According to Italian scientists, colon cancer shows in your breath. The cancer alters the balance of compounds in a person’s breath, making the disease detectable with a Breathalyzer-type test. Study author says the test could be ready in a few years. Other scientists are studying similar ways to detect lung and prostate cancer.
EXERCISE VS ALCOHOL
According to researchers at the University of Sydney, exercise may be the best way to fight a hangover. Researchers say just 20 minutes of of moderate exercise every day decreases some of the harmful effects of drinking too much. Excessive alcohol use can lead to heart disease, stroke, and several types of cancer. But the new study showed the daily exercise significantly reduced the risk of drinking related illnesses.
CRACKING KNUCKLES, GOOD?
A study presented at the Radiogical Society meeting that has not yet been published says cracking knuckles may make them more flexible. When you crack your knuckles, you release gas that has built up in the joints and when researchers studied 400 knuckles under ultrasound, they found that the joints had more flexibility after they were cracked. Researchers say they found no immediate disability in the knuckle crackers in our study, although further research will need to be done to assess any long-term hazard – or benefit – of knuckle cracking,
Excessive insulin response (and high blood sugar) can be controlled by limiting consumption of sugar, eliminating high fructose corn syrup, and minimizing starchy carbohydrates. Consuming protein or fiber with carbohydrates will slow insulin response. Plan to eat small protein portions with healthy carbohydrates to minimize insulin response, and reduce sugary, starchy junk foods to maximize health.
According to a study in the journal Sports Biomechanics, strapping on a resistance band could keep your knees healthy. Looping a resistance band around your lower thighs when you perform squats may help you push your knees out, helping prevent injuries like an ACL tear. The reason: Pushing your knees out creates more tension in your hamstrings and glutes. That stabilizes your knees, also distributes the load more evenly across the hips which helps you lift more weight.
SAUNA FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Recent research suggests that infrared saunas can help lose those unwanted pounds. Infrared heat penetrates deeper into the skin than traditional saunas which results in a more vigorous sweat. Experts say you burn up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. The reason: It stimulates the metabolism by increased heart rate similar to exercise. Also, other studies have shown that just 15 minutes a day for two weeks can benefit blood pressure and heart health.
LIFT TO FIGHT DIABETES
According to a study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, lifting weights once a week can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Also scientists as it can help your metabolism too.
DID YOU KNOW
A normal weight man is 4.6 times more likely to be considered for a supervisor job than an obese man.
THE NEW SUPER FOOD
Scientists at Oklahoma University say mangoes should be added to the super food group. Claiming the fruit may help stop obesity and type 2 diabetes. Mangoes have been found to increase a special bacteria which can ward off those conditions. The findings also say that mangoes have anti-inflammatory benefits and also are high in fiber which aids in digestion.
A study from the Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon, France suggests hearing action verbs in a positive context while lifting weights may make you stronger. Study participants who listened to sentences with positive action verbs – for example, push, lift, crush – experienced a significant boost in their grip strength. But when participants heard similar sentences with negatively constructed verbs – for example, don’t lift – they showed no increase in strength. The reason: Researchers think that hearing action verbs in an affirmative context may activate certain parts of the brain responsible for controlling movement.
NIGHTCAP NOT FOR EVERYONE
Research out of UC San Francisco, long term drinking even in moderate amounts of alcohol may increase the risk of stroke. Researchers say because alcohol can cause the left atrium of the heart to get bigger, which can lead to atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. The risk is greater for those with a genetic predisposition for atrial fibrillation.
According to researchers in Japan, “natural athletes” might have athletic genes. When scientists compared the DNA of a control group to that of elite wrestlers, they found that a combination of specific forms of two genes appeared more frequently in the wrestlers. The reason: The scientists think findings might help customize workouts to maximize an athlete’s genetic advantage.