Sports Gamblers Wrongly Bet on Their Sense of Control: Study

Experience, knowledge of basketball won’t help their ‘March Madness’ record, researcher says FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) — Many sports gamblers consider their extensive betting experience and insight into college basketball a slam-dunk for success during the three-week U.S. championship dubbed “March Madness.” But that sense of control over their wagers is an illusion, according…

Health Tip: Lower Cholesterol

Avoid animal fats (HealthDay News) — Eating healthier can help lower your cholesterol. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions: Cut back on fatty meats, processed meats, poultry with skin and full-fat dairy products. Eat more foods rich in soluble fiber, such as legumes, fruits, oats, barley, flaxseed and whole grains. Eat at least one meat-free…

Health Tip: Enjoy Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Follow these safety guidelines and talk to your doctor (HealthDay News) — Exercise can be an important part of a healthy pregnancy, as long as you take precautions to stay safe. The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these safety guidelines for exercising during pregnancy: Always check with your doctor before you begin exercising during…

Therapy as Good as Surgery for Some With Torn Knee Cartilage

Study looked at osteoarthritis patients in severe pain TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) — Physical therapy is comparable to surgery in improving movement and reducing pain for some patients with knee arthritis and torn knee cartilage, new research finds. Many middle-aged and older adults have severe knee pain due to a tear in the meniscus,…

Vitamin D Levels in Pregnancy May Not Affect Kids’ Future Bone Health

Fewer mothers-to-be need supplementation than currently recommended, U.K. study suggests TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) — Women’s vitamin D levels during pregnancy do not affect their children’s bone health later in life, a new study shows. British researchers measured vitamin D levels in nearly 4,000 women during pregnancy and assessed the bone mineral density of…