Sitting can be as Deadly as Smoking

Sitting for long periods of time may be just as deadly as smoking cigarettes, according to research from the American College of Cardiology. Previous studies have found that those who sit for longer than 6 hours per day were 37% more likely to die from any given cause than those who sat for less than 3. But could sitting truly be as bad as smoking cigarettes? With an expected death rate of 8 million per year by 2030, smoking is an extremely prevalent yet preventable killer.

Exercise Helps to Protect the Brain

Older people who regularly exercise at moderate to intense levels may have a 40% lower risk of developing brain damage linked to ischemic strokes, certain kinds of dementia and mobility problems. New research published Wednesday in the journalNeurology says the MRIs of people who exercised at higher levels were significantly less likely to show silent brain infarcts — caused by blocked arteries that interrupt blood flow and are markers for strokes — than people who exercised lightly.

China Genetically Modifying Cows To Produce Human Breast Milk

Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years. The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety, with the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China’s Agricultural University in Beijing said. The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows.

30% of Employers to Stop Offering Health Insurance after 2014

Shubham Singhal, Jeris Stueland, and Drew Ungerman of McKinsey & Co., the consulting firm, have conducted a survey of over 1,300 employers across the country, and found that “30 percent of employers will definitely or probably stop offering [employer-sponsored insurance] in the years after 2014.” Among those with a “high awareness of reform,” more than 50 percent will do so. (H/T Ben Domenech.)

Autism Linked to Hundreds of Genetic Mutations

Autism is not caused by one or two gene defects but probably by hundreds of different mutations, many of which arise spontaneously, according to research that examined the genetic underpinnings of the disorder in more than 1,000 families. The findings, reported in three studies published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, cast autism disorders as genetically very complex, involving many potential changes in DNA that may produce, essentially, different forms of autism.

High Protein Breakfast Dampens Hunger Drive Later in the Day

Those of you familiar with the Five Rules of the Leptin Diet, know that Rule #4 is; Eat a Breakfast Containing Protein. I have long explained that a high protein breakfast can boost the metabolic rate up to 30% for as long as 12 hours and provide lower insulin release, while assisting with food cravings. New research at the University of Missouri1 agrees with my preference for the high protein breakfast.

Stronger Hips May Aid Common Knee Pain

Hip strengthening exercises performed by female runners not only significantly reduced patellofemoral pain — a common knee pain experienced by runners — but they also improved the runners’ gaits, according to Indiana University motion analysis expert Tracy Dierks. “The results indicate that the strengthening intervention was successful in reducing pain, which corresponded to improved mechanics,” said Dierks, associate professor of physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Eating Dirt can be ‘Good for the Belly’ Says Study

Most of us never considered eating the mud pies we made as kids, but for many people all over the world, dining on dirt is nothing out of the ordinary. Now an extensive meta-analysis forthcoming in the June issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology helps explain why. According to the research, the most probable explanation for human geophagy — the eating of earth — is that it protects the stomach against toxins, parasites, and pathogens.

Stressed? Pomegranate Juice Could Help

omegranate juice could reduce stress in the workplace, according to new research. The study found that having the drink every day resulted in lower stress hormones and a reduction in blood pressure. Researchers at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, studied the physiological effect of daily consumption of 500ml of Pomegreat Pure pomegranate juice over a two-week period. They found that all 60 volunteers – from a range of working environments – reported being more enthusiastic and less distressed after having the drink.

Glutamine Maintains Gut Barrier Integrity Following E. Coli Exposure

Glutamine continues to shine as a stellar nutrient for GI tract health, both in terms of assisting GI tract immunity and helping the health of the GI tract lining. The latest animal study shows that when pigs are supplemented with glutamine and exposed to several different strains of infectious E.coli the GI tract is highly protected against the infectious attack. Americans should be aware of this fact, and Germans should be acting on it in the face of their nasty outbreak.

Personal Transformation: How to Overcome What Holds You Back

Last week’s article on what holds you you back in life generated quite a few personal emails to me, with most people sharing their own experiences of self-imposed limitations. Many asked for additional thoughts on how to move forward in life. This week’s post will cover a handful of thoughts I have found useful in my own life in overcoming various setbacks and challenges. Life is full of challenges, and the current combination of economic problems and social tension affects just about everyone.

Wrinkles May Reveal Bone Health

A woman’s worry lines could make her clinician fret about her bone health, researchers said here. In a cross-sectional analysis, having more wrinkles was associated with having lower bone mineral density (BMD; P<0.01), Lubna Pal, MBBS, of Yale, and colleagues reported during a press briefing at The Endocrine Society meeting. "For the older patient, her bigger concern is what is happening to her skin.

Scientists Push to Place RFID Tracking Chips in Food

RFID, short for Radio Frequency ID, tags have found their way into a wide variety of applications. These pellets, which are often roughly the same size as a grain of rice, can help us to be reunited with our lost pets, keep towels inside the hotel, and keep big box stores shipping the right boxes to the right places at the right time. In time you may even find them inside your own stomach. At least they will be there if Hannes Harms has anything to say about it.

This Medical Mistake Could Give Your Child Cancer

Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani discovered that at the department he ran at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, premature babies were being over-radiated. Dr. Sclafani had noticed that a newborn had been irradiated from head to toe, even though only a chest X-ray had been ordered. In fact, technologists had given the same baby about 10 whole-body X-rays. And Dr. John Amodio, a pediatric radiologist, found that such full-body X-rays of premature babies had occurred often, that radiation levels had been set too high, and that babies had been poorly positioned.

Green Tea Exports Banned Due to High Radiation Levels

A swathe of Japan’s tea making regions including parts of Tochigi, Chiba and Kanagawa prefecture as well as the whole of Ibaraki were included within the ban, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Green tea plantations were first highlighted as suffering from potential radiation contamination last month following the results of sample tests in Kanagawa prefecture.

UK Scraps Pneumonia Vaccines Because They ‘Don’t Work’

Pneumonia jabs for the over-65s are to be scrapped by the Government because they do not save lives. Millions of pensioners have been vaccinated with a one-off jab that was supposed to give ten-year protection against an infection that causes pneumonia. The vaccine programme is estimated to have swallowed up £100million – with jabs costing around £20 each including GPs’ time – since it was launched in 2005.

The Power of Placebo — When Believing is Healing

A placebo is a sham medical treatment that contains no active ingredients — but your belief in it alone may still be beneficial to your health. The placebo effect works best on conditions that are emotional and subjective. A recent study suggests that the placebo effect may be at work in many headache treatments. The placebo effect can change your heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion and many other factors that you don’t control.