December 12, 2011

Beats Longer, Moderate Workouts

1 Spurts of Intense Exercise May Help Diabetics

While 150 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity exercise per week has been recommended by the American Diabetes Assn to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, many patients find it difficult to sustain. Now, a new study from McMaster U suggests that high intensity exercise performed for 30 minutes per week within a 75 minute total time commitment, lowered blood sugar, reduced blood sugar spikes and may provide similar benefits to the currently recommended longer, but less vigorous workout. Study volunteers did not lose weight during the two-week research project but their body compositions changed indicating improved metabolic health and the viability of low-volume, high-intensity and time-efficient training. The study appears in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Used As Add-on Therapy

Tags: American Diabetes Association, Diabetes, McMaster University, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes and Exercise, Journal of Applied Physiology

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Especially When Kids Very Young

2 Moms with Jobs Are Happier, Healthier

Working mothers of very young children may be happier and healthier than mothers who aren't employed, finds a recent study. MSNBC reports that researchers found that working moms were less depressed and enjoyed better overall health compared to mothers who stayed at home with young kids. Researchers believe that social isolation and stress of being at home with children all day may explain why working mothers were happier and reported better health. The study found no difference in the health of moms who worked full-time or part-time, but the link between working and health and happiness disappeared when kids started preschool. The study concluded that the health benefits of working didn't extend into the children's school years. The study was published in Journal of Family Psychology.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kids Gain Weight When Mom Works Too Much

Tags: Journal of Family Psychology, Working Motherhood, Working Moms Happier, Working Mothers Healthier, Reasons to Go Back Work After Baby, Depression New Mothers, Benefits Working Outside Home

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Survival Up, No Resistance

3 Multiply Myeloma Drug Increases Survival

Follow up results of a clinical trial involving multiple myeloma patients show that 54 weeks of the drug Velcade plus the standard treatment of melphalan and prednisone cuts the risk of death by 31 percent. This translates into an average survival time that is 13.3 months longer than those receiving only the standard treatment. The survival benefit was so strong that the FDA allowed the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical, to add it to the label. People in the Velcade group treated due to relapse had higher survival rates than those who did not get it initially. Survival rates increased in all patients regardless of age, kidney function or stage of the disease. Drug resistance relapses and subsequent primary cancers were not observed either, a concern in multiple myeloma treatment.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Research Shows Ecstasy's Anticancer Abilities

Tags: Multiple Myeloma, Prednisone, Velcade, Melphalan, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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