February 3, 2012

10 Minutes Is All That’s Needed

1 Massage Good for Reducing Muscle Inflammation

A 10-minute massage reduces muscle inflammation in athletes and may help patients with arthritis and inflammation-related chronic conditions, finds research from McMaster University. Massage is often used to relieve pain and this study shows that it triggers biochemical sensors that send inflammation-reducing signals to muscle cells. The study is the first to test the effects of massage with muscle biopsies. Eleven test subjects received a ten minute massage on one leg after 70 minutes of exercise and subsequent muscle biopsies showed a “remarkable" reduction in inflammation on the massaged leg. Researcher Justin Crane says his study is a first step in determining the best therapies for promoting recovery from muscle injuries.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Massage Can Alleviate Lower Back Pain

Tags: Arthritis, Inflammation, McMaster University, Muscle, Muscle Pain, Muscle Inflammation, Muscular Dystrophy, Justin Crane, Muscle Biopsy, Athletes

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What's Your Genotype?

2 Genetic Tests May Help with Weight Loss

Taking a genetic test may be the simplest way to find the diet that works best for you. The Weight Management Genetic Test from Interleukin Genetics uses a mouth swab to measure genes that impact metabolism. The swabs are mailed to the company, and results are received two weeks later. The results include best exercise regimen and foods to eat for your specific genotype, as well as most effective diet. The test was studied by Stanford University researchers who found that those who follow diets based on their gene type may be able to lose up to three times more weight compared to individuals who follow a diet that's not right for their genotype. The results were even stronger when dieters on Atkins (low carb) or Ornish (low fat) diets were on the best diet for their genotype.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Weight Management Genetic Test, Interleukin Genetics, Genetic Testing for Weight Loss, Ornish Diet Tips, Atkins Diet Tips

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Backlash Causes Reversal

3 Komen to Keep Funding Planned Parenthood

The Komen Foundation has reversed their earlier decision to stop providing funding for some Planned Parenthood projects. CNN reports that the reversal came amid mounting pressure from lawmakers and corporate sponsors, as well as internal dissent. The Komen Foundation issued an apology to the American public for casting doubt on the foundation's commitment to saving women's lives. Komen announced Friday that they would no longer fund breast cancer screenings for Planned Parenthood due to an ongoing congressional investigation, but Planned Parenthood says the investigation is a sham by Republicans in Congress who want to defund Planned Parenthood.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Komen Funding, Planned Parenthood Komen, Komen Changes Mind Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Decision Funding, Republicans Defund Planned Parenthood

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Positive Effect on Genes

4 Exercise Improves Survival from Cancer

Two studies last year by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that vigorous exercise such as jogging three or more hours per week was linked to a lowered risk of prostate cancer progression and death after diagnosis. A new UCSF study finds out why. Exercise appears to positively impact the expression of nearly 200 different genes that are believed to thwart cancer progression, including well-known tumor suppressor genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. Genes involved in cell cycle and DNA repair were also influenced. Although the study is small (only 70 men), other studies have also indicated that cancer patients positively benefit from exercise including having an improved quality of life after diagnosis.

More at Medical Xpress | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Pomegranate Juice May Inhibit Prostate Cancer

Tags: Cancer, Exercise, Men's Health, Prostate Cancer

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