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Archive for January, 2008

31 Jan

The Role of Lean Muscle Mass and Organ Reserve in Aging

There’s been a lot in the news lately about the question of longevity. This past week an article discussed the role of exercise in “biological aging,” the relative age of a person based on biomarkers (determined by telomere length in this study), rather than simple chronology. To add to this discussion, I want to offer […]

31 Jan

Research Suggests Exercise Motivation Associated with Body Weight

New research conducted by researchers at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada suggests that thinner people are more motivated to exercise than their heavier peers. In a study initially devised to determine how much rats are willing to pay for an opportunity to exercise, the researchers found that slimmer rats were more motivated to […]

31 Jan

Low Carb, High Protein Diet Reduces Seizure Rate in Epilepsy Sufferers

A study in the February issue of Epilepsia suggests that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet can significantly reduce the number of seizures in adult epileptics. For almost a century, physicians have prescribed low carbohydrate diets to control epilepsy in children. Among the more popular diets is the ketogenic diet, which requires a period of initial fasting, […]

30 Jan

The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol

That makes it easy. With all the talk of fighting, battling, combating and beating cholesterol into submission, you’d think it had a black plastic body suit and James Earl Jones’ voice. Big Pharma has, dutifully created quite an arsenal for our supposed defense, and the medical community has been a willing faction, delivering the rhetoric […]

30 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

This versatile veggie is great in so many ways. Grilled, boiled, baked, broiled, steamed, sauteed, pureed or, if delicate enough, simply raw – it is hard to go wrong with this delectable vegetable.

30 Jan

Smart Fuel: Asparagus

Used for cooking and medicinal purposes for over 2,000 years, asparagus is one nutritious perennial garden plant! See, and you thought all it was good for was turning your pee green! Among its many health benefits, asparagus logs off-the-charts levels of Vitamin K (more than 115% recommended daily allowance (RDA) per 1 cup serving!), which […]

29 Jan

A Sanitized World is a Healthier World?

It’s the season for scrubbing, soaping and sanitizing. After all, no one exactly enjoys getting stuck at home miserable with the latest cold or flu strain making its way through all humankind. But is this obsession with absolute cleanliness really the best way to keep ourselves healthy? We certainly wouldn’t argue with the positives of […]

29 Jan

NYC to Post Calorie Counts on Menus

Dining out in New York City just got a lot simpler with the passage of a law requiring fast food chains to display calorie counts on menu boards, Reuters reports. Under the new regulation, which is slated to take effect March 31, restaurants that operate at least 15 separate outlets will be required to post […]

29 Jan

10 Things You Can Do Today to Feel Better Tomorrow

Rough day? Here’s 10 simple things you can do to unwind, recharge and give yourself a boost! 1. Laugh it Off: According to experts, laughter really is the best medicine. Not in the mood for a giggle? Consider this: In several studies, laughing – even for a few minutes – can lower stress hormones, boost […]

28 Jan

Gotta Love That Genome

Cool news for your Monday – Researchers from Duke University have discovered a way to examine the entire genome and find the “unpackaged” centers that direct gene expression: A new resource that identifies regions of the human genome that regulate gene expression may help scientists learn about and develop treatments for a number of human […]

28 Jan

Dear Mark: Sugar Cravings

Dear Mark, I do pretty well in the fitness department, love my veggies and get plenty of protein. My problem is that I can’t seem to shake my sugar cravings. Suggestions? I get some version of this question on a fairly regular basis. A common theory says that we evolved to crave sweet tastes in […]

25 Jan

Anaerobic Exercise HGH Link

I love this stuff. A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine may help explain what I have been saying for quite some time here: that exercise stimulates the natural production of growth hormone (the very same HGH we just wrote about yesterday). But it’s the type of exercise that makes all […]

25 Jan

Friday Link Love

Adventures in Ethics and Science ponders the Ethical Considerations in the Development of the Male Birth Control Pill. Aetiology reports that aflatoxin has been found in pet food. That’s Fit has good news about taking DHA during pregnancy. Eye on DNA reports on why direct-to-consumer genome scans may not be all they’re cracked up to […]

25 Jan

Study Finds Exercise Prolongs Lifespan

A study published Tuesday in the online edition of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation suggests that frequent exercise can reduce the risk of death in men. To examine the link between fitness and mortality, Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers gathered fitness data on 15,660 male VA patients undergoing treadmill testing for various medical reasons. The […]

24 Jan

The Hype Over Human Growth Hormone

A lot of questions hit the MDA doorstep about HGH, Human Growth Hormone, and with good reason. It’s been touted in some circles as a bottled fountain of youth among other grandiose claims. Countless companies have jumped on that bandwagon, peddling worthless products with HGH labels. We love to take on the propagandists and snake […]

24 Jan

Study Finds Fitness Best Determinant of Future Cancer Risk

A study in the most recent edition of Obesity for the first time finds that fitness is more important than fatness in decreasing cancer mortality in men. For the study, researchers from the not-for-profit Cooper Institute in Dallas tracked 38,410 men who completed a comprehensive baseline physical examination at Cooper Clinic in Dallas that included […]

24 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

Most Westerners aren’t too familiar with this type of cuisine. But if you are the adventurous type (and even if your not) giving sea vegetables a try is definitely worth a shot!

24 Jan

Smart Fuel: Sea Vegetables

Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Who cares when it tastes this delicious! Classified as an algae (so neither plant nor animal!), the sea vegetable family counts ultra-healthy seaweed, sea lettuce, nori and kelp among its many relatives. Mimicking the mineral content of the ocean – which incidentally mimics the mineral content of […]

23 Jan

Olive Oil Does It Again

Those Mediterranean people have it all: a perfect climate, gorgeous beaches and terrain, incredible food, and pretty darn good health. Aren’t we getting a little tired of hearing good things about them? Yes, we know: it’s the olive oil. Countless studies have analyzed the beneficial properties of the much lauded E.V.O.O., and this one is […]

23 Jan

Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weight in the treatment of obese patients with type 2 diabetes. via Science Daily I have to comment on this recent study that confirms, albeit circuitously, […]

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