Some of you may have made a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym to tackle that annoying belly fat. But have you ever wondered how physical activity produces this desired effect? A signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, researchers report December 27 in the journal Cell Metabolism. As expected,… Continue reading How Exercise Cuts Belly Fat: Study
Coffee has been a staple of civilized food culture for hundreds of years. From Yemeni mystics to bleary-eyed commuters, millions of people swear by it. But should you drink it? Yes, says science! Coffee has a wide spectrum of benefits that go beyond the caffeine buzz. From energy, concentration and focus to preventing Type 2… Continue reading Podcast: 9 Science Based Reasons to Drink Coffee
It’s that time of year again! The good cheer, love and warm feelings of Christmas are morphing into the New Year’s Eve festivities. Of course, those are immediately followed by an “oh crap” moment for many people. They suddenly realize the new year is upon them and, if they do nothing different than last year,… Continue reading 11 Fitness and Health Game Changers for Success in the New Year!
The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But giving to others may be the exception to this rule, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two studies, psychology researchers Ed… Continue reading Joy of Giving Outlasts the Joy of Receiving: Study
An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study from UC San Francisco suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? Anxiety and depression may be leading predictors of conditions ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure… Continue reading Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study
Can you gain muscle by lifting lighter weights for lots of repetitions? Yes, you can. Will you get as strong as you might by lifting heavier weights? No. Of course, strength and conditioning coaches, power lifters, athletes, strength enthusiasts and just about anyone who can think already knew that. Even the pretty people in the… Continue reading Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!
In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patients about their weight history at ages 20 and 40 could provide real value to clinicians in their efforts to predict patients’ future risk of heart failure, heart attacks or strokes. In… Continue reading Are You at Risk for Heart Failure? Your Weight History May Predict Your Fate!