Archive for January, 2012

Pals and playtime may turn bad fat into good

Researchers may have found a new way to put ordinary fat cells to work, changing them from lazy blobs that store our extra calories into energy-burners.

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15 minutes of fitness a day can add 3 years to your life

Doing just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day may add three years to your life, a large study in Taiwan has found.

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When overeating, calories, not protein, contribute to increase in body fat

In a study conducted among 25 healthy individuals living in a controlled setting who were randomized to overconsumption of different levels of protein diets, those consuming the low-protein diet had less weight gain compared to those consuming normal and high protein diets, and calories alone, and not protein appeared to contribute to an increase in body fat, according to a new study.

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New evidence that bacteria in large intestine have a role in obesity

Bacteria living in people’s large intestine may slow down the activity of the “good” kind of fat tissue, a special fat that quickly burns calories and may help prevent obesity, scientists are reporting in a new study. The discovery could shed light on ways to prevent obesity and promote weight loss, including possible microbial and pharmaceutical approaches, the authors said.

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Scientists identify an innate function of vitamin E

It’s rubbed on the skin to reduce signs of aging and consumed by athletes to improve endurance but scientists now have the first evidence of one of vitamin E’s normal body functions. The powerful antioxidant found in most foods helps repair tears in the plasma membranes that protect cells from outside forces and screen what enters and exits, new research shows.

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Walking skills program improves physical function following hip replacement surgery

Researchers in Norway report that patients who receive walking skills training following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis show improved physical function. The physical therapy program displayed a positive effect on walking distance and stair climbing which continued 12 months following hip replacement surgery.

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Stress reduction and mindful eating curb weight gain among overweight women

Mastering simple mindful eating and stress-reduction techniques helped prevent weight gain even without dieting in overweight women.

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Short walk cuts chocolate consumption in half

A 15-minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work by half, according to new research. The study showed that, even in stressful situations, workers eat only half as much chocolate as they normally would after this short burst of physical activity.

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Endurance exercise linked to damage in right ventricle of heart

Researchers have found the first evidence that some athletes who take part in extreme endurance exercise such as marathons, endurance triathlons, alpine cycling or ultra triathlons may incur damage to the right ventricles of their hearts – one of the four chambers in the heart involved in pumping blood around the body.

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Physical fitness trumps body weight in reducing death risks, study finds

Maintaining or improving physical fitness is linked to lower death risks even after controlling for BMI change, according to a new study. Becoming less fit is associated with higher death risks, regardless of BMI changes. BMI change was not associated with death risks.

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