February 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Colonoscopy cuts down on colon cancer deaths

    A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that colonoscopies are key in decreasing deaths from colon cancer. “In patients tracked for as long as 20 years, the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut by 53 percent in those who had the test and whose doctors removed precancerous growths, known as adenomatous polyps, researchers […]
  • Improve your posture for host of benefits

    There are many benefits to improving your posture — from decreased lower-back pain to increased attractiveness. But how exactly do you achieve better posture? For one, try to open up: “Now that many of us spend our days hunched in front of a computer, ‘it’s very important for us to be able to stretch and […]
  • Eat dessert with breakfast. Lose more weight?

    A new study finds that dieters who included dessert with their breakfast were able to lose more weight than those who did not, and keep it off. “During an initial 16-week period, the average weight loss in each group was identical — about 32 pounds. But over a 16-week follow-up, people on the dessert-with-breakfast diet lost an […]
  • Dealing with post-workout muscle soreness

    What’s the best way to soothe sore muscles after a workout?  Many would say an ice bath, but a new study calls into question its effectiveness. Try other methods, such as massage: “A recent study confirmed the benefit of massage for reducing post-workout muscle soreness. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of Swedish-style massage following […]
  • Mars Inc moves toward healthier products

    Are you a fan of king-sized Snickers?  Well you may want to stock up on them, as Mars Inc, the compnay who produces them, is putting all its candy on a diet. “The company that produces M&Ms, 3 Musketeers, Snickers and Twix bars has vowed to stop shipping any Mars chocolate products that exceed 250 […]
  • A guide to pre- and post-workout eating

    There’s a science to fueling your body before, during and after a workout.  Before your workout, keep this in mind: “Choose pre-workout meals or snacks that are easy to digest and won’t cause bloating or irritate your stomach. In other words, a spicy bean burrito isn’t the best choice. If your food’s not digested before […]
  • Improve your heart health with a swim

    According to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, swimming for the elderly can decrease blood pressure and lead to better artery health. “Despite losing no weight or fat, the swimmers’ systolic blood pressure—measured when the heart contracts—fell 7% to 122 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) from 131 mmHg. Their arteries also showed signs of becoming […]
  • The problem with BMI

    While Body Mass Index (BMI) may be a good starting point, there are many reasons it shouldn’t be the end point when determining your health. For one, BMI does not always budge in response to lifestyle change: “I would argue this is the biggest drawback of using BMI: it doesn’t always change even though you […]
  • Workout for more than weight loss

    Many people think the gym is only good for battling the bulge, but benefits range from a better night’s sleep to improved job performance: “There have been numerous studies that link regular exercise to increased productivity at work. Some scientists think it’s because working out gives you a chance to clear your mind, while others think […]