o you have--or want to avoid--high cholesterol? Last year, when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued new criteria for categorizing cholesterol levels as healthy or unhealthy, many more Americans suddenly found themselves in the high-cholesterol category. The good news is that exercise can help. Fitness experts Chantal A. Vella, MS, and Len Kravitz, PhD, of the University ...
Visit with two fitness pros who share their personal experiences designing fitness programs for people in wheelchairs.
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Fitness Meets Special Needs
ith the United States undergoing a major revolution in the focus of national health care, fitness professionals have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act as agents of change. In the recent report Healthy People 2010...
H e r e ' s t o Yo u r H e a l t h -- or Not?
Is red wine good for the heart? Does heavy drinking raise blood pressure or increase the risk for cancer? Should diabetics abstain? All the recent conflicting reports on alcohol and health are enough to drive you to drink!
Open any newspaper lately and it seems there is yet another new report on the health benefits or hazards of drinking alcohol....
Getting to the
Disein Women ase
any people know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number-one cause of death in the United States
(American Heart Association [AHA] 2001). Yet you may be surprised to learn that there is a higher prevalence of
women suffering from one or more types of CVD than men (AHA 2006). According to the AHA's 2006 Heart and Stroke Statistica...
Effect of High-Intensity Resistance
Exercise on Elderly Bones
Vincent, K.R., & Braith, R.W. Resistance exercise and bone turnover in elderly men and women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 34 (1), 17-23.
The body of research has shown that soybean protein and other dietary fiber can help reduce serum cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Now a new study indicates that legumes, which are high in bean protein and water-soluble fiber, may offer an important dietary approach to preventing CHD in the general population.
Do you know your target blood pressure? If you do, you are in the minority. Even when this question was posed to those who are hypertensive and most need to control their blood pressure, a whopping 70 percent said they didn’t have a clue, according to a new study conducted by Consumer Health Sciences, an international consumer health care marketing firm. The company surveyed more than 22,000 adults who had been diagnosed with hypertension, a condition marked by high blood pressure.
Researchers at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) think they may have uncovered one reason why overweight, inactive individuals have a higher risk for many cancers. They suspect that a major culprit is the increase in levels of insulin and other hormones often associated with excess weight. These higher levels—along with other conditions that collectively form what is known as “metabolic syndrome”—are also linked to cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.
. . . a new investigation—spearheaded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—that questions the safety of kava, an herbal sedative taken to relieve anxiety, stress and insomnia (Kava is now barred in some European countries and considered a prescription drug in other nations.)
. . . a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that warns that tanning lamps can double the risk of some common cancers and suggests that minors should not be allowed in tanning salons
Individuals who take aspirin to thin their blood and ibuprofen for arthritis may be canceling out the aspirin’s benefits, new research suggests. The study found that when patients took ibuprofen before taking aspirin, the aspirin lost 98 percent of its blood-thinning ability. When they took aspirin first, followed by ibuprofen, the aspirin lost 90 percent of its benefits.