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Patients only appeared to derive benefits from moderate -- not vigorous -- activity.
There seems to be a connection between advancing age, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and caffeine.
Fairly high levels of interest were demonstrated by patients and family members in this pilot program.
There was no association seen between poultry or fish and the risk of diverticulitis.
Higher moderate-to-vigorous physical activity predicts fewer symptoms of major depression in children.
Those who exercise one or two days a week may see similar health benefits to those who work out regularly.
The use of 'cybercycles' reduces classroom disruptions for children with autism, ADHD and other behavioral disorders.
Researchers suggest that running might actually slow the development of osteoarthritis.
Adding exercise to a weight-loss program improves lung function and inflammatory biomarkers.
Older adults who favor this eating style lose less brain volume, researchers find.
The US News & World Report ranks Mediterranean diet as second -- up from fourth place.
Supplementation is linked to a reduction in risk of persistent wheeze and asthma in offspring.
This study found that the virtual reality game got adults moving -- but only for a while.
These food plans are safe at all stages of life, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.
The risk of atrial fibrillation increases by 8% for each daily alcoholic drink.
Patients who added yoga to a healthy lifestyle experienced a decrease in their blood pressure levels.
The Chinese exercise regimen may help veterans cope with distressing symptoms of PTSD.
Low carb diets shown to lower insulin resistance in postmenopausal women, a new study shows. Study also showed exercising before eating raised blood glucose levels.
Participating in racquet sports, swimming and aerobics were tied to lower risks of early death.
What does this mean for clinicians? It means they're doing harm.
There were significantly decreased bowel symptoms, disease severity and anxiety when compared to conventional treatment.
Studies show better physical function and quality of life for those who did strength training and aerobic activity during and after treatment.
This study found that higher blood levels of fatty acids were linked with lower blood pressure.
Study shows that more than 80% felt that weight loss products have severe adverse effects and its use should be limited.
Study shows that a higher intake of antioxidants and carotenes from vegetables is tied to a better ALS functional rating score.
There was a greater decrease in weight, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin and HOMA-IR.
The major implicated agents causing hepatotoxicity include anabolic steroids, green tea and multi-ingredient nutritional supplements.
This study suggests that misunderstanding food label warnings could be dangerous for those with food allergies.
A new research study says that eating 1 egg a day is associated with a 12% reduction in their risk for stroke.
This case report details a patient who reported drinking 4 to 5 energy drinks per day for 3 weeks before admission for acute hepatitis.
Long-term moderate-intensity physical activity was statistically significant, but had a clinically small average effect on resting pulse rate.
In female nursing home residents, there was no significant effect on bacteriuria plus pyuria over 1 year in those receiving cranberry capsules.
This study shows significant improvements in cognitive function, muscle strength and aerobic capacity with resistance training.
According to this analysis, a component in cocoa seems to help control blood glucose and inflammation.
This study has found no significant difference in 10-year cardiovascular risk among vegetarians, but still have other health benefits.
This study found that there were no signs of step increases in short-term or any health effects in the intermediate-term.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) finds little evidence that strenuous exercise prolongs labor or increases premature birth risk.
Resistance interval training (R-INT) shown to improve flow-mediated dilation throughout 2-hour post-exercise period in type 2 diabetics.
Alternative supplements, such as vitamin D, fish oil and probiotics, are replacing traditional multivitamins among Americans.
A new study shows that Hatha yoga may be beneficial in reducing anxiety.
Individuals who obtain most of their protein from animal sources have an associated higher mortality risk.
This new study from NYITCOM will monitor the wellness of their medical students via fitness trackers and monthly seminars.
The trending Paleo diet may be beneficial in lowering cholesterol, decreasing body weight and reducing disease risks in postmenopausal women.
This study suggests that stress may reverse any health benefits gained from eating a meal rich in healthy fats, but does not worsen the effects of bad fats.
This study suggests that 6-gingerol and capsaicin can prevent more cases of cancer together than either eaten alone.
This study found that 2 servings a week of fatty fish had a 48% reduced risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
This study suggests that by exercising for just 1 hour a day, the mortality rate associated with sitting daily for 8 hours can be reversed.
This study shows that low fitness levels have a greater effect than even high cholesterol and blood pressure on overall early mortality.
Researchers of this study have found that adults who are properly hydrated tend to weigh less.
This study shows that wine has been proven to decrease risk of diabetes much more than either beer or spirits.
A study released suggests that a Mediterranean diet high in fat may still have some major health benefits, including decreased rates in breast cancer, diabetes and CVD.
A plant-based diet has been associated with improved inflammatory biomarker profiles, including a decrease in mean concentrations of C-reactive proteins and interleukin-6.
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether fat is good or bad for you. After all, with the word fat having such a negative connotation, why would anyone think it can be good? The truth is, fats are much more complex than to be labeled in such simple terms as either good or bad.
Greater intake of dietary nitrate and green leafy vegetables was associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower risk of primary open-angle glaucoma, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.
Go ahead, pour yourself another cup of coffee, if you know what's good for you. The results of a recent study are receiving attention after it found that drinking at least 2 cups of coffee a day can reduce liver damage, even damage to the liver caused by alcohol consumption.
When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and life span of female rodents.
Cavemen lived during a much simpler time. You would never catch one texting at dinner, nor would he or she be spending all hours of the night watching television.
New research suggests that high- and normal-protein diets are tied to higher metabolism and 45% more storage of lean tissue, or muscle mass, versus fat when compared to low-protein diets.
Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, according to a new study conducted at the University of Haifa.
Tart cherries have long been researched for their association with pain relief, ranging from gout and arthritis joint pain to exercise-related muscle pain. A new study published in the Journal of Functional Foods is the first to report consumption of Montmorency tart cherries caused changes in uric acid metabolism, which can have an impact on joint pain. The study also detected increases in specific anthocyanin compounds in the bloodstream after consuming tart cherries.
A new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine whether adding the amount of walking it takes to burn off the calories in food items will lead consumers to make healthier choices.
Honey has been used since ancient times as a delicious natural sweetener, but did you know that the substance was also known for thousands of years for its medicinal properties? Healers would wrap wounds with dressings made of sugar and honey, but with the development of antibiotics over half a century ago, the treatment faded into the recesses of history. Today, some doctors are reviving the old remedy at times when modern medicine has failed in treating a patient.
Paula Meltzer was only 38 when out of nowhere everything she looked at was blurry. For the single mother, who had a lucrative career as a gemologist and spent hours examining valuable pieces of jewelry, it seemed as if—in a split second—her life changed.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin—the active ingredient in chili peppers—produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately reduces the risk of colorectal tumors. The findings have been published in the August 1, 2014 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Enzyme supplements available without a prescription are becoming increasingly popular, but should everyone add them to their shopping list? Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, is co-author of a new paper in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings on the pros and cons of over-the-counter enzymes. Here, Dr. Bauer answers some common questions about these dietary supplements:
Gluten free is still the way to be. Ancient grains such as spelt, quinoa, and flaxseed are making a trendy comeback. Kale, coconut, chia seeds, and olive oil are in. Eat less, exercise more is key. Here are a few hot diet trends that people are talking about now.
Plants and herbs are used in numerous pharmacological compounds. Many lesser-known ones have entered the mainstream and are used to treat health issues. These are most often found in vitamin shops, health food stores, drug stores, and even supermarkets. Here we are highlighting 3 herbs that are not commonly known, but may be headed to the forefront in the near future.
There's no doubt that exercising on a regular basis is good for your health, as it helps control weight, combats a wide range of health conditions, and promotes better sleep, among countless other benefits. When it comes to the heart, exercise greatly improves cardiovascular function and can even lower some heart disease risk factors. The heart of a trained athlete who routinely exercises more than an hour a day even looks and performs differently than the heart of someone who never exercises. But could athletes who train too hard potentially have a higher risk of heart problems than recreational athletes?
When it comes to nutrition, it can be tough remembering which foods are good for you, let alone what parts of the body they benefit. Foods that are high in iron, such as lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans, dried fruit, and whole grains, contribute to healthy hair; omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish are good for the skin; and probiotics in low-fat plain yogurt are good for the stomach. But who can remember all that?
Practicing yoga for as little as three months can reduce fatigue and lower inflammation in breast cancer survivors, according to new research. The more the women in the study practiced yoga, the better their results.
Studies by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis prove that when kids increase their level of physical activity, they experience positive health benefits quickly. Benefits include less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic and lifestyle-related disorders.
For some, it's the tradition of steeping tealeaves to brew the perfect cup of tea. For others, it's the morning shuffle to a coffee maker for a hot jolt of java. Then there are those who like their wake up with the kind of snap and a fizz usually found in a carbonated beverage.
A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers suggests that a diet low in vitamin D causes damage to the brain. In addition to being essential for maintaining bone health, newer evidence shows that vitamin D serves important roles in other organs and tissue, including the brain. Published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the UK study showed that middle-aged rats that were fed a diet low in vitamin D for several months developed free radical damage to the brain, and many different brain proteins were damaged as identified by redox proteomics. These rats also showed a significant decrease in cognitive performance on tests of learning and memory.
The role of dietary fructose in the development of obesity and fatty liver diseases remains controversial, with previous studies indicating that the problems resulted from fructose and a diet too high in calories. However, a new study conducted in an animal model at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center showed that fructose rapidly caused liver damage even without weight gain. The researchers found that over the six-week study period liver damage more than doubled in the animals fed a high-fructose diet as compared to those in the control group.
Many of your patients who are looking for a healthier eating plan, whether for weight loss or for overall health, have explored the Mediterranean diet. Below is a primer on this regimen so that you can address your patients' questions and concerns, and help them adopt this program, or one like it, to improve their overall health. We know that healthy diets should include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, the Mediterranean diet is not a conventional diet in that it incorporates a mix of traditional cooking styles, eating habits, and lifestyle behaviors of people living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Spain, France, and the Middle East. For millennia, people in this region have enjoyed their traditional foods, leisurely dining, and regular physical activity without considering the healthful properties of their lifestyles.
We often turn to our grills for "healthy" food in order to reduce excess fats and oils. But in recent years, there have been so many warnings about barbequed food and carcinogens, in addition to the usual hazards such as undercooked food and backyard fires.
May is international Mediterranean diet month. And it's worth reexamining this regimen in light of a paper recently published in JAMA. Through observational cohort studies and a secondary prevention trial, an inverse association was noted between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular risk. Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts was found to reduce the incidence of major cardiovascular events.
Straight off the British Isles is another import. It's not the Beatles or the Rolling Stones; it's "the fasting diet" and it's hot. The diet was covered recently by a BBC documentary. It purports to help patients lose weight quickly by slashing their dietary intake on 2 non-consecutive days per week. This is not a total fast, mind you, just a serious reduction in calories on those 2 days: 600 calories for men and 500 calories for women. To sum it up, for 5 days you eat what you normally consume (don't gorge, obviously), and on 2 days during the week, not in a row, you do a reduced-calorie fast.
Chevy Chase, MD -- Exercise may play a key role in helping children cope with stressful situations, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism (JCEM). When they are exposed to everyday stressors, the study found sedentary children had surges of cortisol - a hormone linked to stress. The most active children had little or no increase in their cortisol levels in similar situations.
"The people who told us about sun block were the same people who told us, when I was a kid, that eggs were good. So I ate a lot of eggs. Ten years later they said they were bad. I went, 'Well, I just ate the eggs!' So I stopped eating eggs, and ten years later they said they were good again! Well, then I ate twice as many, and then they said they were bad. Well, now I'm really #$%ed! Then they said they're good, they're bad, they're good, the whites are good, th-the yellows—make up your mind! It's breakfast. I've gotta eat!" —Lewis Black
Yoga: it's the word that is everywhere, the practice that is surging in popularity every year. It seems that everybody is doing it, partly because everybody is doing it. In 2001, 4 million Americans said they practiced some form of yoga, and in 2011, that number reached 20 million.
Studies and surveys indicate that more than half of the men in the United States have not seen a doctor in over a year. Men just don't go to the doctor as often as they should. Why is getting a man to see a doctor such a problem? And how, as a health care practitioner, can you get your male patients to see the light?
In the United States, the diet and weight loss industry is nearly a $61 billion enterprise. In some instances, its purveyors are modern-day equivalents of traveling snake oil salesmen. For a case in point, the new Hollywood diet craze—the HCG fat-burning supplement—promises that with daily sublingual applications of a couple of drops of their product, people can burn up to 2 pounds of fat per day.
Most physicians would agree that healthy eating incorporates moderation and enjoying a wide variety of foods or nutrients. Eating nutrient-rich foods, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is a healthy choice. Portion control is essential in achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.
Have your patients ever asked you about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? If so, and you weren't quite sure about the basics, we'd like to give you a quick explanation of the diet. Mimicking the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating and lifestyle habits of the people living in southern Italy, the Greek island of Crete, and other areas of Greece in the early 1960s.
Have your patients ever asked you about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? If so, and you weren't quite sure about the basics, we'd like to give you a quick explanation of the diet.Mimicking the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating and lifestyle habits of the people living in southern Italy, the Greek island of Crete, and other areas of Greece in the early 1960s.