It’s often said that good health begins in the gut, an aphorism that is well supported by two studies published in the August 29 issue of Nature (2013; 500, 541-46). In short, individuals with low bacterial richness in their gut have more obesity and inflammation--and weight loss can improve the richness of their bacterial genes.
A unique holistic program that incorporated cognitive exercises with mind-body activities has helped to improve quality of life for a small group of patients with dementia.
Program developers from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, England, created “Happy Antics” to determine the feasibility and acceptance of a holistic exercise program among people with dementia. Holistic exercise is defined as the combination of physical exercise with a wellness approach that includes physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental and spiritual dimensions.
Pilates training may help sub- acute-stroke survivors to improve functional balance and quality
of life, concluded authors of a small study published in the International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (2013; 2 , 204–11). Subacute-stroke survivors have had a stroke within the preceding 3–6 months.
Celiac disease (CD) is an inherited autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the small intestinal mucosa. The condition is four times more common today than it was 50 years ago (Rubio-Tapia et al. 2009). The condition affects 1 out of every 105 adults in the United States (Fasano et al. 2003) and appears in children as well.
I vividly remember the day, 4½ years ago, when my best friend learned she had breast cancer. It seemed completely unbelievable—she was only 36 and still nursing her 7-month-old baby! The subsequent weeks and months were a labyrinth of doctors’ visits, tests, treatment decisions, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and ongoing drug therapies to prevent recurrence. I had heard much about breast cancer, but watching someone close to me undergo aggressive cancer treatment made me wonder if anything could be done to mitigate the challenging side effects. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library, and learn how exercise results can be improved with proper use of a heart rate monitor. As an IDEA member, all of the articles in our library are free to you.
I have been an IDEA member for 13 years and look forward to receiving IDEA Fitness Journal every month. I read the news item “Weightlifting and Lymphedema Debate Continues” (Making News, April 2011) with interest and would love to add an additional perspective as an ACSM personal trainer with a primary focus on working with cancer patients and survivors. My training and experience in this area are through the University of Northern Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Center, where I received a cancer exercise specialist title.
What is sexual health? One definition includes the phrase “a capacity to enjoy and control sexual behavior without fear, shame or guilt” (Mosby’s Medical Dictionary 2009). The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the term in part as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality” (WHO 2011). Sexual dysfunction is broadly defined as “disorders that interfere with a full sexual response cycle. These disorders make it difficult for a person to enjoy or to have sexual intercourse” (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine 2008).
According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2014; 160 , 517–25), close to 21 million adults aged 20 and older had confirmed diabetes in 2010, and some sectors of the population were more likely than others to develop the disease.
Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, the scientists looked at diabetes rates and diagnosis among adults in 1988–1994 and 1999–2010.*
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm), 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure. A recent report suggests that isometric exercise—in which joint angle and muscle length do not change during muscular contraction—can be used to reduce and manage blood pressure.