Research published in the May 17, 2012, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (366 , 1891–1904) shows that coffee consumption may keep the Grim Reaper away for older adults—at least a little bit longer than for noncoffee drinkers.
Older adults who drank coffee—caffeinated or decaffeinated—had a lower risk of death overall than others who did not drink coffee, according to a study by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and AARP.
The current rates of overweight and obesity suggest that energy expenditure has fallen below healthy levels in our modern culture. However, researchers recently reported that our ancestors may not have expended any more energy than “Westerners” currently do.
According to the official Zumba website (www.zumba.com), 12 million people from 110,000 locations in 125 countries participate in the Latin-inspired dance fitness classes. Despite this popularity, does Zumba really offer a solid workout?
Consumers often look to their primary-care physicians for guidance on exercise and nutrition. However, a recent survey suggests that courses on these topics are notably lacking in medical school curricula, at least in the United Kingdom (U.K.).
While rising rates of diabetes and prediabetes in U.S. children have been causing alarm in recent years, youth in China appear to be faring far worse.
For Chinese teenagers the rate of diabetes is nearly four times higher than it is for their counterparts in the U.S., say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who examined data from the 2009 China Health and Nutrition Survey.
Athletes typically train during the offseason to improve their performance and reduce their injury potential during the regular season. However, the results of a study from Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology (2012; doi:10.1186/1758-2555-4-26) suggest that preseason fitness levels may be unrelated to the potential for injury during the regular season.
Playgrounds aren’t just for kids. According to a June 29, 2012, article in the New York Times, New York City has plans to provide its citizens with “adult playgrounds” geared toward helping improve grown-ups’ fitness levels. The first park, located at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, was built several years ago as a test. The interest in the 15-piece playground has been so great that the city plans to scatter about 24 more of them throughout its five boroughs.
Leg length discrepancy (LLD), or a difference in length between the lower limbs, is sometimes thought to be associated with inefficient movement patterns or low-back pain. Findings published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (2012; 176, 104–107) suggest otherwise.
While many wellness professionals recommend yoga practice for pregnant women, a literature review of publications from 1970 to 2011 has found that existing studies fail to meet current quality standards for rigorous research.
There is good news for those who want to enjoy meditation’s benefits but who find committing to a meditation practice overwhelming. Benefits from meditating regularly can be realized in as little as 2 weeks from practicing for just 30 minutes at a time, 5 days per week.