April 27, 2010

Strip Club or Cirque Du Soleil?

1 Men Dipping Their Toes into Pole Dancing Workouts

Although it's not yet a national trend, a gym in Washington, D.C. has opened pole dancing fitness classes to men. According to Washington Post fitness columnist Vicky Hallet, Pole Pressure, a pole dancing studio inside the Balance Gym owned by 24-year-old Jessalyn Medairy, is offering mixed classes. Star pupil: 28-year-old Tavon "Jungle Cat" Hargett (at left), who is now posting his athletic and acrobatic moves on YouTube. Hargett bought a pole online (yes, you can buy removable poles marketed as "the best stripper poles" for "striptease and strip aerobics") and developed his skills in spins, holds and inversions at home, wearing hip-hop clothing and performing to gospel music. Wanting to progress to higher levels, he discovered Ms. Medairy's studio.

More at Washington Post | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Pole Dancing, Stripper Poles, Striptease, Male Pole Dancing, Fitness Clubs, Pole Pressure, Jungle Cat, Balance Gym, Tavon Hargett, Jessalyn Medairy

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Spoiler: She Relapsed

2 Blogger's 10-Day Coffee Cold Turkey Diary

Mid-afternoon caffeine crashes which no amount of coffee could cure finally convinced blogger Caitlin Boersma that her coffee dependence had gotten out of hand. Caitlin decided to go cold turkey, despite dire warnings about the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. On her blog she documents the headaches and the fatigue she experienced at first. But by day 6 she had actually became a morning person, going to bed by 9:00 p.m. By day 9 she felt great. But in the end she reverted, partly that she missed coffee, and partly because she was embarrassed ordering decaf. Perhaps she needed to go cold turkey on both the coffee and the cafes? No go: "Coffee ... serves as a social activity. 'Let’s get a cup of coffee' always prefaces quality time with a friend or an opportunity to chat with someone new."

More at Bygone Bureau | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Coffee, Caffeine Addiction, Caffeine Withdrawal, Caitlin Boersman

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Veggies Front and Center

3 Revamped Cafeterias Lead Kids to Healthy Eating

As the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise, policymakers, educators and parents seek ways to ensure that children make healthy eating choices. School cafeterias may offer fast food options but they also offer salads which are often passed over by school kids. Now, a team of researchers from Cornell University has identified an elegantly simple and effective way to get children to make healthy food choices. In a year long study, researchers found that when the salad bar was moved to a more prominent location, sales of fruits and vegetables increased by as much as 300 percent. "By the end of the year, this even led to 6% more kids eating school lunches," said researcher Laura Smith. "It's basic behavioral economics — we made it easier for them to make the right choice."

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Fruits, Obesity, School Lunches, Vegetables, Cafeteria Food, Cornell University, Salad, Salad Bar, School Children, Laura Smith, Behavioral Economics

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Parents Need to Be Monitors

4 Watching "R" Movies May Lead to Underage Drinking

A new study finds a correlation between movie viewing and underage drinking. Of nearly 3600 middle school students whose parents did not allow them to see R-rated movies, three percent said they started drinking as compared to 19 percent of students whose parents sometimes allowed them to see R-rated movies. Of the students whose parents did not restrict their movie viewing, 25 percent said they engaged in underage drinking. Researchers think that watching adults drink in R-rated movies accounts for some of why children might drink but feels it’s even more deeply rooted. "We think seeing the adult content actually changes their personality," said Dr. James D. Sargent, a professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: R-Rated Movies, Underage Drinking, Middle School, Dr. James D. Sargent, Dartmouth Medical School

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How to Forget Your Fat

5 Gene Linked to Obesity May Lead to Dementia

Certain individuals who are predisposed to obesity also have a higher probability of suffering from dementia later in life. That information is found in two studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and UCLA teaming with the University of Pittsburgh. In those studies scientists have discovered the gene that causes the brain to continuing shrinking and degenerate during aging. The fat mass and obesity gene (FTO gene) led to 8-12 percent less tissue in the carriers brain, as brain mass decreases the chance for dementia increases. Paul Thompson of UCLA, a researcher on the project says the gene can make the carriers brain look 16 years older than it actually is. Researchers recommend a low-fat diet and a regular exercise regime to fight the onset of dementia.

More at Health News | Posted 8 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Dementia, Obesity Gene, Brain Diseases

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Getting Old Too Soon

6 Age 12 Years Faster with These Four Bad Habits

New research suggests that four common bad habits can age you by 12 years. These bad habits are smoking, drinking too much alcohol (men shouldn’t have more than three drinks a day, women shouldn’t have more than two), getting less than two hours of physical activity a week, and eating less than three daily servings of fruits and vegetables. According to lead researcher, Elisabeth Kvaavik of the University of Oslo, these four habits combined can make a person seem 12 years older than a person of the same age who doesn’t have those habits. Dr Kvaavik says people don’t have to take extreme measures to change their ways, suggesting that simply eating one apple, one carrot, and drinking a glass of orange juice every day would be enough to meet the daily requirement for fruits and vegetables.

More at Yahoo Health | Posted 8 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Alcohol, Exercise, Smoking, Healthy Living, Bad Habits

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Making Health Fun for Kids

7 DIDGET Makes Glucose Monitoring Fun for Kids

The responsibility that comes with having diabetes can force kids to grow up fast, but Bayer has recently developed a device that can let kids keep an eye on their health and have fun at the same time. The DIDGET is a glucose monitor that plugs into Nintendo DS and DS Lite gaming systems, and is also compatible with most PC and Mac browsers. Consistent testing behavior is rewarded with points and access to new levels of the two included games. The DIDGET uses the same technology and test strips as the CONTOUR system. The monitor requires very little blood and comes with an under-fill detection feature. Bayer is also planning a password-protected online community at www.bayerdidget.com, where children can use their points and set up their own websites.

More at Bayer Didget | Hat tip to Toronto Sun | Posted 8 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Insurer to Pay to Help Control Diabetes

Tags: Children, Diabetes, Kids, Glucose Monitoring

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COOL BENEFITS of SLUSHIES

8 Exercise Longer in the Heat, Drink a Slushie

Most of us have experienced the downside to working out in the heat. Feeling lethargic, performing slower or how every movement seems to take more of an effort. Research has shown that the hotter it is, the harder it is to exercise. It also reveals that by being chilled before a strenuous activity can help with endurance. There are apparatuses that can assist, such as cooling vests or portable cooling tubs. However, something as simple as drinking a sweet, cold slushie before a workout can also improve your performance. A new study reveals that young male recreational athletes who drank a slushie before running on a treadmill would go on average 10 minutes longer than when they only drank syrup-flavored cold water.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Exercise, Drink, Performance, Endurance, Cool, Heat, Workout

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FOUR STRIKES and YOU'RE OUT

9 Unhealthy Habits Lead to an Earlier Death

Archives of Internal Medicine revealed this week that by having just four unhealthy habits can premature your age by as much as 12 years. The bad habits include smoking, not exercising, low intake of fruit and vegetables and consuming too much alcohol. The analysis was conducted with nearly 5,000 adults as they were tracked for two decades. The stats showed that the people who had all four unhealthy habits were nearly four times more likely to have died during the study compared with the healthiest people who had none of the habits. Dr. Walter Willett, the chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, responded to this study stating that a "healthy lifestyle practices that are modest and simple...can profoundly affect our chances of living to an old age."

More at TIME | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Archives of Internal Medicine, Death, Smoking, Habit, Unhealthy, Drinking, Eating, Healthy, Lifestyle, Walter Willett

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Be Alert, Not Alarmed

10 Deadly Fungus Outbreak: Should You Be Concerned?

Last week, media went into a frenzy as a new, deadly strain of fungus was found in the Pacific Northwest. The fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, is reported to be spreading from Vancouver Island, Washington state and Oregon down to California. It has already been linked to six human deaths, 15 other infections and has been tested to be deadly to lab animals. Before you get into you a frantic panic mode, Edmond Byrnes, a graduate student in microbiology and molecular genetics at Duke University has some comforting news. He explains that,"These infections are still rare, and from an overall health perspective, I don't think anyone should be concerned." A CDC epidemiologist also agrees that people and doctors should be aware of the outbreak, but certainly not be alarmed by it.

More at Time | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Fungus, Edmond Byrnes, Microbiology, Cryptococcus Gattii, Deadly, Infection, Pacific Northwest

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ER Docs Can't Find Ill Patients

11 Wrong Patient Phone Numbers an ER Problem

Emergency room doctors are having trouble locating sick patients due to incorrect phone numbers in patient files. Some patients, fearing large medical bills or immigration issues, provide fake information to hospitals. Other times, clerical error may be at fault. Either way, locating sick patients after they leave the emergency room is becoming an increasing problem, as reported recently by msnbc. Since important lab results may not be available until after patients are released from the emergency room, it's vital that correct contact information is present in patient files. Without a proper contact information, some hospitals have resorted to using law enforcement to find ill patients in need of help.

More at Msnbc | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: 87,000 Sent to ER Annually from Tripping over Pets

Tags: Emergency Room Doctors, Patient Files, Correct Contact Information, Large Medical Bills, Immigration Issues, Emergency Room Problems, Finding Sick ER Patients

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