As Americans become increasingly interested in the preventive and therapeutic benefits of alternative and complementary medicine, researchers are responding by attempting to quantify the role of yoga in the treatment and prevention of specific diseases and health conditions.
In 2006 researchers investigating the interaction between the brain, behavior and the immune system found that simply anticipating a mirthful laughter boosted health-protecting hormones. Now, 2 years later, the same researchers have found that the anticipation of a positive laughter experience also reduces
When a group of neighbors don reflective vests and put on sunscreen, they think they are just going out to pick up trash by the roadside. In this mundane project, a University of Arkansas professor and his colleagues see something much more complex, and they want to know what leads these individuals to cooperate as a group.
When it comes to stature, there may be an
advantage to being short, says a study published in the February issue of The American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
the past, shorter American men and women typically had “significantly higher”
body mass indexes (BMIs) than their taller counterpa...
deficiencies, including a reduction in testosterone levels, are often
acknowledged as a natural aspect of aging among males; however, the vast array
of treatments being offered to avoid decreased function indicates that men have
significant interest in maintaining youthful vigor.
What works? While testosterone
Latinas are more likely to experience high rates of inactivity compared with
other members of the population, according to a study published in the
January/February issue of the American
Journal of Health Promotion (2008; 22 , 155–63). Barriers such as
lack of access to exer...
The goal of many researchers, strength
and conditioning professionals and personal trainers is to enhance the acute
and chronic effects of resistance training on a person’s overall athletic
performance. To that end, many resistance training methods, strategies and
ergogenic aids have been investigated. Some of the underlying mech...
The phone rings at 5:00 am. I already know who is on the other
end—it’s an instructor with an emergency or illness, and she is calling me for
help. She knows I am the one to call in this situation: Who else wants to shift
their day around to teach a 7:00
From backyard gardening to mountain climbing, outdoor activities are on the wane as people around the world spend more leisure time online or in front of the tube, according to findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.