Fitness & Food

A recent study examines whether happy music helps creativity during problem-solving by comparing four types of musical selections. Divergent and Convergent Thinking Divergent and convergent thinking are two poles on a spectrum of cognitive approaches to problems. On the divergent end, there is a problem and the thinker seeks to generate multiple solutions. Activities that
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A recent study examines whether the consumption of protein before sleep can enhance protein synthesis in skeletal muscles. An individual’s protein needs increase with age, with older adults requiring approximately 40 g of protein for a 75% increase in protein synthesis. This is due to changes in the synthesis and breakdown of proteins, a process
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A simulated increase in ocean temperatures disturbs marine ecosystems and changes species diversity and growth. This is alarming news, especially since the simulation follows the “best case scenario” for ocean warming. There has been an unprecedented amount of skepticism around climate change and the effects it will have on the environment, economy, and global political
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Moderate-intensity aerobic activity can improve exercise endurance and help prevent chronic diseases. A study determines if a six-month brisk walking program was able to improve walking endurance in older women who are physically deconditioned. Low physical activity is associated with chronic diseases and older people are more susceptible to such diseases due to their sedentary
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Blood cholesterol levels are linked to cardiovascular disease. However, recent studies suggest that it is not LDL cholesterol that mediates cardiovascular risk, but its neighbour apoB instead. Lowering blood levels of low-density (LDL) cholesterol has been linked to reducing cardiovascular risk, including the risk of heart attacks. Statins are a type of drug typically used
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A study determines if a treatment lowering LDL-cholesterol in patients at high risk for adverse cardiovascular events further reduces the risk of adverse outcomes such as heart attack or stroke. It is estimated that roughly 30 million people worldwide take statins to lower LDL-cholesterol levels. The buildup of LDL-cholesterol, dubbed bad cholesterol, in the arteries
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Milk protein supplementation following strenuous exercise can decrease muscle fatigue and increase skeletal muscle growth. Researchers set out to find out whether protein intake after exercise increases muscle recovery. Taxing exercise routines can take a toll on all muscle tissues involved in the movement. Exercise repetitions lead to increased microscopic trauma to skeletal muscle, causing
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The essential oils found in Curcuma herbs have many uses. Researchers in China determine the composition and therapeutic activity of Curcuma herb essential oils extracted from four Curcuma herb species. Curcuma herbs have been used in Southeast Asia for thousands of years for their claimed antioxidative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic effects. the chemical composition of
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Being diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension (HTN) may result in the development of post-pregnancy hypertension in the years following the delivery.   Hypertension (HTN), or commonly high blood pressure, is a medical condition where there is persistent elevation in the blood pressure in the arteries. If this persists long-term the body may suffer direct damage
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  Chronic kidney disease is both a cause and consequence of hypertension. In patients with both conditions, accurate evaluation and a tailored treatment program are essential for successful hypertension management.     Blood circulates through the body at a certain pressure within the arteries. This pressure changes depending on activity levels– elevating during exercise, to
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Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing heart disease and diabetes. Previous studies have identified aerobic and resistance exercise as protective factors that potentially reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. A study on middle-aged healthy adults found that both aerobic and resistance exercises decrease the risk of developing
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Heart failure affects over 23 million people worldwide and despite progress in diagnosis and treatment, the 5-year mortality rate for heart failure patients remains high (45-60%). Recent research explored the potential of exercise to protect against heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart is damaged or weakened and is not strong enough to properly
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Brimonidine decreases fluid production and pressure inside the eye in patients with ocular hypertension and glaucoma and has been approved since 2013 for treatment of facial erythema of rosacea. However, recent reports indicate that topical brimonidine can result in serious side effects.   Two case reports have recently brought brimonidine into the spotlight when topical
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