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Acetone in breath is suitable marker of fat-burning during physical activity

Acetone in breath is suitable marker of fat-burning during physical activity

Physicists at Radboud University Nijmegen have shown for the first time that the concentration of acetone in breath is a suitable marker of fat-burning during physical activity. [More]
Study compares level of physical fitness of adolescents in south with centre and north of Europe

Study compares level of physical fitness of adolescents in south with centre and north of Europe

Adolescents in southern Europe are less fit in terms of cardiorespiratory capacity, strength and speed-agility than their central-northern European peers. Moreover, southern adolescents are more obese and present higher levels of total and abdominal fat than those from the centre-north of Europe. [More]
National prevention strategy for a healthy lifestyle

National prevention strategy for a healthy lifestyle

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disorders - the incidence of these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is constantly rising in industrialised countries. [More]

U.S. scientists fail to study possible role of innate variation in athletic performance

Compared to scientists working in other countries, U.S.-based scientists are underrepresented as authors of articles on the potential role of innate variation in athletic performance that are published in peer-reviewed science journals, according to Grand Valley State University researchers. [More]
Visual tools help self-trackers understand their daily activity patterns

Visual tools help self-trackers understand their daily activity patterns

Smartphone apps can track where we eat our meals, when we commute to and from work and how many minutes we exercise each day. Ten thousand steps today? Check. [More]
Children with healthy food outlets near their homes have reduced likelihood of being overweight

Children with healthy food outlets near their homes have reduced likelihood of being overweight

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion. [More]
Sedentary behaviors may lower cardiorespiratory fitness levels

Sedentary behaviors may lower cardiorespiratory fitness levels

Cardiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that sedentary behaviors may lower cardiorespiratory fitness levels. [More]
Study documents impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy

Study documents impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy

Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. This is the conclusion of a study by public health physicians at the University of Zurich who documented for the first time the impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy in numbers. The results are to be taken over into prevention and health counselling in primary care. [More]
Sibling relationships affect child's weight

Sibling relationships affect child's weight

It is well documented that children with obese parents are at greater risk for obesity. In a new study, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Cornell University, and Duke University looked at how different kinds of family associations affect obesity, specifically how sibling relationships affect a child's weight. [More]
Lack of leisure-time physical activity linked to increased obesity, particularly in young women

Lack of leisure-time physical activity linked to increased obesity, particularly in young women

Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according to a new analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). [More]
Excessive belly fat: A risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Excessive belly fat: A risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Obesity, especially excessive belly fat, is a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). [More]
Health researchers suggest new BMI thresholds for ethnic communities

Health researchers suggest new BMI thresholds for ethnic communities

Health researchers have suggested new body mass index (BMI) thresholds for defining overweight and obese individuals in ethnic communities. [More]
Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty

Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty

Spanish researchers have developed recommendations on how to assess and manage preoperative pain in patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement. [More]
Kids’ familiarity with unhealthy food logos is linked to obesity

Kids’ familiarity with unhealthy food logos is linked to obesity

The more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or obese. [More]
New smartphone app can reduce sedentary behavior in obese adults

New smartphone app can reduce sedentary behavior in obese adults

Even individuals who exercise a lot can be at risk for health problems if they also spend a lot of time in sedentary behaviors, such as sitting. [More]
New project to examine risk of sex assault for women who attend mass gatherings

New project to examine risk of sex assault for women who attend mass gatherings

Nearly one quarter of women are likely to be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. Now, a new project funded by Women's College Research Institute will examine the risk of sex assault for women who attend mass gatherings like concerts or sporting events. [More]
State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. [More]
Hormonal imbalance is not the sole cause of childhood obesity, say experts

Hormonal imbalance is not the sole cause of childhood obesity, say experts

The number of children who are obese remains alarmingly high in the U.S. and, unfortunately, diseases associated with obesity are on the rise. [More]
Street football improves fitness, multiple health markers in homeless men

Street football improves fitness, multiple health markers in homeless men

Research carried out by the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health in Denmark shows that street football (soccer) improves fitness and multiple health markers in homeless men. [More]
Engaging in physical activity before attempting weight loss helps protect MetS patients from muscle loss

Engaging in physical activity before attempting weight loss helps protect MetS patients from muscle loss

Younger and older women tend to lose lean muscle mass, along with fat, unless they engage in physical activity before they attempt weight loss, a new study from Israel finds. The results were presented Sunday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. [More]