Muscle Strength Fades After Two Weeks of Inactivity

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM

 

According to new research, it takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for physically fit individuals to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. A Danish study, published recently in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, discovered that the more muscle a person has, the more he/she will lose if sidelined by injury, illness, or vacation.

In two weeks, young people can lose about 30 percent of their muscle strength, leaving them as strong as someone decades older. The study found that they lost an average of 17 ounces of muscle in that short time frame. For active older individuals, they will lose about 25 percent of their strength after becoming sedentary. The study found that they lost an average of 9 ounces of muscle.

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Should We Be Worried About E-Cigarettes?

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Introduced in US in 2007 as a device to help smokers cut back on their habit, E-cigarettes have grown tremendously in popularity. However, the opinion has remained divided as to their long-term impact on health. Most concerns have arisen because of the apparent gaps of knowledge in the effects of e-cigarette use to one’s health and well-being.

E-cigarettes are comprised of a mouthpiece or cartridge, atomizer, and a battery. The cartridge holds liquid solution (usually containing nicotine) that is heated up and vaporized by the atomizer. The resulting vapor can be inhaled to mimic the process of smoking.

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Insights into the Genetics of Cleft Lip

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Researchers have found new evidence to understand the genetic causes of cleft lip and palate. Regarded as one of the most common congenital malformations in humans, the research demonstrates how a stretch of DNA could control far-off genes to influence the formation of the face.

Published last year in Nature Genetics, the research conducted by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg helps to understand the genetic causes of cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Potential New Class of Anti-Cancer Drugs Developed in Lab

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

A new class of drugs is now being developed to take aim at cancer metabolism, which has the potential to end most kinds of cancer. The new drugs developed will target the Warburg effect to hamper the cancer’s energy supply.

Published in Cancer Cell, Thomas Burris, Ph.D, chair of pharmacology and physiology at St. Louis University, believes that this may be a way of stopping cancer cell growth.  Unlike recent advances in personalized medicine that take advantage of specific genetic mutations associated with different types of cancer, this research focuses on a more generalized approach by targeting cancer’s energy source.

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Fasting-Mimicking Diet May Improve Health

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jun 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

New research published in Cell Metabolism suggests that following a calorie-restricted diet that mimics fasting for just 5 days a month for 3 months could promote longevity and reduce one’s risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Top Water Safety Tips

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jun 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Summer is here, which means it's the best time to head into the water.  However, it is important to stay safe around pools and in the beach because drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4. It is also the second leading cause of death for children 5-14 (Injury Facts, 2015). Do you know good water safety?

According to an American Red Cross survey, only 56% of adults who say they can swim are able to perform the five critical water-safety skills that could save their lives.  Do you know what these skills are?

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