A stress test is one of the gold standard tools used to assess heart disease risk, but the accuracy of that in women has never been studied, until now. The new research finds the treadmill test may actually be a better predictor of heart trouble in women than in men. The 11 year study of nearly 6,000 women showed women who were most fit had the lowest rate of heart problems. More study is needed but in the meantime, both the American Heart Association and the Centers For Disease Control recommend women do moderate exercise 30 minutes a day anyway, for heart health. This study is from Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago. It is published in Circulation: Journal of the American Medical Association.
How often do you wash your hands, and when? A new survey asked lots of questions like that by phone then observed more than 7,500 people in public restrooms at six airports. It found that between 20% to 30% of people in the airport restrooms did not wash their hands after using the facilities. But by telephone, 95 % said they wash after using the bathroom. The American Society of Microbiology is using the study results to launch what's called the Take Action Clean Hands Campaign designed to encourage regular hand-washing among healthcare professionals as well as consumers. More information can be found by ( clicking here).
A good marriage can help keep you healthy, especially if you're a woman. A new report finds women who are in satisfying marriages have significant health advantages over women who are not married or married women with unhappy marriage. The survey of nearly 500 middle-aged women found that those in good marriages were less likely to develop problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high body mass index compared to other middle-aged women. Happily married women also had lower levels of depression, anxiety and anger. A good marriage is thought to be the primary source of social support for many adults and has been shown to help protect both men and women against heart disease. The study is in the September issue of Health Psychology. Researchers are from San Diego State University and the University of Pittsburgh.