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4 digital trends redefining fitness in 2014
Forbes
Is it tougher to pack that healthy lunch than it was a month ago? Are your trips to the gym experiencing a sudden February decline? The New Year isn't so new anymore, and that means health and fitness goals might already have hit some (potentially delicious) snags. But fear not: You're probably not alone for a resolution check-in, and as with all things in health and wellness, it's never too late to get back in the game.
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3 hidden dangers of hot yoga and other exercise fads
Consumer Reports News
For some, hot yoga is the ultimate chill breaker. One popular style, Bikram yoga, is done in a room heated to at least 105⁰ F. Fans say it helps you "sweat out toxins" and achieve deeper poses. Lady Gaga, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the celebrities recently spotted sweating it out. Its popularity has spawned several other sizzling exercise trends, including heated indoor cycling, hot Pilates and ballet Barre "burn" classes. The problem is that these classes have safety risks.
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Maximal heart rate
The New York Times
You might reasonably assume that the maximal heart rate formula of 220 minus age is based on a large, reliable body of data, since it is so widely employed by coaches, athletes, physicians and used as the basis of the target-heart-rate posters hanging in your local gym. But in fact, the formula has been largely discredited in recent years.
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'High-intensity interval training' a hot new trend
Health24
High-intensity interval training has come out as one of the hottest fitness trends for 2014, according to a survey. Experts say this form of exercise has taken the fitness world "by storm" and will continue to increase in popularity this year. The survey, conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, rated 10 of the most popular fitness trends to look out for this year.
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5 signs you're taking your diet too far
Health.com via Fox News
Cynthia Sass writes: When I first started out in private practice, clients came to me because something was wrong. Most of them struggled with their weight, or were newly diagnosed with a condition like high cholesterol or elevated blood pressure. Today, healthy, fit clients schedule appointments with me simply to pick my brain. Many describe themselves as health enthusiasts who want to learn all they can about optimal nutrition, the hottest superfoods and latest trends.
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Mediterranean diet 'better than low-fat diet' for cardiovascular risk
Medical News Today
There is more evidence that people who adopt a whole diet approach — such as a Mediterranean diet — have a lower risk of heart attack and cardiovascular-related death than those who follow a strictly low-fat diet. This is according to a new study recently published in The American Journal of Medicine.
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Feel like crap? Need a detox?
The Huffington Post
Detox is big these days. Everybody's talking about it and trying it — juicing, fasting, cleansing, odd diets, colonics and more. There are ancient healing systems that teach about detoxification, including Ayurveda. And each approach has its pros and cons.
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4 digital trends redefining fitness in 2014
Forbes
Is it tougher to pack that healthy lunch than it was a month ago? Are your trips to the gym experiencing a sudden February decline?

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What happens to our brains when we exercise and how it makes us happier
Fast Company
Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and more.

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Cold-weather benefit: Shivering may count as exercise
LiveScience
Shivering triggers a response in muscles similar to that of exercise, new research suggests. The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that the muscles of shivering people triggers the release of a hormone that activates brown fat, a type of fat that burns energy to generate heat.

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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


Supplement alert: Antioxidants may protect cancer cells instead of protecting us from them
Forbes
Troubling new research suggests that antioxidants — among our most cherished and heavily marketed of supplements — could be doing exactly the opposite of what they're marketed for. Instead of protecting us against cancer, antioxidant supplements may protect cancer cells from our body's defenses.
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Study: Vitamin C may help cancer treatment
NBC News
A new study renews the controversial idea that vitamin C might help fight tumor cells. Tests in the lab, in mice and finally in real patients suggest a special intravenous formulation of the vitamin may enhance chemotherapy, and may reduce side effects at the same time. The research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, is sure to be controversial.
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


Technology creating world of sickly couch potatoes?
HealthDay News via WebMD
The increasing number of people in developing nations who own televisions, computers and cars might explain rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in those countries, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from more than 150,000 adults in nearly 110,000 households in 17 countries where people had high, medium and low incomes.
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FDA reconsiders heart safety of common pain pills
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Federal health experts are taking a second look at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains. The Food and Drug Administration holds a two-day meeting to examine the latest research on anti-inflammatory medicines called NSAIDS, which serve as the backbone of U.S. pain treatment.
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Among kids, soda is out, energy and coffee drinks are all the buzz
TIME
Kids are drinking less soda, but more coffee and energy drinks, according to a recent study. In research published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked at trends in caffeine intake among people ages 2 to 22 between 1999 to 2010. They found that in 1999, 62 percent of kids and young adults got most of their caffeine from soda. But in 2010, that number dropped significantly to 38 percent.
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