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Housework May Not Be Sufficient To Confer The Full Benefits of Exercise

While doing household chores is certainly better than just sitting around in the house, a new study suggests that it may not be enough to help you meet your minimum exercise requirements.

150 minutes of moderate physical activity is the recommended minimum, but unfortunately, a greater deal of the population cannot satisfy this requirement. It is actually for this reason that domestic work started being suggested as a way of helping people meet their exercise quota.  DIYs, gardening, and other home improvement exercises were suggested to get largely sedentary people some avenue other than structured exercises to get their daily dose of exercise, and receive their attendant benefits.

Day 067 - Housework hero

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be entirely the case.

Some studies point to an ambivalent association between domestic physical activity and the probability of developing cardiovascular disease. A secondary analysis of data from 30 European nations also shows that when domestic physical activity is compared to leisure time physical activity, there is only a tenuous association between it and Body Mass Index.

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Joint Weight Loss Program More Effective Than Individual Effort

There’s this African proverb that rings true in many situations; if you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together. It is an aphorism that aptly illustrates the fact that humans achieve more when they do things in concert, not in isolation.

I know this for a fact because on the occasions that I go to the gym, I find it is easier to train with a gym partner rather than doing everything alone. Weights feel lighter for some reason, when you are being psyched by another person.  From my own experience, I know that the mere fact that the other person is watching out for me imbues me with strength, because I know if the weight overwhelms me, he will quickly step in and lift it off me. When training alone, I do not have such a safety cushion, and for that reason, I will always train with weights that can never truly test my strength.

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The importance of such teamwork has been further demonstrated by researchers drawn from the Baylor College of Medicine.

Weight Watchers vs. Individual Effort

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Color Coding Foods Improves the Selection of Healthier Alternatives

Evidence gathered by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital shows that properly color-coded food labels could play a significant role in ensuring people pick up healthier foods when shopping.

The data that corroborates this was taken from a 2010 study that involved the use of red, yellow and green food labels. Red labels were used for foods with little or no nutritional value, while yellow labels were used for foods with a moderate level of nutrients. The healthiest and most nutritious foods had green labels.

Most prepackaged food feature a table that display the nutritional composition of the packaged substance, and upon request, it is possible for you to get a breakdown of the nutritional composition of foods purchased in restaurants and other food outlets. For many people however, their lack of nutritional knowledge means that much of this information bears little significance on their food buying decision, hence the need for a simpler method to highlight the differences in nutritional composition.

Conducting the Study

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Risk of Hypertension High for Overweight and Obese Children

High weight and hypertension come hand in hand.  Generally, youth with diagnosed hypertension are overweight.  In this latest study, researchers from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, found overweight youth are likely to develop hypertension.  The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension in October 2013.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente conducted a transformational health research study using their electronic records. They are able to do a large study of this kind because Kaiser Permanente contains the largest private patient-centered electronic health record system in the world called HealthConnect.  This multifaceted system securely connects 9.1 million patients to 17,000 physicians in 611 medical offices and 37 hospitals all over the United States. Moreover, it also provides research scientists with one of the most prolific collections of medical data for research studies or discoveries that help shape future health care.

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The Duodenal-Endoluminal Sleeve Barrier: A Less Invasive Procedure To Reverse Obesity

I have never undergone major surgery, but from the few minor operations I have suffered through, I am certain it is an experience I would rather pass.

But in many obesity related cases, surgery is often the alternative with the best outcomes. However, like all other surgeries, it comes with numerous complications. The term "complication" here is used liberally, as this can be something as different as having to watch the amount you consume to taking care not to get pregnant post-operation.

A combined team of scientists from the Metabolic Disease Institute, University of Cincinnati, and the Helmholtz Diabetic Center, Germany,  have confirmed the success of a removable intestinal barrier. This findings should give many hope as this less invasive and easily reversible procedure could be the way to effective weight loss in obese individuals.

What Are the Current Bariatric Surgical Procedures?

There are currently four procedures that you can opt for, and these are:

Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB)

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Improving Diet and Health for Low Income Rural American Children

Counter to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations, children across the United States are eating more sugars and fats and less fresh fruits and vegetables. In low income rural communities there is a disproportionate number of high risk overweight and obese children.  This gives rise for concern as obesity leads to diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found that children who were part of the study consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables.

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Exercise During Convalescence Can Improve Recovery

Thinking back to those days when people had to chew cinchona barks and an assortment of roots and leaves whenever they fell ill, I can say with certainty that drugs have largely improved the fortunes of people.

But I fear that drugs have become overused, and nowadays we have a pill for all and sundry, for those with life threatening conditions, and those seeking to tweak their otherwise healthy selves. I know I have done it, popping supplements back when I wanted to get Ronnie Coleman’s physique; the only problem was that I wasn’t doing the requisite amount of exercise to get there.

We are rapidly progressing to a point where were are getting into a drug  overload, as prescriptions increase over the board, while people seem to ignore the most basic engagements through which they can maintain their health.

According to research carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 80% of American adults do not do engage in the minimum recommended weekly exercise, and that is 2.5 hours of moderate activity or 1¼ hours of intense activity.

It is a shame really, considering that there are many known benefits to exercising even when you are the paragon of health.

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Probiotics Inconclusive as to Whether or Not they Help Excessively Crying Babies

In a recent study published in JAMA, researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Institute and Royals Children Hospital examined the use of priobiotics (Lactobacillus reuterl) to prevent or treat excessive crying. Results from the study still lacked sufficient evidence to demonstrate that probiotic use improved the crying in formula fed babies.  However, the study did suggest that probiotic use could be an effective treatment plan for colicky babies who are breastfed exclusively.

Cry Baby

Colic

Mothers all have war stories about their child’s infant days, especially if the infant didn’t sleep through the night. There are books and techniques out to address a colicky baby.  Colic is defined as “crying for more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby.”

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Buffaloberry, Chokecherry, and Sea Buckthorn: Nutrient Rich Powerhouse Prairie Fruits

The names of prairie fruits alone are enough to have the public go out and try them.  With unique strong names like buffaloberry, chokecherry, and sea buckthorn, these fruits are proving to be just as nutritionally powerful as their names.  According to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science, researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan have discovered prairie fruits to be nutrient rich foods. This discovery has fruit growers in Saskatchewan ecstatic as the results could provide the push needed to develop these fruits for the commercial markets as food and medicinal extracts.

Buffaloberry

Buffaloberry is a native plant that is commonly seen in the western and central North American Great Plains.  It is primarily a wildcrafted plant and the fruit are red, 6 to 9 mm in diameter, and slightly fleshy with a large single seed. Currently there is little data on the physiochemical properties of this fruit in literature.

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Junk Food Makers Targeting Children with Online Games

How do you get little Bobby to ask his Mom for a double cheeseburger?  Have him play a free online game. Advergames are now the latest avenue for Junk Food Makers to advertise to young children. The latest research found that free children online games promoted food products that tended to be high fat and sugary products

Exploring ABC For Kids

Advergames

What are advergames?  Simply, they are video games that features an advertisement for a product, service, or company.  Companies use them to target a specific demographic and reinforce their branding.  Researchers looked at 143 of the advertised websites marketing foods to children and found most of the emphasis was on high fat, sugar laden products.

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