eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jul. 3, 2013

Differences between the sexes stretches to fitness formulas
Reuters via Fox News
When it comes to fitness, experts say men generally want to be bulkier and women want to be trimmer and everyone wants to do what they are good at. That's why as more women tackle brawny boot camps and men seek flexible peace on the yoga mat, crossing traditional gender lines, intelligently, can be a good idea. More

Research: Total amount of exercise important, not frequency
A new study by Queen's University researchers has determined that adults who accumulated 150 minutes of exercise on a few days of the week were not any less healthy than adults who exercised more frequently throughout the week. Ian Janssen and his graduate student Janine Clarke studied 2,324 adults from across Canada to determine whether the frequency of physical activity throughout the week is associated with risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.More

The rise of the minimalist workout
The New York Times
In an article under his byline for Sports Illustrated in December 1960, "The Soft American," President-elect John F. Kennedy lamented the state of the nation's fitness. As president he exhorted citizens to plunge into activities like 50-mile hikes. As anyone sitting quietly and reading this article probably knows, that message did not resonate with most Americans. And these days, a majority get no planned exercise at all. So at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the hottest topics was not how much exercise Americans should be completing, but how little.More

Trendy paleo diet draws debate
Charlotte Observer
Another diet, another debate about its effectiveness. The Paleo Diet, also dubbed the caveman diet, promotes simple eating — lean meats, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Processed foods are out as are refined sugars, excessive salt, grains and dairy. Eat like our ancestors did 10,000 years ago, goes the paleo mantra. More

New skinny on weight loss: Avatars might help
USA Today
Watching an avatar exercise and learn healthy habits in the virtual world may help people lose weight in real life, a new pilot study says. Researchers found that women who watched an avatar exercise, eat healthy and make measurable weight loss goals lost an average of 3.5 pounds over four weeks.More

How restaurants sabotage your diet with healthy foods
Want to cut the calories in that tempting piece of chocolate cake? It's easy ... just spoon some fresh fruit on top of it! Of course, the real calorie total increases, but new research shows adding a healthy topping to a food item fools us into estimating a lower calorie count for the combination. A study scheduled to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology asked subjects to estimate the calorie counts of healthy and unhealthy foods and toppings.More

Eating mangos helps improve overall diet, nutrition
Food Product Design
Eating mangos not only associated with an overall better diet, higher intake of whole fruit and certain nutrients, like dietary fiber and potassium, along with lower body weight and C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation that may be associated with cardiovascular risk, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. More

Research: Total amount of exercise important, not frequency
A new study by Queen's University researchers has determined that adults who accumulated 150 minutes of exercise on a few days of the week were not any less healthy than adults who exercised more frequently throughout the week. More

Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?
Dr. Paul Offit doesn't take any vitamins. In fact, while you might think that vitamins are great in any quantity, Offit urges you to take a step back and think before swallowing the equivalent of eight cantaloupes in a single dose.More

The 4-minute workout
The New York Times
Thanks to an ingratiating new study, we may finally be closer to answering that ever-popular question regarding our health and fitness: How little exercise can I get away with? The answer, it seems, may be four minutes. More

FDA approves 1st nonhormonal treatment for hot flashes
The FDA has a news flash for women who suffer hot flashes. It has approved the first nonhormonal treatment for the condition, which affects up to 75 percent of women and can drag on for 5 years or more. The FDA said it had approved Brisdelle from Noven Therapeutics, which is a unit of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical. More

Doctor-patient communication about dietary supplements could use a vitamin boost
Science Codex
Vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements are widely available in supermarkets and drug stores across the nation without a prescription, so it's no surprise that nearly half of all Americans take them. But they do carry risks, including potentially adverse interactions with prescription drugs, and some people may even use them in place of conventional medications. More

Study: Calcium and vitamin D supplements help hormones strengthen bones
The Huffington Post
A lack of calcium and vitamin D can lead to a variety of negative health issues. But opinions have varied over the years as to whether women should take calcium and vitamin D supplements after menopause for bone health. Now a new analysis could help clear up some of the confusion by lending credence to the argument that supplements are beneficial — at least when it comes to women taking hormones after menopause.More

Feeling stressed? It's probably harming your health
The New York Times
If you believe stress is affecting your health, you are probably right, a new study concludes, and that perception may increase your risk for heart disease. Researchers studied 7,268 men and women, average age 50 at the start of the project, using periodic questionnaires. There were 352 heart attacks or deaths from coronary disease over the 18 years of the study.More

World Health Organization: Start treatment for HIV earlier
CBS News
The World Health Organization is advocating for earlier treatment of human immunodeficiency virus in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The organization said that all countries should begin antiretroviral therapy for citizens infected with HIV when the patient's CD4 cell count drops to 500 cells/mm3 or less. A normal CD4/T-cell count ranges from 500 to 1000 cells/mm3.More

'Reverse vaccine' for Type 1 diabetes seems to pass human test
Los Angeles Times
A "reverse vaccine" that allows people with Type 1 diabetes to produce their own insulin has passed its first test with human subjects, according to a new study. The success points to a potential new strategy for treating those in the early stages of the disease, experts said. The therapy is designed to protect cells in the pancreas that make insulin, a hormone the body needs to convert sugars and starches into energy.More

Omega-3 in fish may reduce breast cancer risk
Live Science
A large review of studies concludes that women who consume more omega-3 fatty acids by eating fish were at a lower risk of having breast cancer. The researchers in China analyzed the results of 26 international studies involving almost 900,000 women, including 20,000 who had breast cancer.More