Children consuming a Mediterranean diet are 15% less likely to be overweight, study finds

A study of 8 European countries presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO)in Sofia, Bulgaria, shows that children consuming a diet more in line with the rules of the Mediterranean one are 15% less likely to be overweight or obese than those children who do not. The research is by Dr Gianluca Tognon, […]

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Stress hormone linked to short-term memory loss as we age, animal study suggests

A new study at the University of Iowa reports a potential link between stress hormones and short-term memory loss in older adults. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that having high levels of cortisol — a natural hormone in our body whose levels surge when we are stressed — can lead to […]

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Many overestimate exercise intensity, study shows

Do you work out for health benefits and feel you are exercising more than enough? You might be among the many Canadians who overrate how hard they work out or underestimate what moderate intensity exercise means, according to a recent study out of York University’s Faculty of Health. “Our study findings suggest that the majority […]

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Smokers, passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows

Giving up or reducing smoking and avoiding passive exposure to tobacco smoke may reduce your risk of hearing loss, new research shows. Smokers and passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows Current smokers have a 15.1% higher odds of hearing loss than non-smokers The University of Manchester study, funded by Action on […]

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Demographics drive fitness partner decisions online, study finds

Who would you rather have as a fitness partner: a paragon of athleticism and dedication who could motivate you to exceed your current level of fitness or an equal, with whom you could exchange tips and encouragement on the road to better health? Or neither? According to a new study led by University of Pennsylvania’s […]

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Vibration exercise study finds some relief for fibromyalgia

A pilot study by Indiana University researchers found that whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve aspects of quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. “Our findings are promising, but it is not entirely clear whether these improvements were the result of added vibration or just the effects of being more active,” […]

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Most People On A Path Towards A Healthier Lifestyle Are Looking To Brands For Guidance, Says New Healthy Living Study

DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – May 20, 2014) – Americans have been listening to the increasingly louder cries from health experts of the past few years and are trying harder than ever to adopt healthier lifestyles, opening more opportunities for brands to assist, says a new study from leading qualitative research firm iModerate[1]. The Healthy Living[2] study, […]

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Weight bias plagues U.S. elections, study finds

Overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University weight bias expert. While past research has found weight discrimination in schools, businesses, entertainment and other facets of American society, this is the first scientific investigation into whether that bias extends to election […]

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Free fitness center-based exercise referral program not well utilized, study finds

Eliminating financial barriers to a fitness center as well as providing physician support, a pleasant environment and trained fitness staff did not result in widespread membership activation or consistent attendance among low income, multi-ethnic women with chronic disease risk factors or diagnoses according to a new study from Boston University School of Medicine. The findings, […]

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How gut bacteria regulate weight gain: Study provides further understanding

Researchers at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in University College Cork have discovered how gut bacteria communicate with their host to specifically regulate weight gain and serum cholesterol levels. The research, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, has implications for the rational selection and design of probiotics for the control of obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes. The […]

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