Health, Fitness & Food

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study looked at the effects of work-related fatigue from physically inactive and demanding jobs on the levels of physical exercise. Exercise can improve many aspects of well-being. Specifically, physical exercise may also reduce fatigue caused by work demands. However, exercise seems to decline as work-related exhaustion
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Swiss researchers evaluated how aerobic exercise affects short and long-term memory among university students. Exercise is highly touted as one of the best ways to keep pristine mental and physical health. Aerobic exercise, in particular, intends to improve the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. Previous studies have also found that aerobic exercise may have short-term
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Since inflammation may increase the risk of disease, researchers examined whether there is a correlation between poor sleep and increased inflammation in middle-aged women. Poor sleep is common in middle-aged women. Sleep disturbances can last for a long time and can reduce an individual’s quality of life and increase a person’s vulnerability to psychological disorders
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A recent review investigates whether placing taxes on products like alcohol, tobacco, and soft drinks is an effective strategy for combating chronic disease. Adding a tax on products like soft-drinks in a bid to discourage frequent consumption has recently made headlines. While alcohol and tobacco have long been subject to taxes, a common argument used
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In a recent study, researchers examined the link between fructose, from high-fructose corn syrup-sweetened soda or apple juice, and asthma. Consuming high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from drinks such as HFCS-sweetened soda and some fruit juices has been linked to respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. Potential reasons for this are that in some individuals,
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A recent study compared the effects of different amounts of the amino acid leucine on hourly and daily muscle protein synthesis in healthy older women.     Muscle mass, strength, and function may decline with age. This decline is known as sarcopenia, and it contributes to frailty in older adults. Sarcopenia affects balance, gait, and the
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A recent review article analyzed the nutritional value of tree nuts and their role in preventing, slowing down, or reversing the aging process. The article also explored how different processing techniques of tree nuts affect their nutritional value. The last two decades have witnessed extensive research on health outcomes associated with the consumption of tree
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] There has been recent debate over whether polyunsaturated fatty acids have any influence on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A new study from Finland assessed the association of polyunsaturated fatty acids with the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The human body needs to consume fats in
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Researchers from Italy discuss the connection between exercise and atrial fibrillation, and the implications on physical activity recommendations. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, often rapid, heartbeat that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation may include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness. However, many people
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Research using animal models explains how binge eating could be a trigger for alcoholism and other addictive behaviours, particularly in adolescence. Adolescence can be a hard time for many. During this period of brain development, researchers have found that many teenagers often experience a heightened sensitivity to impulsive drives. Coupled with an immature inhibitory system,
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A recent study assessed the impact of a low-fat or a low-carb diet on weight change and if genotypes or insulin secretion are related to the dietary effects of weight loss. The most common environmental factor to weight-related conditions is dietary intake. As a result, dietary intervention remains an extensively recommended treatment for weight loss.
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Canadian researchers evaluate the effects of moderate- and high-volume aerobic exercise programs on physical activity time in postmenopausal women. Physical activity is a key lifestyle factor in the prevention of several diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer. Studies have found that high sedentary time is a risk factor in the development
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Recent research from the Harvard’s School of Public Health suggests that monounsaturated fats from plant or animal sources may not be made equal. According to research from the United States Department of Agriculture, dietary monounsaturated fats make up 12% of the average American’s total energy intake.  But apart from being an energy source, monounsaturated fats
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Scientists developed distinct formulas to estimate body fat percentage in men and women based on simple body circumference measurements. The most widely used and accepted measure of body fat and weight is the body mass index (BMI). This measure, however, is flawed and sometimes does not produce an accurate depiction of health. Recently, clinicians have
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Researchers in the United States determine the differences between sleep deficiency and sleepiness on the risk of a car crash. Many people suffer from sleep deficiency, defined as an insufficient amount of sleep.  Possible causes for sleep deficiency include a habitually short sleep duration and sleep apnea. A symptom of sleep deficiency is excessive sleepiness,
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A recent study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition investigated whether calorie restriction is a viable weight-loss method for athletes. Numerous research articles have noted the capacity for calorie restriction to have profound effects on metabolism, including increasing lifespans in small animals and delaying the onset of age-related diseases. These changes
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In a recent cohort study, researchers investigated the association between following a Mediterranean diet and the risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers worldwide and unfortunately carries a poor prognosis, with five-year survival rates of less than 20%. Although smoking tobacco is a main risk factor, it has
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A recent review published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology explored the relationship between genes, environmental factors, and obesity. Upwards of 300 gene variants have been implicated in obesity and its contributing factors. Investigating the genes associated with obesity, the nature of these associations, and the biological processes tied to these genes may contribute to
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Stress can affect many aspects of our lives, often with detrimental results. A recent Peruvian study published in PLoS ONE investigated whether perceived stress can influence the dietary choices of undergraduate students. Stress is a common modern-day problem that can affect many aspects of our day-to-day life. Many people alter their eating behaviours to deal
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