Health, Fitness & Food

Coffee is a large source of economic and cultural importance. Apart from being a well-characterized stimulant, coffee has many biological ingredients that play other roles. Researchers in Brazil wanted to investigate whether by-products of coffee seed production have similar biological ingredients such as antioxidants. Coffee has had massive economic and cultural importance worldwide. A lot
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Researchers investigated whether artificial sweeteners are linked to an unhealthy lifestyle in those who are morbidly obese. With the prevalence rates of overweight and obesity in adults worldwide escalating over the last 30 years, the obesity epidemic has become one of the world’s largest public health concerns. Those who are defined as overweight or obese
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A recent study in Australia explores the effect of new front-of-pack nutrition food labels on food choice and willingness to pay. The requirement of including nutritional information on packaged foods has been established in various countries by governments or by the food manufacturers themselves. The most frequently used method employed to present this information is
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Motorcycle crashes are a very common cause of mortality and some hypothesize that a full moon increases the likelihood of motorcycle-related deaths. A new study published in the British Medical Journal assessed whether a full moon contributes to motorcycle crashes in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Motorcycle crashes are a very common cause of
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A recent study investigated factors that may influence attitudes towards doping in a cohort of Korean national athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Despite efforts by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the rate of positive doping tests remains approximately 2%. Most anti-doping approaches involve a detection approach, where regular doping controls and severe
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A recent study investigated whether a low sodium diet or treatment with paricalcitol or both could help type 2 diabetic patients at risk of kidney failure. Approximately 35% of patients with diabetes suffer from diabetic kidney disease, which is the number one cause worldwide for end-stage kidney disease.  The presence of abnormal levels of albumin,
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Researchers in Canada evaluate the value of a new gender-sensitized weight loss program called Hockey FIT, designed specifically for men. According to 2014 statistics, 62% of Canadian men self-reported being overweight or obese as opposed to 46% of women. Data indicates that men tend to feel underrepresented in promotional health programs. There is a need
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Researchers assessed if residents’ participation in sports clubs is influenced by the characteristics of their neighbourhood such as having green or blue space. Physical activity has several positive impacts on an individual and participation in club-based sports has also been shown to be very beneficial in improving psychological and social wellbeing. Due to societal developments,
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A recent study published inEnvironmental Health evaluates the association between air pollution such as ozone and particulate matter and cardiovascular disease. Air pollution is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Based on epidemiological studies, the strongest association occurs between particulate matter (the sum of tiny particles and liquid droplets suspended in the air) and
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A cross-sectional study investigates the joint effects of dietary patterns and watching TV for long periods of time on the risk of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), commonly known as heart disease, remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Studies have identified several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension (elevated
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A recent American study examined the effectiveness of popular caffeinated and non-caffeinated pre-workout supplements. The dietary supplement market is a substantial one, accounting for an economic impact of over $121 billion in the United States in 2016.  A popular category in this industry is that of pre-workout supplements, which aim to amplify feelings of energy
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A recent news story in Science discusses why targeting the LEAP2-ghrelin system may help to treat chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Twenty years ago, researchers discovered the “hunger hormone” ghrelin. Investigators initially thought that ghrelin might stimulate one’s appetite; therefore, it was logical to hypothesize that blocking it would reduce one’s appetite and
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Researchers investigated the effect of replacing high-carbohydrate foods with konjac glucomannan gel noodles on appetite and subsequent food intake. Regulating body weight is a constant challenge for many, with three in five Canadians adults overweight in 2015. Prolonging satiety, the satisfying feeling of being full, is one of the key goals for dietary management as
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American researchers recently conducted a study investigating whether weight management that involves parents and children successfully can lead to weight loss. Over the last three decades, significant increases in obesity rates and the prevalence of overweight individuals have been observed in the United States. Although increases in obesity have been observed in all racial groups,
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Researchers investigated the association between lifestyle factors and the likelihood of suffering from GERD, also known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Most people will experience occasional bouts of acid reflux. However, if an individual experiences acid refluxes more than twice weekly, they may be diagnosed with gastro-esophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD.  Over 15 million
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In a recent study, researchers in Brazil examined the safety and effectiveness of an intragastric balloon in severely obese female adolescents. The prevalence of childhood obesity is growing worldwide. Often, lifestyle changes during this stage of life are not long-lasting, and most of the weight lost is regained within the first five years. The safe,
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Researchers investigated whether there is an association between sleep timing and diet and physical activity levels in children between 9 and 11 years old. It is well-known that getting a good night’s sleep is important for health. Previous studies have shown that getting fewer hours sleep is associated with excess body weight and poor diet
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A recent study examined the effect of yogurt consumption on biomarkers of chronic inflammation in normal weight and obese individuals. Obesity remains a growing public health concern and is associated with some chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Previous studies have determined that the gut bacteria in obese individuals are different
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The results of a recent field trial show that new genetically modified bananas can successfully resist a fungus that has devastated banana crops worldwide. The Cavendish variety of bananas represents more than 40% of the world’s banana harvest. It was adopted for cultivation on a large scale in the 1950s in response to the devastation
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A team of Norwegian nutritionists compared native and regular whey proteins to determine which supplement is most effective at building muscle. As any bodybuilder would tell you, protein intake is essential for stimulating muscle growth after exercise. Protein powders such as whey or soy are particularly popular amongst muscle builders to boost their protein intake.
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Having a good sleep schedule is vital for human health. A recent study published in Chronobiology International has investigated the effects of bright-light exposure during daytime sleeping following a night shift. Shift work has become a crucial component of our modern-day work system. However, shift work can negatively impact an individual’s sleep schedule. Past research
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A recent study investigated whether high or moderate protein intake would affect recovery and performance during strength training. There are three macronutrients that make up the total calories found in all the food we consume: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. For active individuals, particularly those training for strength or muscle building, protein has been identified as
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