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Managing diabetes and intensive exercise: an interview with Dr Rafael Castol, Team Novo Nordisk

Managing diabetes and intensive exercise: an interview with Dr Rafael Castol, Team Novo Nordisk

Team Novo Nordisk is a professional cycling team that races at UCI Pro Continental level. It's the first ever team to be made up of athletes diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The team was created three years ago, and is part of the Changing Diabetes initiative developed by Novo Nordisk. [More]
Coffee consumption associated with increase in life years, reduction in healthcare costs

Coffee consumption associated with increase in life years, reduction in healthcare costs

Xcenda, the strategic consulting arm of AmerisourceBergen, one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution service companies, recently conducted the first-ever health economic analysis on coffee consumption. [More]
Autistic children more sedentary than typically-developing peers

Autistic children more sedentary than typically-developing peers

A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting. [More]
Anamorelin drug safe and well tolerated in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, Phase III trial reveals

Anamorelin drug safe and well tolerated in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, Phase III trial reveals

A new drug, anamorelin, improves appetite and body mass in patients with advanced lung cancer who are suffering cancer anorexia and cachexia, according to phase III data presented at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain. [More]
Health advocates call for the United Nations to support efforts to curb heart disease, stroke

Health advocates call for the United Nations to support efforts to curb heart disease, stroke

Heart disease and stroke contribute to 30 percent of global deaths, more than all infectious and parasitic diseases combined, and 11 cardiovascular organizations are calling for the United Nations to address prevention of heart disease and other non-communicable diseases. [More]
Innovative program aims to tackle health barriers for underprivileged children

Innovative program aims to tackle health barriers for underprivileged children

Many children in inner-city schools who have long faced economic hardships also struggle with chronic health conditions that further impair their ability to learn and break free from a cycle of poverty. To address this, the H&M Conscious Foundation announced today that it is investing $1.3 million to support an innovative school-based program in New York designed to tackle health barriers that get in the way of learning for underprivileged children. [More]
More reliable cardiorespiratory fitness data can be obtained using lean mass proportional measures

More reliable cardiorespiratory fitness data can be obtained using lean mass proportional measures

A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland shows that scaling maximal oxygen uptake and maximal workload by body weight confounds measures of cardiorespiratory fitness. It has been a common practice in exercise testing to scale the results by body weight and, according to researchers, this practice should be abandoned. More reliable data on cardiorespiratory fitness can be observed by using lean mass proportional measures. [More]
New global health initiative focuses on improving public health

New global health initiative focuses on improving public health

The American College of Sports Medicine has announced a new global health initiative called ActivEarth. With an innovative, global-scale, science-based and science-informed approach, ActivEarth will focus on improving public health, the environment and the economy through greater levels of physical activity, particularly active transportation. [More]
Weight loss possible for mentally ill patients

Weight loss possible for mentally ill patients

The STRIDE lifestyle intervention helps individuals taking antipsychotics to lose weight and improve their fasting glucose levels, study findings indicate. [More]
Exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity improves educational performance of children

Exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity improves educational performance of children

A recent Oregon survey about an exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity into the daily routine of elementary school students found it had a high level of popularity with both students and teachers, and offered clear advantages for overly sedentary educational programs. [More]
Researchers encourage efforts that benefit public health and environment

Researchers encourage efforts that benefit public health and environment

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
People drink more alcohol when physically active

People drink more alcohol when physically active

A new Northwestern Medicine- study finds that on days when people exercise more -- typically Thursdays to Sundays -- they drink more alcohol, too. [More]
Innovative study looks at how children define play

Innovative study looks at how children define play

While public health authorities focus on the physical activity benefits of active play, a new study from the University of Montreal reveals that for children, playing has no goal - it is an end in itself, an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents "an opportunity to experience excitement or pleasure, but also to combat boredom, sadness, fear, or loneliness." [More]
Dartmouth researchers build smartphone app that reveals mental health of students

Dartmouth researchers build smartphone app that reveals mental health of students

Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind -- even if you don't -- and how that affects you. [More]
Reducing insomnia can decrease inflammation, lower risk for chronic disease in older adults

Reducing insomnia can decrease inflammation, lower risk for chronic disease in older adults

Lack of sleep can make you sick. And while everybody has the occasional restless night, for those who suffer from chronic insomnia — some 15 percent of older adults in the United States — that sleep loss can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and even lead to an earlier death. [More]
UTMB researchers analyze whether monitors reflect practices used by health care providers

UTMB researchers analyze whether monitors reflect practices used by health care providers

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses. This information is organized into companion computer programs and mobile apps. [More]
The Miriam Hospital receives Primary Stroke Center certification for fifth consecutive year

The Miriam Hospital receives Primary Stroke Center certification for fifth consecutive year

The Miriam Hospital has for the fifth time been designated by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. [More]
FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. jointly announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave® extended-release tablets as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition. [More]

Open Streets initiatives increase awareness of physical activity opportunities within community

Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. [More]
High levels of physical activity are associated with better reading and arithmetic skills in boys

High levels of physical activity are associated with better reading and arithmetic skills in boys

A recent Finnish study shows that higher levels of physical activity are related to better academic achievement during the first three school years particularly in boys. [More]