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One-legged Balance Test Offers Glimpse at Brain Health

The ability to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer is an important test for brain health, according to a new study. One’s inability to do the task is linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive, or decision-making, thinking and memory, function in […]

Exercise Improves Function, Quality of Life in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Simple movements required for daily living and physical balance can be challenging for people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study suggests a physical therapist-led exercise program may help improve patients’ balance, ability to move and quality of life. In some cases, regular exercise can lessen falls, which is a big problem for people suffering […]

Movement Combats Back Pain

Back pain, which statistics show will affect 75 percent of us at least once in our lifetimes, might make you think you need to take pain medications and rest until the pain subsides. But new research suggests movement could be the best medicine for the common backache.

There’s a widespread belief that back […]

One-legged Balance Test Helps Predict Hip Fracture and Death among Postmenopausal Women

New research suggests there are important clues that help to predict hip fracture and death among postmenopausal women. One is the inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds. The other: to squat down and reach the floor.

Both functions are necessary for independence and quality of life. A woman’s inability to […]