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Exercise and Fitness

Sticky Protein Reinforces Fragile Muscle Membranes

Jul 24 2009 - 1:18pm

A new study by scientists at the University of Iowa shows why muscle membranes don't rupture when healthy people exercise.

The findings shed light on a mechanism that appears to protect cells from mechanical stress. The study, which appears online July 20-24 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Early Edition, also helps explain why muscle damage is so severe when this mechanism is disrupted, which occurs in certain congenital and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies.

How Exercise Affects Body Image In Women

Jul 14 2009 - 12:28pm

Researchers from the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England are looking for female participants for a study investigating the relationship between exercise and body image. Dr James Byron-Daniel and MSc Research methods student, Nicola Stock will explore how small amounts of exercise make women feel about how they look and hope that the study will shed new light on an area where there is currently very little research.

Adolescents Let Physical Activity Slide After 7th Grade

May 28 2009 - 10:51am

By the time they reach ninth grade, most adolescents abandon the physical activities they enjoyed in seventh grade; and the more vigorous the activity, the more likely they are to drop it.

Although some older adolescents rekindle their interest, it still does not return to seventh-grade levels, according to a study in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

SWIPN Promotes Safe Physical Activity

May 18 2009 - 9:55am

In order to be safe, you have to be seen. That’s the advice the Southwest Injury Prevention Network (SWIPN) are urging walkers, runners, cyclists and others to follow when they use roadways to keep physically active in the coming months. With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, SWIPN launched its Be Safe Be Seen campaign this week.

Vibration Plate Exercise Machines Trim Belly Fat

May 9 2009 - 10:26am
Power Plate

Results of a new study show that vibration plate exercise machines can trim harmful belly fat, combined with exercise and calorie restriction. Researchers compared four groups of people. Dieters who used vibration plate exercise machines lost enough weight to improve health. The findings showed that vibration plate exercise machines help dieters trim belly fat when used properly.

MLB Drug Policy on PED Test

May 7 2009 - 7:41pm
MLB on Drug tests

Major League baseball (MLB) began banning steroid use in 1191, but did not begin testing its players until 2003. Over time time they have slowly gotten tougher with their testing and penalties. Currently, players such as Mani Ramirez are given a 50 game ban for their first offense. After a third positive test for a performance enhancing drug (PED), the player is banned for life.