Health & Fitness in the news – 13/06/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Exercise ‘cuts stroke risk’

New research has claimed that exercise may significantly reduce the risk of strokes in older people. Experts found that 64-year-olds who take part in moderate-to-intense exercise on a regular basis have a lower chance of experiencing a vascular event than those who do not exercise. Nursing Practice

Health and Lifestyle

1. Nicotine treatment ‘could control obesity’

Scientists have identified a group of neurons in the brain responsible for smokers’ lack of appetite. Researchers found nicotine activates neurons to send signals the body has had enough to eat. However they are not the same neurons which trigger a craving for tobacco. As a result, the researchers say nicotine-based treatments could help control obesity. BBC

2. Ambulances must focus on patients, says Audit Office – BBC News

Ambulance services have been too focused on response times and not enough on patient care, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). A NAO report said patients’ emergency care was being delayed, with ambulances forced to queue outside hospitals and unable to respond to other calls. BBC

3. Fruit juice ‘has too much sugar for it to be a five-a-day’

Fruit juice should not be counted as one of your five-a-day because it contains too much sugar – but dried fruit should, two new studies suggest. Most health guidelines encourage people to consume drinks such as orange and apple juice in order to have a healthy balanced diet yet ignore dried fruits. The Telegraph