending fewer additional calories compared to the beginning of the study, while women who exercised 2 times a week were burning additional 100 calories a day, and women exercising 4 times a week – additional 225 calories.  Women exercising 6 times a week were less likely to engage in additional physical activity outside of their scheduled workouts.  How will the results of this research impact your future exercise routine?  How well do you believe this data could apply to you, your patients or general public?

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Moderate alcohol use associated with decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A prospective cohort published in the BMJ found that Swedish women who drank three glasses per week of wine, spirits, or beer three times a week for 10 years lowered their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 52%.  Women who drank more than four glasses of alcohol per week lowered the risk by 37%.  A standard glass of alcohol was approximately a pint of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.7ounces of liquor. If your patients do not consume alcohol, what other foods contain similar ingredients that may offer health benefits?

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