Today’s obese children aren’t just carrying around extra weight. According to researchers from Erasmus Medical Clinic, at Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, they are also carrying higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
The study observed 20 obese and 20 normal-weight children aged 8–12. To determine cortisol levels, researchers took scalp hair samples from each subject. Data showed that obese children had higher levels of hair cortisol than normal-weight children.
Older Asian adults in New York City’s Chinatown and Flushing, Queens, are getting a new lease on life thanks to a program offered by the Hospital for Special Surgery.
The primary focus of the program is to improve bone health among participants. According to research presented at the 2013 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, this population is at great risk for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), recently conducted a small study to learn whether a training program designed to challenge strength, power, endurance, balance and mobility could produce benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Historically, fitness and health practitioners have been reluctant to steer people with dementia into more intensive exercise programs. Researchers from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the University of Heidelberg, in Germany, believed that customized, more intense exercise programs could significantly improve care even for older male and female inpatients with dementia. Their study findings indicate they may be right.
According to the National Stroke Association, 425,000 women in the United States suffer a stroke each year. To ward off potential stroke risk, many experts encourage women to exercise regularly. But how much exercise is enough to minimize the possibility of experiencing a stroke? The answer may surprise you.
According to researchers from the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, moderate-intensity exercise—such as a brisk walk— can cut stroke risk by 20%.
the American Cancer Society estimates that approxi- mately 17,990 new esophageal cancer cases (14,440 in men and 3,550 in women) were diagnosed in the United States in 2013. the organization also estimates that about 15,210 people (12,220 men and 2,990 women) died from esophageal cancer in the same year. Here’s the good news: new research shows that exercisers have less risk of developing the disease.
Several studies have shown a positive association between regular exercise and reduced risk of certain types of can- cer. now, a study from the American Cancer Society has determined a link between walking and reduced breast- cancer risk in postmenopausal women.
Researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina reported recently in PLoS ONE (2013; 8 , e76632) that 40 years of nutrition information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey—the gold-standard database for such information—may be fatally flawed.
Forget “guilty” pleasures. The next time you “celebrate” by eating your favorite chips, dips or sweets, give yourself per- mission to fully enjoy the indulgence. Worrying over calories or feeling guilty can put you at risk for weight gain, say researchers in a study published in the November 23, 2013, online edition of Appetite.
newsletter_teaser: Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it. Fat plays a key role in the structure and flexibility of cell membranes, and it helps regulate the movement of substances through those membranes.