eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jul. 24, 2013

Exercise in a pill? The search continues
The New York Times
Two newly published studies investigate the enticing possibility that we might one day be able to gain the benefits of exercise by downing a pill, rather than by actually sweating. But while some of the research holds out promise for an effective workout pill, there remains the question of whether such a move is wise. The more encouraging of the new studies, which appears in Nature Medicine, expands on a major study published last year in Nature.More

Is this what the future of fitness looks like?
The Washington Post
It has been somewhere in the ballpark of one million degrees here in Washington, D.C. over the past couple of weeks. That means the indoor workout has been necessary for just about everyone. But let's say you're sick of the treadmill, are paralyzed by the thought of a crossfit or spin class and are generally tired of the same old gym experience overall. Well, an alternative is creeping into the workout lexicon. It's called the Fitwall.More

After 50, all roads lead to fitness
For too many of us over 50, health and well-being are secondary priorities. There are plenty of reasons for that — the pressure of kids, spouses, parents and jobs. But if we want to live long, productive lives, it's important to do one thing immediately: Get fit.More

Kale has nutritional benefits and can be a tasty part of any meal
The Washington Post
Kale, broccoli's leafier cousin, is no longer relegated to being a side dish at dinner. This versatile cruciferous vegetable can also be worked into your breakfast or lunch for a nutrition boost. "We buy more kale than any of the other related greens combined," says James Parker, a buyer for Whole Foods Market. As further proof of its popularity, Web searches for kale recipes have nearly quadrupled in the past two years, according to Google Trends.More

Software architect reprograms his diet, loses 140 pounds
Brian McLaughlin used to arrive 20 minutes early to on-site client meetings. McLaughlin would drive around the parking lot to find a space close to the building, and then go inside to cool off from the short walk. The extra weight he was carrying made him sweat constantly inside his suit. McLaughlin had struggled with weight his entire life. At age 10 he weighed 140 pounds; at age 20 he was 280 pounds. By 30, he had reached his heaviest weight of 330 pounds.More

Exercise in a pill? The search continues
The New York Times
Two newly published studies investigate the enticing possibility that we might one day be able to gain the benefits of exercise by downing a pill, rather than by actually sweating.More

8 fitness myths debunked
Mother Nature Network via Yahoo News
Much of what we think we know is based on myth. We hear something when we're kids, it gets repeated a few times, and before you know it, it's "fact." More

Brew on this: Latest research on coffee's connection to Alzheimer's
By Denise A. Valenti
Some of the most commonly prescribed medications for Alzheimer's disease act upon the cholinergic system, inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. More

A scientist debunks the 'magic' of vitamins and supplements
A pediatrician who spent years defending childhood vaccines against the likes of actress/activist Jenny McCarthy has launched an assault on megavitamins and dietary supplements. "If you take large quantities of vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene or selenium you increase your risk of cancer, risk of heart disease, and you could shorten your life," says Dr. Paul Offit, a researcher at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.More

Those fish oil supplements might cause cancer
Eating fish is good for you, especially fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids. The risk for both high-grade and low-grade cancer was increased with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. This is a carefully-done study, and the results should cause anyone who is taking fish oil pills to reconsider.More

Why you should eat breakfast and the best times for the rest of the day's meals
Keeping track of what you're supposed to eat to stay healthy can already be overwhelming, but it turns out that when you eat what can also be important for keeping your weight in control and for warding off chronic disease. It turns out mom was right — you should eat breakfast. And if you don't believe mom, a growing body of studies shows that a good meal in the morning can help your body prepare for the day to come, and lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. More

Cream cheese diet restores 3-year-old's speaking ability
The Inquisitr
A diet heavy with cream cheese has apparently enabled a preschooler to speak for the first time. Fields Taylor, 3, who lives in England, suffers from an incredibly rare genetic disorder that rendered her mute from birth. It's called Glut1 deficiency and is considered incurable. According to the U.K. Mirror, the condition only affects 26 people in the whole country and "leaves the brain starved of energy because the body cannot transport enough glucose." More