NEWS FROM THE World of Medicine

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Health - BY SA­MAN­THA RIDEOUT

A Photo a Day For Gen­eral Well-Be­ing

Tak­ing a pho­to­graph each day and post­ing it on­line is a pop­u­lar hobby, if the mil­lions of pic­tures tagged “#365” are any in­di­ca­tion. To ex­plore how this habit af­fects health and hap­pi­ness, Bri­tish re­searchers stud­ied on­line photo jour­nals and in­ter­viewed their creators. Daily photography im­proved re­spon­dents’ lives by mak­ing them mind­ful of the present mo­ment, by mo­ti­vat­ing them to ex­er­cise (go­ing for a walk to get a shot), by giv­ing them op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with oth­ers who shared their in­ter­ests and by cre­at­ing a store­house of mem­o­ries.

Get­ting Ac­tive Af­ter a Heart At­tack Halves Mor­tal­ity Risk

Ev­ery­body knows that peo­ple who ex­er­cise reg­u­larly are less likely to have a heart at­tack, but what’s the im­pact of get­ting ac­tive af­ter one oc­curs? To find out, Swedish health sci­en­tists an­a­lyzed data from more than 22,000 heart-at­tack pa­tients. Com­pared to those who were in­ac­tive, those who started or con­tin­ued an ex­er­cise habit were over 50 per cent less likely to die over the next four years. All heart-at­tack sur­vivors should ex­er­cise twice a week or more, the lead au­thor said. Start off with ac­tiv­ity that feels mod­er­ate, not stren­u­ous, and if you no­tice chest dis­com­fort or long-last­ing pal­pi­ta­tions, no­tify your doc­tor.

An­tibi­otics May Foster Kid­ney Stones

Kid­ney stones have grown more com­mon since the 1960s and 1970s, and a 2018 study of al­most 260,000 U.K. pa­tients’ records from the past decade sug­gests that cer­tain an­tibi­otics may be partly to blame. Af­ter con­trol­ling for other vari­ables, peo­ple who took sul­phas, cephalosporins, flu­o­ro­quinolones, ni­tro­fu­ran­toin, methenamine or broad-spec­trum peni­cillins had a greater chance of de­vel­op­ing kid­ney stones within a year. The risk in­crease ranged from 27 per cent to more than 100 per cent, de­pend­ing on the drug class.

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