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Briefs: Exercise can cut stroke risk in older men

EXERCISE helps cut Stroke risk in older men

More demanding exercise may help prevent strokes in older men, according to a study of 3,298 people who averaged 69 years of age. Nearly three-fourths of them had high blood pressure. About 41 percent were physically inactive, 39 percent exercised lightly (golf, walking, dancing) and 20 percent said they did moderate- to high-intensity exercise (tennis, swimming, jogging, biking). In a nine-year span, 238 participants had a stroke caused by a blood clot. Among men, the moderate to high intensity exercisers were 63 percent less likely to have had a stroke than were inactive men. In women, however, physical activity had no effect on the chances of having a stroke, according to the study, published in the Nov. 24 issue of Neurology.

Facing conflicts can be healthy

When people think they're treated unfairly at work, does the way they deal with their anger affect the health of their heart? Yes, says a study involving 2,755 male employees, 41 years old on average, who never had suffered a heart attack. About a fourth of them were supervisors. In the next 10 years, 47 had a heart attack or died of heart disease. Men who used avoidance tactics to deal with conflict or unfair treatment at work — including walking away from the situation or letting things pass without saying anything — were twice as likely to have had a heart attack or died of heart disease as were men who openly expressed their anger. Risk was highest for those who walked away, according to a study in the Nov. 24 online issue of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

More payments to doctors detailed

GlaxoSmithKline is the latest drugmaker to post online its payments to doctors and other health care professionals for speaking or consulting work. Following the lead of Eli Lilly and Merck, GSK reported payments to 3,700 health care providers from April through June of this year for a total of $14.6 million. Among the 229 Florida doctors receiving payments were 41 in the Tampa Bay area, including USF neurologist Dr. Maria Carmen Wilson, who received $4,000 from GSK. She also received $74,925 from Lilly and $2,035 from Merck in speaking fees this year. To check GSK's list, go to www.gsk-us.com and search for "healthcare professional fee disclosure."

Fun Florida facts on health issues

The National Center for Health Statistics has a new feature bound to appeal to anyone who revels in data. Stats of the States (cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom) it contains scores of newsy nuggets about Florida, including:

37.2 Percent of Florida births performed by Caesarean section (National rate: 31.8 percent).

9.7 Number of deaths caused by flu and pneumonia in 2006, per 100,000 population. (National rate: 17.8 per 100,000).

23.7 Percent of Floridians under age 65 without health insurance (National rate: 16.6 percent).

Times wires, staff

Briefs: Exercise can cut stroke risk in older men 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:14pm]
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