Tai chi helps arthritis pain, stiffness
November 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Tai chi helps arthritis pain, stiffness

The ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi may be  an effective  way to help alleviate problems associated with arthritis, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine report.

An estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. have  some form of arthritis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although many of these people turn to medication to help them deal with the pain, the medical community continues to look for ways to help these patients.


November 2nd, 2010
03:59 PM ET

Obesity program little help for low-income girls

Low-income African American girls who participated in weight loss programs over two years showed little improvement, according to two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Researchers found little change in the girl's body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. (calculate your BMI here)

In the first study from Stanford University girls, were offered dance classes and other opportunities to get active. One group was offered hip-hop and other types of dance classes five time a week.  Researchers also went to their homes and helped them find activities they could do instead of spending time in front of the TV or computer.  The other group just received newsletters with activities focusing on health and nutrition.  Researchers also met quarterly with their parents.


October 29th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Fitness digest: Behind the fat-in-soda ads and elusive diet drugs

Diet pills to treat obesity are like unicorns and fairy godmothers - they don't really exist.  The FDA scuttled another weight-loss drug this week.  Here's another myth - a YouTube video went viral warning that drinking soda every day would make you gain 10 pounds.  Viewers got to see a man chugging dollops of fat.   Disgusting? Yes, but was it true?

Here are some of the  interesting, quirky or  bizarre diet-and-fitness items this week.   Tell us your suggestions for interesting stories, posts or websites that caught your eye. FULL POST

October 22nd, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Fitness digest: Steve Harvey's detox, running pains, energy drink banned

Every Friday, we'll give a Web shout-out to interesting, quirky or  bizarre diet-and-fitness items. Tell us your suggestions for interesting stories, posts or websites that caught your eye.

If you want to win, suck it up.

Writing about the art of pain, New York Times’ Gina Kolata finds superathletes are able to manage and push through pain.   That mental tenacity and pain coping separates "the mortals and immortals in running.”

Several accomplished athletes told the Times they were willing to endure the worst pain and do “whatever it takes to win the race.” FULL POST

October 22nd, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Diabetes numbers expected to triple by 2050

One in three American adults is projected to have diabetes by 2050, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday.  An aging population, diabetics living longer and the increasing number of at-risk minorities are the main factors contributing to the rise according to the report.  However the prevalence of obesity in the United States also plays a role.

“Obesity is a significant contributor to the new cases of diabetes. It is certainly a factor,” Ann Albright, director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation tells CNN.

Currently 1 in 10 adults has diabetes and the CDC estimates about 23.6 million people in the United States are living with the disease. 


October 9th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Jenny Craig clients in study shed 20 pounds

Women who stick to the Jenny Craig weight-loss program lose between three and four times as much weight as women who diet on their own, according to a new study published Saturday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study was funded by the Jenny Craig company, which provides counseling services and prepackaged low-fat foods to dieters through a nationwide chain of retail centers, or via phone and mail.

Women who ate the prepared foods and checked in weekly with a trained Jenny Craig weight-loss counselor in person or by phone lost about 20 pounds after one year, on average.


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September 15th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

How Americans spend day: Eating, TV, socializing

Americans spend most of their non-work and non-sleep time in sedentary activities such as eating and drinking, followed by watching TV or movies, according to an analysis of time use.

On a given day, only 5.07 percent reported doing any vigorous intensity activity, according to the research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The survey was a snapshot of any day in America and should not be interpreted to mean that only 5 percent of people exercise, said study author, Catrine Tudor-Locke. FULL POST

September 13th, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Study: Number of traumatic brain injuries jump among young basketball players

More and more children and teenagers are suffering traumatic brain injuries while playing basketball, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers examined emergency room visits of people under the age of 20 who were treated for basketball related injuries between 1997 and 2007 and found the number of traumatic brain injuries shot up  by 70%.

Overall the proportion for traumatic brain injury doubled for boys and tripled for girls, said senior study author Dr. Laura B. McKenzie. 


September 9th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Sickle cell screening for college athletes is questioned

Testing all college athletes for sickle cell disease needs to be reconsidered, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center .

This is the first season in which all Division I college athletes will get screened for the sickle cell trait, in addition to their regular physicals. A new program adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is testing athletes to find out whether they carry the genetic mutation for sickle cell. The goal is to determine which athletes are more at risk for health complications or sudden death from intense exercise.


Cheerleading, not a sport, but produces injuries
August 4th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Cheerleading, not a sport, but produces injuries

No, cheerleading isn’t a sport, said a judge in a July ruling.

In a case involving Quinnipiac University, a federal judge ruled that cheerleading does not “qualify as a varsity sport for the purposes of Title IX and, therefore, its members may not be counted as athletic participants under the statute.”

But it doesn’t mean that cheerleading doesn’t produce serious injuries. FULL POST

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