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April 7, 2009, 5:22 AM CT

Childhood obesity, diabetes and related conditions

Childhood obesity, diabetes and related conditions
Factors identified early in childhood could predict obesity in the teen years and beyond, and scientists continue to assess methods to prevent and treat excess weight gain and its consequences in children and teens, as per several reports reported in the recent issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The issuea theme issue on childhood obesity and diabetesis being published in conjunction with a JAMA theme issue on diabetes. The recent issue of Archives of Ophthalmology and Archives of Neurology, along with the April issues of Archives of Dermatology and Archives of Surgery, also feature research on diabetes, obesity and their related co-morbidities.

Studies featured in this issue include the following:



School-Based Intervention Changes Some, But Not All, Behaviors and Measures of Obesity


An interdisciplinary program designed to increase awareness of obesity and change the behaviors of Dutch school children appears to have reduced the amount of sugary beverages consumed by boys and girls and also improved body composition in girls alone, but did not seem to affect other behaviors. Amika S. Singh, Ph.D., and his colleagues at VU University Medical Center, EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, assessed the effectiveness of the intervention among 1,108 adolescents (average age 12.7). The program included 11 lessons in biology, physical education and changes in lifestyle over eight months.........

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April 2, 2009, 10:12 PM CT

Exercise to Prevent Breast Cancer?

Exercise to Prevent Breast Cancer?
A new federally funded University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study aims to learn whether women at high risk of breast cancer can use exercise to meaningfully reduce their risk of getting the disease. Building on evidence that reducing estrogen in the body reduces cancer risk, and that elite female athletes experience a drop in estrogen levels that often cause them to stop ovulating and menstruating, the WISER Sister trial will investigate two different levels of regular treadmill exercise as a possible intervention for breast cancer risk reduction.

The stakes for women who carry BRCA genetic mutations are high - as a number of as 80 percent of them will develop breast or ovary cancer during their lives - but options for risk reduction are drastic and few, and the choices appears to be unacceptable to some women. Prior Penn research shows that prophylactic mastectomy slashes carriers' breast cancer risk by 90 percent, while prophylactic oophorectomy, or ovary removal, halves their breast cancer risk and reduces their chances of getting of ovary cancer by about 85 to 90 percent. Though the surgeries are highly effective, they usher in quality of life concerns - especially with regard to body image and sexuality - and the early menopause that results from ovary removal brings a woman's childbearing years to an end. And the procedures aren't recommended for women who have a family history of breast cancer but don't carry the mutated genes.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source


March 31, 2009, 3:30 PM CT

Tricks to resist temptation

Tricks to resist temptation
Here's good news for dieters who face food challenges in the break room every day: A newly released study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that our resistance gets a boost after we've just been exposed to similar temptations.

"The threat of overconsumption is a real one for a number of of us. It is all too easy to eat or spend too much, and a number of others struggle with their desire to smoke or to drink alcohol or to take another pain killer," write authors Siegfried Dewitte, Sabrina Bruyneel (both K.U.Leuven), and Kelly Geyskens (Maastricht University, The Netherlands).

In the course of their research, the authors observed that in situations when self-control is repeatedly tested, a defense strategy that works for a first temptation can be used to tackle the next.

"In a first study we showed that, consistent with common intuition, people performed worse at a difficult mental game than a control group if they had just attempted to control the content of their thoughts. However, those who had just engaged in a similar difficult mental game performed better than a control group," the authors write.

In a second study, the authors exposed participants to candies, which they were not supposed to eat. "Being exposed to candies without eating them indeed led to worse performance on a subsequent self-regulation task, but it also led to better regulation of candy consumption in a follow-up situation," the authors explain.........

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March 25, 2009, 9:42 PM CT

Morbidly Obese Sedentary most of the time

Morbidly Obese Sedentary most of the time
A newly released study appearing in Clinical Cardiology examines the average fitness level of the morbidly obese (body mass indexes between 40.0 and 49.9). The findings show that the tested population was sedentary for more than 99 percent of the day and, on average, walked less than 2,500 steps per day - far below healthy living guidelines of 10,000 steps per day. The results provide important links between obesity, poor fitness and cardiovascular disease.

The study used a precise body sensor to continually measure physical activity, caloric expenditure and movement minute-by-minute over a 72-hour period within their home environments. Following collection of the data, structured cardiorespiratory fitness testing waccording toformed on each subject.

Most morbidly obese participants in the study were markedly sedentary. On average, 23 hours and 51.6 min per day were spent sleeping or engaged in sedentary activity and the remaining 8.4 minutes were spent in moderate activity. On average, subjects took 3,763 ± 2,223 steps.

The highest level of activity attained by any single individual during one 24-hour period was 28 minutes of moderate activity. No length of time was spent at a high level of activity for any of the individuals while under observation. Two individuals in this study spent the entire monitoring period in sedentary activity.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source


March 22, 2009, 1:47 PM CT

Sweaty Betty - The best shop for your gym clothes

Sweaty Betty - The best shop for your gym clothes
You can really enjoy your workouts if you slip into the Sweaty Betty attire before your sessions. You will be surprised if you find out the number of women who prefer Sweaty Betty for the gym clothes. My long lasting hunt for comfortable and trendy workout clothes ended when I came across the Sweaty Betty over the internet.

Sweaty Betty has surprisingly great and wide range of women's sports wear starting from yoga, sweat, snow and beach clothes. The website gives you an option to shop by the kind of activities you do, brands you prefer, collections they have, departments and new designs launched. You can be a regular customer of the Sweaty Betty website by creating your own account.

They provide excellent online services to their existing customers and the new customers. You can have all your questions answered online about delivery of goods, terms and conditions, the size guide and above all security and privacy without visiting the stores in person.

You can enjoy a lot of benefits once you are the member of the Sweaty Betty website like club card, updates on what to wear, latest survey on new trends and the running club. Sweaty Betty team can be contacted anytime online for the information on their boutiques, jobs and affiliates.

You will love the comfort and the latest trend Sweaty Betty offers. They have not only women's sports wear but other various accessories to go along with their clothes like bags, water bottles, shoes, sports bras and panties and handy workout equipments. ........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source


Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:53:20 GMT

Lose Weight Digitally With Paint Shop Pro

Lose Weight Digitally With Paint Shop Pro
Almost everyone would like to change some aspect or another of his or her appearance but trimming a bit of weight always makes the top of the list.

"Paint Shop Pro", and for that matter many other digital graphics programs, provides an interesting and versatile set of tools that allow the operator to modify a subject's facial and body features.

Here's where you can learn about "Paint Shop Pro" and it's "thinify" tool, and here's the link to the program's facial features modifying tools.


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Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:27:03 GMT

How To Make A Choco Taco

How To Make A Choco Taco
Choco Tacos can be hard to track down. The preeminent dessert taco makes cameos at select ice cream trucks and gas stations, but other times, you think, "did I dream that?"

Since nobody should have to suppress a Choco Taco craving, or embark on a roadtrip to the magical Taco Bells that still stock them, follow these steps to make them at home.

(thanks Erin)

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Thu, 19 Feb 2009 05:25:18 GMT

Network Star's JAG Gets New Gig

Network Star's JAG Gets New Gig
Those of us who have watched Next Food Network Star the past few years have long lamented the disappointing finale of season 3.  JAG (Joshua Adam Garcia) was sure to be a runaway star, much in the mold of Guy Fieri who won season 2.  Well, that didn"t happen but all who watched NFNS 3 knew that JAG was far too talented not to be a cheflebrity.

Food Network"s loss is Tampa"s gain as JAG is heading up the kitchen at POSH 27, an exciting new restaurant and night club opening later this year in the Cigar City.  Chef JAG was kind enough to give Edible TV a few minutes of his time via e-mail and here"s what he had to say:

ET: The menu at Posh 27 appears to take flavors from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.  Was this planned or did it just evolve?
JAG: This was definitely planned out to showcase a hot new culinary style all on its own. My Latino Fusionè will be tasted in every culinary aspect of Posh 27.

Posted by: Editor      Read more     Source


February 4, 2009, 6:29 AM CT

Regular physical activity linked to better quality of life

Regular physical activity linked to better quality of life
Survivors of early-stage lung cancer who take part in regular physical activity have a better quality of life, as per a research studyin the recent issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, available online now. Patients who are more physically active report better mood, more vigor, and greater physical functioning, the study shows.

"The take-home message is that early-stage lung cancer survivors appears to benefit, both mentally and physically, from simple moderate exercise," says the paper's main author Elliot Coups, Ph.D., associate member of Fox Chase Cancer Center's faculty and a participant in the Fox Chase Keystone Program in Cancer Risk and Prevention. "Of course, we're generally not talking marathons here, but smaller, everyday forms of activity like going for a brisk walk several times a week".

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States, as per the American Cancer Society, and the disease tends to strike elderly adults who have a history of smoking. Coups and colleagues studied patients diagnosed with early-stage, non-small cell lung carcinomas. These individuals have a five-year survival rate of nearly 50 percent, in comparison to three percent for those diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer.........

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Sat, 31 Jan 2009 07:36:21 GMT

Two Hundred Sit-Ups

Two Hundred Sit-Ups
If you are serious about increasing your core strength, follow this six week training program and you will soon be on your way to completing two hundred consecutive sit-ups.

Think there"s no way you could do this? All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achieve this goal.

There"s also One Hundred Push-Ups.

Posted by: Gerard      Read more     Source


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