Health, Fitness & Food

A new study published in the American Society for Nutrition assessed whether potatoes increase blood pressure in two Spanish populations. Potatoes are a staple in diets across the world due to their global availability, ease of production, and affordability. Potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and some vitamins and minerals such as
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Using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, researchers examine the relationship between children’s exercise and perceived neighborhood safety. The risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which include diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, are becoming more prevalent among youth. As a result, intervention efforts are beginning to target physical activity among youth as a way
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Researchers compare People Magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful lists from 1990 and 2017 to evaluate if there have been changes in beauty standards over time. There are variations of ideas on beauty depending on personal preferences and cultural standards. However, society demonstrates a substantial agreement overall as to what constitutes human beauty. People magazine has the
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Researchers examine the use of cranberry for urinary tract infections as an alternative to antibiotics in the prevention of recurrent infections. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most commonly uncomplicated infections in the bladder and affect more than 150 million people each year worldwide. Women are more prone to these infections and are believed to have
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A large study in over 135,000 people from 18 countries examined the relationship between dietary carbohydrates, fats, and long-term health. Previous experimental animal studies showed that reducing overall calorie intake extends the lifespan of rodents and monkeys. In humans, since the 1970s, there has been a particular focus on reducing fats — especially saturated fats
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In a study published earlier this month, researchers determine what affects the use and purchase of e-bikes would have on physical activity levels. To lower levels of inactivity and increase physical activity levels, cycling has been made a political goal in Norway. Many research studies have produced findings that support the positive outcomes related to
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In a recent study, scientists determine whether people can maintain their health with high-intensity interval training while on a fast food diet. The fast food diet currently prevalent in North America is both popular and unhealthy.  For example, a study has shown that during the 2007-2010 period, adults in the United States received 11% of
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Researchers studied university students to determine the sociodemographic and behavioural variables associated with different physical activity levels. Adults are encouraged to participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Previous studies have shown that
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Researchers discuss ways to reduce the risks associated with a common, but sometimes deadly, heart disorder — atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart disease that causes an irregular heartbeat by interfering with the heart’s normal rhythm. This interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently around the body, which can lead to
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Researchers from the United States and Germany studied whether repeated electrical brain stimulation of the prefrontal cortex could improve weight loss by reducing hunger, cravings, and snacking behaviour. Health Risks Associated with Obesity Obesity is a term that describes when a person’s body weight is at least 20% higher than it should be. While genes, lifestyle,
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Researchers seek to understand the interplay between participation in recreational sports and body image among university undergraduate students. Much of what defines an individual’s self-perception as “normal” comes from environmental influences. In the case of Western men and women, outside influences such as social pressure, lack of familial support, or influential media/marketing may be to
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Accurate tests are needed to guide decisions regarding closures due to beach water quality. In a recent study published in Environmental Health, researchers investigate fecal indicators and self-reported illness among six American beaches. Beach water quality poses a health concern that can impact the recreational use of beaches throughout the world. Human fecal contamination is
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A recent review paper examines the biology and clinical effectiveness of polyunsaturated fat in improving outcomes for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that often affects the joints, but can also affect other major tissues. Our understanding of the mechanisms behind the disease has advanced, in addition to the
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An upcoming trial will implement a weight loss program for couples to investigate how individuals affect their partner’s weight loss. Weight loss studies up to date have focused on the individuals within a couple, but couples as a whole engage in the same dietary and physical activity habits and thus share a similar obesity risk.
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A study investigated heart disease treatment strategies to determine the most effective strategy for reducing the risk of secondary heart problems. Aspirin, commonly prescribed as a heart disease treatment, has been shown to reduce the risk of recurrent cardiovascular events such as coronary artery disease, stroke, and arrhythmias. Aspirin may also reduce the risk of
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Researchers in the Netherlands analysed whether parenting styles are associated with physical activity and sedentary screen time in Dutch children. It is not a secret that daily physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity helps in weight maintenance and is positively associated with good mental health. Lack of physical activity
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A new study from Denmark, published in BMC Public Health, examines whether workplace exercise is more effective than exercise done at home. Physical exercise has long been shown to help people prevent musculoskeletal pain and improve their physical capacity.  But is such exercise more effective when done in the workplace or at home?  A new
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A recent study in determines the effects of iron supplements during infancy on systolic blood pressure in children born with low birth weight. Hypertension is one of the most important and, luckily, preventable and curable causes of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that high systolic blood pressure by the age of 30 can increase the
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Researchers in the United States are investigating the long-term effects of socioeconomic inequalities on heart health. Cardiovascular disease may not be associated only with the older in age. New research has made the connection between factors from childhood and its influence on the development and progression of heart disease. Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of
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Researchers determine whether a new, rapid blood test for heart attack diagnosis could rule out heart attacks faster than current methods, to improve decision making and treatment. Millions of people report to hospital emergency departments every year with chest pain. Not all of these people have suffered a heart attack or myocardial infarction. In fact,
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