NEWS FROM THE World of Medicine
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.