Being active tied to lower alcoholism risk
Getting more exercise throughout life is tied to a reduced risk of abusing alcohol that requires treatment, according to a new study from Denmark.
In a group of adults followed for 20 years, those who reported being more active in their free time were less likely to need hospitalization or treatment for an alcohol use disorder, but the direction and explanation for the relationship is unclear, according to Alcohol and Alcoholism journal.
Men and women who reported at least low levels of physical activity were 30 to 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder than those in the sedentary group.
Compression stockings may ease sleep apnea
Wearing compression stockings during the day may slightly improve sleep apnea at night, a small study suggests published in Sleep Medicine.
In obstructive sleep apnea, breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep because the airway becomes narrowed or blocked.
The condition affects people raising their risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat and diabetes. It also raises their risk of being sleepy and fatigued during the day, because they sleep poorly at night.
The gold-standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, device.