October 8, 2011

Three or More Hours Is Trouble

1 Text Neck: Painful Problem Tied to Technology

Using electronic devices for texting or playing video games for three or more hours a day may lead to increased neck and shoulder pain, or text neck, says Canadian researcher Richard Wells of the University of Waterloo. Wells found that those who used their devices for three or more hours a day had twice as much pain in their shoulders, neck and other areas, compared with those who used the devices for less time. MSNBC says the research is believed to be a first for text neck, or forward head posture. Published in Journal of Applied Ergonomics, the research included 140 participants. Preventing text neck may be simple: Learn to hold your arms out and look straight ahead, plus take a break every 15 minutes to hold your head back, says Cynthia Vaughn of the American Chiropractic Association.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of Waterloo, Health Risks Texting, Text Neck, Forward Head Posture, Journal of Applied Ergonomics, Causes Neck Pain, Neck Pain Patients Getting Younger, American Chiropractic Association

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Decreases Due to Age, Diet

2 Natural Compound Improves Glucose Metabolism

New research has found that giving the compound nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) to diabetic mice can improve glucose tolerance, the body’s ability to metabolize the sugar. NMN is naturally present in the body and makes NAD, an energy formed utilized by cells in the body which then activates a protein called SIRT1 that promotes metabolism. NMN production is decreased by aging and a diet high in fat which was demonstrated in experiments with mice and reversed when they were given NAD. The effect was more profound in female mice but researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are excited because the processes controlled by NMN in mice are a good reflection of its role in humans and it is hoped that the compound can be used to treat or prevent type 2 diabetes.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Insulin Resistant? Cut Carbs to Lose Weight

Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, Washington University School of Medicine, Nicotinamide Mononucleotide, NMN, NAD, Glucose Tolerance

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